Everybody stay calm; this is not a drill – BEAMS x Arc’teryx is back for FW22, and not only that, it’s bringing its cherished patchworks to the global stage with an international release.
If you’ve ever lurked the Arc’teryx Talk UK/EU Facebook page or flicked through a thread or two on the Arc’ subreddit, an expert on the brand or not, you’ll have spotted a healthy handful of patchwork jackets on wishlists or up for grabs. These special edition pieces are the handiwork of BEAMS, and they’re hot.
A partnership that for many is the holy grail of Arc’teryx, BEAMS collaborations began rolling out back in 2001 as part of its 25th-anniversary celebrations. An instant success, the duo has maintained its relationship for over two decades, offering up a series of jackets (typically Beta SLs) regionally locked to Japan, each unique and instantly recognizable.
Many have fought tooth and nail trying to secure their favorites – mine has to be the SS14 Beta SL – while others (looking at you, Drake) have tapped in with ease, despite many residing overseas.
Well, with the arrival of FW22, regional restrictions are a thing of the past. Promised to arrive outside of Japan for the first time, on soils including the US, UK, Canada, and China, FW22 dials up the patchwork aesthetic up a notch with a blend of white, black, beige, and grey, emblazoned with an oversized Arc’ bird logo at the sleeve.
Alongside the jacket, as is standard for these drops, is a Mantis 26 Backpack, the Mantis 2 waist pack, and Mantis 1 waist pack in matching color schemes.
While the collection touches down in Japan on August 26, we’ll need to wait a little longer to find out when we can get our fix in the west.