When Burgeon Outdoor was founded in 2019, a big part of the company’s mission was to deliver high-quality outdoor apparel made right here in the White Mountains. But in order to make that dream a reality, Burgeon needed to assemble a high-quality production team. In late 2019, Burgeon welcomed Danyal Bansar who has helped elevate Burgeon’s production to new heights.
Danyal joined Burgeon Outdoor in November 2019 after a distinguished decade-plus career in production stitching. Since her arrival she has played a key role in the production of Burgeon’s most popular products, and if you were among the many to try out a Highlander Hoodie this winter, there’s a good chance she helped make it.
In high school Danyal was a member of Littleton High School’s 1995 and 1996 state championship cross country ski teams (not just our State Champion Stitcher, our 2x State Champion Stitcher!). She fondly recollects the team spaghetti dinners, the long bus rides to and from competitions -- and especially honking the bus horn at late night hours to let everyone in Littleton they were returning home victorious. A big thanks to coach Griffin and all her teammates for the memories.
Danyal started her stitching career at Genfoot's Littleton facility. “Before I went to Genfoot I hadn’t stitched, then I went to Genfoot and it became what I loved to do,” Basnar said. “I was originally just going to get a job and then I found out it was my passion.” She was there for 11 years.
When Basnar moved on from Genfoot she initially thought she’d wind up doing something different, but then an opportunity to continue stitching at Burgeon opened up and she jumped on the opening. Since her arrival, Basnar’s work ethic and efficiency has made a big impression on her new colleagues.
“What I love about her is she’s worked in legitimate production factories and manufacturing environments which means she approaches this job with that same mindset,” said Burgeon Outdoor operations manager Justin Walsh. “Her superpower is her experience in production mode. She definitely shows up every day, she’s here early, and she’s head down working her butt off from the moment she shows up to the time she leaves.”
Though she had not previously worked on outdoor apparel like Burgeon’s, Basnar said she enjoyed getting the chance to try something new. As a nature lover who likes going on short hikes in places like The Basin, ice skating in the winter, and trips to swimming hole. She appreciates that she can both enjoy the fruits of her own labor while playing a role in its creation right here in the White Mountains.
“I love what Burgeon stands for and that they’re making their own products and that I get to be a part of that,” she said. “I like making something from the start and seeing the finished product when it’s done, when it doesn’t look like it’s anything and then it becomes clothing.”
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Burgeon Outdoor was founded in 2019. Burgeon’s mission is to help mountain communities flourish. Burgeon proudly manufactures premium outdoor apparel in Lincoln, NH. By manufacturing locally, Burgeon creates year round jobs in the White Mountains. 5% of Burgeon’s sales support its community and environmental efforts. To learn more, please visit our studio at the Village Shops in Lincoln, our website burgeonoutdoor.com or call us at 603-745-7123.