Here’s a few shots of some amazing work Prois Staffer, Angie Kokes does with hides! From mushers to head bands her work is beautiful and is keeping fellow Prois Staffers warm!
Was a great expo in Salt Lake this year! Thanks for everyone who came out to support Prois! Here’s a few shots from the show….
Prois Staffer, Maggie Boineau has spent some time in the woods hunting crows, and upland birds!
By: Kirstie Pike
CEO & Founder Prois
I love when an idea comes to fruition. I really do.
Cumbre- you may or may not have seen a lot out there about the new Prois assortment in our new and exclusive Cumbre pattern. I am going with the assumption that you have seen it because the idea of you not having seen it hurts my feelings. And I’m an ugly crier.
All joking aside, we are insanely proud and excited to announce the launch of this new line. We have liquidated all old inventory in favor of our fresh, new look and feel. Consider it cosmetic surgery for a camouflage company. This plan has been in the works over a year and the work has been tough for the entire team.
- We worked with the graphic designer at Veil to add our optimal colorations to enhance the Cumbre Pattern.
- All fabrics we hoped to utilized needed to be printed so we could test the quality and the colorations of the new camouflage. There was several tests before we got it where we wanted it. While this process can be tedious, it is well worth the wait.
- We worked with our design team to create 5 new lines in the Prois assortment. We added a merino line, lightweight line, midweight line, down line and rain line. In addition, we worked to offer new accessories such as gloves, beanies and caps. The fabrics are better than ever and our fit has improved with many modifications.
- While our quality is improved, our price point has decreased due to new sourcing partnerships. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. It was never my goal to make Prois too expensive to afford, we just had no other option with our old production style. We are now very competitive.
- We have renovated our entire website. If you haven’t seen it yet…flip on over and look!
- We have hit the consumer shows running. We attended the Wild Sheep Show in Reno to get a feel for how people would react to the new Cumbre lines. We were overwhelmed by the positive response! We opted to move on to the SCI and WHCE shows where we began taking pre-orders for the new lines. This far exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t be more proud of this new assortment. Period.
- We are preparing to launch our online pre-orders and anticipate a very great response.
- Believe it or not, we are beginning to think about the 2019 lines. So fun!
We have been up to our eyeballs in alligators and look forward to hearing from everyone! Oh…and we may have been to busy to keep up with our regular dosing of shenanigans…but fear not, we are getting back on our game. Brace yourselves.
State Coordinator Spotlight this month goes to our Colorado State Coordinator, Mia Enstrom. Mia has been a longtime supporter of Prois and wears the “P” with pride on all her adventures. She’s a fantastic photographer, mother and does amazing work for Prois including being our Social Media Coordinator. She’s a hardcore hunter who’s passion runs deep and we’re proud to spotlight her this month.
Prois: Tell us a bit about you…basically where you live, what you do, your hobbies and loves!
Mia: The life of a wife to a Taxidermist. A small town in Southwest Colorado is where I call home. As well as being an “Hunting Junkie” as called by some of my family, I also love life behind a camera lens, time in the pasture with cows & horses, and chasing around a two year old boy that calls me Momma. My life revolves around the great outdoors and every chance I get to break away from the day to day I’m headed for the hills. From taking pictures, shed hunting, basically hunting for whatever is in season, or just a drive up on the mountain the great outdoors is my happy place and where I love to be with my family & friends.
Prois: How long have you been on staff with Prois?
Mia: I was approached by Kirstie in the fall of 2014 to join as a Prois Staffer. I was in-between a bear hunt and in route to help out a cousin on his bighorn ewe sheep hunt. Needless to say I was beyond stoked to join the posse even though the threat of Kirstie ugly crying if I neglected to accept was a tempting sight to see.
Prois:When did you become a state coordinator?
Mia: I became a state coordinator in the fall of 2016. I had just wrapped up a statewide raffle tag pronghorn hunt and was gearing up for a bighorn ewe sheep hunt of my own… (funny how these amazing things happen around a sheep hunt?!) I was enthralled at the opportunity!
Prois: What have you found to be the most rewarding part of being part of the Prois Posse?
Mia: The sisterhood. Hands down. I had no idea what I was walking into when I approached the Prois booth at WHCE in 2014 and met Kirstie Pike. Upon first sentence I was accepted into what has been the most supportive group of ladies I’ve ever been around. We support each other on not only our hunting adventures but on life’s adventures as well. We all have each others backs through thick & thin. Did I mention we laugh? We laugh A LOT.
Prois: What are your ultimate goals as Colorado State Coordinator?
Mia: To continue my grassroots approach and introduce Prois to more eyes in Colorado. Not only to make them aware of the amazing gear Prois produces but to welcome them into the Posse family. I have met some amazing and dedicated hunters in Colorado that really fuel my fire to continue. To be completely honest, What really fuels my fire is meeting the next generation that takes to the woods every fall for the love of the hunt! Introducing all of these ladies to technical gear designed by women and made for women to set them up for their adventures fills me with pride! My ultimate goal would be to really grow our annual Prois gathering in Colorado. More ladies coming together for the love of Prois & hunting that can kick back and have a great time! I mean, who doesn’t wanna kick back in the mountains in Colorado?!
Prois: Who is your inspiration?
Mia: I was raised by inspirations and am now married to one… However, If i was to spotlight one, it would be my Mom. This woman loves to hunt and her passion come open season every year is something that truly inspires me! Her smile when it all comes together is priceless. She embarked on a DIY elk hunt in Colorado and came out of that hunt with an amazing 355” bull. When I received a trophy picture the first thing I looked at was that smile, Not the bull she harvested. I can only hope when my little guy grows up he views me the way I view her as a hunter. Her passion shows true and she is a dead eye I’m proud to call my Momma. Did I mention she wears Prois?!
Prois: How do you feel female hunters can continue to band together and support each other?
Mia: Two words. Dig deep. There’s a lot of going back and forth over what kind of gun you shoot, what kind of bow you draw back, your optics, your camouflage, etc. I like to toss all that aside and dig deeper. We are all hunters. We’re all on the same team. We’re all conservationists. Taking this approach sets us all up to become a united front. Women are strong and a force to be reckon with when they unite. It really is an awesome thing see all of these amazing ladies come together for the love of the HUNT!
Prois: When did you start hunting?
Mia: I was born and raised a hunter. There’s a trophy photo of my Mom in the bed of truck with a coastal blacktail buck she harvested holding me in the photo as a baby. The tradition was passed down throughout my entire childhood. As soon as I was old enough to get my hunting licenses I was on it. Harvested my first buck months after pas
sing my hunters education.
Prois: What do you find to be the most rewarding part of hunting?
Mia: Hunting is a well rounded and humbling experience. There’s not just one part that I find most rewarding. Every little piece comes with reward. The hunt itself, Being around family & friends, putting meat on the table, and of course taking part in wildlife conservation at it’s finest. All of this brings reward to me and fuels my passion to get back out there every year to do it all again.
SCI 2018 is in the books!
The new Prois Cumbre line was a hit! Thank you to all of the ladies who stepped out to support Prois!