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MEET THE DESIGNER: TOPO DESIGNS

Topo Designs
Mark Hansen and Jedd Rose SHOP ALL
There’s a funny dynamic between Mark Hansen (right) and Jedd Rose, the two masterminds behind the Colorado upstart Topo Designs. Both men are the products of active families—the kind of adventurers who spent their childhoods outdoors every weekend, hunting and fishing and camping and skiing. But when it comes to what they look for in outdoor performance gear, they couldn’t be more different. “I’m a thrift-store and flea-market junkie—constantly looking around and collecting things I find. I’d use something that didn’t work so well as long as it looked cool, and Mark is the opposite,” laughs Jedd. “I was always saying, ‘I’d like this bag if it only had this one thing, so I’m not going to buy it,’” Mark chimes in. “I was the guy who would never buy anything.” READ MORE


There’s a funny dynamic between Mark Hansen (right) and Jedd Rose, the two masterminds behind the Colorado upstart Topo Designs. Both men are the products of active families—the kind of adventurers who spent their childhoods outdoors every weekend, hunting and fishing and camping and skiing. But when it comes to what they look for in outdoor performance gear, they couldn’t be more different. “I’m a thrift-store and flea-market junkie—constantly looking around and collecting things I find. I’d use something that didn’t work so well as long as it looked cool, and Mark is the opposite,” laughs Jedd. “I was always saying, ‘I’d like this bag if it only had this one thing, so I’m not going to buy it,’” Mark chimes in. “I was the guy who would never buy anything.”
A few years back, the Topo guys were in the car on a ski trip, thinking about their pack obsession. What they’d collected over the years was either too retro to be functional or too performance-oriented to have the throwback aesthetic they loved. They started talking about what kind of bag would satisfy both desires. And when they got home, they decided to make the thing themselves. “We bought a sewing machine, and the rest is history,” Jedd says. “It’s a great balance for us, because I can check my wildness against his sanity.” Sounds like a good—and useful—match. —seth putnam

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