Sunday, September 26, 2010



Outdoor Retailer, SLC Utah

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Easily one of the more elaborate exhibit spaces at the tradeshow Outdoor Retailer, Sherpa Adventure Gear showed a massive collection of adventure wear/ gear, and lifestyle apparel for those on the go needing technically performing attire. 

It s a family owned business with strong ties to the Sherpa’s communities and athletes who are naturally high-altitude climbers, runners and guides. Hence the slogan.

We previewed some of the women’s versatile lifestyle apparel that'll do just fine for gypsy travelers---lightweight, packable, easy care, wrinkle resistant and durable separates.

Key Looks:

The Basanti Shirt-a breezy, adjustable empire waist top that works tucked in or out…in a light floral print. We love the detailed tiny pleats that run from the collarbone, down…that gives this item an urban appeal…in 100% cotton.

The Devi Dress…here in Tea Green that is super comfy and flattering. Cut on a bias, it drapes well on many different body types and the v-neck crossover bodice…flatters.

Stretchy too…this is the dress that goes day to night, effortlessly…and accessories will ramp it up for any fashionista required event. 

Buzzed about a lot at the show, the Kriti Jacket is a weather resistant one layer woven soft shell with 4-way stretch, articulated elbows and fitted cuffs for warmth---and with a streamlined feminine fit. We also like the high neck collar---and delicate rhododendron flower screen print on the front.

The Khusih Top---is a base layer that can be worn on its own.

Made of super soft and breathable, warmth retaining Merino wool ---here in Nimbu--- a cool yellow with a greenish tinge…and the relaxed turtleneck fit is a nice touch.

HATS: Hand knit in Nepal by Newar women, fleece lined, old school/new style ----many options. And the work provides a sustainable living for these knitters and their families.

And yes, Tashi Sherpa founded Sherpa Adventure Gear…in homage to Sherpa citizens that trekked along side and greatly enabled all those looking to summit the glorious Himalayas.

(We thought of Ginger Rodgers doing every move Fred Astaire danced but in heels and backwards.)

 Details--the neat hang tag, printed lining, and the zip pull ---like the flags....