Washington Shoe Company | Celebrating 125 years of rain
A lot happened in 1891. Carnegie Hall had its debut in New York City, electric lights were installed in the White House for the first time, and a company would produce work boots for loggers and gold miners was born in Seattle, WA.
Washington Shoe Company celebrated its 125th anniversary this year by jumping into a puddle of initiatives and product offerings. The company is looking toward the future with a nod to the past. The new logo for its flagship Western Chief brand reflects elements from its historic brand logo, which featured Chief Seattle against a sunny forecast.
The most meaningful of its anniversary initiatives, Washington Shoe Company launched its first nonprofit entity, Wear A Big Smile. The mission behind this foundation is to distribute rain boots, coats, and other gear to schools and homeless shelters. "We're really excited to launch the Wear A Big Smile foundation in conjunction with our 125th anniversary. Rain is in our DNA so providing kids' with boots to keep feet dry and warm is a natural fit for us. We want every kid to be a Western Chief kid." - Robert Moehring, Chairman of Washington Shoe Company.
Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Washington Shoe Company is that is has remained a family-owned and family-run business, making it the 2nd oldest family-owned business in the state of Washington, right after Bartell Drugs.
Here's to another 125 years!