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Apparently the oldest outdoor clothing company in the world, Woolrich was started in 1830 when John Rich opened his first wool factory near Philadelphia. Initially delivering woolen fabrics, socks and yarn to logging camps on the back of a mule cart, by the 1850s he was producing a full range of outdoor wear in the famous red and black Woolrich check. In 1972 they released the Original Arctic Parka, which instantly became the benchmark against which all other down parkas are judged. It's lightweight which means you can wear it around town and looks as good over a suit as more casual attire.