The North Face Himalayan Retro 1994 Parka

Finding an ideal winter parka is difficult with so many choices out there. If you want a bulky, super warm and one-jacket option that lets you forgo midlayers, then this North Face Himalayan Retro 1994 Parka may be for you. Originally release in 1994, the North Face has brought back this classic from their archives.

The first Himalayan Parka was an early example of athlete-designer collaboration build for the harsh cold water climates found on mountain tops with the needs of climbers in mind.  North Face created the  Expedition System which included the Himalayan Suit and this Himalayan Parka. Equipped with a huge hood, 700-fill  down insulation and a DWR water resistant coating using FUTURELIGHT fabric technology that maintains its breathability. Coming in four classic North Face colors, its available now only through North Face UK but should be available in other retail regions in the coming weeks.

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Junya Watanabe x Karrimor and The North Face Backpack Jackets

The backpack jackets that Junya Watanabe designed in collaboration with The North Face was one of the most memorable outerwear pieces to drop last winter. They flew off shelves and were a must have for both Junya loyalists and North Face heads. The concept returns in similar executions from both The North Face and Karrimor with all the requisite detail including hidden pockets, fit-adjusting pull tabs and zippered closures.

The Junya Watanabe x The North Face Trail Pack Jacket is now at Japanese stockists is listed on ZOZOTOWN’s site for  a retail price of ¥205,200 JPY, with the Karrimor counterparts available for ¥248,400 JPY.  Look for them to arrive at Western stockists including END soon.

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North Face x BEAMS Capsule Collection

 

The North Face has been on a tear with their collaborative releases in the past year. The latest brand to collab with the label is Japanese department store BEAMS. The resulting collab is a timely and weather appropriate assortment of summer-minded items. Mesh is utilized on both mesh and hats in the collection, along with a series of colorful graphic tees.

View the selection above and expect an official release on June 23 at select BEAMS retailers. Prices range approximately between ¥4,860 JPY and ¥21,600 JPY (approx. $45-$200 USD). Click through to see the entire collection.

 

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The North Face Purple Label FW17 Lookbook

Japan is a shopper’s paradise for thousands of reasons and the North Face Purple Label is among them. While branded as North Face, these pieces are a lot more fashion leaning than the North Face products you normally see in North America. As has become routine for the label, the look book is uni-sex featuring men’s and women looks. The color palette mixes blues and neutrals with tans and khaki. Standout pieces include ¬†a fantastic pullover anorak , fleeces and thick knits.

You can shop the items through the Nanamica online shop.

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North Face Purple Label SS16

If I were to sum up North Face Purple Label in two words, they’d be exclusive and consistent. The Japan offshoot of the main North Face brand is alot more aspirational than the typical gear you’d find at Modell’s or in a suburban American mall. The color palette shifts for warmer weather, transitional towards tans, beiges, and navy. The fits are refined and really allow alot of flexibility in terms of the outfits you can create using these pieces. In terms of functionality, outerwear with COOLMAX construction allow for lightweight protection from the elements while maintaining breathability. Accessories¬†come in the form of backpacks, duffles,¬†bucket caps and nylon pouches. As per usual with Purple Label, it’s also nice to see to see items for women here as well, for that ultimate instagram power couple flex. Get the gear online or through Nanamica stores. Click through for more of the lookbook.

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North Face Exclusive ’85 Mountain Parka

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 … Read more