Founded Outside

With a History of Industry Expertise

Our team is located at the base of Mt. Si in scenic North Bend, Washington about 30 minutes from Seattle. We are committed to working and living our passions through travel adventure and the outdoors. Our passions hone our collaborative focus on usability, sustainability and great design driven by both market need and user interest.

Our founder, Jesse Thompson, started his outdoor industry career at the age of 15 at the iconic Moss Tents in Camden, Maine. He went on to The University of Vermont to study Design and experience the world-class outdoor recreation opportunities and industry community in Burlington and the surrounding area. He was recruited by Dana Design in Bozeman, Montana, and eventually went on to be the Head of Softgood Design both there and at K2, its parent company. At both companies, he was responsible for numerous patents, revolutionary designs and manufacturing development practices as well as managing teams and corporate responsibilities. In 2003, he founded Industrial Alchemy and in 2007 teamed up with partner Melissa Jaten to establish the business as a leader in Product Design and Development across various industries. With a focus on innovation and longevity, we have contributed to over 30 patents and make it our goal to develop long term relationships with all of our clients.

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Our founder Jesse Thompson featured on the cover of Alpinist Magazine

Louis testing a prototype Alchemist pack in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia.

Founder Melissa riding Command N’ Rule at the Spokane Horse Trials

Aaron enjoying a hike at Wallace Lake

Kevin and his wife at the 11,400ft summit of Volcano Baru in Panama

Our friend and EB Athlete Melissa Arnot Reid in the Himalaya

Founder Jesse Blacksmithing in the shop

Founder Jesse skiing on MT Rainer

Founder Jesse Bonefishing Turks and Caicos

Jesse Thompson and his sons enjoying time at the office

Melissa and her sons enjoying local snow

Aaron working in the shop

Founders Jesse and Melissa with their sons on a hike near Mount Rainier

Jesse on a hunting trip with Mark

Aaron sewing in the shop

Aaron enjoying a hike in the Canadian Rockies wearing the Alchemist Pack

Aaron hiking with the Terrain 55 Pack in Canadian Rockies

Louis on an expedition on the Monarch Icefield, near Bella Coola, BC.

Louis enjoying sunset from the summit of Mt. Erehwon, BC

Louis enjoying some steep skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Louis couloir skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Kevin playing with the great ice of Iceland

Kevin dwarfed under the massive Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland

Kevin diving in Mexico

Kevin resting during a late season hike in the Enchantments.

- Award Highlights -

First Ascent Alchemist

Gear of the Year 2012
Outside Magazine


Gear of the Year 2012
Men's Journal

First Ascent Maximus

Peak Gear Award 2015
Elevation Outdoors

First Ascent Alpine Sisu

Editors' Pick 2019
Freeskier magazine

Outdoor Research Lodestar Glove

Editors' Choice Snow 2013
Backpacker Magazine

La Sportiva Vapor Nano

Editors' Choice 2015
Backcountry Magazine

First Ascent Sorcerer

Gear of the Year 2014
Men's Journal

Outdoor Research Rangefinder Seabag

Gear of the Year 2014
Men's Journal