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Patagonia Packaging System

Client: Patagonia

Every component of Patagonia's process is critically assessed to ensure it preserves the human connection to the earth. In late 2013, after witnessing a decline in their baselayer sales compared to primary competitors, Patagonia sought a visionary partner to redesign the “sushi roll” structure of their existing baselayer packaging.

We started with research. After careful analysis, our researchers, strategists and designers used the findings from mobile and in-person research to confidently put a strategy in place. This strategy acted as the guidebook for the execution of the package design.

Inspired by the hex nuts that Yvon Chouinard and Tom Frost invented, the new base layer package uses 100 percent post-consumer waste corrugate, which is easily recycled. In addition the box does not require glues or adhesives for assembly. We considered every step in the packaging process from the hands of the manufacturer to the hands of the customer.

The look and feel was also kept functional and on-brand for Patagonia. The corrugate is left in its natural state with minimal printing, using stickers to designate style, color and size. The front of the package easily opens to reveal the baselayer inside and gives the customer easy access to touch the material or remove and replace the baselayer. This allows for a clean on-shelf look even after a customer has replaced the baselayer.


IDSA International Design Excellence Award - GOLD 2015


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