North Drinkware Brings the Colorado Mountains Home in Every Glass
With three beloved Colorado Mountains—Pikes Peak, Longs Peak and Maroon Bells— the brand celebrates the terrain with every sip
It was a love for the mountain lifestyle that inspired Nic Ramirez, Matt Capozzi and Leigh Capozzi to start North Drinkware. In 2015, the hand-blown glass company began on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform that facilities creative projects. When fundraising took off, the Oregon-based team turned their side project into a full-time hustle, and North Drinkware was born. The first glass created was one they saw out their own windows, Mt. Hood.
“Our mission is to bring the mountain home,” says marketing manager Kendrick VanEe. Using U.S. Geological Survey data, North Drinkware replicates iconic mountains at the bottom of every glass. The 3D design is created as a mold before being added to the glass. Local Oregon glass blowers hand-craft the vessel, so each product is one of a kind. “There’s a story at the bottom of every glass,” says VanEe. He finds that customers particularly enjoy the conversations the glasses evoke.
After finding success in their local markets, the team expanded to celebrate mountains across the U.S. In Colorado, North Drinkware offers glasses featuring Maroon Bells, Longs Peak and the most recent—Pikes Peak. “The highway up to Pikes Peak really stands out, so we overemphasized it in the design,” explains VanEe. Along with launching new glassware, the collection also offers a coaster set using laser-cut birch ply with a cork backer. In collaboration with Pendelton, the Maroon Bells collection includes a stylish wool blanket with topographically accurate data represented.
In staying true to its mission to bring the mountains home, North Drinkware partners with the nonprofit 1% for the Planet. The foundation aligns with nonprofit organizations in different regions across the country. Depending on what product your purchase, 1% of the sales goes back to select nonprofits in that geographic area. Rest assured that any purchase improves the community surrounding the mountain featured in your glass purchase.