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    SPRING IN SIGHT
    SPRING/SUMMER 21 EDITORIAL


    Spring has triumphed over winter. As we welcome the change in the air, we must also change our attire. Longer, warmer, sunnier days beckon to layers and force heavy pieces to the back of the closet. We celebrate this reinvigoration with light and colour, with exploration, with open collars and sneakers.

    In the spirit of renewal, we visited Torpedohallen, a few minutes from Norse Projects HQ in Holmen. This former military torpedo boat plant was transformed in 2003 by Jens Thomas Arnferd and his firm, Vandkunsten. Its extant concrete pillars preserve its industrial nature. Within, a spacious court surrounds the building's repurposed dockyard. All this is concealed beneath Torpedohallen's light and airy canopy. We took advantage of the natural light and considered design as a backdrop for this editorial. In it, we showcase a concise collection including Our Legacy, visvim®, and wander, Engineered Garments, Snow Peak, and TEÄTORA.

While the evenings are still cool, a light layer is always welcome. The Cloak Parka from Our Legacy meets this standard, with a stowaway hood and storm placket. Smartly tailored, this parka features a high collar, wide belt, and considered details at the pockets and cuffs. Its nylon blend twill keeps it lightweight and easy to slip off when the sun is high.

A chance to hop on the bike requires a comfortable ride — perhaps with nanamica's Wide Easy Pants. The adjustable waistband and innovative Breath Tune construction allow for great flexibility, durability, and comfort. The classic silhouette of adidas' Campus ties the whole look together. Their low-profile look is noted for its smooth suede upper and distinct herringbone tread.

    A uniform should never be boring. Building the perfect one, with essential versatility, comes easy with TEÄTORA's help. This season, the focus is on storage. The Packable series makes an effective ensemble, with a jacket, shirt, and trousers. Their use of a stretch nylon construction makes them lightweight and wrinkle-proof: ideal for packing. The jacket and pants feature TEÄTORA's Wallet Pocket: a zipped inner pocket within the hand pocket for direct access and high security. A balance of practicality and smart silhouettes, this look fits both the wardrobe and the suitcase.
    With changing seasons comes variability—especially with the weather. Snow Peak knows what it means to be prepared. This season, Primeflex is the star thanks to its lightweight nylon weave with great stretch. Toss the jacket on in a flash and stay dry with a DWR coating; the trousers offer the same treatment, and protection on muddy hikes. Both pieces store easily—into the mesh pockets of the 3way Business Bag. Not just a suitcase, but also a shoulder bag and briefcase, tied together with a smart and durable nylon weave. There's extra storage in the front that is perfect for sunglasses, in case the sun comes back out.
    Springtime beckons to pastoral themes—even to those in the heart of the city. Whether lazing in the field or running to the S-train, Engineered Garments keeps you covered. This season, the durable, yet lightweight, cotton ripstop returns to the Drawstring Pant and Cardigan Jacket silhouettes. The jacket, with its distinct collarless design, pairs well with any layer and offers a smart alternative to a blazer. Inherently minimal, the trousers are relaxed with a customizable waistband and serendipitous storage. The 19th Century button down ties the look together: smart crisp poplin in a dimensional sax stripe, highlighted with pearlescent buttons.
    For SS21, we continue to work with art, craftsmanship, design, and function as themes that inspire the Norse Store concept. These are the store's pillars that stimulate how we curate our third-party brand selection. Our aim is to provide purpose for the modern-day wardrobe.

    Long-standing partners, such as Junya Watanabe MAN, continue to merge art and craft, while Tokyo's Nanamica provides design and function simultaneously. The inherent utilitarian attitude of MHL, the tactics and foresight to travel with TEÄTORA, the freedom of exploration from And Wander: even with varied expressions, each brand finds harmony at Norse Store.
    The variety of spring is evident in everything, from the flowers in their groves, to the songs of birds, and even in the pieces we pull for the season. Junya Watanabe is known to explore variety, especially in his fusion of menswear and utility. The Wool Linen Jacket features a beautiful, tonal construction that goes easily from day until night with its smart, short silhouette. Panels of wool and ramie blends treat the eye to subtle shifts in navy and black. Its tailored construction is underscored with made-to-last hardware, ample storage, and a vibrant lining.

    The jacket's structured look is balanced with Our Legacy's Reduced Trousers. Their relaxed and drapey look is achieved with an Italian tech nylon that resists creasing. The ample look is enhanced with the adjustable drawstring waistband. Both minimal and versatile, this ensemble proves that simple can still destroy sameness.
    Balmy temperatures allow for the most flexibility in one's look. Shorts and a sweater? Why not! Feel protected while still feeling the breeze with And Wander. The Ripstop Anorak becomes both sweater and windbreaker, thanks to its light nylon ripstop. The raglan sleeves provide the utmost comfort, while ample mesh storage keeps essentials within reach. Styled for climbing, the Nylon Short offers an articulated fit for comfort in every stride. Its integrated belt provides a custom fit, as well as visibility in low-light conditions. The silicone-coated Sil Sacoche provides protected storage in a streamlined silhouette.
    The beauty of spring is its precision. Conveniently, that's visvim's aim as well. Nakamura consistently draws inspiration from mindful constructions; each detail has its purpose. Consider the White Oak Coverall: the texture woven into its wool and linen gabardine reflects the camouflage as relief, as if touching it would reveal hills and valleys. Its enfolding silhouette is unassuming, yet made up of fine stitching and tailored notes. The ample pocket storage doesn't hurt, either.

    Speaking of storage, let's also consider the Cordura 20L. Made with military-grade Cordura® nylon, this backpack has it all: an internal neoprene laptop sleeve, adaptable zipped compartment, a front slot pocket, even beverage holders. Comfort, too, is taken into account, with strategically placed padding at the back panel and shoulder straps. Even the accents are noted in this piece: durable corded nylon utility loops and snap fastenings, and a hand-painted leather brand tab.
    The balance of nature is effortless, yet impressive. When the sun hangs in the sky a little longer, the ground stirs as if by reflex. Margaret Howell reflects this balance with her draped, yet refined silhouettes. The Rescue Jacket is one that makes a big statement. Its high collar and boxy fit is structured with a worn waxed canvas, with gun patch detailing at the shoulders. The wide cuffs are cinched with pop tabs, and the piece offers ample storage with side pockets and poachers pockets.

    The Pull Up Shorts follow the same formula, making compact cotton drill look like silk. The relaxed silhouette offers a generous cut, accented with an adjustable waistband. Brace buttons at the fly tie it back to its tailored inspirations.

    adidas Originals finds this balance in refining the heritage TRX Vintage silhouette. The classic marathon runner is updated with modern textiles and construction, yet unchanged in its style. Suede overlays wrap around a layered mesh upper, held fast with a textured EVA midsole and treaded rubber outsole.