Hard as it may be to believe, it’s been a year since the first collaboration between The North Face and Gucci hit shelves in January of 2021. Granted, after all the weirdness of the last 12 months, the question of whether the intervening time felt like an eternity or the blink of an eye remains something of a toss-up. But no matter what kind of existential exhaustion you’re currently experiencing, The North Face x Gucci is here with a cure: getting outside and exploring, ideally in some very good gear from their new collaborative collection.
This time around, the brands looked to sources both new and familiar for inspiration. You might remember remastered designs from the ’70s from the last go-around. They’re still in the mix, and pieces are still created with all the old-school vibes you could ever want but finished using the latest tech from The North Face. But for their second outing, the brands are also turning to another huge decade for the outfitter: the ’90s. So in addition to vintage-feeling mountain parkas, you should be on the lookout for big, bad puffers that look like they stepped right out of the brand’s end-of-millennium heyday—but not before getting Guccified by Alessandro Michele and company.
Speaking of Michele, Gucci’s creative director teamed up with French twins Jalan and Jibril Durimel to create a campaign for the second The North Face x Gucci collection set in Iceland. From black sand beaches to mountains and glaciers, it takes the gear out into the wild, showing off how, exactly, the modern-day, dripped-out adventurer might want to outfit themself for a hike on an excursion out onto the ice.
To do that, though, the first step is getting your hands on some of this stuff. And considering how fast the last collection sold out, you’re probably not going to need much convincing. (Though it’s worth noting, on the off chance you’re feeling iffy about thing, that both brands have continued their commitment to the sustainable fabric Econyl, made from fishing nets and carpet and the like, as well as using only down certified to the Responsible Down Standard by Control Union.)
The collection is available today online, as well as at Gucci pop-ups in Aspen, Chicago, New York’s 5th Avenue, and Toronto Bloor. Time to get shopping—and exploring.
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Source : Esquire