A visit inside the Bonfire Headquarters
14 Aug, 2009
All around the world are snowboard companies and in some cities like Portland, Oregon you have a variety of companies within a small area. During my trip to Portland, I stopped by the Bonfire Headquarters to find out what goes on behind the scenes at Bonfire Outerwear.
Designed for the rough weather conditions that hit the Northwest and with Mt Hood just a drive away it’s not hard to find Bonfire outerwear year round on the slopes.
I arrived at the Bonfire offices on Wednesday morning, still a bit sore from the snowboarding adventures at Windell’s Camp all week. Rian Rhoe was kind enough to give me the tour around the offices.
Bonfire and Salomon accolades on the walls
The Team Manager desk
Super friendly receptionists are the best
She did find me first before the twitter giveaway but unfortunately that didn’t count.
The rad thing about Portland snowboard offices is how nice they are but also they don’t lose the casual fun vibes that snowboarding gives out. The Bonfire office was beautiful and each person had their own desk/workstation (some of which was top secret but up close I was looking at the 10-11 designs).
Brad Steward (founder and president of Bonfire) talking with the designers
I first met Brad at SIA this year, he checks in with the blog and is super nice to talk to whenever I see him.
I rode the Bonfire boots at camp all week, loved them and gave my feedback to Brad about the boots. The boots I was riding were in fact 10-11 Bonfire boots which was rad to try out boots that won’t be out for 2 years.
A couple Salomon decks hanging out in the extra office room. The main Salomon office is located in France. Rian was telling me about her trip out to Salomon not long ago and wow it sounds amazing to have that opportunity and location.
It was my first time being at a outerwear office which was cool because I’d never thought about a wall of fabric samples from each year until I got to see them in person. How cool to mix and match or just come up with new designs every year.
Racks of Bonfire Outerwear
Rian checking out the new 09-10 Bonfire site that is soon to launch, I got to check it out and stoked on what I saw.
A huge thanks for Rian for taking time to show me the offices and be able to see behind a snowboard company that puts out great outerwear.