The North Face, founded in 1966, is launching a crowdsourced digital archive project that will be brought to life at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
Its fall brand campaign, It's More Than A Jacket, aims to celebrate the memories and stories of adventure created over the brand's more than 55-year history. The North Face is calling on explorers all over the world to submit stories and images of their own well-loved apparel products to potentially be included in the official archive.
As part of the campaign, The North Face is partnering with fellow Bay Area icon SFMOMA to bring the archive to life through a series of participatory programs at the museum in Fall 2022. The programs will feature exploration's most historically significant designs and the stories behind them alongside everyday explorers' submissions.
"For more than 55 years, The North Face has enabled exploration and helped people strive for greatness by providing the best gear to get them there," said Mike Ferris, VP of global brand at The North Face. "Our customers, the feats they have achieved, and the memories they have created are such a big part of our brand's rich DNA. With this archive, alongside SFMOMA, we are memorializing the people, products and stories that continue to inspire our community and move the world forward."
"We're thrilled to be partnering with the Bay Area-born The North Face to bring our community a wide range of unique and inspiring public programs" said Neal Benezra, Helen and Charles Schwab director of SFMOMA. "This partnership champions exploration, creative expression, and innovation that are critical to both of our organizations."
To launch It's More Than A Jacket, The North Face is joining with cultural icons and artists RZA and HAIM alongside The North Face athlete team members Conrad Anker and Ingrid Backstrom to be the first explorers to submit to the archive this fall, drawing on connections from their past to write their stories of adventure into the brand's history.
"As an artist, style has always been an expression of identity and a way to mark a moment in time," said RZA. "In the 90s, not only was The North Face the rugged, stylish gear we needed on New York City's streets, it was more than a jacket because it was a witness. It was a witness to the brotherhood that we were inspiring, and that inspired us. By entering this jacket into the archive, I get the chance to relive and preserve the memories lived in it forever."