Arc'teryx Makes 'Capes' for Homeless

For the third year, Vancouver-based Arc’teryx Equipment Inc. will give capes made of waterproof Gore-Tex fabric to the city’s homeless. Called the Birds Nest Project, the annual charity leans on end-of-roll fabric remnants and Arc’teryx employees who volunteer their time to design and sew the capes in-house at the company’s North Vancouver factory.

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Two styles of the Arc’teryx cape

About 70 Arc’teryx employee volunteers will run the project this year, which includes professional sewers who regularly work on high-end outerwear. The company hopes to distribute more than 700 windproof, waterproof capes to people in need via area homeless organizations.

Essentially an old-school rain poncho design, the Birds Nest capes provide a waterproof covering and a hood. They fit loose and have minimal adjustments. Thanks to the Gore-Tex fabric the capes should be breathable, comfortable, wind-proof and waterproof when the city’s cold winter rains begin to pour.

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Birds Nest capes are made in-house at the Arc’teryx North Vancouver facility

Cape distribution in Vancouver begins this month. We applaud Arc’teryx for its grass-roots effort and the tangible benefits the capes will have on people in the community in need of some help and basic protection this winter from the elements above.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of

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Capes boxed up and ready to go

Posted by tree - 12/07/2011 11:26 AM

this is an awesome project. nice work guys!

Posted by LAM - 12/07/2011 01:56 PM

I knew I liked this company for a reason! Kudos!

Posted by Ryan - 12/07/2011 04:07 PM

Can I purchase one of these Soft Shell Cloaks Please?

Posted by Pierre - 12/07/2011 05:21 PM

Very impressive! Obviously not only these products are awesome! Go ahead!

Posted by Don - 12/08/2011 06:25 AM

One way to help fund this kind of activity would be to do a buy one, give one deal.

Where a consumer could buy(to use or even give away) and the company can use the funds to produce and give more away.

It’s great to see companies that cater to outdoor enthusiast, helping people that actually live outdoors.

Posted by joe - 12/08/2011 09:01 AM

i want one regular poncho’s suck

Posted by ItGirl - 12/08/2011 12:26 PM

This is really cool! Thanks guys!

Posted by Nick Behr - 12/08/2011 12:30 PM

Second the buy one give one idea. Great stuff all around – limit waste, provide protection, a nice way for employees to feel good about what they do. A fine example of a company giving back directly to the local community.

Posted by TomLI - 12/08/2011 03:42 PM

Is this to offset their alleged sweatshops in China?

Posted by lovejava - 01/05/2012 01:12 PM

just a win win situation….fantastic idea…more companies should give back to the community… plus this kind of work, comes from the heart, (there time)….keep up the good work and you have raised the bar for other companies…thanks guys and gals!!!plus they are a sweet design…

Posted by France - 01/25/2012 12:11 AM

A great idea. Is it possible to purchase these to distribute to homeless in Victoria? I see many street people begging for money, standing in the rain covered in plastic bags to help keep them warm and dry. They rip easily and I would be interesting in distributing what you could, even if I must pay for shipping, costs etc. It is worth asking for this because they require our support and generosity.

Posted by Olivier Contant - 10/01/2012 04:38 PM

I would like to congratulate you for this great idea.

I think this is a very great initiative from Arcterix and I hope it will inspire other great canadian business to take similar initiative.

I would like to know if you intend to scale the project to other city in Canada. I would personally be interested into expanding your idea to Montreal and help distribute with the help of Mountain Equipment Coop if you would like.

Let me know if I can be of any help at ocontant at dcdivision dot net

Thank you and I wish you the best success for 2013.

Posted by Halu Shimpo - 10/23/2012 11:57 PM

I feel that I am full of loveā™”

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