SUP x TNF: 12 years of modern classics
24 seasons after The North Face®/Supreme partnership was launched, the pair are still dropping heat. Surprisingly, the collaboration has held the attention of the streetwear scene throughout. Early in SS19, the yellow Denali Fleece began selling out sizes at 2.9 seconds & was completely OOS in 7.9 seconds.
Though it seems an unlikely match, the outdoor giant & the scrappy skate brand have proven to be perfect for each other. The formula varies from season to season, but the end product is consistent: high performance gear that’s fresh enough for the street & technical enough for the mountain. Throw in the occasional cameos from brands like Polertec or GORE-TEX, & the end product is guaranteed to be the best winter gear of the season.
Each capsule achieves this balance by starting with classic TNF silhouettes. The utilitarian minimalism is an ideal canvas to layer on Jebbia’s brash style. Whether color blocked in ‘90s nostalgia, draped in camo, paisley, or a world map – even lined with leopard print – the two brand’s distinct aesthetics mesh to create some of the most coveted pieces of every season.
Alongside the perennial 700-fill goose down parkas, fleeces, expedition pants, hoodies & tees, Sup x TNF have dropped a handful of outdoor-ready accessories. In SS11, we saw the first Dolomite sleeping bag collab – the follow up came a few years later with a pair of paisley-covered bags. Arguably the best accessory the pair have dreamed up was last summer’s Stormbreak 3 Tent dressed in an all-over snakeskin print.
When you start with outdoor performance materials, layer in a healthy dose of ‘90s throwback, & remix it all through the lens of an iconic NY skate brand, you end up with a recipe for high-tech streetwear that sells out in seconds. Since that first pair of Summit Jackets released in FW07, The North Face®/Supreme fans actually look forward to winter.