Both Portland-based Nau and Japan-founded Snow Peak are driven by a spirit of adventure. Nate Borne, general manager at Snow Peak, describes his average customer as someone who is “always moving.” “They’re in the city, fighting the elements, at work, out for a drink,” he says. “It was important that the collection be able to move seamlessly between whatever adventures your day throws at you.”
To that end, Nau and Snow Peak created their line as much for style as for mobility. Standouts among the men’s range include the “Hokkaido” blazer, a waterproof take on the classic heathered-wool blazer; the “Checkmate” shirt, a long-sleeve organic-cotton blend shirt; and the “Welter Motil” pant, a recycled-polyester technical trouser with pockets aplenty for urban commuters.
For women, the selection contrasts ladylike draping with crisp origami-like folds for a more buttoned-up look. The waterproof kimono-style trench maintains a high loft with coconut-husk-derived insulation. The cropped “Felt Up” jacket combines thick, felted merino wool with raw edges for a sophisticated silhouette.
Few frocks are as versatile as the “Butterfly,” a merino-wool knit jersey dress with a draped capelet that “flips” into a front-worn shawl. And for chic weather resistance, there’s the “Antici-Pant,” a fisherman-pant-inspired cropped trouser constructed from wrinkle-resistant recycled polyester.