Polar F20: Collection Overview
Known for their distinctive ‘90s-spun aesthetic, their ‘Search and Enjoy’ sense of artistic creativity and their undeniable ability to curate high-quality t-shirts, caps and hoodies, Pontus Alv’s Polar Skate Co. addresses the transition to AW20 in a fashion that once again effortlessly celebrates all the brand stands for and represents. Switching out spring-specific shades for more autumnal-minded trends such as earthier colour palettes, textured fabrics and definitive custom prints, Malmö-based Polar remains faithful to its culture-induced Euro-centric vibe by welcoming the change in seasons with open arms.
Re-hashed fabrics take a stand at delivering increased insulative value and robust resiliency when paired with the brand’s fluid sense of versatile function, whilst the matured return of favoured skate and streetwear profile’s such as flannel shirts, puffer jackets and tracksuits strikes right at the centre of cold-climate comfort. New-season arrivals such as the collaborative Emile Knit Sweater once-again fulfils Polar’s creative sense of non-conformist character, whilst restored ‘less means more’ favourites such as the brand’s classic Stroke Logo T-Shirt, Surf Pants and their ageless ‘93 Denim Jeans continues to instil Pontus Alv ‘inspire others to inspire themselves’ M.O for yet another season.
Boasting a noticeable ‘50s inspired aesthetic, actively stimulated through both its availability in either a golden brown or hunter green colourway and it's all-over ‘P’ motif embroidered print, Polar’s seasonal Zip Pique Shirt hones in on contemporary desire with its practical profile and its appealing midweight styling. Classic block-tone colourings across the pointed collar create a seamless bond with the droplet-style metallic quarter-zip fastening, whilst the silhouette’s down-played composure makes it an ideal choice for layering beneath outerwear staples such as the Polar Parka Jacket, Pocket Pocket Puffer Jacket or short-sleeved Puffer Vest.
Matching with Polar’s cross-generational odes to personification, the return of the tracksuit witnesses a swift resurgence in streetwear assignment due to the continuing work from home socio-economic setting. Taking the iconic sweatpant silhouette, Polar’s Torsten Track Jacket and Track Pant combo delivers notable references to the ‘80s through its no-nonsense zip-up appeal, whilst the dark brown and blue colourways hark back to old-school track-and-field aesthetics for a sportswear inspired twist. Full-length fastenings host similarities to AW19’s Cord Zipped Jacket, whilst its cuffed seams channel OG sports-sweater vibes that match those supplied by new-season staples such as Tynan Kerr’s Moth House Hoodie and the heavyweight colour-block trend adhering Big Boy Club Crewneck.
When it comes to fresh new artwork, Polar once again link up with favoured artists such as Emile Laurent and Ron Chatman as a way of honouring the transeasonal appreciative trend for custom design, whilst the much-loved Bengt Alv and his endless archive of abstract articulations once again mark an appearance across classic short sleeve designs such as the photo-illustrative Balloon tee. Time-honoured staples such as the Fill Logo and Stroke Logo T-Shirts return in classic shades of white and black, whilst the short sleeve Moth House Fill Logo T-Shirt taps into the same aesthetic as its hooded sweater counterpart by showcasing refreshing new full-colour artwork from expressive artist Tynan Kerr.
Having perfected the pairing of function and style over their noted 9-year reign, the innovative reimagining of textual fabrics for the fall season allows print-work connoisseurs Polar to tap into additional layers surrounding the notion of textualised appeal. Fabrics such as high-wale cord, soft-brush flannel and thermo-guided heavyweight fleece supply a sense of increased insulative value, whilst the non-invasive fittings ensure durability and comfort doesn’t distract from Polar’s undying ode to utilitarian function. For a ‘90s induced throwback that honours Pontus Alv’s creative and open-minded conscience, the cryptic-print Pullover 2.0 Fleece keeps AW20 on its toes with its midweight structure, wide fit and toggle-trimmed hem, a design that doesn’t stray far from its aesthetically similar Cell Jacket sibling from SS20, whilst the team’s latest hook-up with team affiliate Shin Sanbongi for the aptly titled collection of Shin Long Sleeve tees turns its attention to reinstating the once highly-popularised use of waffle-knit fabrics back into contemporary circulation.
Known for their hard-wearing sense of appeal and their obvious old-school undertones, Polar’s reputable Big Boy Jeans return to Flatspot in revolutionary new-season shades of black-washed purple and brown for a more eclectic vibe, whilst the new-for-2020 Big Boy Work Pants combine utilitarian function with classic denim composures to deliver a creative, tapered-leg twist on a skatewear staple. If it’s a baggier fit you’re after to increase leisurely value and to boost free-flowing function whilst skating, then Polar’s relaxed and transeasonal Surf Pants host a collected and casual character in shades of caramel, new-navy, ivory and black, with the semi-baggy, straight-legged ‘93 collection available for autumn in both denim and cotton-cord constructions.
With the colder climate comes the greater need for season-friendly accessories and gear. AW20 welcomes the return of no-comply Polar’s characterised monochromatic Happy Sad Classic and Stroke Logo Socks, whilst chunkier and in-fashion fisherman-style headwear staples such as the striped, block or twin-toned Double Fold Merino Beanie mark Pontus Alv and the Malmö-based teams honouring of function, fit and favourable styling. For those not fully-committed to the cold-weather vibe, fuss-free designs such as the Stroke Logo Caps and the 11-wale Cord Speed Caps retain a sense of warm-weathered character that captures the very essence of Polar’s fiery, free-minded spirit.
The Polar Skate Co. F20 collection will be available online at Flatspot on Friday 2nd October 2020 at 10:00AM (BST).
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