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Columbia Sportswear is about to strike back with a fancy, new winter coat for Star Wars super-fans add to their holiday gift lists.
One year ago, the outdoor apparel company fired up all of Star Wars fandom with a line of wintertime coats inspired by Luke Skywalker’s, Princess Leia’s, and Han Solo’s Hoth costumes from Empire Strikes Back . They were gorgeous, pricey, and difficult to obtain.( I still covet that Han Solo one .)
In other words, a perfect gift item for collectors and super-fans, just in time for the holidays. Now, Columbia is back for a second Empire Strikes Back -inspired piece of outerwear. This one is much more of a deep cut, however.
On Friday, Dec. 7, the clothing brand will open up orders for the $500 “Empire Crew Parka, ” a new jacket inspired by the ones worn by crewmembers on the Hoth set of Empire Strikes Back in 1979. It’s a more obviously Star Wars-branded coat than the trio featured in 2017 ‘s so-called “Columbia Echo Base” collection — named after the fictional outpost where Rebel forces-out took refuge on Hoth — but it captures a similar sense of style.
Take a look for yourself.
For comparison, scroll down for a video from Columbia Sportswear featuring clips from the 1979 Hoth set. You can see the original crew jacket in action here and note the similarities.
( Note that the original crew jackets from the Hoth set are rare and don’t come near for sale too often. One sold at auction in 2017 for closely connected to $8,000.)
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A Feb. 2017 post on StarWars.com called the actual crew coat a “grail among grails for crew collectors, ” thanks in big part given the fact that each piece of outerwear was custom-made for the Empire Strikes Back crew .
The crew for Empire filmed during heavy blizzard conditions. To prepare all the crew members for the harsh filming conditions, each person was issued a custom snowsuit which consisted of a blue parka with hood, matching gasps, boots, two decides of socks, long underwear, mittens, a thin balaclava, a knitted balaclava/ cap, and ski goggles. The entire outfit is color coordinated in matching blue.
The post goes on to note that the knitted cap and parka specifically were customized to be Star Wars-themed. Only a few dozen were ever attained, and — because they were functional outerwear more than they were movie memorabilia — efforts to preserve them were minimal.
Columbia Sportswear’s new unisex replica is a near-spitting image of the original design, right down to the patch placement. The coat features a detachable( and adjustable) hood, a waterproofed outer layer, and is thick enough to keep you warm in the midst of Hoth-like weather conditions.
This is very much a “while furnishes last” various kinds of release, and if 2017 ‘s Echo Base collection is any indication, these jackets will sell out and become collector’s items in their own right relatively quickly.
Orders for the Empire Crew Jacket open on Dec. 7 at 12:01 a.m. ET . The jacket will also be available at select “Columbia-branded retail locations” in the U.S ., Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.
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