The North Face x Sacai Will Reinvigorate Your Cold-Weather Wardrobe
The two brands teamed up on a capsule collection of outerwear and sweats.
BY Jonathan Evans | Sep 14, 2017 | Fashion
Sacai has always had a knack for technically daring pieces, from the brand’s inception nearly two decades ago to the launch of menswear in 2009 and right up until fall 2017. So it should come as no great surprise that designer Chitose Abe—who got her start working for luminaries like Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe—would find a brand like The North Face appealing.
“I personally have been interested in The North Face for a while,” she explains, “and have always wanted to find the opportunity to work with them.” For Fall 2017, that opportunity came to bear in the form of a capsule collection of outerwear, sweats, tees, and pants—plus a few accessories for good measure. For guys, the long parka and puffer bomber jacket are particular standouts, fusing Abe’s design sensibilities with The North Face’s weather-beating know-how.
Abe tweaked technical elements to bring a high-fashion edge to the pieces, making shifts like changing the amount of down in a jacket to update the shape. And she’s not concerned about whether the styles are particularly on-trend or not. “When I design, I am not necessarily thinking about whether something is trendy or timeless,” she says. “Rather, I focus on taking a familiar item and hybridize it to create a new version of the classic.”
And as for Abe’s personal favourites? “I would wear all of them,” she says. “I always design things I can imagine myself wearing.” Taking a look at her fresh, functional riff on The North Face's well-known styles, it's pretty easy to imagine ourselves wearing them, too.