Alex Rakestraw

Alex Rakestraw is a writer, strategist, and creative based in New York. He once had a nightmare about a lost coat.

A Layman's Guide to Takibi, Snow Peak’s Fire-Resistant Fabric

A Beginner’s Guide to Takibi, Snow Peak’s Famous Fire-Resistant Fabric

How Japan's bonfire-centric approach to camping inspired a legendary line of technical apparel made for the most non-tech activity—sitting fireside

How Greater Goods Turns Discarded Outwear Into EDC Accessories

Meet Greater Goods, the London Upcycler Turning Discarded Tech Into Totes

A Q&A with the founder, designer, and maker of the London-based upstart making tote bags and more from vintage techwear

The North Face Renewed Launches Design Residency & Upcycled Auction

The North Face Launches Renewed Design Residency and Upcycled Outerwear Auction

Senior outerwear designer talks inspirations for and limitations of upcycling, sustainability, and saving used gear from the landfill

Why the New Arc'teryx Alpha SV Is the Future of Outerwear

Why the New Arc'teryx Alpha SV Is the Dead Bird's Best Jacket Yet

A thorough review of the flagship jacket’s 2020 update, set to introduce GORE-TEX Pro 2.0, from the snowy mountains of New Hampshire

Gear Review: Limited-Edition “Ecstasy in the Rain" Jacket by OUTLIER

Gear Review: The Ultimate Jacket for Urban Dwellers Is "Ecstasy in the Rain"

A lightweight, zipper and pocket-laden, waterproof tech shell for exploring around town and hitting the trail too

New Balance Hits the Trail with New “All-Terrain” Collection

New Balance Hits the Trail with New “All-Terrain” Collection

The New England king of the O.G. marathon shoes goes off-roading with new line of footwear and apparel for men and women

The North Face Taps Design Collective Brain Dead to Remix Classics

The North Face Taps Streetwear Brand Brain Dead to Remix Classics

Denali, Nuptse, and other iconic cold-weather silhouettes remixed in far out style inspired by Bay Area hippy vibes

Patagonia Launches ReCrafted Collection of Upcycled Old Gear

Patagonia Launches ReCrafted Collection to Give Old Gear New Life

Discarded jackets broken down, cut up, and sewn back together by hand to become wabi sabi masterpieces saved from the landfill

save up to 30%
Shop now