Earlier this week we announced our collaboration with NYC-based outerwear label THE ARRIVALS. We are pleased to reveal the accompanying lookbook, shot on location in the decidedly cooler climate of Iceland, with help from headphone manufacturer Sennheiser. What better way to test a puffer jacket's warmth than by putting it to the test in extreme temperatures?
The Nordic island country is known for its unique volcanic geography, with hundreds of volcanoes and an estimated 30 active volcanic systems. Iceland has tapped this natural resource in many ways, but excels at harnessing geothermal power (as well as hydroelectricity). As a result, almost all of the country's energy is provided via renewable sources.
Our weekend-long photoshoot let us experience Iceland's moon-like terrain up close and personal, from expansive glaciers like Sólheimajökull to the steamy geysers of Krýsuvík. That firsthand experience made it more evident to us how climate change is already having a detrimental effect on our environment.
Glaciers like Sólheimajökull that once stretched across Iceland's landscape for kilometers are receding at a rate of about 10-20 meters per year. Warmer temperatures in the country are greatly contributing to the loss of this precious natural resource.
That inspired us to take our share of the proceeds from this collaboration to and donate them to The Carbon Fund, a nonprofit organization that is paving the way towards a clean energy future. They do this by helping both individuals and businesses reduce and offset their climate impact. It’s a first gesture that we hope inspires others to take up the fight against climate change as well.
Our collaboration with THE ARRIVALS is a reinterpretation of the label's Aer puffer. It's a 550-fill jacket made from European goose down and water-resistant nylon. The 550-fill rating means it's warm enough to withstand the extreme Icelandic temperatures, but still appropriate for city sidewalks as it is for glacier hikes.
The sleek solid gray color speaks to our appreciation of minimal designers like Helmut Lang and Jil Sander, with a nod towards the utilitarian futurism of space suits. Ironically, Iceland's rocky terrain and extreme climate made it the perfect place to train American astronauts prior to the moon landing.
Inside the jacket is an adjustable powder skirt with THE ARRIVALS embossing, and metallic cobalt blue contrasts on the label and convertible shoulder straps. These are designed with ease and comfort in mind, allowing you to hang the jacket off your shoulders when you don't need all that insulation.
The hood is also adjustable with tonal hardware and bungee cords, and is removable. The two-way zip was deigned with a larger o-ring pull up top, ensuring it can be used with gloves. That design detail also helps you step up your layering game, and allows for extra ventilation without having to wear it fully open.
Now get another look at the Highsnobiety x THE ARRIVALS Aer Puffer.