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    Comfort in regards to technical apparel goes hand in hand. For me that’s one of the things that’s always attracted me to tech apparel.

    Alan Galloway


    Q&A with Alan Galloway (@oldmanalan), Sacramento

    GORE-TEX Studio: This one is getting harder and harder these days - but how would you describe yourself in 1 sentence max?

    A real dad who stays comfy.

    GORE-TEX Studio: Tell us a bit about your city’s climate. What are your three favorite spots - in the summer, in the winter (outside)? What is your favorite method of transportation and why? How do you prep for bad weather if you spend time outside?

    Sacramento actually has a fairly diverse climate believe it or not. I know most people think because it is California it’s sunshine and great weather year round but that isn’t the case. We get heavy rain annually throughout the winter season with low temperatures to match. While we don’t get snow because we are in the valley we still get our share of the elements.

    In the summer I’d say my favorite place to be is anywhere near water. Summer here can get extremely hot with week-stretches of 100+°F (38°C) temperatures. For the winter months I tend to taking the hour drive towards Tahoe/Truckee mountains. It's a beautiful area that gets heavy snow with plenty of things to do even if you aren’t going to ski/snowboard.

    My normal mode of transportation is my [Mercedes-Benz] W211 AMG. Apologies to everyone else on the electric kick. I prefer old Benzes – it's just something I’ve always been into since I was a kid. For bad weather, I normally just make sure to layer up heavily when prepping for anything crazy outside in colder temps.

    GORE-TEX Studio: Tell us a bit about your professional life and do you draw a hard line between private/professional? What were your most memorable moments professionally, your biggest achievements?

    My day to day “professional life” consists of designing, curating, and running my different brands. See Reverse for Care, Film Wave and the oldmanalan brand itself. I’d say my most memorable moments professionally would be the stuff I'm currently working on for See Reverse for Care. I’ve been designing some really cool things I can’t wait to show the world soon.

    GORE-TEX Studio: What are you wearing today, why are you wearing it, did you have a particular weather scenario in mind when choosing this piece? What do you love most about your GORE-TEX product?

    I have several of what you could consider “favorite” GORE-TEX pieces but my #1 would have to be my vintage GORE-TEX brand logo hat. It's as simple as it gets with the classic embroidered GORE-TEX front hit on a black cap. Nothing flashy... just like I like it. It could be my favorite cap I own not only because of how hard they are to find in good condition but the versatility of this hat is what really makes it my personal favorite. I can wear it with nearly anything in my closet and not think about it. To me that’s the sign of a “favorite” piece.

    GORE-TEX Studio: Where and when did you get this… Do you have any special memories connected to this item? If you could go anywhere, where would you like to take this piece?

    I picked this up thrifting years ago. Unfortunately I can’t remember exactly where. I've worn this hat in the woods/snow/rain you name it and it's still going strong. If I got the chance to take this hat anywhere in the world I’d hands down pick Tokyo, Japan.

    GORE-TEX Studio: How do you define the term “comfort” in clothing, in particular technical apparel?

    Comfort in regards to technical apparel goes hand in hand. For me that’s one of the things that’s always attracted me to tech apparel. It's so easy to find comfortable, versatile, and visually pleasing pieces you can wear both in the rural elements and in the city. GORE-TEX Studio: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects… what are you looking for in the next six months and what challenges do you see that you’re excited about? I have a lot of new things coming from See Reverse for Care, Film Wave and my personal brand oldmanalan. I can’t talk too much on it yet but keep your eyes open. 2022 will be fun.


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