Subverting the Ordinary with WILD THINGS Japan and Poliquant
Written by Ali George Hinkins
With Autumn/Winter weather fast approaching, fear not! Joining forces from two sides of the same coin, WILD THINGS Japan and Poliquant, both key players in This Thing of Ours’ well-stocked arsenal will have you set for the intrepid conditions we are accustomed to experience in the coming months.
As mentioned above, the collaborating forces occupy a similar place on the fashion rotunda but there are obvious differences between them both. You know what we mean, the kind of technical outdoors space that balances functionality and a modern, urban aesthetic. For one thing, Poliquant has always been interested in combining elements of Japanese streetwear with functional design and methods passed on by the learning the ropes in Italy’s fashion houses, hence their knack for impeccable detailing, construction and garment finishing. Less informed by the higher echelons of the fashion industry, but still retaining an emphasis on both form and function, WILD THINGS Japan borrows design elements from tactical, military and vintage outdoor garments. For example, some of their creations are modern interpretations of military-inspired PCU (Protective Combat Uniform) styles: an eight-level clothing system designed to protect the wearer in either sub-zero or moderate conditions. When you think about it, all things considered, these two could summon up something special..
Just like you asked, the pair has conjured up this cracking outerwear piece that truly embroils everything that we celebrate about these two labels, from Poliquant’s alteration of the norm to WILD THINGS’ balance of form and function. The result, you ask? The Deforming Hooded Puff Jacket, a garment that is insulated using Primaloft® Black technology and encourages the wearer to customise it in a way that suits their personal styling. For example, the silhouette can be changed by unzipping the chest piece and attaching it onto the rear which elongates the jacket whilst providing additional storage. Before I forget to mention it, the hood is also detachable. Insulated using PrimaLoft’s ‘Black’ technology, it offers an alternative to traditional goose down without compromising on heat retention, weight and softness. Primaloft Black is made from 80% recycled material so is also a solid sustainable choice.
This Thing of Ours are the only stockist in Europe will be the recipient of this outerwear piece in three colourways: Black, Dusty Olive and Greige.
Available now from This Thing of Ours’ online store and physical stores in its showroom.