Art and Style

Designer Profil: Catherine Langelier

Cath Langelier

Cath has been a designer at Orage for the past seven years. She’s smart, sharp and particularly quiet but because we share a common office, I was able to get her to answer a few of my questions. The answers can be found below.

Orage: Hey Cath, thanks for doing this. First thing I want to know, how do you travel around the city?

Cath: I’m on my bike 10 months a year. Apart from that I walk, take the metro or run. I try to avoid taking the car, except when I’m heading to the mountain.

Orage: What’s your favourite magazine?

Cath: Lately I have been reading Alpine Modern and Monocle (which is a must while traveling). I’m also a little obsessed with architecture and interior design magazines like Milk Decoration.

Orage: In one line, describe the scope of your work at Orage.

Cath: My main task is searching for the best possible jacket without compromising the style Orage is known for.


Sketches of the Orage Jasmine Jacket

Orage: What is your most recent choice of music while working?

Cath: I like to listen to instrumental music while I work. Stuff like Mogwai et Neu. I’ll usually make my way from Nina Simone to Grimes or Fugazi. The full list is long and eclectic.

Orage: How does the creative process work at Orage?

Cath: Orage defines itself by the desire to offer products that are different from what’s currently on the market. Observation and research is always key when beginning to design a new collection. Then we do sketches, we work on the development of the first prototypes and, finally, we create our showroom sample. The creation itself never stops. No matter where we are in the process, we’re always creating something, even if it’s for later use. It takes almost two years before a new product is put on sale.

Orage: Where do you find your inspiration?

Cath: Our starting point is always the mountain. We always keep our eyes open for the small details that could bring originality and additionnel style to our gear. Then, a good understanding of product construction, fabrics, athletes and consumer needs as well as our close relations with our factories allow us to enrich our creativity at the technical level. Understanding how to build a garment is very rewarding. The transition from the 2D to 3D is where the magic really happens.

Orage Jasmine Jacket

Orage Jasmine Jacket for Women

Orage: Orage has been offering the Prime 20 collection for a few seasons now. This year, the Prime 20 collection is bigger than ever. How would you explain this change?

Cath: Orage has certainly taken a more sophisticated turn. We’re returning to our roots and offering no compromises when it comes to our jackets. Our prime 20 collection provides undeniable quality, original style and loads of interesting features. In short, the Prime 20 collection is our Cadillac.

The market is also evolving. People are looking more and more for a garment that is increasingly technical while being comfortable and original.

Orage: What are the main characteristics of these jackets?

Cath: The focus is on comfort and look. The whole collection is made with linings that are made entirely of stretch materials with the exception of the down jackets. There are also multiple interesting features like the fog free placket, the isolated media pockets and the orange sleeves.

Orage: Orange Sleeves?

Cath: We thought it would be cool and functional if we could turn our coat inside out to be rescued. Orange is the color that will contrast the most with azure (snow). That way the jacket, once turned inside out, can be used as a rescue tool/signal and help you to be seen by rescuers from further away.

Orage: Thank you for your time Cath

Visit our store to learn more about the Prime 20 Collection.

Cath Langelier - Chalet Orage

Photographer Profile: Tal Roberts


We were lucky enough to get Tal Roberts to come along on our lastest team shoot. The amount of shots he captured in the short amount of time is beyond us. Feeling nostalgic, we caught up with Tal to talk about the trip and learn a little bit more about our new favorite photographer.

Orage: Where in the world are you?

Tal: Right now I’m living in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been here for the past 5 months but before that I lived in Ketchum, Idaho for 10 years.

Orage: We noticed that you tend to shoot a lot of shadows and reflections. Is this something you’ve always done or is this more recent?

Tal: Those are a couple things I always try to keep my eyes open for, and I think I have for a long time but I’ve just gotten better at using them over time.

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

Orage: Which photographer currently impresses you with his work?

Tal: I’ve always been a big fan of Brian Gaberman’s work.

Orage: If you had to own only one camera, which one would it be?

Tal: Probably my Hasselblad 503cx, it’s the camera I’ve had the longest and I really like the process involved in shooting it.

Orage: Excluding skiing, what sport do you like to photograph?

Tal: Ever since I started to shoot photos, skateboarding has been one of my favourite things to shoot and one of my biggest influences. It still is really, I’ve been having a lot of fun bringing a film camera along on skate sessions this summer.

Orage: Who, outside of photography, do you consider successful?

Tal: People who can figure out how to be happy and survive living on their own terms.

Orage: What’s the last song you listened to on your music player.

Tal: Loudon Wainwright III – “The Swimming Song”

Orage: Let’s talk about the trip we took together last year. What camera gear did you bring along?

Banks, hunter vest

Banks rocking the Orage Hunter Vest

Tal: A Nikon D4 along with Nikon 16mm, 85mm, 24-70mm, 80-200mm lenses, an Elinchrom Ranger strobe and a Hasselblad 503cx and Leica M6 for film cameras.

Orage: How does shooting skiing defer from snowboarding?

Tal: To me it’s pretty much the same, you just need to know the tricks and how they are done so that you can visualize how to make the best shot in every situation. For that reason, it’s really important for me to communicate well with whoever it is I’m shooting since there are differences in some of the tricks they are doing and the snowboard tricks that I’m more familiar with.

Orage: Favourite shot of the trip to Retallack Lodge?

Tal: A double exposure of the view the top of Hollywood Ridge during our very brief visit from the sun. I really like a lot of the images we made, especially some of the non action shots, but I picked this one because to me it is the best memory of the trip and Retallack as a whole.


Tal Roberts’ favorite shot.

Orage: Hardest shot from the trip?

Tal: The night shots of Banks hitting the bike park jump. There was a lot going on with that shot: the build, getting it lit up so he could see the take off and landing, finding an angle and finding way to light the shot with limited gear. It was also much more of a group effort than anything else we shot, Mike Nick shaping the jump, Karl getting the fire roaring, Jon A. trimming tree branches. Thanks everybody!

Banks Gilberti 180s a feature in the Retallack Lodge bike park.

Banks Gilberti 180s a feature in the Retallack Lodge bike park.

Orage: How awesome is Karl the Gnarl?

Tal: So awesome… What he does there is so important to that operation, he safely hauls you up the mountain to the terrain you want to get to and also keeps the laughs goings and the good vibes high.

Orage: How would you describe the Retallack Lodge?

Tal: Top notch everything. Terrain, staff, food, and lodging were all outstanding.

Orage: Where can people learn more about you?

Tal: @talroberts on Instagram and

Orage: By the way, can you let me know what is going out with the pic below?

Tal: Oh man, that’s an old one. That is Burke Gamblin from Boise, he is gnarly. He climbed up the back side of this sculpture in downtown Boise and stepped onto his board on the apex, rolled forward and ollied to flat.