the north face x gucci sweatshirt in trail print (Screenshot)
TNF x Gucci sweatshirt ($1,600)

The North Face x Gucci Is Back and Less Affordable Than Ever

For the second time, the gear outfitter and Italian fashion house have come together and produced a new generation of adventure-curious streetwear.

Last January, mega-brands Gucci and The North Face cobbled together an unlikely partnership and apparel line. Last week, the pair expanded on The North Face x Gucci saga, adding a host of new product categories, styles, and nature-themed prints.

The Fall/Winter 2021 capsule collab runs the apparel gamut: parkas to fanny packs, pants to bucket hats, backpacks to boots. Gucci describes this drop as “a selection of styles with an outdoor-inspired feel.”

Pricing for the latest set of TNF x Gucci gear starts at $590 with a baseball cap and tops out at $4,800 with a ruffled prairie dress. You know, in keeping with Gucci’s fashion-house roots.

Here’s what else I can tell you.

Technically, It’s Not Technical Apparel

It’s probably worth noting that TNF x Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2021 gear isn’t really made to stand up to more serious outdoor adventures.

But, reportedly, the line uses recycled ECONYL in place of nylon and down insulation that’s 100% certified responsible, which should be enough to keep you warm in certain, unrated conditions. So, donn at your own risk (I repeat: this is not technical apparel).

Except for a few color-blocked, puffy-inspired coats, one unmistakably TNF detail you’ll find on display here is the brand’s iconic Half-Dome logo. Which, of course, sits atop a font-matching “GUCCI.” Otherwise, any of the pieces from this winter collection might pass for New York Fashion Week streetwear.

The North Face x Gucci (Emphasis on ‘Gucci’)

The mash-up uses apparel and accessories cut by the designer label and superimposes earthy colors and wilderness prints that may or may not be a nod to Mossy Oak.

Here are a few hot takes from the collection:

TNF x Gucci Sweater ($1,600)
TNF x Gucci sweater ($1,600)

Don’t worry, compulsive sweater heads — this bad boy is “unavailable” per the product page. But if The North Face x Gucci sweater does exist, it’s out there living its best life as a wool jacquard blend, which sounds kind of itchy.

Then again, the term “wool jacquard” is new to me, so take that for whatever it’s worth to you.

TNF x Gucci Beltbag ($980)
TNF x Gucci belt bag ($980)

The North Face x Gucci belt bag (yes, lower case) features a “forest print” ECONYL fabric outer, green genuine-leather trim, ECONYL lining, zipper closure, and adjustable webbing waist belt with a buckle clasp. Gucci has not disclosed material information for the zipper pull, clasp, or belt adjuster components.

But it does provide dimensions and sizing:

  • Pouch dimensions: 8.7″ W x 5″ H x 2.4″ D
  • Belt lengths: 75 cm (34″); 95 cm (42″)

If you’re worried that your high-end “belt bag” (it’s a fanny pack, c’mon) might be mistaken for a more practical vessel, fear not! Gucci’s very detailed care instructions answer any questions you might have about the belt bag‘s actual usefulness.

Here they are, verbatim:

  • Protect from direct light, heat, and rain. Should it become wet, dry it immediately with a soft cloth.
  • Fill the bag with tissue paper to help maintain its shape and absorb humidity, and store in the provided flannel bag.
  • Do not carry heavy products that may affect the shape of the bag.
  • Clean with a soft, dry cloth.

To further cement the “look but don’t touch” vibrations coming off this thing, it’s available in brick-and-mortar stores only.

TNF x Gucci Vest ($2,200)
TNF x Gucci padded vest ($2,200)

The North Face x Gucci padded vest features green and black “GG” canvas with down padding, web embroidery, four patch pockets, snap button closures, and duck feather/goose down fill.

Gucci makes the vest in sizes XXS through XXL. I’m not entirely sure what that means thanks to the website’s oddly confusing sizing chart — but the brand does note that a small vest measures 27.7 inches in length.

Much like the bougie fanny pack above, the padded vest is exclusive to in-store shoppers.

TNF x Gucci Backpack ($1,790) and Baseball Hat ($590)
TNF x Gucci Backpack ($1,790) and Baseball Hat ($590)

Also available in the mossy/earthy/adventurish forest print are The North Face x Gucci backpack and baseball hat. Similar to the — ahem — belt bag, the outer shells here feature recycled nylon ECONYL fabric. Genuine green and brown leather rounds out the trim.

Two zippered, ECONYL-lined compartments, potentially padded shoulder straps (don’t get your hopes up), and nylon webbing complete the backpack, which measures 13 x 19.3 x 5.1 inches.

And you guessed it — this itty bitty pack is, indeed, only available in stores.

Now on to the collection’s pièce de proletariat. TNF x Gucci’s budget item, the baseball hat, uses a cotton/viscose lining and an adjustable Velcro back.

It’s available in sizes XS through L both online and in stores — unless you have an XL dome. That size is (say it with me) only available in stores.

Expect to treat the backpack and ball cap with the same white-glove-level care you’d apply to, I don’t know…a high-end fanny pack.

For now, The North Face has left it up to Gucci to move inventory. The TNF x Gucci collection is only available through the fashion house and a few Gucci-exclusive dealers.

You can check it out for yourself at gucci.com, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.