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  • #CockpitGlobeTrotters: Chronicles of Kire

    In our last Globetrotters blog, I promised we would soon be meeting Luca’s mother, to follow along on her adventures as she field-tests classic Cockpit USA styles in Africa and around the world.

    Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket at the African Heritage House. Photograph by Luca Piazzi Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket at the African Heritage House. Photograph by Luca Piazzi

    Kire Godal has spent her career filming Africa’s vanishing cultures, and documenting wildlife conservation projects. Most recently she produced her first TV series, Minjiba Entertains. Her most recent adventure, Skypaths, brought her from the deserts of northern Kenya, to the steamy jungles of the Congo. During filming Kire even lived for weeks at a time in a tiny pup tent amid teeming herds of wildlife in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

    Kire started her career in her teens as a Ford model, later making the transition to working behind the camera. She quickly made a name for herself as a brilliant filmmaker, writer and producer. One of the most endearing aspects of my friend Kire, is that despite such exciting and successful endeavors, her proudest accomplishment has been simultaneously raising her loving family.

    Kire Godal Filming Tribes: Archives - Behind the Scenes from Kire Godal on Vimeo.
     

    Kire was the first friend I contacted as soon as the Cockpit USA team approved my idea of having real people living adventurous lives field-test Cockpit USA products in Africa. Reaching out to Kire was the most natural thing in the world for me, as not only have we been friends for twenty years, but have worked together on film projects and on safari.

    Kire has that rare ability to look stylish and beautiful while doing physically demanding work in some of the world’s harshest climates, most rugged landscapes, and primitive condition. Over our 20 year friendship, I have come to know some very reliable facts about Kire’s packing necessities.

    Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket. Photographed by Paulo Ares Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket. Photographed by Paulo Ares

    Kire’s specialty is taking her film cameras, including a RED Dragon, into remote locations and all that camera gear doesn’t leave much room for trendy clothes.

    Whatever clothes Kire choses to pack into her trusty old Land Cruiser must provide protection from the elements, be comfortable, low-maintenance and long-wearing – and of course should look amazing. Those are the qualities that exactly describe American made Cockpit USA jackets, and that is why Kire fell instantly in love with the Cockpit USA Amelia Jacket.

    Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket at the African Heritage House. Photograph by Luca Piazzi Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket at the African Heritage House. Photograph by Luca Piazzi

    When I first presented Kire with her new Amelia Jacket, she and her son Luca were in the midst of filming her new Africa Channel TV series “Minjiba Entertains” so the Amelia jacket instantly became part of Kire’s uniform on location. As Second Camera Operator on the shoot, Luca was able to take some still photographs of Kire and Amelia at work. 

    Immediately after wrapping the TV episode, Kire packed up to travel with her boyfriend and collaborator in their production companyPaulo Ares to Portugal for work on one of her documentary films ‘Skypaths. Paulo was the photographer for this shoot, capturing Kire on her travels with Amelia. We are delighted to share the first chapters of what we know will prove to be a long and happy association between Kire Godal and her Cockpit USA Amelia Jacket!

    Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket. Photographed by Paulo Ares Kire Godal wearing her Amelia Jacket. Photographed by Paulo Ares

    -- Don Young, Brand Ambassador for Cockpit USA   •   Newland Tarlton & Co.

    Follow Kire on social to see her latest adventures.

    Facebook: Kire Godal Filmmaker   •   Instagram: @kiregodal  •   Vimeo: Kire Godal Films

  • #CockpitGlobetrotters: Arctic Freediver

    Jacques de Vos photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan for Red Bull Jacques de Vos photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan for Red Bull

    Our person of interest this month takes us out of Africa, and into North Norway Arctic. When we launched the Cockpit Globetrotters campaign, some shots from Don Young at Newland, Tarlton, & Co were posted on the personal pages of our upcoming adventurers of interest. After seeing a shot online, one of the most unique adventurers we could have imagined reached out to us offering to help. The friendly, humble e-mail mentioned he was a photographer, a free diver, and the minor detail that he operates guided free dives with Orca whales…….wait what?

     

    As understated as Jacques was in his communications, it is hard to not be impressed by a guy who swims around with Orca’s in the arctic. Partnered with Boreal Yachting, Jacques operates Arctic Freediving, an adventurers experience outfit that maintains a prominent position on the bucket list of the most daring of us all.

    An instructor trainer at the legendary Freedive International, operating out of Tanzania, Egypt, Thailand, and the Canary Islands, Jacques is truly a global personality. Bouncing between Nordic Fjords, and the volcanic grounds of Tenerife, Jacques lives an extraordinary life that required a jacket that fit the lifestyle he has created for himself.

    Jacques de Vos out on the boat in his Cockpit G-1 Jacques de Vos out on the boat in his Cockpit G-1

    Choosing to sport our Navy G-1, Jacques put on the jacket of Navy fighter jocks since WWII. A recognizable symbol for Top Gun, Corsair pilots, Tom Cats and battleship bridges, the G-1 has been a mainstay of cool for a very long time. Built to stand up to the rigors of an ocean faring lifestyle, Jacques chose the jacket that provided all the function, (and flare) a man who dives with Orca’s should have.

     

    World Record freediver Alenka Artnik exploring a wreck in front of Freedive International in our Trendsetter B-15. Photographed by Jacques de Vos World Record freediver Alenka Artnik exploring a wreck in front of Freedive International in our Trendsetter B-15. Photographed by Jacques de Vos

    Throughout the last couple of months Jacques has provided a string of breathtaking shots from around the world. Norwegian Fjords, beautiful ports, and even one of our B-15’s floating 80 feet below the surface with a ship wreck. He has also been able to pass on numerous stories of compliments our jacket has received. Being appreciated among the adventurers of the world is something we take great pride in.

    The team of divers get ready to hit the water. Photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan The team of divers get ready to hit the water. Photographed by Adrien 'Shams' Nisan

    This month, Red Bull will feature Jacques as a person of interest, if ever there was an endorsement for success in adventure sports, Red Bull sets the bar. We are looking forward to seeing Jacques, and his Cockpit G-1 telling his story, of his extraordinary life. Check out Jacques's Red Bull feature here.

     

  • #CockpitGlobeTrotters: A Force of Nature

    Don Young, CEO of Newland, Tarlton & Co., wearing our Type 440 USN Carrier Jacket Don Young, CEO of Newland, Tarlton & Co., wearing our Type 440 USN Carrier Jacket

    Several months ago, at the famed Explorers club in NYC, a 30-year veteran safari guide and naturalist approached Cockpit USA founders Jeff and Jacky Clyman with a challenge. He asked us to put our product into the field to be tested, beaten, battered, and worn, and in return, he would provide the list of people to do the testing. The goal was to use a product field-testing initiative to not only show how our product could handle the real-life rigors of his world, but to use this test to introduce and spotlight the amazing personalities, places, and projects these incredible people of interest would bring. We accepted his challenge, and are happy to launch this campaign along with the true force of nature behind this concept Mr. Don Young. 

    Meet Don Young: A unique combination of outdoorsman, scholar, artist, designer, and adventurer. As CEO of the Newland, Tarlton & Co. luxury brands, Don has used his lifetime of safari experience to create an array of safari experiences from tented camps to lodges, from Africa to Indonesia. Having spent most of his career on tented safaris, Don took that experience to the design table. Don designed the tents and furnishings for his own safari camps, and has also created furniture collections for Ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya, Zarafa Camp, Botswana and Lukula Selous Camp, Tanzania. Eventually he launched his own line of safari furniture that is as focused on the ruggedness and functionality needed to be in the bush, as the style and romance needed to be present in quality luxury safari furniture. 

    Newland, Tarlton & Co.'s private campsite in the Masai Mara was presented to Don Young for his personal use by the Maasai more than 25 years ago. Newland, Tarlton & Co.'s private campsite in the Masai Mara was presented to Don Young for his personal use by the Maasai more than 25 years ago.

    As a naturalist and conservationist, Don has traveled widely in Africa and Asia, promoting education and conservation for endangered species. As a scholar, Don is regarded as one of the world’s authorities on African explorers and has published several academic works including “The Search for the Source of the Nile” published by the Roxburghe Club. Don is a trained forensic osteologist in the field of paleo-anthropology and is the discoverer of an important human pre-historic site in northern Kenya.

    As an author, Don is represented by the prestigious Inkwell Literary Agency and is currently writing his first novel: “The Spy, the Lover & the Devil’s Brother,” based on the story of Capt. Sir Richard Burton and his life in India at the time he ‘discovered’ the “Kama Sutra.”

    Don Young field testing our Weather Field Jacket in a downpour. Don Young field testing our Weather Field Jacket in a downpour.

    Don serves on the Board of Directors of Lion Guardians / Wildlife Guardians, and the Elephant Trust / Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Don is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the Explorer’s Club of New York.

    Don’s safaris, public lectures, and his famous fireside stories, have touched the lives of thousands of people. He has devoted his life to teaching about the natural world, and hopes that by sharing his knowledge and passion, he can help save wildlife and wilderness for the next generation.

    Newland, Tarlton & Co. safari experience. Newland, Tarlton & Co. safari experience.

    Stay tuned for more shots and adventurers to come!

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