According to a post on its Japanese website, the long awaited MOON PARKA co-developed by the Japanese bio-materials brand Spiber and The North Face is now available through a lottery open until October 31.
The down jacket modeled after The North Face's Antarctica Parka has been made with a shell using a material called QMONOS. Taken from Spiber's molecular database of proteins based on spider silk, the material is fermented and loomed into manufacturable, garment-grade fabric. According to Spiber, the MOON PARKA is the first industrially-made item of clothing constructed using synthetic protein.
While The North Face has become known for working with everyone from Supreme to Kazuki Kuraishi to BMW, the MOON PARKA seems to be a potentially historic step in the performancewear race to mine the world for its the most utilitarian clothing materials.
At the very least, signing up for Spiber's lottery seems like a good way to kill time while saving up for this $2,000 Geodome Tent.