The Last Jacket
The Last Jacket
«The last» project started with a simple question. Is it possible to develop technical outdoor-wear that can be inherited generation after generation?
Within a few years the idea has evolved and prototypes have been tested. We don't know yet if we can live up to the ambition. We're 100% sure that the clothes will wear out – we can't develop clothes that will last forever. What we're trying to develop is a concept that let's the clothes last forever. And we can't do that alone. You, the owner and user, have to contribute just as much as us. Together we can say frick you to the clothing industry and the endless hunt for new things. You must take care of the products and treat them well. If not, this is impossible. We can't wait to test this together!
Area of use
The project started with developing outerwear for skiing in the mountains. After testing prototypes things changed, and we decided to create the perfect outerwear for a Norwegian road trip. Imagine not knowing what activities you will be getting yourself into; skiing, seeing a movie, hunting, climbing, biking, going on dates or hanging around on the couch. And imagine just being able to bring one jacket. That is what The Last is. For many it may be unimaginable to not have tons of different jackets for different activities, but we want to challenge you to test this philosophy – to own fewer clothes and pack a smaller bag. That is the essence in NPs philosophy.
Read our full design philosophy here.
The main goal of this project is to create a jacket that will last "forever". A big part of how we will make that happen is by delivering the jackets with a lifetime service. That means that we will fix the product when needed. No questions asked.
Designed to be repaired
There will be patches on exposed areas (elbows and shoulders) in a thicker, more solid kind of recycled Ventile that can endure more water and wear. The same patches are mounted so that they are easily replaceable in the future.
The jacket is made in legendary Ventile. You can read all about the material here, but here are some benefits:
Ventile is great in any weather. The only exception might be spending hours in the pouring rain, but a lot of Ventile's fame comes from the technology that keeps the water out.
The material is relatively light and breathable. Unlike GoreTex, Ventile is also comfortable enough to use against the skin.
Beyond Ventile's superior functionality, it also has a visual element to it. Our observation is that people are starting to get tired of waltzing around with shimmery "oil jackets" (GoreTex, etc.), and would rather go back to their roots. Luckily, Ventile is known for it's patina – it ages very well. That is also the key behind the design philosophy: Timeless. We have studied jackets from the past 100 years to find a cut, look and color that won't go out of style the next 100 years.
The Last Jacket is a garment that one gets emotionally attached to during a lifetime. That means that we also need to make sure that it is personalized. Inside the jacket there will by an embroidered label with ones full name, serial number, the year it is produced and information about a finders fee. On one of the arms, the serial number and production year are embroidered. The label itself is made in Oslo and mounted on each garment in our store. We encourage everyone to pick up their jacket in store if possible.
In the last jacket you will every buy, you get the obvious elements you expect from a ski jacket. But the real gold is the zipper system that makes it possible to lift the jacket and wear your backpack straight on the shirt on your lower back – where you sweat the most. Or you can use the same zippers to cool down your lower back. The main idea is the functionality that makes it possible to wear both a jacket and a backpack, without the jacket getting wet and sweaty. There are also long zippers under the arms so that you can take your arms out of the sleeves and continue on your journey sleeveless.
New prototype based on the following feedback from Group 1
10 testers wanted a wider back.
9 testers asked for a longer and stronger wrist velcro.
10 testers asked for longer arms.
4 testers were skeptical to mesh liners in the pockets, and wanted a stronger material.
3 testers asked for an extra slider in the zippers on the sides of the jacket.
10 testers wanted the jacket to be shorter.
- + Technical info
- + Size chart
Just like people, products go trough different phases.
This product is now in production. Preorder to make sure one becomes yours.
Your thoughts are important for making sure that we only produce garments you will love for a lifetime. If you have thoughts on anything we should do different or maybe just a question about the product you can join the discussion below.