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Social climber: how the North Face puffer jacket became street style

By Lauren Cochrane

Celebrity TikTok trend and the ‘pandemic effect’ fuel 400% rise in sales among young urbanites

Forget the camel coat or the classic trench. This winter, investment outerwear is all-weathers friendly, it’s puffy, brightly coloured and has a semi-circle logo in homage to a Californian rock formation. The North Face puffer jackets – such as the classic two-tone Nupste from 1996 – have become both the height of fashion and a familiar sight on streets nationwide. They’re worn by models ranging from Emily Ratajkowski to Kendall Jenner, as well as teenagers in parks everywhere.

These jackets – which cost around £250 new – are a popular secondhand purchase for younger consumers. They are the most searched-for item on Gen Z resale app Depop, with a rise of 500% over the past four months. On eBay, someone searched for The North Face every three seconds from July to December 2020, while vintage store Beyond Retro reported a 315% rise in sales of The North Face items. The brand is popular new, too – Asos reports a 400% rise in sales, year on year, of various exclusive styles.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/jan/10/social-climber-how-the-north-face-puffer-jacket-became-street-style