Underground fashion once again meets outdoor performance, as style-setter Jeff Griffin’s collaboration with Berghaus continues into its third season. Griffin has reinvented three of performance-brand Berghaus key jackets, adding his unflinching design touches to create statement pieces that are edgy and contemporary.
Griffin is renowned for his individual style, resisting conformity- instead choosing to indulge in expression. Each garment unfolds its own story of detail, shape and fabrication, hand worked and re-invented.
Where Griffin leads the way in fashion, likewise Berghaus has led the way in designing and developing adventurous outdoor gear for the world’s harshest places for over 40 years. Credibility and performance are everything and are weaved into the fabric of each garment. Through the fusion of two brands that respect and embrace extremes, the collaboration products offer a refreshingly new take on outdoor performance wear.
For Autumn Winter ’08 Griffin wanted to create the opposite to the mass Global image of sportswear and create something which is really exclusive. With this in mind we discovered Berghaus is the largest customer of Gore-Tex in Europe and had a fantastic archive of expensive unused Gore-Tex, end of rolls, exclusive colours for experimental mountain projects and different textured face fabrics. We took this idea and made in our studio a couple of recycled samples pinned, stitched and taped, this then went to the Berghaus lab in Sunderland. These jackets are a great mix of hand made, high technology and design including the use of recycled materials, which makes sense, as both Griffin and Berghaus share a strong view point on the environment.
The outcome…. this exclusive Elysian with its Gore-Tex pro shell and new design mountaineering detailing, including stretch panels for movement, detachable hood with mouth piece and the seaming which is highlighted by it’s use of paneling, the use of colours that wouldn’t normally sit together have come from the Berghaus stock warehouse adding extra interest. This co-lab is exclusive to Japan, and the Griffin website, it comes in two colourways, the range of greys and the electric option.