Columbia is an American sportswear company founded during 1938 by Paul Lamfrom in Washington County, Oregon. The brand began as a family hat distribution company with Lamfrom’s parent, who escaped Nazi Germany to Oregon, at the forefront. The company changed from its original name to Columbia Hat Company, due to the location’s nearby Columbia River. In 1960, the brand became Columbia Sportswear Company as it began to manufacture its own products. Today, the publicly traded company is still run by the same family and is known for its breathable waterproof fabrics, as well as its interchangeable shells and liner.
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