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Helly Hansen (US) Inc.

4104 C Street NE, Ste 200

Auburn, WA 98002


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The story of Helly Hansen started in 1877. After many years at sea, norwegian captain Helly Juell Hansen & his wife Maren Margarethe began producing oilskin jackets, trousers, sou'westers & tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil. They certainly struck a nerve in the market, because over the first 5 years they sold approximately 10,000 pieces. In 1878 the company won a diploma for excellence at the Paris Expo, & began exporting its products. In the 20th century, Helly Hansen made several breakthroughs in product development to complete the layering principle today known as the 3-Layer System™. In 1949 the Helox, a thin sheet of translucent PVC plastic sewn into waterproof coats, took over for the oilbased outerwear & became the must-have protection for outdoor use. With a production of 30,000 coats each month the success was almost immediate.


The original fleece, the fiberpile, was developed in 1961 and has been perfected for almost 50 years since. This new insulation layer was warm, lightweight & fast-drying, ideal for wearing under the protective layer. It was soon embraced by workers because it offered extraordinary insulation against the cold, & ventilated well during hard, physical work. It even protected against snow & light rain, staying extremely durable & warm after many washes.


The heritage from Helly Juell Hansen is still our cornerstone. Today our gear is used by world-class sailors, skiers & adventurers who spend their time between human will & nature’s forces, & demand full protection & performance when the conditions are at their worst.

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