Patagonia's Big Product Debut For Black Friday? A Sewing Kit

Patagonia’s Big Product Debut For Black Friday? A Sewing Kit

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Two years ago, Patagonia pulled a stunt running an unusual full-page ad in the New York Times to get a message across about consumerism on “Black Friday.” The ad included an image of a fleece top with the words “Don’t Buy This Jacket.”

This year, Patagonia takes a similar tilt for the biggest shopping day of the year. The company’s new message is “Buy Less, Repair More.”

With the message Patagonia releases a sewing kit. It is made to repair outerwear, packs, and tents in the field.

The kit comes with an aluminum awl, heavy-duty needles, and patching materials. It will be for sale in retail stores this week as well as online now for $29.

Contents of the Patagonia sewing kit

Called the Patagonia Expedition Sewing Kit, it is a revival of the company’s original Chouinard Equipment Sewing Kit. Ten colors of thread, buttons, pins and adhesive patch seals complete the kit. Its case is made of recycled polyester faux suede.

In addition, at Patagonia stores around the U.S. this Friday, November 29 (“Black Friday”), the company will host a film debut called “Worn Wear.”

The film, which is about 27 minutes, looks at off-the-grid lifestyles and has an interview with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. See the “Worn Wear” film above.

Finally, the company has partnered with iFixit to create step-by-step repair guides for its products. The manuals offer instructions on fixing zippers, patching jackets, and even removing pine tar.

Repaired Patagonia product

Said a company rep about Black Friday: “When deals and discounts entice people to buy more than they need, Patagonia would like to send an alternative message to its friends, family and customers.”

On a personal note, we have long embraced keeping good gear for the long haul and repairing it instead of replacing it.

To that point, read our article from last year, “Never-Die ‘Capilene’ Top Endures Two Decades Of Wear,” for a story on a long-lasting Patagonia piece one of our editors has taken around the world.

—Stephen Regenold

Gear Junkie editor Sean McCoy in a Patagonia shirt, in the mid-1990s with his father after a day of biking in Ireland
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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.
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