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Supreme x The North Face Spring 2022 Rescue collection

Channeling old school mountain rescue crew uniforms.

words by: Matt Peng
Mar 22, 2022

Just two weeks after releasing the Supreme x Burberry collection which caused a fight to break out (come on NYC, let’s get our sh*t together already, read :facepalm:), we’re set for another collaboration, this time Supreme’s Spring 2022 collection alongside The North Face. We got an underwhelming logo collection from the duo back in October which was definitely overshadowed by The North Face x KAWS collection that released last month. But this collection, brings back some OG spirit and pays homage to actual rescue crews, so we’re down with it.

 

 

The Rescue theme

The Rescue theme might look new and fresh to uninitiated hypebeast Supreme and The North Face fans, but it’s actually been around for a long time. With their roots in mountain sports and the outdoors, TNF has long provided search and rescue mountain patrols and emergency personal with gear.

 

OG ’90s Search & Rescue as well as Rescue lines are some of the hardest pieces for collectors to track down. The Rescue outerwear all sport the huge reflective + (Red Cross symbol). However, instead of the traditional red (as seen on emergency vehicles like ambulances), a high visibility and reflective white is used in order to spot it during intense weather conditions — think blizzards. Usually red is applied to the entire garment for optimal contrast.

 

Retired products from these unofficial collections have hit the internet on rare occasions and fetch a good amount from collectors across the world. In my experience, I’ve only come across a Swiss Alps Rescue jacket on eBay many years ago for over $1,000 USD.

 

 

Supreme x The North Face Rescue collection

For this collaborative release, both parties have come together to bring that Rescue symbol across on more street applications. The Summit Series Rescue collection is headlined by the extremely popular and warm Baltoro Jacket alongside a classic Mountain Pro Jacket and Mountain Pants combination.

 

 

The Baltoro is made from water resistant nylon with 700-Fill down insulated baffles. Both the Mountain Pro Jacket and Pants feature water resistant 3-layer poly shells with fully sealed seams and printed logo tricot backing.

 

 

Other apparel include a Base Layer long-sleeve shirt with a built-in hood and mask, and a short-sleeve tee. The Base Layers features poly elastane with high density printed logos with the Stretch Top short-sleeve is made of cotton and printed graphics and logos.

 

 

As always, the accessories will draw heavy attention and the Smith Squad MAG Goggles definitely fall into that category alongside the Chugach 16 Backpack. The goggles are laser etched with logos and come with a silicone backed strap while the Chugach Backpack is made of water resistant 420D recycled nylon and 940D ballistic nylon.

 

 

Supreme has chosen to go with black, pink, blue and camo for this collection’s color palette, each providing a great base for the reflective materials used. My guess is they didn’t go red out of respect for actual Search and Rescue teams.

 

This collection is releasing just a few weeks too late, since we’re basically not in jacket weather anymore, but it’s always a safe bet to hold onto Supreme x The North Face collaborations and sell them during the colder months because they’ll appreciate in value and move no matter what.

 

 

How to cop

In case you didn’t know, Supreme’s Manhattan location as well as LA, DSMNY and DSMLA no longer require registration to enter. Not sure I’d want to be caught in a brawl outside of Supreme over a jacket so I recommend hitting up supremenewyork.com on Thursday, March 24 at 11AM EST to try your luck.

 

Unfortunately, sign-ups to purchase products in-store at Supreme Brooklyn and SF through register.supremenewyork.com have already closed. If you’re in Japan, head over to Supreme shops on Saturday, March 26 to cop.

 

Good luck everyone! Let us know your favorite piece from the collaboration on our ULTRA IG page. Here’s our 22 must-cop items from Supreme’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection for further shopping.

 

Photos via Supreme