Daisuke Obana’s visit to the Colorado ski town of Vail proved to be a defining moment for the N.Hoolywood designer. His fall collection used references from the military mountain division that had camped there in the 1940s, as evidenced by the abundant use of white and khaki in everything from cozy sweaters to updated parkas.
“We focused on comfortable fabrics,” he said, pointing to a cozy white shearling coat over a chunky tonal turtleneck and large matching beanie.
This season Obana also partnered with several outdoors brands to push new boundaries. These included Avirex, Mountain Hardware, Wild Things and Gloverall. Obana said he turned to these outerwear experts for their experience in “fabric and function,” but the modern designs, such as the cut sleeves on the Gloverall coat, are pure N.Hoolywood. “They haven’t done anything like this before,” he said.