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Well+Good Changemakers 2023

“I can’t wait for a future that focuses on lifting us up instead of tearing us down: ‘10 Bird Songs To Listen for on Your Next Hike’ sounds a whole lot better than ‘10 Ways To Lose 10 Pounds,’ don’t you think? I want to live in a world where I’m celebrated, and I know I’m not alone.” —Raquel Vélez

Outside Magazine: 2021 Outsider of the Year

Vélez has big dreams for Alpine Parrot....“I want to be as big as Patagonia for plus-size,” [Vélez] says of her business’s future. “I want to be able to cover every single activity that people of size do. Which, it turns out, is all of them.”

Popular Science: Best of What's New 2021

Clothing companies typically approach plus-size offerings as simply scaled-up versions of smaller sizes, an approach that fails to recognize that a person’s proportions may not simply be a larger version of a size six. The Ponderosa Pants not only come in sizes 14 to 24, but...

Outside Magazine Gear Guide: Editor's Choice Award 2022

The soft, stretchy, nylon-elastane fabric moved with our bodies without tearing at the seams as we high-stepped up boulders on the rugged North Carolina section of the Appalachian Trail. It was even stretchy enough for us to sit cross-legged by a campfire without...


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