Based in Wadhurst, East Sussex, Páramo Directional Clothing Systems is a manufacturer of innovative, functional and comfortable mountain and travel clothing.
The idea behind the fabrics used in Páramo garments came about in 1984. Nick Brown, founder of Nikwax, became disillusioned with conventional outdoor clothing and set about creating a clothing system that directs wind, water and still air to improve comfort for all outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.
In 1992, Páramo established an ethical production facility in Bogotá, Colombia in South America. Working as part of a social programme with the Miquelina Foundation, Páramo provides valuable skills to 'at risk' women seeking an improvement in their lives.
When Páramo launched its new outdoor jacket aimed at wildlife watchers and photographers, it did so with a swing tag telling customers about Trees for Life, making a donation from each Pájaro jacket sold to retailers to buy a sapling to be planted in the Caledonian Forest. This successful scheme was extended last year when the Halcon Jacket was launched at the 2009 Rutland BirdFair with a donation for all Men's and Ladies' Halcons sold.
Páramo are delighted to have been recognised by the highly respected Ethical Consumer magazine in their review of outdoor gear in the July/ August 2010 issue - the only outdoor garment manufacturer worldwide to have been awarded 'Best Buy' status as a result of their partnerships with the Miquelina Foundation and Trees for Life among others, and their efforts to be more ethically and environmentally responsible.
The Miquela Foundation supporting children in Colombia
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