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Leading up to Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015, SNEWS is previewing some of the top trends and new products you’ll see at the trade show and All Mountain Demo in Salt Lake City, Jan. 20-24. Find this story and more in our O.R. Daily Day 0 Preview edition.
Outdoor enthusiasts expect their lifestyle apparel to perform during impromptu hikes and yoga classes, while looking sleek enough for work or happy hour. For fall/winter 2015-16, clothing manufacturers don’t disappoint.
Brands are adding luxe details to just-launched products in order to elevate pieces from performance wear to fashionable street wear. “We’re noticing a huge shift in popularity with everything textural,” said Jessica Magruder, lifestyle product line manager for SmartWool. “Metallic thread stitching or an oversized shawl collar add unique detail.” Such dedication to subtlety allows new outdoor lifestyle apparel to pair seamlessly with modern clothing trends. For example, Mountain Hardwear’s Women’s Sojourner Twill Cargo Pants feature a stylish tapered leg, making them a perfect complement to high-heeled ankle booties or climbing shoes.
For fellas, it’s all about durable pieces built like time-tested classics. That means sturdy wool and leather materials, pared-down patterns like plaid and solids, and cuts inspired by Western workwear. “It will be less important for garments to look ‘vintage-inspired,’ and more important that they look like practical outdoor apparel,” said Gina Jacquart Thorsen, vice president of marketing and sales for Stormy Kromer.
>> Mountain Hardwear’s Sojourner Twill Cargo Pant for women (MSRP $75) is a flattering take on a sometimes dumpy classic. A low-profile, body-skimming cut and hardworking twill texture offer a surprising amount of stretch, making the pants ideal for activities ranging from traveling and rock climbing to window-shopping in snowy streets. Two snap-closure back pockets and twisted out-seams add to their attractiveness.
>>Ibex’s Hunters Point Pullover and Jacket for men (MSRPs $200 pullover/$225 full-zip) is a limited-edition product sewn from a blend of heavyweight, mixed-media, milled wool and woven twill. Bonus: All pieces are made in the U.S.A. — a boon for patriotic dudes.
>> Yes, you can pull off a poncho, thanks to Stormy Kromer’s new Huron Poncho (MSRP $150) for women. Made from 80 percent wool and 20 percent nylon, this stylish “one size fits most” addition delivers both warmth and comfort. Button accents, two muted colors (gray or black), and a U.S.A.-made label revive this silhouette.
>> The Aventura Jaylee Dress (MSRP $92) could make for an excellent work piece for the lady who values both style and comfort. Made from organic cotton, cashmere and nylon, this two-tone sweater dress includes delicate details like ribbing at the waist and cuff. Pairs well with leggings or tights.
>>Outdoor Research’s Whitefish Down Jacket for men (MSRP $295) is designed for the coldest days. Rugged and durable, the 150-denier polyester body paired with 700 fill-power down insulation holds in heat.
>>Ojai’s Groovy Vest (MSRP $88) is an eclectic addition to any fashion-forward lover of the outdoors. Inspired by styles of the 1960s and ’70s, this super-soft, faux-fur conversation starter is designed to pair with Ojai’s existing Topa Dress and Globetrotter tees. Available in three colors.
>>SmartWool’s Ski Town Sweater (MSRP $200) for women is a multifunctional lifestyle piece that can go from the mountain to Moscow Mules. Inspired by SmartWool’s popular Ski Town hat, this full-zip sweater boasts several different cable-knits, two yarn colors and a cozy, exaggerated collar. Also available with metallic yarn for added pop.
These are just a few of the new products to debut at the show. Be sure to check out much more new and trends in the O.R. Daily, Days 1-4, published live at the show, and available digital format each day of print on SNEWS.