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  1. #1
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    SMITH PACKING UP AFTER 50 GLORIOUS YEARS

    I am not here to bash them as they have done way to much for me in so many different aspects from providing me with great friends to keeping me in the best eyewear known to man but this a blow to the evolution of the ski bum dream.

    http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?...4#.VEfHAZRoRBk

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    Something tells me they wouldn't be doing this if Bob Smith was still around...

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    Clearfield and Portland aren't so bad. New Jersey, umm, yeah that's a bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Something tells me they wouldn't be doing this if Bob Smith was still around...
    Of course. Bummer for sure. I doubt it was totally unexpected though. I wonder if Rev will chime in here.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    My dreams of moving to Ketchum and still having a good job have been thwarted once again.......

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    Don't we have a long standing maggot who works for them?

    Wow, new jersey. That's cold.

    Let's do some livin'
    After, we die

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    I don't think the rev is there still.

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    The thread title and OP make it sound like Smith is shutting down, not just moving locations...
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    Is Super G still there?

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    Lot of folks already jumped ship.

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    There are a lot of other places worse than Portland, including Jersey. Sure, it's for their eastern distro hub. Still. Jersey? Ugh

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    A buddy's sister works there. They have known about this for some time. Apparently it was between PDX and Denver.

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    I'm sort of surprised it took soo long.
    "True love is much easier to find with a helicopter"

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    lolz, listening to a consultant group that included San Jose and San Franciso in potential "outdoorsy" HQ locations.
    For the national design headquarters, a month-and-a-half-long location study done by Mercer Group presented data from seven Western U.S. cities—the west part of the country embodies the trend-setting, outdoorsy vibe that Smith will continue to manifest, Delgado said. Cities studied included Ketchum, San Jose, Seattle and San Francisco, Hayes said.
    Here's to yet another PDX based outdoor company with interchangeable bitchy hipster employees and shitty interchangeable product.

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    In 2014, does it even fucking matter where companies are located?

    I mean who fucking cares where the HQ is. If these employers had any balls they would hire the right people and allow them to work from any place they goddamn wanted to.

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    hott butts basement room at his moms house for a bidness write-off, good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hott Butt Mud View Post
    I mean who fucking cares where the HQ is.
    The employees?

    I'd be sad if I was moving further away from skiing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hott Butt Mud View Post
    In 2014, does it even fucking matter where companies are located?

    I mean who fucking cares where the HQ is. If these employers had any balls they would hire the right people and allow them to work from any place they goddamn wanted to.
    It's 2014. Why do plastic sunglasses still cost 100 to 200 dollars?

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    I get it that the market isn’t ski and snowboard goggles, but active lifestyle accessories, from the beaches of Los Angeles to the frats of Iowa to the discos of the Jersey shore to Italia itself. Still Portland seems awfully… cloudy for a sunglasses company. How will they test them, with sun lamps? But maybe it’s genius. Eyewear fashion doesn’t have anything to do with lighting and vision. The hipsters of Portland can show the denizens of overcast Northern Europe how to wear shades 365 days a year. Then the Scandinavia in winter market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bozo T. Clown View Post
    I get it that the market isn’t ski and snowboard goggles, but active lifestyle accessories, from the beaches of Los Angeles to the frats of Iowa to the discos of the Jersey shore to Italia itself. Still Portland seems awfully… cloudy for a sunglasses company. How will they test them, with sun lamps? But maybe it’s genius. Eyewear fashion doesn’t have anything to do with lighting and vision. The hipsters of Portland can show the denizens of overcast Northern Europe how to wear shades 365 days a year. Then the Scandinavia in winter market.
    Hopefully they test them at night. What the fuck type of testing to you think they are doing in Idaho? Tint is done on a machine and fit is fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josef View Post
    Hopefully they test them at night. What the fuck type of testing to you think they are doing in Idaho? Tint is done on a machine and fit is fit.
    A machine? How ingenious. Let me guess, your PhD was in vacuum deposition?

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    They should have capitalized on the trend long ago.


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    where's my fuckin jetpack?
    Something about the wrinkle in your forehead tells me there's a fit about to get thrown
    And I never hear a single word you say when you tell me not to have my fun
    It's the same old shit that I ain't gonna take off anyone.
    and I never had a shortage of people tryin' to warn me about the dangers I pose to myself.

    Patterson Hood of the DBT's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bozo T. Clown View Post
    I get it that the market isn’t ski and snowboard goggles, but active lifestyle accessories, from the beaches of Los Angeles to the frats of Iowa to the discos of the Jersey shore to Italia itself. Still Portland seems awfully… cloudy for a sunglasses company. How will they test them, with sun lamps? But maybe it’s genius. Eyewear fashion doesn’t have anything to do with lighting and vision. The hipsters of Portland can show the denizens of overcast Northern Europe how to wear shades 365 days a year. Then the Scandinavia in winter market.
    I bring my sunnies with me every day here in PDX, but then again, I'm an optimist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapt View Post
    Lot of folks already jumped ship.
    you mean they've seen the writing on the wall that their bum fuck Idaho BS no longer flies with the people that have been paying their wages for the past 18 years?

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