We are masters of wind and water, innovators of technology and pioneers of design. Our sails make champions and our apparel is cut from the same cloth. We harness nature’s power for adventure; we innovate taking advantage of the latest ideas and we help preserve the ocean for future generations.
North Sails was founded in 1957 by Lowell North, an American sailor and Olympic Gold Medalist. North was also an engineer, one who methodically focused on building sails that were faster than any competitor and over the years his legacy has lived on as the brand’s culture of innovation and exploration producing generations of patented products and race champions. Today Lowell North’s inspiration lives on North Sails Apparel, designed and developed so that consumers can focus on what’s important– taking on the sea or just navigating modern life. Since its founding in 1987, the brand combines a classic Italian design with the history and real heritage of the American brand.
We are are a B Corp™ and proud to have joined The Fashion Pact, with the aim to bring a positive impact in the world.
Our sustainable path
This was only the beginning of our path towards becoming a responsible business.
Designed and constructed by North Sails’ industry experts using the best performing materials and highest quality components. For Sailors, by Sailors.
North Sails Gold Edition
To celebrate its 50th year, North Sails launches a special and more technical capsule.
First Men's Collection
North Sails Collection launches in Italy its first collection, which combines a classic Italian design with the heritage of the American brand.
Our Sailor Jacket
Competitive sailors need a sporting jacket more comfortable than the classic wet weather gear. This is how our Sailor Jacket became an icon.
North Sails was founded
Lowell North creates North Sails, the sailing brand with the fastest sails ever.
We are proud members of the Fashion Pact, a global coalition of leading companies committed to climate change and in protecting the ocean. We are a Benefit company, which meaning we work toward a positive impact on society, workers, the community and the environment. In 2021, we have achieved a very important step in our journey into becoming a responsible business as we became a certified B Corporation™. Being a B Corp™, we commit to respecting the highest standards in terms of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, to bring a positive impact other than just generating profits.
NORTH SAILS APPAREL
Across all areas of our business we tirelessly pursue ways to increase sustainability. Our aspiration is to steer the course to cleaner oceans, creating a better tomorrow for future generations.
We always have exploration and innovation in mind, they are our pillars, the fundament of our brand. We harness nature’s power for exploration; we innovate taking advantage of the latest ideas, and we strive to preserve the Ocean for future generations.
NORTH SAILS' WORLD
We started as a sailmaker brand, then we became much more than that. Today North Sails Apparel designs sportswear with functional and contemporary style, for those who share our passion for the ocean, while our Performance line is made of techincally advanced clothing aimed at the performance focused sailor. Our family is completed by North Sails Sailing and North Kiteboarding.
In 1957 at age 30, Lowell North decided to leave aerospace engineering to become a sailmaker. He never looked back.
North never relied on intuition, he was only swayed by what could be quantified, so he built a company based on science, using constant testing and rigorous scientific methodology to build better sails. And that changed sailmaking forever.
North Kiteboarding has been a global market leader and one of the world's favorite kiteboarding brands since 2001. What absolutely unites the brand is a desire for a more intuitive, more natural and more powerful experience between water, wind and sky. Born to dare in the highest waters, committed to the unknown.