This past weekend, FILA and Highsnobiety hosted the second panel experience inside the brand’s New York City pop-up to celebrate Explore, FILA’s limited collection of outdoor-inspired gear that’s just as at home on the streets.

The event took place in SoHo, where the FILA Explore Pop-Up was transformed into interactive zones meant to mimic the look and feel of four specific outdoor environments that inspired the Explore collection: Canyon, Woods, Mountain and Elements. The panel was hosted by Highsnobety’s Jeff Carvalho and discussed the rise of the urban explorer aesthetic in fashion and why outdoor-inspired gear is bigger than ever.

Carvalho was joined by graphic designer turned upcycled clothing maker Nicole McLaughlin, celebrity stylist Bloody Dior, and FILA’s VP of Heritage & Trend, Louis W. Colon III. They touched on how brands in recent years have adopted techwear into their collections, but stressed that having a heritage element brings everything full circle. “We didn’t want to just show up and drop product at retail, we wanted to do storytelling,” Colon explained. “To tell that [Reinhold] Messner story, go back into the ethos of [FILA] and say we’ve been in sport, we’ve been in fashion, we’ve been in the mountains for years.”

For McLaughlin, brand heritage and knowing that a company had some sort of history with what it’s trying to push is crucial. “It’s super important if a brand has heritage in that space because it just builds that authenticity,” McLaughlin says, “and you can look back and see that they have product from X year and do some research.”

Take a look at the video above to get a better idea of what went down, and check out the full FILA Explore collection at FILA.com.

We Recommend

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Slam Jam Redefines FILA's Archival Bangers

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Aries Celebrates Its Italian Roots Together With FILA

    Culture
  • diesel s-prototype

    Glenn Martens Just Made Diesel a Legit Best-Sneaker Contender

    Sneakers
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Frank Ocean’s Next Non-Music Mission: An A24 Film (Possibly)

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    David Filar Is the Nicest Footwear Designer You’ll Ever Meet

    Design
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Yue Wu Wants His Sneakers to Fill You With Emotions

    Design

What To Read Next

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.