Polar SU21: Collection Overview
Addressing the transition to summer in their own unique way, Malmö-based Polar’s latest summer release arrives to supply a refreshing new collection filled with season friendly skate stylings ultimately inspired by their European foothold and their unparalleled creative vision. Following tradition, we highlight some of our favourite Polar Skate Co. SU21 essentials that continue to capture the brand’s boundless energy without compromise.
Inspirations for the season stem not only from Polar’s admiration for throwback ‘80s aesthetics, rewritten collegiate staples and their seemingly unprocessed narrative, but also from skateboarding’s upcoming inauguration at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. With lockdown rules beginning to shift, leisurely WFH wardrobe essentials receive adapted instruction in light of increased outdoor ventures across the summer months, whilst fabrics such as premium cotton and lightweight pique return to complement warm weathered settings. Refined textiles such as velour and flannel are a continuation of both AW20 and SP21 trends, with this season featuring a focus on relaxed and wide fit tailoring to honour the comfort required of outdoor orientated activities and backdrops.
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As with each and every new season release, Polar continues to introduce fresh new custom artwork from a handful of favoured illustrators, associates and long-time friends. SU21 remains no exception, with designs from founder Pontus Alv joined by staples such as Puff magazine's Jacob Ovgren’s screen printed Mt. Fuji T-Shirt. A reference to Japanese cultural traditions and the country’s ‘land of the rising sun’ legacy, this relaxed jersey fabric Polar tee is well suited to both street and skate wear, with Ovgren’s accompanying Chain Smoker T-Shirt styled with a creative smoker silhouette displayed across the chest in honour of the artist’s quirky aesthetic. Styled with artwork from Bengt Alv, the CMYK print Moving Sheep Fill Logo T-Shirt welcomes a subversive and photo-illustrative twist to one of the brand’s most iconic designs, with its relaxed tailoring and crisp white base acting as a tonal gesture toward the summer months. Loyal to Polar’s admiration for archival workwear and plaid profilings, this season also welcomes the freedom fitting Mitchell Flannel Shirt into the mix, with its thin fabric finish and its checkered styling a tribute to classic ‘70s apparel and its long-sleeve, earthy toned Flannel Shirt counterpart.
Alongside long sleeved layers such as the Circle of Life Long Sleeve T-Shirt and Jacob Ovgren’s Year 2020 Long Sleeve T-Shirt, midweight layers such as the wide fitting Year 2020 Hoodie are designed to provide additional insulative protection during colder spells or whilst lounging. A creative and expressive layer with a soft brushed interior lining, this bold black hoodie pairs abstract artwork with a retained sense of sportswear nostalgia to supply a comfortable, and practical day on day wear. If brighter colours are a requirement of your wardrobe, then the collaborative Cut Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt is a casual silhouette designed in partnership with Stockholm graphic design consultancy Museum Studio. Quirky screen printed ‘Polar’ branding decorates the chest in shades of orange and green, whilst the black Cut Logo Hoodie is styled with contrasting blue and burgundy printed branding in its place.
All season favourites, the Polar Big Boy Jeans return in classic denim wear shades as well as new acid washed tones of both orange black and blue black, whilst the utilitarian Big Boy Work Pants pair quick stash function with respect to increased longevity and improved everyday resilience. In keeping with seasonal demand, above knee options such as the restyled Big Boy Work Shorts and the quick-drying mesh lined Utility Swim Shorts are ideal for wear at the beach, beside the pool or whilst exploring both suburban and cityscape settings during the warmer months. Cotton twill staples such as the Polar Surf Pants combine laid back West Coast reference with the brand’s passion for performative styling, whilst the high waisted and straight legged Polar ‘44! Pants are styled with a retro chino aesthetic that acts as the perfect alternative to their iconic, semi-baggy fitting ‘93 Denim Jeans that return in classic shades of light blue, dark blue and pitch black.
With travel restrictions ever changing and the allure of outdoor adventures well-assigned to the summer months, new season Polar accessories arrive to help keep trips from A to B easily managed. For smaller items, bank cards and coins, the water repellent Cordura Bubble Logo Key Wallet is an everyday essential that features an integrated key clip, a full length note stash and ample storage slots for important cards. Accessories such as the wrap around Hip Bag pair day on day practicality with subtle climbing gear reference ideal for festivals as well as everyday, whilst the larger Sport Hip Bag features bungee cord front facing ties, a spacious main compartment, reflective trims and a washed nylon shell for increased all weather resistance. Perfect for the beach or pool, seasonal Polar towels such as the trippy Faces Beach Towel and the free spirited No Complies Forever Beach Towel combine soft terry fabric with custom Polar artwork designed by mastermind Alv.
Crafted with skatewear and everyday purpose in mind, the unstructured Polar Mesh Speed Caps feature a relaxed flat brim, a quick and easy toggle fit and breathable mesh side walls for additional ventilation, whilst similar designs such as the Lightweight Cap pair mini ripstop fabric with a pre-bent brim for ample coverage well suited to any required setting.
The Polar Skate Co. SU21 collection will be available online at Flatspot on Friday 16th July at 08.00AM (BST).