It’s not often a jacket stops you in your tracks—or mid scroll. These days the minimalism that made the Dead Bird a grail has saturated the market. It’s certainly easier to find a Gore jacket without any bells or whistles than with these days. Of course we’re devout believers in the words of Mr. Mies, but sometimes a little more is actually more. Case in point, the new Utility Mountain Jacket by Japan’s Goldwin.
Built in Gore-Tex PacLite fabric, the breathable, waterproof—and yes, packable—jacket draws inspiration from fly fishing apparel and vintage hunting gear to create a functional silhouette that’s both functional and unique. Crazy how innovative an exterior mesh pocket can feel.
Of course, fully taped seams and waterproof zips are pervasive throughout, too.
Goldwin, umbrella company to famed fashion crossover Nanamica and legendary The North Face Purple Label, and home to one of the world’s foremost technical outerwear R&D labs, is never one to miss an opportunity to blend adventure-ready designs with urban aesthetics. This might be their finest design to date.