The North Face x Online Ceramics Arrives Tomorrow. Prepare Now.

the north face x online ceramics

Courtesy; collage by Mike Kim.

Okay, listen. I’m just as aware of the vibes burnout as anyone. There are too many vibes! They’re fucking everywhere. They may be shifting! We are full up on vibes here, thank you very much. I get it. But sometimes, you have to talk about the vibes regardless. And when Online Ceramics—purveyor of sometimes-crunchy, sometimes-psychedelic, always-cool clothings and accessories—is part of the conversation, the vibes must be addressed. Because they are positive. And they are abundant.

Which is a big part of the reason The North Face teamed up with the Los Angeles-based label on a collaboration—the first between the two brands, hitting digital and physical shelves on Friday, April 29—that pays homage to ’70s climb culture in California. The feel is open and exploratory. Fun. Up-for-anything. It’s the kind of stuff you want to wear to get out there, wherever “there” may be.

Online Ceramics’s signature playful graphics appear on everything from the 1986 Mountain Jacket to mules, a vest, and even a sleeping bag. There are also, of course, tees and hoodies, and those are even more special; they’re part of the introduction of a new process from The North Face called Re-Grind, in which factory-floor scraps are turned into wearable clothing.

the north face x online ceramics

A few of the pieces from the upcoming collaboration.

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“We’ve always aimed to create apparel with positive messages that encourage people to shift their way of thinking,” OC founders Elijah Funk and Alix Ross said in a statement. “Collaborating with an iconic brand like The North Face has allowed us to fuse our unique, thought-provoking designs with the styles The North Face is known for, creating retro-inspired gear that celebrates Earth everyday.”

All sounds pretty great, right? Well there’s one—very minor—hitch. You need to sign up for XPLR Pass (it’s free) to access the collaboration (priced from $50 to $330) when it releases tomorrow. Might want to do that now, lest someone add your favorite items to their cart before you get a chance to. Because tomorrow, a lot people are going to be showing up for those good Online Ceramics vibes. Be prepared, and your own vibes will be good, too.

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