The ‘second-hand dad’ look – why hiking jackets are having a moment
Fashion loves to find something thumpingly banal and declare that it’s “having a moment” and, right now, this season’s most in-demand menswear item is … the dog-walking jacket.
Welcome to the world of haute hiking wear: the kind of thing you keep stashed in the car boot, the sort of thing Theresa May wears to walk over the Dolomites, and which is – like one North Face Supreme X jacket – now fetching up to £4,500 on the resale market. It is a perfect storm of high, new fashion and serious technical wear.
Take, for example, North Face, whose padded Nuptse jacket turns 25 this month. Current collaborations with designers Junya Watanabe, Sacai and Supreme have long sold out at fashion mecca Dover Street Market and it has just launched a new collaboration with the cult Japanese brand Mastermind, which should sell like hot cakes. Elsewhere, the Italian technical brand Napapijri has a second collaboration with designer Martine Rose, who recently dressed singer Frank Ocean, and the US outdoors brand Columbia – known for its technical T-shirts and fleeces – has launched a new collection of pop-coloured anoraks with the hip New York store Opening Ceremony.