It’s not heresy to say that the North Face is better known for its winter-ready puffer jackets than for springtime clothes. But the outdoorsy brand’s latest “Urban Exploration” line, set to drop this month, seems ready to change all that. It is the third collection produced in collaboration with Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi, who has been doing his thing to elevate the legendary brand’s basics for several years now. The entire collection is built to be mixed and matched, and feels like the kind of thing that’ll kick-start any spring wardrobe—whether you live in the city, the mountains, or any other socially distant space in between.
Familiar North Face signatures abound: windproof parkas, water-resistant overshirts, and bold graphic T-shirts. But a closer look reveals that Kuraishi has pared back many of the garments to their essentials. Details like buttons and stitching are tonal, matched to