With over 80 years it’s good to state Columbia has a load of experience. Columbia is founded in 1938 and actually started off with selling head wear. This all started after the German Gert Boyle and her family were forced to run away during the second world war. Boyle and her family sought their salvation in Portland, Oregon, and bought a hat store, and called it ‘Columbia Hat Co’. After a couple of safe and successful years, Boyle wanted to see some changes for ‘Columbia Hat Co’. Besides hats Columbia started selling outdoor clothing in the late 50’s. Columbia was making her first big moves and changed the company name in 1960: Columbia Sportswear. This worked out well and Columbia paid more attention to outdoor clothing.