Here’s a collection that’s made for a world’s that’s re-opening: Uniqlo’s latest collaboration is with none other than cult Japanese streetwear label White Mountaineering, long known for its melding of fashion and outdoor-inspired performance gear. In other words, perfect for those after the “gorpcore” look.
Gorpcore is coming.
The new collaboration (a first for both brands) features nine cosy designs – mostly outerwear and sweaters – for men, women and children that are pretty much ideal for year-end travels, now that that’s a thing again. The designs incorporate Uniqlo’s familiar Hybrid Down, a new generation outerwear that’s a combination of down and cotton padding, while fans of White Mountaineering will notice their signature double zip on the front.
If you find that the colours are pretty nondescript, it’s because White Mountaineering’s founder Yosuke Aizawa, designed them for the whole family, with the intention of having them suit any setting and terrain – a nod to both brands’ DNA.
The collection also includes pieces for children – a first for White Mountaineering.
“I gave a lot of thought to my ideals as a designer and how to utilise the detailing for outdoor items and sportswear I’d developed at White Mountaineering for Uniqlo wear, which is worn by all sorts of people,” he explains. “Designing clothing around the premise that ‘people move’ is one of my principles, so I carefully considered patterns and designs that wouldn’t add stress when worn. I believe we’ve created a line of new everyday wear that can be worn in any setting.”
The collection drops October 15 at Uniqlo’s Orchard Central Global Flagship store, as well as online. Peruse the pieces below.