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Now in Singapore: Gucci's much-anticipated collaboration with The North Face

The outdoorsy collection, which drops today (Jan 11) at Gucci's Paragon boutique, features everything from T-shirts, skirts and dresses, to hiking backpacks, sleeping bags and even tents.

Now in Singapore: Gucci's much-anticipated collaboration with The North Face

Gucci's collaboration with outdoor clothing company The North Face was born out of the desire to celebrate "the spirit of exploration". (Photo: Gucci)

In what was an unexpected announcement, fashion house Gucci unveiled back in September 2020 that a collaboration with outdoor clothing company The North Face was in the works.

Starting from today (Jan 11), the highly-anticipated collection is now available in Singapore at the Gucci Paragon boutique. Before you head down, here’s what you need to know about the collaboration.

The collaboration between Gucci and The North Face was born out of the desire to celebrate “the spirit of exploration”. While The North Face famously outfits those who seek adventure, Gucci has always catered to the curious, designing its clothes as tools for "those keen to embark on literal explorations of places and culture", or metaphorical adventures encouraged by creative director Alessandro Michele.

It’s an extensive collection, comprising everything from ready-to-wear, accessories and luggage, to shoes, tents and sleeping bags.

The collection consists of ready-to-wear items such as padded coats, vests, bombers, as well as T-shirts, dresses and skirts. (Photo: Gucci)

While the padded coats, bombers and vests from the ready-to-wear collection may not be suited to Singapore’s weather, they can always be kept for overseas adventures when travel resumes. What’s more practical for now, however, are the T-shirts. For the ladies, there are skirts and chemise dresses.

The North Face x Gucci logo is emblazoned on the collection's T-shirts. (Photo: Gucci)

Some pieces in the ready-to-wear collection come in bright colours and feature floral prints, while others feature The North Face x Gucci logo incorporated into the design.

The collection features chemise dresses and skirts for the ladies. (Photo: Gucci)

Like the coats and jackets, the luggage is best kept for when travel resumes (unless you're a heavy staycation packer). There are eight new graphic patterns designed in collaboration with The North Face. All feature bright colours and a variety of either Gucci House motifs or different versions of the new The North Face logo x Gucci print.

There's also a gender-neutral hiking boot with a chunky and sturdy Goodyear-welted sole. The boot comes in three leather colours (brown, black and cream), and features eyelets and rope-like striped laces, as well as The North Face x Gucci logo prominently displayed on the side.

The North Face x Gucci hiking boots. (Photo: Gucci)

For your weekend nature walks, there are two backpacks and two belt bags dressed up in exclusive prints. A dome-shaped medium backpack (available in five different prints) has contrast leather patches, rope zip pullers and web straps, while a larger size (available in six different prints) recalls hiking backpacks with its multiple pockets and top flap with snaps, and also features the same detailing as its smaller cousin.

The North Face x Gucci backpack. (Photo: Gucci)

A small belt bag comes in seven different prints, while a maxi size one with three front flap pockets is offered in two different prints.

The North Face x Gucci belt bag. (Photo: Gucci)

The collection is in line with the two brands' commitments towards sustainability. Luggage contain ECONYL®, a nylon fabric sourced from regenerated materials (from fish nets, carpets and other scraps) that can be recycled and recreated. 

Additionally, the colour palette of the collection was inspired by the 70s and curated from The North Face's materials library. Archival fabrics have been partially incorporated to give them a new life.

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Source: CNA/st(ds)