The North Face Stag Party invitation, circa 1967

Overview of the Collection

The North Face
The North Face Stag Party invitation
circa 1967 (inclusive)
1 item, (1 sheet, folded)
Collection Number
Invitation to a pre-Christmas stag party hosted by The North Face outdoor clothing and gear company.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 4357978248
Fax: 4357972880
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access, except: not available through interlibrary loan.


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The front of this single folded sheet shows the side profile of an unidentified woman who is at least partially unclothed. Inside the text reads: "Don't be a humbug. The North Face invites you to a Pre-Xmas Stag Party. Let us help you select a little something for your best girl, wife...or both. Super girls, Super sounds, Super wine, Super cheese. Dec. 5, 7:00-11:00, 308 Columbus Ave. store. Bring a friend."

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Most people are familiar with The North Face as one of the biggest suppliers of outdoor equipment and clothing, but few realize just how different the company was in its infancy. Doug and Suzie Tompkins started the company as a mail order business in 1966, and in October of that same year, held a legendary grand opening party at their new storefront at 308 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco. The Grateful Dead played a set in front of a large Ansel Adams print, the Hells Angels worked the door, and Joan Baez wandered the crowd. This "cheeky" invitation is from a later party, likely in 1967, before Tompkins sold the business to Kenneth "Hap" Klopp, who moved the business to Berkeley and guided it into The North Face that we know today.

--From Munster and Company catalog description

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Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from The North Face Stag Party invitation must be obtained from the Outdoor Recreation Archive Curator and/or the Special Collections Section Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: The North Face Stag Party invitation USU_ORA 026. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_ORA 026, USUSCA.

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Acquisition Information

This item was purchased in 2022 from Munster and Company, LLC.

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Subject Terms

  • Businesses and Corporations
  • Expeditions and Adventure
  • Outdoor recreation industry.