Junya Watanabe’s collaborative streak is unmatched, even by the standards of parent company COMME des GARÇONS. Seriously, CdG drops a hyped collab every month but Junya might have it beat, pound for pound.
His Fall/Winter 2022 menswear collection, for instance, is one
Even the expansive lookbook couldn’t contain every collab that Junya had planned, though, as he’s dropping a surprise Nuptse puffer jacket with longtime pal The North Face just in time for cooler weather.
Having already issued an eco-conscious
Junya Watanabe’s paneled Nuptse is an archivist’s dream, reflecting the recent popularity of Junya’s signature patchwork (see
Unlike previous Junya x TNF endeavors, which realized
The effect is quite handsome and commands a powerful price: Junya’s TNF Nuptse puffer drops November 18 exclusively on
Now, to be clear, the reason that this team-up with The North Face didn’t figure into Watanabe’s seasonal lookbook is because it’s actually dropping as part of a series of collaborations designed to celebrate the Nuptse jacket’s 30th anniversary in 2022.
As a man obsessed with heritage — sometimes so much so that
In the West, The North Face has remastered and tweaked various iterations of its Nuptse as part of the jacket’s anniversary — and there’s that