adidas and GORE-TEX are no strangers to collaborating with one another. GORE-TEX has lent its industry-leading waterproofing to Three Stripes sneakers such as the NMD City Sock, Stockholm (courtesy of Sneakersnstuff), EQT 93/17, and more. Now the two brands have brought Canadian designer Conroy Nachtigall into the mix to create the adidas Originals GORE-TEX jacket with patented Karkaj technology.
Karkaj allows the wearer to easily convert the garment into a carryable accessory, offering greater adaptability in changing weather conditions.
The creator of Arc’teryx’s technical, urban environment-ready Veilance collection, Nachtigall explained the Karkaj jacket to Highsnobiety: “We were looking for a way to pack the jacket into itself while on the move, so it could be done in one motion or a series of motions, and that could be done without having to stop and focus on cramming it into a pocket or pouch.
“The system relies on a particular shape for the jacket to turn into itself smoothly. The end result is that it turns into a bag — but this shape also creates intermediate steps which can be worn over the shoulder as a kind of accessory.”
The idea for the jacket first spawned during a discussion between Nachtigall and adidas Originals senior product manager Peter Schwirtz.
“It originally started with a discussion with Peter while he was still at GORE about how clothing can evolve to do more,” says Nachtigall. “He later connected with me to further that discussion by exploring some GORE-TEX pieces for adidas Originals. The jacket is built in a way that maximizes what is great about GORE-TEX — durable weather protection with breathable comfort. So [that meant] stripping away the superfluous, everything that hinders that protection and breathability, and then incorporating an added element that it packs into itself.”
Priced at €349.95 (approximately $408), the jacket is part of a larger adidas Originals x GORE-TEX Karkaj collection, which also includes a parka and hooded vest. The collection wis available now in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Seoul, Milan, New York, Moscow, and Chicago.
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