as per Idu Mishmi Folklore.
‘One day, the Forest God, Golo, came across an odd stone. Seeing no use for it, he threw it down on earth. Man found the stone and chiseled it till it started looking like an animal. When Golo saw the chiseled stone, he infused it with life and wanted to take it away. A tussle ensued with Golo grabbing the animal by its horns and Man pulling its tail. Soon, the tail broke off and God took away the animal by its now twisted horns. Since then, the animal, Takin, has been living far away from man in remote jungles, high up on the slopes of Himalayas.‘
While hiking in the Mishmi Hills in Eastern Himalayas, Kapil Dev Singh realized that his high end, waterproof gear was not performing in the hot & humid conditions. Soaked but inspired, he discovered, accidentally, his next career – founding a line of highly breathable and water repellent gear that could withstand the rigors of the tropics and still outperform in temperate climates.
Named after a rare goat-antelope found in the remote Eastern Himalayas, Mishmi Takin has been formed to design high performance products for climatic conditions often overlooked by other brands. With our products, we enable intrepid adventurers to venture into less explored parts of the world, connect with nature and improve their sense of well being. At the same time, we also aim to highlight the challenges faced by people living in remote regions and work to improve their health and well being.
Our initial product focus is on designing high performance boots and hard and soft shells, optimized for the rigors of wet environments. Since the products breathe better in extremely challenging, rainy and humid tropical environments, they are able to outperform in other more temperate and dry environments as well.
The company merges the exuberant style of the tropics with high performance technologies to create products that are at home in both the mountains and city. Our products are ideal for adventure travel, hiking, mountaineering and urban exploration.
Kapil is an entrepreneurial, MIT-trained supply chain expert with a passion for the outdoors and public health. In his supply chain consulting career, Kapil focused on preventing counterfeiting of medicines and advised clients such as Pfizer and Eli Lilly on methods to keep pharmaceutical supply chains safe.
In 2011, Kapil joined Clinton Foundation and worked with Government of Liberia, West Africa on building up their national drug supply chain to improve access to life saving medicines across the country.
An avid hiker, Kapil was unable to find gear that performed in the hot and humid tropics of his native Himalayas or the West African forests. So, he created Mishmi Takin, a company committed to designing high performance gear for climatic conditions often overlooked by major brands.
Kapil has run six marathons to date. He loves hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and mixing with the villagers in West Africa. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and young daughter.
Kapil holds a Bachelors in Civil & Environmental Eng. from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a Masters in Supply Chain Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.