The North Face is typically associated with snowy peaks and high altitudes, but this nanamica-TNF Purple Label “Roots of Life” jacket takes inspiration from landscapes deep undersea. The North Face and nanamica are, of course, closely tied together in design, but the two also team up once a year for a special co-branded project under the “Roots of Life,” moniker, to emphasize eco-conscious production. This year’s piece is a sleek and tech black parka, constructed from a wool fabric hybrid, which incorporates WINDSTOPPER® technology for best-in-class weatherproofing, and it features a back yoke for durability and a modern drape, plus underarm vents for temperature moderation and moisture regulation. But, of course, with a North Face x nanamica project, base capability is a given – the real metric is on design execution. For this piece, the team has drawn inspiration from the undersea environment around Monterey, California – where the darkness of deep ocean is contrasted by the brilliance of aquatic flora and fauna. nanamica has published some Cousteau-grade undersea images on it’s site to express the project inspirations, and the jacket itself references the dichotomy of the deep sea: an inky black exterior is set off by a jacket lining printed with a variety of sea life, illustrated in a sepia tone. Overall, quite a a capable and elegantly done piece – in terms of both performance and design. And, like anything with a purple North Face logo, sure to be quite a catch. The Roots of Life jacket is set to release tomorrow; see nanamica for availability, and check out the jacket (plus some of nanamica’s undersea inspiration) after the jump.