Taking you to new and familiar places with gear you help to create.

We are…


As makers (some may say warriors), we are willingly engaged in the constant struggle / conflict to creatively transform raw materials into finished products with our own hands.


As stewards, we are protectors and keepers of the history and traditions of our Carolina Mountains, especially those of craft (sewing), textiles, and camping.


As teachers, we are boldly empathetic, encouraging, and dedicated to constant individual improvement.

Our Purpose

Together, we explore the limits of fabric to craft durable outdoor gear with passion, creativity, and pride.

Our Values

Our Team

Above all else, we are fabric craftspeople.

We have the experience and resourcefulness to solve problems and create customized products for our customers. We work with a wide range of materials from traditional to innovative fabrics, from durable and heavy to high performance and ultra-lightweight. From experience, we find the most efficient ways to cut, design, and join fabrics together. We have implemented LEAN Manufacturing principles making it even easier to explore ways to add customization or personalization to our products. In addition, we upcycle Diamond Brand Gear materials for new and creative uses.

Our Legacy

Where we started

Established in 1881 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Diamond Brand Gear is a 138 year-old company.  With a history of reliability and innovation, we first supplied our military dating back to WWI and WWII.  In 1931, we manufactured the very first backpack for the Boy Scouts.  In the 1970s, we designed the popular lightweight camping tent, the Free Spirit.  Innovation continues today with the introduction of Craft Gear.


Take a peek at what was happening in the decades of the 20th and 21st centuries,

and see what Diamond Brand was doing during those times.

the 1900's

Our Roots

In 1881, …

the 1910's


Diamond Brand contract manufactures the first backpack for the Boy Scouts of America.

the 1920's

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the 1930's

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The 1940's

Supporting the troops

Let’s do whatever we can to protect them.

The 1950's

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The 1960's


Diamond Brand becomes a leader in the outdoor industry by manufacturing high quality backpacks and tents.

The 1970's

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The 1980's


Diamond Brand works directly with U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center to develop Soldier Crew Tent, taking first significant step to becoming a military contractor.

The 1990's

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The 2000's


Diamond Brand wins new military contract to produce U.S. Marine Corps Combat Tent. DBG moves to current 82,500sqft facility in Fletcher, NC.

The 2010's


Diamond Brand Gear is formed to continue manufacturing for the military and the outdoor industry but also to bring back vintage Diamond Brand products.

Our Partners


Outdoor Industry Association
Outdoor Gear Builders
AVL 5 x 5
The Partnership
Henderson Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Coalition
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
American Camp Association


The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
Black Mountain College
Autism Society of North Carolina