In 1979 a small crew braved extreme weather in Norway to film iconic scenes from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The crew parka jackets they wore have inspired a new limited design from Columbia.
On the surface it seems like a strange concept. Reimagine the parka jackets as worn by the crew working on ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. But almost forty years after the film was made, that’s what sportswear manufacturer Columbia have done.
Whilst filming iconic ‘Echo Base’ and Hoth ice planet scenes in Norway, the crew were protected from freezing and hostile weather conditions by their blue parka jackets. Bold in their design with orange and black colours on the upper-arms, few of the crew could have imagines that after almost four decades a replica would be made.
Columbia maintain the look of the jackets faithfully whilst upgrading the materials with modern technologies and textiles. The result is a stunning, officially licensed and highly efficient parka that will protect from even the harshest of conditions.
Each jacket carries a number of Star Wars patches as well as some cool, subtle details. A velcro name badge is customisable, and each jacket carries the longitude and latitude coordinates for the location site.
Quality like this doesn’t come cheap though. Jackets are unisex and cost £450 each. Jackets will be on sale at Columbia’s London Kensington store on the 7th of December. Those wearing Star Wars costumes will gain early access to the store at 8:30am. After that doors open to the general public from 9:00am. Jackets are sold on a first come, first served basis and limited to one per customer.
You can also buy online at columbiasportswear.co.uk/starwars from December 7th expect these items to sell fast.