In 1972 Yvon Chouinard founded Patagonia, a company that specializes in outdoor clothing and gear. The outdoor sporting goods company, based in California, produces high-end outdoor clothing, organic cotton clothing, sportswear, travel clothing, and outdoor gear. Patagonia is als... Read Moreo involved with environmental organizations and their efforts, including Common Threads Partnership, 1% for the Planet, and The Footprint Chronicles. Although the clothing company was originally founded by selling clothing for rock and alpine climbing, Patagonia sporting goods carries clothing appropriate for a variety of outdoor activities, including skiing, surfing, rock climbing, and more. Patagonia clothing is known for its athletic apparel, but some of the company's most well-known products are casual apparel, like Patagonia fleeces, coats, and jackets. One of Patagonia's main product lines is Capilene base layer clothing, which is a traditional top and bottom layering system that insulates people against sun and cold. Patagonia clothing uses various clothing technologies, such as its Regulator insulation, which provides compressibility, warmth, and moisture transport in a lightweight material that can be worm alone or as part of a layering system. Patagonia has designed other innovations and technologies for its sports and outdoor clothing, including Encapsil down belay parkas, Gore-Tex jackets, Strider Pro shorts, and more.