Kathy Beckel Darnielle: Beckel Canvas Products
Fifty years ago, Kathy Beckel Darnielle's father Bob, at one time a parachute rigger in WWII, founded a business in Portland as the official outfitter of curtains and tents for Volkswagen vans all over the west coast. "When the VW boom hit in the late 60s, that business was just too big – it went elsewhere, so my dad got into building tents for hunting and horse packing," says Darnielle. Beckel still builds those classic wall tents, many of which can accommodate a wood stove, and makes luggage now, as well. A recent collaboration with Danner Boots put the small shop on the radar of cool hunters nationwide. But don't expect rapid expansion from the brand: "We just like being a small company, and maintaining the fact that we're made in America. We're not going anywhere," says Darnielle.