Hot on the heels of the brand’s debut collection, Kazuki Kuraishi and The North Face Urban Exploration have rejoined for a second Black Series drop. Once again, the pair have delivered a range of appreciably wearable gear, informed by technical details and The North Face’s heritage.
Kuraishi’s inspiration for the new collection was the concept of “Seamless” clothing: “‘Seamless’ means that you can wear it to work, and also on the weekend,” he said. “So there aren’t really any boundaries.” Indeed, the new collection centers around understated items in mostly navy, olive drab and black colors, offering a bevy of pockets, straps and drawstrings for maximum functionality.
One reinterpretation of The North Face’s 1990 Mountain Jacket delivers GORE-TEX lining for extra weather resistance, while another blends buffalo plaid with 550 RDS grey goose down filling and a WindWall-secured interior. Elsewhere, a padded jacket and pants set utilize Cordura and Pertex fabrics for durability and Primaloft for an insulating lining, with collarless styling and zippered ankles informed both by military liner jackets and contemporary street tastes. A fleece jacket, pullover and Delta pants underline the effortlessness of the range, reinterpreting a ’90s Sherpa Fleece jacket into a trio of wearable pieces, accented by pull tabs and extra pockets.
The collaboration will exclusive release at Asian stockists on October 22, and European outlets on October 24; check The North Face Black Series’ website for more info.
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