Descente Allterrain

Beyond a limited but subtly impactful number of intricate buildings that dot the continental United States, 19th century American architect Louis Sullivan’s most widely referenced contribution to the canon of Modernist art and design is this aphorism: form follows function. The intent behind this statement is not to simply propound visual austerity; rather, it observes the tendency of an object’s exterior to organically reflect its interior construction and operation. When tasked with developing outerwear suitable for the Japanese athletes attending the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Mitsuru Yamada, who would come to be the lead designer for Descente ALLTERRAIN when it was formally launched in 2012, sought to leverage the century’s worth of alpine sportswear knowledge possessed by mother brand Descente in providing enough lightweight insulation and waterproofing to withstand all aspects of Vancouver winters. The technical innovations that underpinned the resulting Mizusawa Down jacket, further applied throughout the larger Descente ALLTERRAIN collection, bring Sullivan’s maxim to life in striking shapes fundamentally informed by the unparalleled performance contained in an ingenious combination of welded seams, high fill power down, and supple, resilient fabrics.

Descente Allterrain - Off-White Sun Shield Hardshell Jacket

Descente Allterrain

Off-White Sun Shield Hardshell Jacket

£755

Descente Allterrain - Black Schematech Air Hooded Jacket

Descente Allterrain

Black Schematech Air Hooded Jacket

£560

Descente Allterrain - Black Sun Shield Hardshell Jacket

Descente Allterrain

Black Sun Shield Hardshell Jacket

£755

Descente Allterrain - Black Primeflex Hoodie

Descente Allterrain

Black Primeflex Hoodie

£415

Descente Allterrain - Black Tough Light Packable T-Shirt

Descente Allterrain

Black Tough Light Packable T-Shirt

£235

Descente Allterrain - Black Tapered Trousers

Descente Allterrain

Black Tapered Trousers

£345

Descente Allterrain - Off-White Titanium Thermo Insulated Long Sleeve Shirt

Descente Allterrain

Off-White Titanium Thermo Insulated Long Sleeve Shirt

£455

Descente Allterrain - Black Bal Collar Coat

Descente Allterrain

Black Bal Collar Coat

£755

Descente Allterrain - Black Transform Jacket

Descente Allterrain

Black Transform Jacket

£915

Descente Allterrain - Black Titanium Thermo Insulated Shirt

Descente Allterrain

Black Titanium Thermo Insulated Shirt

£455

Descente Allterrain - Black Down D.I.S. Vest

Descente Allterrain

Black Down D.I.S. Vest

£345