May the Force Be With You

WWD Digital Daily - - Fashion Scoops - — ROSEMARY FEITELBERG

More than 40 years af­ter “Star Wars” first beamed movie­go­ers into a galaxy far, far away, Co­lum­bia Sports­wear will un­veil the Star Wars Em­pire Crew Parka Fri­day.

The lim­ited-edi­tion jacket is in­spired by the orig­i­nal cast and crew — think Mark Hamill and Har­ri­son Ford as op­posed to John Boyega and Adam Driver, who will ap­pear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” due out State­side Dec. 20, 2019. More specif­i­cally, the royal blue out­er­wear is meant to be rem­i­nis­cent of the ice planet Hoth scenes in “Star Wars: The Em­pire Strikes Back.” The uni­sex $500 hooded styles will be sold via co­lum­bia. com/StarWars at 12:01 a.m. Fri­day. There will also be se­lect distri­bu­tion in Co­lum­bia's free­stand­ing stores in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Ja­pan and South Ko­rea.

Over­achiev­ing Ge­orge Lu­cas fans can try to score one of a hand­ful of the zip-front parkas signed by Hamill, who they know as Luke Sky­walker from the sil­ver screen. This par­tic­u­lar piece of fan­dom will set them back $1,980 — in­ten­tion­ally priced to co­in­cide with the year the film was re­leased. But all of the pro­ceeds from the sale will ben­e­fit col­lege ac­cess pro­grams and schol­ar­ships. Shop­pers may need lightsabers to try to fend off oth­ers on the hunt for these jack­ets in Co­lum­bia's free­stand­ing stores in New York; Buena Vista, Fla.; the com­pany's Port­land, Ore., flag­ship, and Seat­tle.

Co­lum­bia has not pro­vided any ap­parel for any of the “Star Wars” films, but this is the brand's third col­lec­tion based on the film se­ries, fol­low­ing last year's Echo Base col­lec­tion and the 2016 Rogue One col­lec­tion “both which sold out in min­utes,” a Co­lum­bia spokes­woman said Mon­day.

Af­ter Dis­ney gave Co­lum­bia de­sign­ers ac­cess to the “Star Wars” fran­chise ar­chives, they grav­i­tated to the open­ing scenes in “The Em­pire Strikes Back,” she said. To repli­cate the out­er­wear, Co­lum­bia's de­sign­ers worked closely with Lu­cas­film Ltd. to in­clude de­tails from the crew jack­ets such as the bold color; shoul­der stripes for vis­i­bil­ity in bliz­zard con­di­tions; a Darth Vader chest patch based on orig­i­nal art­work; “Star Wars” lo­gos, and a cus­tom­iz­a­ble name plate on the chest pocket. As a re­minder of the ex­act bonechilling lo­ca­tion for the frosty scenes, the jacket's lin­ing in­cludes the co­or­di­nates of the Har­dan­ger­jøkulen Glacier in Nor­way.

Con­sumers, who are frozen out of find­ing one of the parkas, have other ways to con­nect with “Star Wars.” They can tune into “Star Wars Re­sis­tance,” the an­i­mated se­ries that fol­lows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono, a young pi­lot re­cruited by the Re­sis­tance and tasked with a top-se­cret mis­sion to spy on the grow­ing threat of the First Or­der. The “Star Wars”themed Galaxy's Edge won't bow at Dis­ney­land un­til next sum­mer and at Walt Dis­ney World next fall, but devo­tees can sam­ple com­poser John Wil­liams' new work for the yet-to-be-opened park. In the mean­time, read­ers have “Star Wars Icons: Han

Solo,” and Taschen's moreen­com­pass­ing “The Star Wars Ar­chives: 1977-1983” is due out later this month. If all else fails, there is al­ways the cup­cake recipe in­spired by the gorgs in “Star Wars Re­sis­tance” on the of­fi­cial “Star Wars” site.

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