RC’s Guide To Techwear
Our guide to Techwear looks at where the trend came from and how it came to be one of the most talked about concepts.
As the fashion world evolves by the day, one of the most popular styles at the moment seems to be Techwear. Built to withstand unfriendly weather while not sacrificing any of the style, Techwear has proved to be some of the most in demand clothing around in the past few years. A lot of the Techwear available today has its roots in original outdoor clothing, with the likes of Berghaus, The North Face and Arc’teryx showing people that functional outerwear as well as the accompanying base layers could look good without losing the protection from the elements. Acronym is one of the most famous Techwear makers and is widely credited as being the brand that turned Techwear into mainstream fashion, as before this, the people who wore this sort of stuff were doing it underground because it wasn’t readily available or particularly affordable.
Techwear covers a wide range of clothing, from outerwear such as coats and jackets, to base layers as well as sweatwear and footwear. Tell tale signs of Techwear will normally include a lot of pockets and zips for functional storage, material which will be hybrid in nature, depending on the function of the item in question.
Other clothing companies have picked up on the popularity of Techwear over the past few years and one of the best things about it is its availability. While it’s true that the likes of Stone Islands Shadow Project collection as well Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 don’t come cheap, there are no shortage of alternatives out there that are more affordable. Nike, as well as their normal Tech pack range have also collaborated with Acronym founder Errolson Hugh for their innovative NikeLab and ACG collections which are more widely available. In addition to the efforts of Nike, Adidas have also branched out into the Tech range, deciding to focus on their Techfit base layers as well as their Y-3 collaboration. Other companies, such as White Mountaineering and C.P Company, have focused their efforts on solely trying to make their Tech clothing the best it can be and have gone from obscurity to one of the most sought after brands in next to no time.
There doesn’t look to be any danger of the Techwear boom coming to an end soon and, if anything, the demand will only increase as companies look to provide the most stylish as well as the most functional outerwear and footwear. In the coming months, especially winter, we can probably expect a lot more in terms of choice of Tech clothing as brands seek to jump on board the bandwagon while they still can. These brands consulting original pioneers such as Acronym may also increase in the form of collaborations so that their expertise will help them create the best product for themselves as well as their customers moving forward. So there you have it, our guide to techwear in a nutshell.