Colorado Cool Stuff: Char Bloom fishing vests
After she got into fly-fishing in the mid-1990s, Char Bloom found that the gear wasn’t designed with a woman in mind. “They lacked color and style,” she recalls. “Since I was living in mine, I also found they lacked organization.”
Before long, Bloom was teaching and guiding, and decided to fill the void for a woman’s vest herself. In 2004, she perfected her design, found a manufacturer and began selling her vests online. Bloom’s stylish and orderly vests are not khaki or green; rather, they’re pink or spruce. While she runs her fishing-vest business for profit, Bloom donates her income from guiding and teaching to her former CU footballer son Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime charity. Vests: $85 retail.
Made by Char Bloom LLC, Keystone, (970) 262-2427 [CHAR], www.charbloom.com.