In time for the upcoming holiday season, Eddie Bauer heads back to its roots with a limited edition heritage collection. For the new pieces in the Eddie Bauer Originals collection, the brand took early iconic designs and updated them with modern materials and fit.
The Eddie Bauer Originals collection features five styles for men that pay tribute to Eddie’s original designs and four modern interpretations of those styles for women. A couple of my favorites are as follows.
1936 Skyliner Model Jacket (Men’s and Women’s: $199) – Originally labeled the “Blizzard Proof,” Eddie’s Skyliner Model became the first down jacket patented in America. The new edition available for men and women boasts 650 fill down, signature diamond quilting, a temperature rating to -15 degrees F, and rib-knit collar, cuffs, and hem combined with a modern fit.
The Skyliner also comes in a reversible Pendleton wool version ($399) in celebration of the National Parks Centennial. The jackets come in eight National Parks patterns: Yosemite, Badlands, Great Smoky Mountains, and Grand Canyon Pendleton patterns for men and Rainier, Rocky Mountains, Glacier, and Yellowstone patterns for women. For each jacket sold, Eddie Bauer will donate five percent of the net proceeds to the National Park Foundation to support the restoration of the Grand Canyon Train Depot and the historic Glacier Hotel spiral staircase in Glacier National Park.
1942 B-9 Down Parka (Men’s: $299) – In 1942, the U.S. Army Air Force tapped Eddie to create a flight suit that could keep pilots warm at -70 degree temperatures during flight, but that could also float for 24 hours in the event the plane was shot down over water. This modernized WWII classic replicates every structural detail of the jacket, updates the fabric with a DWR finish, trims the fit and uses premium 650 fill down insulation for optimum comfort to -30 degrees F.
Kara Koram Down Parka (Men’s: $249) – Made famous on the renowned American expedition to K2 in 1953, the Kara Koram Parka was, in the words of expedition leader Dr. Charles Houston, “The finest article of cold weather, high altitude equipment I have ever seen.” The parka went on to be worn on many of the leading expeditions of the 20th century. Updates to the iconic mountaineering jacket include 650-fill down insulation that provides warmth to -30 degrees F and a DWR finish on the shell.
The Eddie Bauer Originals collection is available now on the company website and in select stores.