As the Internet’s preeminent obsessives of product at the intersection of good design and the great outdoors, you already know every step Japanese outdoor apparel heavyweight and wander makes lands on our radar. The latest being a new collaboration with Parisian atelier slash music label slash restauranteur Maison Kitsuné.
Released today, 24 February, and available Stateside 8 March, the 14-piece Maison Kitsuné x and wander capsule collection features a considered selection of outdoorsy silhouettes—ranging from performance tops and bottoms to hats, packs, and accessories—for "exploration of everywhere.”
Now, if you’re wondering how a rather preppy, decidedly indoors brand like Kitsuné came to work with a cult favorite outdoor brand like and wander, the answer is a sign of the times—like so many, Kitsuné learned to lean into nature during the pandemic and in 2022 released a camping inspired collection, complete with Helinox collab. This new spring summer capsule is a continuation of that effort. (The fact that and Wander was founded by former Issey Miyake designers certainly helps explain it—and our obsession—too.)
“The decision to work with the Japanese outdoor brand came easy,” the team at Maison Kitsuné explains. “Expanding [the Camp] effort with and wander, a brand recognized for its technical fabrics and fashion forward silhouettes built for the streets and nature alike, is the perfect complement to this season's product offering.”
As for the product, key silhouettes from and wander’s existing collection see a color update and a rather kawaii logo mashup. My personal picks have to be the Hiking Hoodie wind jacket and Hiking Shirt button down with snap front placket. The 20L Daypack and Waist Bag are especially EDC-able, too.
In terms of functionality, all products in the collection are made with breathable and moisture wicking cottons and water-repellant nylons with reflective stitching and taped seams throughout. (Btw shout out the lookbook stylist for the Norda trail runner nod.)
The SS23 Maison Kitsuné x and wander collection will be available in the U.S. on 8 March 2023.