KÜHL

KÜHL

Kühl® began as Alfwear in 1983 with the Alf hat, a Peruvian-inspired design that many ski bums equipped themselves with in the mid-80s. Updating it with polar fleece, John “Alf” Engwall designed the pattern for the hat that would become the choice for serious Rocky Mountain powder skiers. Engwall, Conrad Anker (the now legendary mountaineer), and brothers Jay and Kevin Boyle set out to introduce this effective design to the skiing and mountaineering world. The four co-founders consisted of three skiers and a rock climber, all of whom aspired to build a business and lifestyle around their respective beloved sport.

After a tragic car accident resulted in the death of Alf Engwall, the three remaining partners nurtured the Alfwear business for several years until in 1989 they set out to pursue individual passions: Conrad Anker received an offer of sponsorship for his climbing endeavors; Jay Boyle moved to Arizona to attend graduate school in Phoenix; and Kevin Boyle, with his dream still intact to live in the mountains and work for himself, took over the company, began to pay off his former partners, and conceived of what would become the first Malden Mills Apex Award for Design Excellence winner, The Jacquard Jacket. At the time the trio dispersed, Alfwear consisted of eight or nine plastic bags of the Alf hat.

Conrad Anker became a world-class rock climber and mountaineer, traveling the world, ascending the major summits, and famously finding the body of Mallory on Mount Everest. His accomplishments speak well of realizing lofty dreams.

Jay Boyle studied Tai Chi, earned his MBA in Arizona, and moved to Shanghai, China. He speaks Chinese and is involved in overseas production for Kühl®. His company EXPAT-CFO does consultancy for companies seeking to do business in China.

Kevin Boyle set out to transform Alfwear into something more than a hat company. With a passion for skiing, living in the mountains, and art, Kevin designed garments made from performance fabrics fit for his outdoor lifestyle. He turned Alfwear into today’s clothing company known as Kühl®.

In 1990, Kühl® introduced the Jacquard jacket, our signature Euro-styled Polartec® fleece top that featured the first – the original – innovative thumb-loop cuff system and lightweight underarm gussets for comfort and optimal climate control. This top gained cult status in the outdoor community and went on to win the Polartec® Apex Award. More awards and devotees would follow as Kühl® continued to pioneer and produce. Kühl® is independently owned and financed and its ideas are inspired by the founders’ intrepid lifestyle and those with whom they share it. Kühl® currently designs and manufactures top-selling pants, shirts, and more found in the best outdoor retailers nationwide.

DYLAN

DYLAN

Stantt

Stantt

Saxx

Saxx

S.Cohen

S.Cohen

Madeline Finn

Madeline Finn

Mizzen + Main

Mizzen + Main

Criquet

Criquet

Faherty Brand

Faherty Brand

Taylor Vintage

Taylor Vintage

34 HERITAGE

34 HERITAGE

MAVI

MAVI

ALAN PAINE

ALAN PAINE

BILL’S KHAKIS

BILL’S KHAKIS

PETER MILLAR

PETER MILLAR

TRUE GRIT

TRUE GRIT

DUBARRY

DUBARRY

ROBERT TALBOTT

ROBERT TALBOTT

COPPLEY

COPPLEY

BARBOUR

BARBOUR

HARDWICK

HARDWICK

FILSON

FILSON

SOUTHERN TIDE

SOUTHERN TIDE

KÜHL

KÜHL

MOUNTAIN KHAKIS

MOUNTAIN KHAKIS

HIGH COTTON

HIGH COTTON

JOHNNIE-O

JOHNNIE-O

SOUTHERN POINT

SOUTHERN POINT

OVER UNDER

OVER UNDER

FISH HIPPIE

FISH HIPPIE

MARTIN DINGMAN

MARTIN DINGMAN

SOUTHERN PROPER

SOUTHERN PROPER

WOLVERINE

WOLVERINE

CARROT & GIBBS

CARROT & GIBBS

SOFT SCIENCE

SOFT SCIENCE

PEACH STATE PRIDE

PEACH STATE PRIDE

ST JOHN

ST JOHN

SEXUAL FRESH

SEXUAL FRESH

BERETTA

BERETTA

SMATHERS & BRANSON

SMATHERS & BRANSON

TASC

TASC

PAUL BETENLY

PAUL BETENLY

BRACKISH

BRACKISH

MADISON CREEK

MADISON CREEK

JACK BLACK

JACK BLACK

CORBIN

CORBIN

EYEBOBS

EYEBOBS

SWIMS

SWIMS

ROBERT GRAHAM

ROBERT GRAHAM

OXFORD SHIRT COMPANY

OXFORD SHIRT COMPANY

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DYLAN