Last year saw the rollout of the first items from North Face’s collaboration with Junya Watanabe. Perhaps the best of the whole lot however just recently dropped. The made in Japan collab in delivering a highly functional jacket that features all kinds of technical detailing throughout – inspired by TNF’s original Terra 65 backpack. A patchworked masterpiece of water-resistant materials, this style is highly adaptable – featuring toggles and elastics at the hood and helming. Tasteful. Branding punctuates the look throughout, and alongside multiple pockets and backpack detailing. This is a show stealer and a must have for any serious technical outerwear fan. The only downside might be the hefty retail price, coming in at over $2000. It’s available now at END.
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One of the highlights from June Watanabe’s outerwear collaboration with the North Face. Inspired by 90’s North Face and the culture around the brand, the coat is constructed from wool twill and technical canvas. Tons of details on this one including drawstrings, a detachable faux-fur trim hood and concealed zip closure with button placket at the front. The only thing not to like is the heft price point on this piece, you can get it over at SSENSE.
When Junya showed his fall/winter 2018 collection, the standout pieces were definitely his collaboration pieces with North Face. Pulling both from the vintage North Face archive as well as Junya’s signature detailing. Included among the drop are zip hoodies, varsity jackets and an oxford jacket. The entire selection is available online at Dover Street Market.
The North Face shell has been a staple of American style for decades now. The brand has superseded it’s hiking/outdoors heritage to come to reached an unrivaled status in streetwear. While the brand has been doing exclusive collaborations with the likes of Supreme and Stussy for years, North Face now has a capsule collection of higher quality repros based on it’s vintage archive.
This breatahle HyVent hooded jacket brings back the Mountain Parka in it’s full glory. A fully adjustable, peaked hood, contrasting panels to the arms and shoulders and retro branded details really makes this piece stand apart from the type of North Face jackets you can find at the mall. Get this piece over at Size? for £165.00.
The North Face Purple Label is one of those things that is very hard to come by outside Japan. Like the clothing equivalent of a green tea flavored Kit Kat, you have to scour to find pieces from this sub-label. As they have done for many seasons now, Purple label continues it’s tradition of paring down North Face technical pieces into something more refined and better fitting. I’ve always enjoyed how minimal the branding has been compared to regular North Face and you can expect pretty toned down shirting in an array of plaids, earth tones, navys and olives. Add to the fact that the female model in this lookbook is straight wifey status and you have yourself a lookbook worth looking through.
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While the North Face brand in North America hardly inspires with its increasingly safe output, Japan-based North Face Purple Label has been consistently pushing new territory since it’s inception a few years ago. The Fall/Winter 2013 continues this trend with a tonal, well-styled lookbook. This is one of those rare lookbooks where both the girls and guys sides of things are styled excellently.
There’s alot of greys, tans and blues this time out and the outerwear appears technically sound, with a mix of down jackets, shells and vests layered over minimal shirting and trousers. There’s also a few tasteful knits thrown in to complete the collection. All in all this is a nice lookbook to reference if you’re looking to try something new this Fall/Winter but still want to mix in the staples you already have (New Balance sneakers, dry denim etc). Look for items from the collection to drop soon at select retailers including nanamica.
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