The five best jackets for fall, according to our editor of sustainability

On a short-term basis, we need to dress appropriately for the challenging Scandinavian autumn. On a long-term basis, we need to do it sustainably for the sake of our planet. Thankfully, one approach does not exclude the other and fashion brands are slowly and steadily starting to find new and more innovative ways in how they produce their garments.

— The future of innovation is sustainable innovation, and what the world really needs is that brands support a systematic change and take a lead in transforming our approach to ethical and sustainable manufacturing. These five brands all have their own ways in tackling the issue and find ways in how they as brands can find ways to collaborate for change rather than compete for growth, says Fredrik Ekström, Fredrik Ekström, our editor-at-large for sustainability and branding.

Acne Studios repurposed trucker jacket

Acne Studios’ released a fully repurposed capsule collection as a part of this years autumn/winter drop. Part of the collection is this fully repurposed women’s jacket, with cuts and contrasts of tweed, denim and leather. The sleeves are detachable with marked zippers, and the shirt is cut from two contrasting cloths.

66˚North Dyngja jacket

Icelandic outdoors brand 66˚North has tackled the gruesome conditions of Iceland for close to 100 years now, so it’s safe to say that their products can handle cold autumn days pretty much anywhere. The unisex Dyngja jacket is a water-resistant down jacket that was originally designed ten years ago, but the up-to-date version is made out of recycled polyester from discarded PET bottles. We prefer non-biodegradable materials in our clothes rather than landfills and oceans.

Timberland Climate Pack jacket

We know that Timberland has set high standards for their environmental responsibility, and the new reflective, water-resistant Climate Pack jacket proves just that. It is insulated with 100% recycled insulation, and the polyester shell is patched together in materials made from reused PET bottles. The jacket also comes with matching boots and a duffel bag.

NN07 Columbo jacket

The Columbo jacket resembles a coach jacket, but still has the feel and look of an overshirt. Furthermore, it’s padded to give you an extra layer of warmth when the temperature drops. The padding is also made out of PrimaLoft Eco-Padding, that consist of 60% post-consumer recycled materials.

Helly Hansen Mono Insulator jacket

Norwegian outdoor pioneer Helly Hansen has been around for almost 150 years and was among the first to adopt plastic in clothing production in the early 1900s, revolutionizing water-proof clothing. The sporty and unisex Mono Insulator jacket’s shell is made from 100% polyester and is insulated with 100% recyclable down-feel PFC-free polyester.


Adaptable design to stay on top

Today Klättermusen launch it’s FW20 collection. By learning from various mountain conditions, the collection combinates technological advancements and new fabric upgrades meant to aid mountaineers, and urban heads, all over the world.

Since it’s founding in 1975 it has become a staple in Scandinavian mountaineering equipment. Klättermusen roughly translates to ”the climbing mouse” and the brand’s rigorous outerwear pieces are first and foremost meant to be used as outerwear, but the ongoing outerwear trend in fashion has made many outdoorsy styles pop up in urban environments all over the world. We speak to Isabelle Liahaugen, head designer of the collection, on how to style outerwear pieces to work in the city and vice versa.

How do you balance the urban and outerwear design approach? Can you please both sides? 

— It is a harsh world out there, urban and in the mountains. We all need to be dry, safe, warm, and sometimes cool, in a comfortable way.  Today most of us live in a mix of worlds and we are no exceptions. I feel that as long as we are true to our own needs and wishes we can’t really go wrong. Hopefully, that is recognized in both worlds and we can inspire to mix more.

Where did you find inspiration for the collection? 

— Actually, I have the same answer to this question every season. There is no simpler way to get inspiration than living the life you are preaching. I do not always have the opportunity to be on the mountain myself all the time, but since I live on the side of the mountain, I am constantly in the world of people who actually are out there every day. So, together we question, innovate and problem solve. There is no limit to how much we can evolve the brand. Mountaineering is our core and the wish to go higher, be stronger, and push the limits is the ever-lasting inspiration.  And since we want to continue to live and breathe in this nature of ours, we do not compromise in safety and sustainability.