Over Spring Break we had the opportunity to visit family in Southern California, and by connection toured the Patagonia headquarters. It was the first experience the girls had "at a workplace" besides their Dad's office. We saw where the founder first invented his rock climbing tools, the retail store which used to be a meat-packing plant, and the method Patagonia uses to recycle old clothes into new fabrics. We also saw the fabric testing rooms, product design department, and surfboard shaping shop. The hit? New fuzzy pullovers that worked great for skiing the next weekend.
Driving back home, my eldest says, "well, I guess I know why their clothes are so expensive." "Why?" I say. "It sure takes a lot of work to make them!"