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The KAWS x The North Face collab, aka “XX KAWS,” is exactly the kind of collaboration we love to see, and it’s sure to make your winter that much more interesting when it officially drops in February.
Renowned frozen tundra outfitter The North Face has teamed up with Brooklyn-based artist KAWS, who has created a colorful collection for him, her, them, and kids. Dress yourself from head to toe in the unisex KAWS X The North Face apparel. There’s everything from balaclavas to hoodies, puffers, pants, fleece and bags. Classic The North Face items like the Retro 1996 Nuptse Jacket, Freeride Bib, Freeride Fleece and Freeride Jacket have been given the KAWS treatment. Prices for items range from $55 to $550.
So circle February 17, 2022 on your calendar, as that’s the date everything drops. You can sign up (for free) for TNF’s XPLR Pass so you can purchase stuff the minute it’s released to the public. You can also grab 10% off your first online order.
This isn’t the first time KAWS has teamed up with The North Face, and you can find XX KAWS apparel for sale on sites like StockX.
SPY The Best Items in the XX KAWS Collection
The KAWS x The North Face collection ranges in color from black on gray prints to muted neon shades that dance on a white background. There are also lots of colorblock items, which has been a major trend in winter apparel this year. The theme of the new collection is “Outside the Lines.” The colorful clothing features fine lines that wander in and out of solid colors, creating an intricate world within a world. The result is a visual feast that proves puffers and winter coats don’t have to be drab and gray. And yes, the outerwear was designed for snowboarding and skiing, but hey, it’ll look just as cool while you’re walking the dogs on a cold winter day.
KAWS, aka Brian Donnelly, is a graduate of the New York School of Visual Arts. He started out working for Disney as an animator before turning his talents to 3D items like toys and figurines. One of his signature creations is a large clown-like creature with its eyes X’d out. As an artist, KAWS reminds us of other fine artists such as Murakami, Inti and Stephen Sprouse, and KAWS has collaborated with fashion designers in the past. KAWS has also left his imprint on brands like Burton, Supreme and Uniqlo.
The KAWS x The North Face “XX KAWS” collection is the artist’s newest collaboration from TNF. In the past, the brand has worked with Gucci, Brain Dead, Dover Market, and Supreme. Infusing outdoor and tech wear with pop art is part of The North Face’s DNA.
As mentioned earlier, the full collection will be released on February 17, 2022, and you can sign up for the XPLR Pass to get notifications and priority access to the collection. If you can’t wait until February, StockX has some previously released XX KAWS apparel you can buy right now.
KAWS x The North Face Nuptse Jacket
This brand new, never-worn puffer jacket has two front pockets and zips up.
KAWS x The North Face Jacket
This tech wear-inspired hooded jacket has four front pockets and a front zipper.
KAWS X The North Face Beanie
This wool beanie is the perfect topper to any winter outfit.
KAWS x The North Face Tee
This purple cotton T is a t-shirt for all seasons, and it’s a perfect collectible for diehard fans of KAWS.