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  1. junkie_dolphin

    arcteryx veilance

    We may disagree as to the degree to which this specific rebrand "speaks of" vs. "leads" a change in Veilance as a set of products—but otherwise, I think we're basically saying the same thing. Arc is, ostensibly, a "design-lead" company; product comes first (as opposed to a lifestyle brand). Obviously this is simplifying it somewhat, but when I say "it's just a rebrand, and at most a symptom of something deeper that's going on" the emphasis here is on "symptom." Quality of the rebrand aside (and for the record, I'm not crazy about it—but I was never crazy about their website), that it somehow reflects current trends in anything is hardly a hanging offence. See my previous post. It is an all-caps, bolded, sans serif typeface. My god guys.
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    arcteryx veilance

    1. It's interesting to me that it's taken a "rebrand" (and a very mild one at that) to make apparent to people that Veilance has been cutting back on the weirdness and getting more into simple, clean, blank forms. Compare the current version of the Node Down to the Anneal: the Node is loaded up with pockets, it's highly structured, and it's surprisingly full of detail; the Anneal, by comparison, is a very simple, soft, unstructured jacket with a blank face. I could point to other examples, like the old vs. new Graph Cardigan... there's a trend towards blankness and simplicity—true "minimalism" rather than geometry. I've seen what's coming, and it's largely more of that (eg. the Euler IS Jacket and Coat). 2. I'm not sure in what sense Veilance could be considered a trailblazer currently... but it's a bit hard to say when the last time was that you could have described the brand that way. Maybe very early on... But from a technical perspective, Arc reserves its most "cutting edge" stuff for mainline (especially, for some reason, Ascent and Whiteline); much of Veilance still uses old three-layer Gore-Tex ("trico" backer) for its shells—one does wonder why an additional thousand dollars doesn't buy you a Gore Pro shell. The really extreme weirdness probably peaked under Conroy—remember the Scend Jacket? Some of those experiments were terrible flops, however much one might admire the willingness to go there. 3. However tempting it may be to read into a sans serif typeface, it's ultimately just a rebrand, and at most a symptom of something deeper that's going on. It's hardly an indication that Veilance is more fashion-pwned than before—how do you even conclude that, from a logo change? Furthermore, I can point to plenty of times when Veilance drew from contemporary fashion trends—the rapid adoption and abandonment of various shawl collars when those were at their peak half a decade ago comes to mind. 4. Finally, I thought one of the major selling points for Veilance was the lack of branding. I really don't care what the brand's logo is (and, by the way, this season's products still use the old logo, typeface, etc.). I appreciate that most people won't know what I'm wearing. If it were up to me, the website would look like the Ulm School magazine.
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    arcteryx veilance

    It's hilarious to me that people are freaking out over a website logo change. The old logo (which included "Arc'teryx") does look old, bordering on "dad" aesthetics. They need to further differentiate from mainline, especially 24. Yes, of course I miss the days of Conroy et al and "experimental" Veilance, but in case you haven't seen FW19, let me tell you: those days are over. Oh my god dude, either buy it or don't. This is some Princess and the Pea shit. The idea that you're going to try to sell the liner of the Patrol is hilarious, especially considering there is a jacket coming this fall that is basically a standalone Patrol liner (the Conduit AR).
  4. junkie_dolphin

    arcteryx veilance

    Note also (although it's not visible in the image above) that the new wallets have finished edges, and are less likely to separate the way the first run did.
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    arcteryx veilance

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    arcteryx veilance

    Managed to pick up SS19's new Rhomb jacket. It's a shakedry running shell, similar to the Norvan SL from Arc'teryx's mainline. Here are some thoughts: - Whoa, this thing is light. Handling the Norvan SL should have prepared me for how light it is, but somehow this is more mindblowing, probably because this thing has actual pockets—it definitely feels more like a "proper" jacket. - Reflective panels at the peak of the hood, the triangle at the yoke, and the hem; surprisingly neutral when no direct light is shining on them, but any sort of bright light (camera flash, headlights) makes the paneling very noticeable. You can tell they really put some time into finding the best balance for a Veilance piece specifically. - There's a really neat hidden pocket in the right hand pocket—it's closed with one of those ultra-thin snaps used on the Incendo hoody. Large enough for even a larger smartphone (though it tends to weigh the whole jacket down in that one spot). - Comes with a washbag to protect the jacket during laundering. The washbag feels heavier than the jacket. - Insanely packable. It takes up about half the space in the larger external pocket of my 3A-1. - Not bad for layering, actually. I was able to fit a Conduit LT underneath (Node FL anyone?)—the only issue is that the front of the Rhomb is a little shorter than most of the Veilance midlayers. As such, I'll likely end up wearing it as an emergency shell/windbreaker in the summer, and not at all in the fall or winter. - Already has one scuff—I think it may have arrived that way. A very small skid of white showing through near the zipper. I'm going to beat the crap out of this thing, and see how much it can handle. Should be fun.
  7. junkie_dolphin

    Acronym.

    This. You have to remember, that logo goes waaaay back—like, early 2000s, at the latest. Could be older. Back in those days, non-sensical futuristic computer-generated graphics were very common. This sort of thing:
  8. junkie_dolphin

    Acronym.

    wtf is this thing Errolson's wearing?
  9. junkie_dolphin

    Urban Techwear Community Sales Thread

    WTS: Field LT Jacket, Black, Medium - 700 Field OS, Black, Medium - 350 Indisce 3/4 Coat, Black, Medium - 550 USD Sinter IS Jacket, Black, Medium - 900 USD Field Pant, Black, 30 - 400 USD Each has been worn or tried on once or twice, but is essentially brand new with tags and garment bag (if applicable). Prices are negotiable—feel free to shoot me a message.
  10. junkie_dolphin

    Acronym.

    You're kidding, right? A movie trailer very often features clips, sounds, and cuts that don't appear in the final film. The trailer is an advert for the movie—it's incredibly simplistic to say it's simply the movie but smaller. But, maybe more importantly—why are you in the Acronym thread complaining that people want to know what the new Acronym products are? We don't know why Errolson decided to clamp down on subnet membership, but if I had to bet I'd say it had more to do with guys like 1K drawing "inspiration" from unreleased stuff for his own products.
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    Acronym.

    Is this a thing already? Someone hook me up...
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    Urban Techwear Community Sales Thread

    Perhaps not technically "urban" techwear, but I'm looking to offload these: Arc'teryx Alpha IS Jacket, Men's Medium, Magma: 770 USD (Retails for ~900 USD, before tax) 9/10 Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket, Men's Medium, Cardinal: 585 USD (Retails for ~750 USD, before tax) 9/10 Arc'teryx Alpha SV Bib, Men's Medium, Black: 480 USD (Retails for ~625 USD, before tax) 10/10 (brand new) Arc'teryx Proton AR Hoody, Men's Medium, Smoke: 225 USD (Retails for ~350 USD, before tax) 9/10 Pieces marked "9/10" condition have only worn a handful of times. Galleries available on request. I'm also open to offers, so please feel free to message me.
  13. junkie_dolphin

    Urban Techwear

    I dunno man, I think a lot of stuff from that era makes a lot of sense, aesthetically, these days... what with the explosion of interest in “vintage” Lang, Sander, Prada more generally... I’m very tempted by that bag. It’s always been on my list, but that’s a bit pricy.
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    Urban Techwear

    There's also the erlsn-approved Japanese brand Claustrum.
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    Urban Techwear

    Most brands won't be "techwear" exactly, but Mittan might have what you're after (though they're dealing more in longer jackets rather than shirts, generally). You can usually snag them at an okay price on fromjapan or some other Japanese proxy site. No supplier in NA that I know of. In general, you can usually find more affordable options by browsing a magazine like GO OUT—I might have a look through my issues later, since I've also been considering getting something similar.
  16. junkie_dolphin

    Acronym.

    Relax, bro.
  17. junkie_dolphin

    The ACRONYM Community Sales Thread

    WTB: 3A-WB2
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    Acronym.

    So I’ve always been a bit baffled by the measurements given for Acronym’s sizing charts. Always assumed I was a medium, but when I tried on the J58 I found it too tight through the chest, and I’ve had a similar problem with some SISP jackets. So my question is: do you guys take the same size in Veilance that you do in Acronym? What about mainline Arc’teryx? I’m solidly a medium in both, so it would help to know how the two brands compare. One guy told me he sizes up for Acronym vs. Arc’teryx.
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    Acronym.

    So I’ve been on the hunt for a 3A-5TS-style hip belt for my 3A-1. First I spoke to Bagjack, and they told me they wouldn’t be able to make me one like what they make for Acronym (the hip belts for Bagjack are different)—I have to assume there’s some sort of contract preventing them from doing it. They told me to talk to Acronym instead. I just heard back from Acronym, and they’re saying they can’t sell the hip belt separately, and I’d have to buy the 5TS to get it. I’m bummed out, but I also have to wonder what would happen if someone lost/damaged the hip belt for their 5TS or 6TS. Would they not be able to purchase a replacement?
  20. junkie_dolphin

    Stone Island Shadow Project

    Gotta say, I had the chance to handle the Stealth Parka today, and it blew my mind. Really beautiful and inventive stuff.
  21. junkie_dolphin

    Acronym.

    I enjoyed the actual interview bits. Some new info (for me at least) in there.
  22. junkie_dolphin

    Acronym.

    I'm not saying anyone's wrong or anything, but I still don't understand. He's very vague about the nature of the problem being discussed here—but I'm also having a hard time separating that part of the quote from its context (about design stealing). Acronym's not stealing designs, at least as far as I know. It's true, there have been lots of re-releases, but aren't those what many people have been asking for? More 3As? Many people haven't had the chance to grab this stuff till now. Reissuing old stuff (price increased or not) is not the same as stealing a jacket design. Honestly, if it were me, I'd ride the hype, make the easy money off re-releases, and save my new ideas for when things calmed down and I actually needed them.
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    Acronym.

    Yeah, that quote is about the Gucci ripoff though. What does that have to do with price hikes and materials?
  24. junkie_dolphin

    Urban Techwear

    You fat cats and your Patagucci. Only Marmot is true cyberpunk.
  25. junkie_dolphin

    Urban Techwear

    So, setting aside the really obviously derivative stuff (Enfin Leve, Guerilla Group, Orbit Gear...) what are some really great (like, actually great) non-ACR brands?