Exclusive to Japan, North Face Purple Label offers a more refined retro-inspired take on classic outdoors gear. Designed by Nanamica designer Eiichiro Homma, the Fall/Winter 2018 collection channels 90s vibes with a ton of easy to incorporate pieces. The styling here is always a highlight when it comes to this label. Featuring an array of subtle tones tans, navy and mustard yellows, the colors work together with unique fabric choices to make for inspiring Fall wardrobe choices. Some of the products to look for in the collection include the Harris Tweed Field Caps, functional Mountain Day Pack and the Nuptse Mini. Click through to see the entire collection and visit the Purple Label website for more information. To find older items , a good bet is to search the label on Rakuten.
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North Face Purple label is the sartorial equivalent of those elusive Japanese Green tea or Red Bean Kit-Kats. While North Face’s reputation in the states is mainly based on it’s ability to deliver functional garments in a variety of challenging environmental conditions, Purple label is it’s more exclusive and refined sister label.
As in the past few lookbooks, the collection is presented with format with looks for both genders that are consistently on point. I also have to note that the model in this is a dime and a far cry from countless basic bitch still rocking those North Face fleeces with UGGs. The garments themselves are mostly navy, tan or olive and in terms of the men’s pieces there’s a great variety of things here. From what looks to be a gore-tex fur-lined hooded parka to an easy grey crewneck/suitpant combination. The mix of proportions and textures really give some solid inspiration for how to dress for colder days ahead. See all the looks after the jump and hit nanamica to cop.
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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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If you live in anywhere North America you are sure to see countless citizens wearing regular North Face Polo Fleeces. The North Face Purple Label collections are designed and mainly distributed in Japan but since the sub-lines creation, the line has been responsible for countless dope designs. In particular the line has once again delivered standouts in the outerwear category with this editorial displaying a Pertex MA-1 as several Mountain Parks in Bayhead cloth (65% Polyester, 35% Nylon).
Consider this post an open letter to retailers and North Face corporate with the blunt message: Please provide of these goods onto North American shores, we’re starving over here.
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