The love story between Woolrich and GORE-TEX started more than 40 years ago, when in 1979 the original American outdoor company was one of the first pioneers to embrace this technology.
In the 1970s, the market for outdoor clothing expanded in a completely new direction to meet men’s new outdoor interests: backpacking, camping, mountaineering and bicycling.
Since introducing its first GORE-TEX Jackets in 1979, Woolrich has carefully honed their brand of classically styled technical outerwear.
Designing with all the functionality to suit the “gear” requirements of avid mountaineers, while simultaneously satisfying the slightly less adventurous, more aesthetically driven explorers.
Today, Woolrich keeps up this tradition with reinterpretations of the brand’s most historic, iconic garments, for a more contemporary style: designed to ensure maximum freedom of movement, comfort, and warmth.
Whether you're braving a sudden rainfall on the way to a bodega or cycling home on a chilly evening, the GORE-TEX is an added layer of insurance, providing versatility and protection from the elements.
GORE-TEX is windproof, waterproof and breathable.
WATERPROOFNESS: Shifting temperatures and fast climate changes need waterproof clothing, ideal for a sudden storm on the way to the bodega as well as on an outdoor exploration.
WINDPROOFNESS: From harsh conditions to a walk around the city, our totally windproof garments completely stop the wind to keep you protected.
BREATHABILITY: GORE-TEX is moisture-wicking, quickly relocating sweat and water vapor away from the body, keeping the wearer comfortable and dry.
The partnership with GORE-TEX finds fertile ground in the Outdoor Label Collection, designed in Japan by our partner Goldwin, exploring new directions and technologies:
GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ to upgrade comfort and protection when weather conditions are drier.
GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ in which the membrane is the outer layer, guaranteeing maximum repellency: water simply beads up and runs right off the surface.
KALEIDOSCOPE’s issue 37 (Fall/Winter 2020-21) features Outside In, a special zine that reinterprets Woolrich’s FW20 collaboration with GORE-TEX in the unique setting of James Turrell’s House of Light in the mountainous city of Tōkamachi, Japan.
James Turrell (American, b. 1943) is an artist known for his large-scale, immersive light installations. The House of Light is a work he created for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale in 2000. Immersed in the nature of Japan’s Chubu region, the work orchestrates a way to bring the ‘outside in’, allowing viewers to fully experience light with their entire body.