The North Face and Comme Des Garcons are teaming up with Junya Watanabe to bring a new line of apparel to your closet. Junya Watanabe is returning to his roots in this partnership. Watanabe was originally the protégé of Rei Kawakubo, who was a designer for Comme des Garcons, first as a pattern maker and then as the chief designer for the Tricot knitwear line. In 1992, Watanabe started working under his own name, and has collaborated with many companies, including Karrimor, Carhartt, New Balance, and Levi’s. The team-up with The North Face was somehow squeezed into the designer’s busy schedule—and it’s a good thing, too.
The new line for the Spring/Summer 2018 season has three labels that present classic streetwear pieces that have been rethought with technical mastery and utility. The Terra 65 Jacket stands out in the line, which was made from a 65-liter technical backpack. The line also sports a Soutien Collar Jacket and an Army Parka, both made from 3L GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER. Equipment makes up a part of the line, with things like The North Face Heritage Daypack and Ruth Sack backpacks. Indigo yarn died denim trousers with oversized prints look to be a stand out as well.
The North Face and Junya Watanabe MAN for Comme des Garcons collection is already available in the US and the UK.