Archive for 2011

Free Music Friday: Abbie Barrett

She uses chemical-free cleaning products, can’t juggle and sounds a little like Chrissie Hynde (is it just me?) … she’s Abbie Barrett, our featured artist of the month for November.

We asked Abbie what she does to reduce her environmental impact.  Among the list of actions she takes (including recycling and using CFL lightbulbs and reusable water bottles), she said: “Mostly, I try to do better.” And whether your environmental action is really big or kind of small, isn’t that the whole point?

She may not know how to juggle, but she can sing.  Check out Abbie’s song “Here to Stay” and download it for free on our Community Music page.

Stay Comfortable

No one wants to get rubbed the wrong way – especially by an errant seam or zipper or poorly-placed button.  Here’s Dean, our senior director of apparel, talking about how we design our gear not just for performance, but for comfort as well:

You can learn more about the innovative technologies and materials we use to make our products comfortable (and warm, and dry, and eco-conscious) by checking out the Timberland Technology Guide.

And speaking of comfort, have you put your feet in a pair of SmartWool socks lately?  Click here to shop our entire SmartWool collection.

30 Seconds to Mars Fans Give the Gift that Keeps on Growing

Musician / actor Jared Leto’s list of accomplishments runs long and impressive – appearing in films like Fight Club and American Psycho, starring in the TV series My So-Called Life, serving as lead singer for the band 30 Seconds to Mars.  And now another achievement: next month, Jared turns 40!

In honor of his milestone birthday, the 30 Seconds to Mars fan club, The Echelon, is giving the gift that keeps on giving: the group is encouraging fans to make a donation in Jared’s honor to Trees for the Future in support of Timberland’s Yele Vert tree planting program in Haiti.  (Jared lived in Haiti as a child, and is actively involved in the ongoing relief efforts in the wake of the country’s 2010 earthquake.)  The tax deductible donation program runs until December 22. $1,300 has been donated by 30 Seconds to Mars fans since the October 21 launch of the campaign.

One of our favorite actor/singers and one of our favorite initiatives … we couldn’t imagine a better birthday present.  To get in on Jared’s gift, visit the Echelon Donates website.  To learn more about our Yele Vert reforestation program in Haiti, visit the tree planting section of our website.

LiteTrace’s Tribute to the Dogs

We don’t call them Man’s Best Friend for nothing: the soles of our LiteTrace Hikers are “dog paw-inspired” … which makes a lot of sense, if you’ve ever seen a dog scamper up a steep hill or through slippery mud or snow.  See for yourself:

Paws aside, could it also be that dogs are quicker and more agile than we are because they spend more time running around and less time eating ice cream and watching reality TV?  Oh, never mind.

You can learn more about the technologies and materials we put into our LiteTrace products on the Mountain Athletics section of our website.  Want some canine-inspired footwear of your own?  You can shop the LiteTrace Collection here.

Eco-Conscious and Tour Bus Resistant

In honor of Halloween, we wanted to share the treats that showed up in our customer mailbox recently.  You guys say the sweetest things!

Wanda writes:

On October 14, 2005 my two year old son’s right foot was run over by a tour-sized bus. Because of your Timberland boots he suffered no broken bones, only stitches under all five toes. I still have the pair of Timberlands he was wearing that day. You can still see the bend in the shoe when it was taking on the weight of the bus. Thank you for saving my son’s foot.

And this, from “Yat”:

I’ve just bought the earthkeeping clogs and I’m not even a clog person! The fact that they were made with the environment in mind makes them just that much more special. They are cute, comfortable, light and the quality is very good especially compare to the throwaway fashion that we are now sadly used to. I could tell that a lot of time and attention has been spent on developing the design of your shoes.

We love to hear from people who buy our products about how well they perform (but please – don’t throw your foot under a bus to find out).  And yes, we also like to know when our stuff misses the mark.  Have a Timberland story?  Send it in and maybe we’ll feature it in an upcoming blog post!

Beating the Winter Blues With ‘Style Night Out’

Any excuse for a party: In honor of the changing season and the changing wardrobe that goes with it, Timberland hosted a series of Style Night Out events across the US and invited Timberland fans to join in the festivities.

DJ Lora sets the mood at Timberland San Francisco's Style Night Out.

Because (wo)man can't live on fashion alone.

From San Francisco and Seattle to Chicago and New York, fall-minded fashionistas came out to enjoy food, music and fun. We even had a personal stylist on hand to assist guests in creating their own winter wardrobe (with our Women’s product collection serving as inspiration):

What winter blues?

If this doesn't scream "mountain chic," I don't know what does.

You can see more Style Night Out photos by clicking on the Womens tab of our Facebook page … and if you live in the Boston area, you still have time to get in on the Style Night Out event at our Newbury Street store on November 2!

Our thanks to Lucky Magazine and Nordstrom for helping us celebrate all that’s warm and wonderful about winter.

Stay Warm

Here in New Hampshire, it’s so cold that the forecast calls for SNOW … which makes the idea of staying warm more important than ever. Here’s our senior director of apparel, Dean, back again to explain the natural inspiration (two words: polar bears) for the technology we use to make our gear thinner, lighter and warmer:

If you think that’s cool, check out the Timberland Technology Guide, where you’ll find a boatload of other videos and information about the innovative technologies and eco-conscious materials we use to create durable products that keep you comfortable, dry and warm.

And if flurries are in your local forecast, you’ll want to dress accordingly … shop our winter collections for  men and women now.

Riding in Style: Timberland EcoCabs

When they were covering the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last month, our video bloggers Ramsey and Amanda had the pleasure of tooling around town in the back of one of the Timberland EcoCabs — powered by feet, not fuel, to help keep TIFF’s environmental impact down.

But let’s be clear – this isn’t just a souped-up Schwinn. Unless your Schwinn happens to have turn signals, headlights and THROTTLE. Check it out:

In Our Boots, City Year Changes the World

The following video is billed as a “thank you” from City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization we have had the honor of partnering with over the last 20+ years. But as you watch it, it quickly becomes apparent that the gratitude is all ours to give, for City Year’s powerful commitment and tireless effort to create positive impact and sustainable change in our communities.

City Year spirit laced up in Timberland boots: a pretty unstoppable combination.

Robert on the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Robert, the star of Timberland’s Nature Needs Heroes TV commercial, invited us behind the scenes as he performed one of his breath-taking stunts. Or not:

Ah, well.  Even seasoned performance artists miss their mark sometimes.

You can see more unedited footage of Robert’s on-set shenanigans on our Facebook page:  like us to unlock the entire Robert video vault! And while you’re there, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Earthkeeper footwear.  At last check, the Men’s Rugged 6-Inch Waterproof Plain Toe Boot was getting the most love, with the Women’s Rudston Waterproof Pull-On Boot in a distant second place.  Agree?  Don’t?  Cast your vote!