The rise of techwear and gorp-core has turned outdoor gear into a fashion statement, and many outdoor brands are taking it seriously with dedicated sub-labels, like The North Face with the Purple Label and Arc’Teryx with System_A. Workwear and American heritage clothing are also receiving a similar buzz in the fashion industry, but it’s rare to see the two styles crossover, even though both are built for utility at the end of the day. Well, The North Face is blending the two styles in the new Denim Pack, a collection of city-friendly gear made with denim GORE-TEX.
Starting with the apparel, this duo of fabrics is best showcased on the new GTX Mountain Jacket, which features a 2-layer denim GORE-TEX shell with a PFC-free DWR finish. It comes with adjustable cuffs, a drawcord in the hood and hem, and the zipper is compatible with the ‘96 Retro Nuptse Jacket and Denali Jacket for added versatility. Speaking of the Nuptse Jacket, the ‘92 Reversible Nuptse Jacket in this collection is equally streetwear-friendly, built with a cotton corduroy body for style and warmth, and a reversible, water-repellant ripstop nylon shell for when things get serious. With 600 fill down and a three-piece hood, you’ll be ready for any cold weather excursions, in the city or the great outdoors. The GTX Mountain Pants feature the same denim GORE-TEX from the jacket for a complete outfit, with articulated knees and a relaxed fit to match the modern look of the collection.
Closing the capsule out, the new Glenclyffe Low Shoes may not be denim, but they’re equipped with a Vibram Trek rubber outsole featuring 4 mm all-terrain lugs, an abrasion-resistant polyester upper (made with 100% recycled material), a molded EVA footbed, and finished with rustproof hardware. These kicks have hiking shoe durability and finesse, in a sleek sneaker style.
The North Face Denim Pack, including the GTX Mountain Jacket ($450), GTX Mountain Pants ($250), ‘92 Reversible Nuptse Jacket ($380), and the Glenclyffe Low Shoes ($159), is available now on The North Face website.