Japanese born designer, former vintage buyer and N.Hoolywood founder Daisuke Obana has always been interested in sourcing materials, vintage apparel and is the proud owner of archival Woolrich pieces (thanks to his private collection). All of which naturally led to the first Woolrich x N.Hoolywood collaboration for FW19.
Sharing the same vision, both brands wanted to create durable garments that adapt to diverse environments and remain relevant throughout social changes. Woolrich transitioned from creating workwear for hunters and trappers to urban daily attire, while N.Hoolywood were one of the pioneers in casting non-models for their fashion shows.
Woolrich archive inspiration is represented through vintage check and camouflage which are then merged together to create a dynamic motif using green hues and grey tones.
Daisuke gave new energy to our classic pieces. His knowledge of vintage apparel is astounding
Reinterpreted archive pieces, such as the 3in1 parka, are brought up to date in the form of a collarless outer shell whilst the camo-infused Buffalo Check adorns the down-filled vest; adding both versatility and a strong streetwear aesthetic.
Inspired by the Chief Petty Officer shirts worn by the US Navy, the wool overshirt is brought into the 21st century with contrasting pockets and bright orange and yellow colour blocking - creating a striking visual aesthetic whilst connecting the capsule to Woolrich’s American roots.
The last of the four distinctive styles and completing the capsule are the printed camo and check water repellent, nylon track pants.
“Daisuke gave new energy to our classic pieces. His knowledge of vintage apparel is astounding”, says Creative Director Andrea Canè.
The energising impact of modernity combined with the confidence of expertise – the Woolrich x N.Hoolywood collaboration integrates archival Woolrich pieces with the philosophy of “overcoming weak points” by transforming them into something positive, powerful and valuable.