Frustrated trying to find high-quality fleece, hardware, or Gore-Tex at your local chain store? Do they look at you like you are an alien life form when you ask for Gore-Tex or Cordura? I know that feeling, and that’s why I have compiled this list of specialty retailers.
This is a list of all the sources I know of, both online and not. If you have one to add, please email me! Also, note that I am not affiliated with any of these companies, but I do conduct business with many of them. When you support these great little companies, please let them know how you found them.
Please do not email me and ask me where to get a specific item; I will just give you the URL of this page.
Beacon Fabric & Notions: Activewear Fabrics and Outdoor Fabrics
Supplex, ripstop,and other nylon fabrics; Sunbrella and other awning fabrics.
8331 Epicenter Boulevard,Lakeland, FL 33809
DIY Gear Supply DIY Project Guides, Fabrics, Insulation, Hardware, Line, Webbing and more to bring your ideas to life.
The Green Pepper Patterns, fabrics, notions.
1285 River Road, Eugene, OR 97404
LightHeartGear Silnylon and other ultralight fabrics, tent poles, ultralight focused.
Outdoors Wilderness Fabrics Huge selection of outdoors fabrics, notions, hardware and more. They have an excellent small business policy. Thank you, Lynn, Dale and team: you guys are the best.
123 E. Simplot Boulevard, Caldwell, ID 83605
Quality Zipper Supply Zippers and snaps. They have many different hard-to-find sliders, and jacket zips in a multitude of colors. There is a minimum order.
P.O. Box 5204, Grand Forks, ND 58206
Quest Outfitters Outdoors fabrics, patterns, notions, hardware and more.
4919 Hubner Circle, Sarasota FL 34241
Rockywoods Outdoors Fabrics A vast selection of fabrics, hardware, notions, patterns. I’ve found many unusual and useful fabrics here, with great customer service.
418 8th Street SouthEast unit A-3, Loveland, Colorado, 80537
Rose City Textiles They have some of everything here; it is best to call and get samples.
2515 NW Nicolai, Portland OR 97210
Seattle Fabrics Patterns, notions, and fabric.
8702 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
The Rain Shed Patterns, notions, and fabric.
250 Broadalbin St SW, Unit 110, Albany OR 97321
Thru-Hiker Silnylon, down, kits, and other items geared toward the lightweight hiker and backpacker. Also has how-to pages and message boards.
Discovery Trekking Outfitters Polartec, Wind Pro and Wind Pro Stretch, Polartec Power Shield, Windbloc, and many other technical fabrics from Polartec (too many to list, including print colors of Power Stretch!)
919 Ironwood Street, Campbell River BC V9W 3E5
Macphee Workshop Patterns, outerwear fabrics, own line of patterns, catalog.
Peak Fabrics Many nice technical fabrics; showroom by appointment only.
43 River Ridge Close, Calgary, AB T3Z 3K9
403-242-9996 or 403-242-3537
1460 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 5M8
Pennine Outdoors Outdoors fabrics, notions, hardware and more
Central buildings, Main Street, High Bentham North Yorkshire, Lancaster LA2 7HE
Point North International Ltd
Unit 6, New Russia Hall
Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9AH
Shelby Kaava: Extreme Gear Made by You
Great original patterns for technical clothing; many hard to find notions and hardware.
Merikoskenkatu 3, 90500 OULU, Finland
Note: Cordura, Gore-Tex (including Paclite and XCR), Polartec (including Power Shield, Power Stretch, Wind Pro, and Windbloc), Schoeller (including Dryskin Extreme and WB-400), Sunbrella, and Supplex are all registered trademarks.