Boathouse was established in 1976 as a Premium crafted outwear brand, rooted in sport. Hand-crafted in the USA.
The heritage of the Boathouse brand began in 1976, through the revolutionary design of the iconic Stevenson jacket. The innovative silhouette was introduced during the Montreal Olympic Games and featured a technically designed shoulder gusset, allowing full arm rotation. The Olympians received the signature silhouette well, providing a functional and fashionable alternative to their everyday uniforms.
Seeing the potential in establishing a premium, hand-crafted outerwear brand, Olympic rower, John Strotbeck, returned to Philadelphia where he built a factory and began producing the classic Stevenson jacket. His commitment to engineering an authentic, timeless outerwear assortment geared toward the driven athlete elevated the Boathouse brand within the team sports market.
Today, Boathouse continues to produce American Made, hand-crafted outerwear that is authentically rooted in sport and geared toward everyday life.
Our 5 Core Values
REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT
We’re not just a company. We’re a community of like-minded athletes and artists who believe that producing quality-made products brings out the best in all of us. After four decades, we still believe in comfort without compromise, style without substitution, and elite performance for all.
We Never Left
We make and ship direct to you from Philadelphia, USA. There is no middleman. We own the raw materials (fabrics, linings, trims, zippers) and we cut, embroider, sublimate, prep, sew, inspect and ship ourselves.
Our products travel on average less than 1,000 miles, helping lower the carbon footprint pushed on this Earth. Our factory is certified by the FLA and three other independent groups monitoring where and how apparel for Schools are made.
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We design and manufacture our entire product line here in Philadelphia, USA, in our own factory, and proud of it!
We, directly and indirectly, give back to our community and strengthen the US economy.
We are a small business that employs 200 full-time craftspeople, designers, and graphic artists.
Every full-time employee is paid a living wage as well as given benefits for their time and dedication to the brand and company. In the age of fast fashion, mass consumption and labor exploitations, Boathouse stands nearly alone in this. We stand proud.