HIGH NOTE: Sixty years after Italy’s first expedition to the Himalayan peak K2, Moncler has again supplied the technical equipment to the team re-creating that climb. The attire of the climbers, who reached the mountain’s peak on Saturday, was inspired by the Moncler Lionel Terray Collection, on sale at the brand’s boutiques starting in October and comprising six high-protection jackets. In 1954, when Italians Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni conquered the world’s second-highest mountain, they wore Moncler down jackets that had been fitted for the climb by Lionel Terray, the French mountaineer who has been a key figure in the brand’s history.
The “K2 2014 — 60 Years Later” expedition is backed by Ev-K2-CNR, a nonprofit association that promotes scientific and technological research in mountain areas and, together with the Italian Development Cooperation and the Pakistani authorities, has helped to create the K2 national park. To promote the Central Karakorum National Park project, Moncler has joined forces with Ev-K2-CNR and the Pakistani team and will also be taking part in the Keep Karakorum Clean campaign.
This story first appeared in the July 30, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.