We are a family-owned company located in Nelson, Bristish Columbia. We pull inspiration from our beautiful surroundings and eclectic, mountain community.
Ambler began in the fall of 1995 when Peter Ambler sewed a few styles of handmade fleece hats and sold them to his friends. Today, our intent remains the same - to make quality products for our friends to enjoy. We've perfected fit, function and design with our friends in mind...whether we've met them yet or not.
We are rooted in collaboration, adventure and a celebration of the unique. But we want to do more than just make great stuff. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of the people we work with - from the makers to the wearers and everyone in between through the decisions we make as a company and a family.
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We have been partnering with Everest Fashion since 2004 to produce our hand made products in Nepal. They oversee all of the products that are knitte in homes in Nepal as well as take care of all of the product finishing, packaging and shipping. They are doing incredible things at Everest Fashion and we are honred to have them as our friends and partners. Everest Fashion is a certified Fare Trade producer through Fair Trade USA.
Tristar is a family-owned hat manufacturer based in Richmond, BC that has been run by the Kuber brothers for over 30 years. We are pleased to be working with a company that is dedicated to producing high quality hats here in Canada. Our entire spring/summer collection is made at Tristar.
Manos Amigas is a World Fair Trade Organization based in Lima, Peru. We work with them to create our Andean Collection of pure alpaca knits. Manos Amigas works with knitting co-ops in rural regions of Peru to provide meaningful work for women in these small communities.
1995 - Ambler Mountain Works is born in the town of Canmore, in Alberta, Canada. Peter Ambler sews 10 styles of fleece hats and has some luck at local crafts fairs. He sets up shop from out of his car and begins selling his hats to few local retailers.
2000 - Ambler grows to over 200 retailers in North America through the hard work and dedication of Peter and his small team.
2004 - This is an incredibly sad and hard year for everyone in the Ambler Mountain Works family. Peter is tragically killed in a car wreck. Ambler continues under the management of Peter’s widow.
2005 - Ambler’s Himalayan Collection is introduced. Peter’s vision for handmade hats from Nepal comes to fruition through a partnership with Everest Fashion in Nepal.
2009 - Ambler is purchased by an employee and his wife, Christian Rawles & Jackie Brown. Along with their one year old son, Christian & Jackie look to carry Peter’s vision for Ambler into the next chapter.
2013 - The first spring collection of hats is introduced. All of the hats in the spring collection are made at a factory located in Vancouver, BC.
2018 - Now located in Nelson, BC (and as a family of four) Christian & Jackie continue to make products that encourage families to get outside and enjoy nature together.