Much to (what we imagine is) Daniel Andrews’ delight, a first look at the new North Face “Urban Sprawl” capsule collection has just dropped. The first of three capsules set to be released for FW21, dubbed “The Dialogue of Urban Exploration”, the final two capsules will be called “Urban Utility” and “Urban Elegance”.
The collection contains a series of lightweight, function-forward garments whose natural tones contrast its architecturally inspired silhouettes. With distinct palates of khaki and green shades, both are seen in the two-tone jackets, while the lighter colour from each is used across the rest of the collection.
The collection is made from a crushable, quick-dry fabric, which means both the jacket and pants can both be rolled up into a water-bottle size – making them a practical choice if you’re travelling. The rest of the collection is made up of utility shorts, t-shirts, and two pairs of sneakers.
This isn’t the first time we’re seeing footwear from the outdoors brand, with North Face releasing their Flight Vectiv technical trail running shoes earlier this year. Developed through more than 9,000 km of athlete testing, it contained a contemporary carbon fibre plate in the sole for greater running economy.
While footwear might not be the bread and butter of North Face, its reputation as one of the premier manufacturers of outdoor gear more generally puts them in a unique position to enter the market. The new sneakers offered in the North Face “Urban Sprawl” collection feature the same neutral, earthy tones as the rest of the collection, keeping them very much under the radar.
It might not be Australians year for hiking adventures along the Camino de Santiago, but the opportunity for domestic exploring has never been greater. Check out the full collection below, which is priced from $2,380 TWD (AU$115) to $7,380 TWD (AU$357).