Models worthy of Abercrombie & Fitch dressed in down jackets waddle to music in the shower to prove that the garment is really waterproof. Between fir trees and artificial snow, Columbia Sportswear launched its new advertising campaign in New York. The first of this magnitude in over ten years. With the same stainless “muse”: Gert Boyle, 91, non-executive president of the outdoor clothing and footwear company, founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, by his family, of Jews who fled the ‘Nazi Germany. The matriarch makes people laugh, heroine of humorous spots. She has clothes “tested tough” (“tested tough” says the slogan) in extreme and absurd conditions.
Columbia, listed on Wall Street, is profitable and growing. Its turnover rose from $ 3 million in the 1980s to $ 2.1 billion in 2014, where it soared 25%. Its profits jumped 45% to 137.2 million. But sales, for a long time