Patagonia Jackets & Fleeces Editorial AW20
Rightly known as one of the world’s leading environmentally friendly outdoor brands, Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonia finds no difficulty in addressing trans-seasonal functionality and the requirements of both active city lifestyles and those that are well and truly tied to explorative venture. Combining different textile compositions, colourings, working environments and environmental ethics to curate some of the most enduring apparel the industry has ever witnessed, Ventura-based Patagonia addresses the transition to AW20 with a pioneering spirit that doesn’t fall short of its own self-conquered revolutionary stature. Holding ethical and environmental issues close to its core, Patagonia fleeces welcome both ‘warmth when it matters’ and references to classic climbing gear through their formulated mark-up, while Patagonia jackets supply insulative and all-weather dependence that honours the brand’s authenticated approach to transparency, their socio-environmental responsibility and their well-earnt accolade as 2019 Champion’s of the Earth.
Well-suited to both leisurely and active-wear depending on autumn or winter requirements, here at Always in Colour our selection of archive-motivated Patagonia fleeces tackles social-consciousness and convention-free aesthetics in line with explorative purpose. Temperate colourways mirror the call for increased insulation across the colder months, with double-sided solid shearling silhouettes such as the Retro Pile Fleece Jacket and the bonded Sherpa-fleece Classic Retro-X Jacket uniting thick-knit constructions with carefully-aligned cuffed bindings across the extremities. Heavyweight shaggy-fleece insulation pairs with premium-grade windproof membranes to cover each and every cold-weather circumstance with ease, while the tonal colourings and contrast-styled seams offer subtle reference to timeworn exploration gear that surfaced during the brand’s fruition in the early ‘70s and that which Chouinard himself wore during his Southern California Falconry Club days in 1953. An era that saw ‘a meeting of midcentury inventive mountaineering culture and the expanding ecological consciousness’, Patagonia continues to address its impact on the planet through the use of Fair Trade Certification programmes and mindful manufacturing methodologies. Crafted from 100% recycled polyester, the new-season Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T® Fleece Pullover Sweatshirt offers revised wind-chill protective shielding via its snap-button placket, a utilitarian feature that adheres to both adventure and casual-wear, whilst sleeveless variants such as the revised Retro-X Vest and the Pertex® 600-fill Reversible Bivy Down Vest provide a greater sense of free-flowing comfort to those that prefer less-restrictive outerwear layers.
For those in search of amplified insulative warmth, Patagonia’s season-appropriate windproof Down Sweater Hooded Pullover Jacket and its full-length zippered Down Sweater Jacket sibling provide convenient ‘everyday warmth for cold, dry conditions’ best suited to the evolving AW20 climate. A 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell couples with 800-fill-power Advanced Traceable Down for a compact and secure wear, while its BlueSign® approved DWR coating keeps unexpected downpours catered to across both suburban and urban landscapes. For an modernised spin on iconic outerwear heritage, try the 200-g THERMOLITE® ECO92 Patagonia Lone Mountain Parka or the 1960’s inspired H2No™ Performance Standard Patagonia Isthmus Parka - both of which serve lengthened protection from the elements thanks to their over-waist tailoring. Built to cater to the needs of on-the-go lifestyles and more small-scale requirements, the brand’s iconic micro-fleece lined Torrentshell 3L Jacket and 3L Pullover offer impermeable and ventilated functionality without the added bulk.
Joined by the likes of Peter Askluv’s Klättermusen and fellow mountaineer’s Topo Designs, Patagonia’s commitment to the great outdoors has continued to expand tenfold since their founding in 1973. The brand’s NetPlus, Regenerative Organic Cotton Pilot (ROC) and ReCrafted initiatives are mirrored by their exclusive use of well-researched sustainable materials, whilst solution implementing campaigns such as their WornWear strategy and their desire to be 100% carbon neutral by 2025 helps capture their passion to ‘not only doing less harm, but more good’ and their venerated ‘build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm’ all-season ethos.
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