ABOUT

Vaucluse was founded for a reason: To help people sweat less and enjoy the outdoors more. It exists because of the Cool-Dry Frame, an invention of its founder, Brice Sokolowski.

Brice grew up in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in southeast France. His first true love was the Vaucluse: A crown jewel of French nature famous for its beauty, lavender fields, honey, and wine. The region is rife with rugged mountain terrain and breathtaking views and enjoys more than 300 days of sun each year. Enjoying the Vaucluse is practically a year-round activity!

However, all that sun means it can get hot, especially during the summer. Fear of dehydration and heat exhaustion can keep many outdoor enthusiasts from fully appreciating the Vaucluse in all its glory.

Brice was one of them. He was tired of turning back early, defeated by the heat - and he knew it was his backpack’s fault. He’d stuff his pockets and a fanny pack to avoid wearing it. When he ran out of room, he’d have to ask friends and family to carry whatever didn’t fit! And he was sick of coming home sweaty and uncomfortable no matter how far he went.

One day, after an extra-sweaty hike, he decided to do something about it. That was when the Cool-Dry Frame was born.

A hexagon-shaped rubber-plastic frame: strong, yet flexible like a tree; and sturdy yet lightweight like a honeycomb. It would keep the user’s pack off their back, letting air in and keeping them cool and dry.

With an innovative new product to offer, Brice founded the company, Vaucluse, naming the company after his 'true love.' He’s been assembling Cool-Dry Frames by hand ever since, working to meet growing demand from fellow backpackers looking to beat the heat and sweat less.

Today, Brice and all of us at Vaucluse continue supplying the backpacking community with high-quality accessories that enhance their backpack experiences. We're always trying to come up with new ways to have a better time outside and make the Cool-Dry Frame even better.

But while we're at it, we want to try to make the world a better place for everyone - not just our customers.

That's why a portion of the profit from every sale is donated to BEE FARMING ORGANIZATION, VAUCLUSE TRAIL UPKEEP ORGANIZATION, and US TRAIL UPKEEP ORGANIZATION.

Whether you use your Cool-Dry Frame on your commute, while kayaking, hunting, mountain biking, rock climbing, or anywhere else, bees are vitally important to the ecosystem and need our help, everyone deserves better access to the great outdoors.

With your help, we can continue to support these organizations and help people reconnect with nature.

All Vaucluse products are made in the USA.

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