Temperatures are starting to drop and the holidays are just around the corner, so to best prepare for the season, Columbia Sportswear unveiled three limited-edition, high-performance jackets inspired by characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“We are extremely pleased to announce a first of its kind, outerwear collaboration with Lucasfilm,” said Joe Boyle, Senior VP of Columbia Brand Merchandising and Design, in the official press release. The collection is the first film collaboration for Columbia. “Star Wars is arguably the most globally recognizable film franchise in the world, and presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to showcase our brand and premier technologies.”
The three jackets are inspired by Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and the Death Trooper design.
Jyn Erso Rebel Jacket, $400
Join the Rebel Alliance in their struggle against the Empire. This officially licensed, limited-edition jacket and vest set is inspired by Jyn Erso’s costume in the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Crafted of heavy cotton twill, the jacket features leather-like details on the sleeves. The quilted, insulated vest can be worn separately or on top of the jacket for your next mission in a galaxy far, far away….
Captain Cassian Andor Rebel Parka, $500
Inspired by the costume worn by Captain Cassian Andor in the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this officially licensed, limited-edition parka is built to withstand the harshest conditions on an ice planet or here on Earth. The jacket features a faux fur hood, Omni-Heat™ Reflective to trap in warmth, Omni-Tech™ waterproof material to keep you dry.
Imperial Death Trooper Jacket, $450
Crush the rebels once and for all in this officially licensed, limited-edition jacket. Worn by the elite squadron in the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this waterproof, breathable rain jacket is fully seam sealed and packed with the same features as our award-winning OutDry™ Ex Diamond Shell Jacket, including 2-way underarm venting and Light Rail™ zippered pockets. The Imperial logo shows your allegiance.
The collection will be released on December 9, 2016, at select stores and online. One of those stores is in New York City, where there’ll be a special appearance of Imperial Stormtroopers.
It’s really great to see new brands working closely with Lucasfilm and Disney Consumer Products to create such eye catching and authentic products. Fans across social media are really excited about the collaboration, but there’s also concerns about the pricing and the lack of unisex options.
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UPDATE, 12/9/2016: Catrina Dennis interviewed Columbia’s director of apparel design, Debra Criss, about the Rogue One collection.
Well, one of the things about the Cassian piece is — because we’re dealing with costumes, there’s a lot of things that simply don’t function on the on-set pieces. So we were sort of able to take some of the lines on his jacket, for example, and make them into real pockets, where they maybe weren’t pockets at all on the costume. We have this access zipper on the right-hand side of the jacket, and it’s there so that you can get to your pants pockets easily without having to open the jacket up at all. What’s cool about that is, on the actual costume, that part was made so that he can access a blaster. So we were able to kind of re-imagine a lot of the pocketing for example, so that it’s functional for the user.
Read the rest of it over at StarWars.com.