There are very few performance menswear company catered for the urban lifestyle that are worth talking about, as there are too many labels who attempt to champion fusing sports performance with urban style but don’t quite live up to par for either. However, in the confusing and slightly overwhelming mix of labels, there are a few that do surprise and affirm that a fusion of performance and style is not unattainable. Aether, Outliers and Canada’s Arc’teryx Veliance being the select handful who exceed expectations by far with unparalleled quality and dedication to production. The common thread between these companies like in their attention to the products and always put quality and design ahead of anything else.
Canadian label, Arc’teryx Veliance is such a company and declares that it is “first and foremost, a product company”, creating products that are not only relevant but performs beyond expectations. While the label is rooted as a leading innovator in climbing gear, accessories and weatherproof outerwear, the label recognizes the importance of the urban landscape and that the urban environment is a different space from the mountains. As such, the label has brought its dedication to creating gear that would perform best in its respective locations into the urban setting, bringing tailored shapes and a more fashion driven design into technical materials and production processes.
The label’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection goes way beyond its looks as each piece is essentially an amalgamation of technical and innovative functions. For instance, the Field jacket with a deceptively structured shape is weather-proof in Gore-Tex pro Shell and are engineered to facilitate movement and also regulate internal temperature and humidity for the wearer. Meanwhile, blazers are windproof and coats, like the Field Jacket, are all-weather proof.
Whilst the label does well in its outerwear department, sweaters, shirts and pants are also tailored with utmost comfort in mind. Sweaters are knitted from lightweight Merino wool and pants have an ergonomic 3D construction that allows for flexibility and freedom of movement.
The Spring/Summer 2010 Collection is available online at Arc’teryx Veilance for purchase and peruse, so for men who like their clothes to serve more function than to just look good, you know where to look.