the palace boys become action men in their new collab with arkair
Palace go commando in their latest collaboration with military specialists Arktis and their project ArkAir, which uses Special Forces camouflage designs.
Supplying hard wearing outerwear to military units and the special forces has been Arktis' primary outlet for the last thirty years. With their motto, "the quality of endurance" at their core, the British manufacturers are generally In the business of keeping soldiers protected from the elements, and now through their ArkAir project, they've gone up a gear and are now working with Palace to ensure their street soldiers are nicely wrapped up like tough guy action men.
ArkAir has seen Arktis release their special forces camouflage and military grade textiles from under lock and key, and utilise these through a number of commercial projects. It's the first line from Palace to adopt military styles and camo patterns and they have certainly gone commando and dived straight in. The capsule features combat trousers, bucket hats, tactical vests, and the iconic Arktis smock jacket. It is an entire boots on the ground, out in the field collection for city civvies. The smock jacket design was born in the 80s, is combat ready, includes so many pockets you will never be able to find a lighter ever again, and comes complete with a selection of velcro attached Palace patches in a number of colourways, so everyone is aware you are not actually as hard as a Royal Marine.
Palace founder Lev Tanju explains the collaboration with ArkAir came about from, "I guess camo pants have always been a big part of skating, and all my favourites skated in them at some point. Camouflage and surplus kinda gear in general basically. We were just in the middle of looking into making stuff ourselves and then we meet the ArkAir guys. We love producing stuff in the UK where we can, and then we saw the quality and functionality of the fabric. It just seemed silly for us to try and mimic that kinda stuff when we where lucky enough to get the connection with the real deal."
The entire collection features the pioneering Arktis variant on the battle-proven 50/50 Ripstop fabric. The textile which besides being extremely breathable and water repellent, does precisely as expected, it stops rips. Which is very good for skating or when it's slippery or if you're just very clumsy. If you take a tumble and fall in a puddle, it wont rip and you won't get damp either.
The ArkAir collaboration arrives straight off the back of the launch of Palace's successful Los Angeles pop-up and the Palace Internationale range. Talking about the recent trip to California, Lev elaborates laughing, that it's been, "Mental, I'm still in California now eating everything".
So if you're wanting to get in beast mode for a zooted Gears of War session or simply want to win a game of hide and seek with your mates in Victoria Park, probably invest in some fresh Palace camo combat gear. Draw the line at all-out war though. Give peace a chance.
Text Jeremy Abbott
Images courtesy Palace