Friday, June 27, 2014



NAU is a cult worshipped label-think if upscale modern textile maverick designers Proenza Schouler- or fashion brands like the Italian Max Mara, the German based Hugo Boss or even - Japanese genius Rei Kawakubo and designer Phoebe Philbo-whatever label she toils at-individually/collectively conjured up more accessibly priced, performance style clothing  in sustainable/eco sourced fabrics…aka "tailored and technical"-with the functional details of sports apparel.line

Clean sharp modern silhouettes, changeable cleverly crafted characteristics that change the look, easy care-travel friendly.  Smartly focused design principles we are surprised the print reads don't gush more about.

Nau -(now) -Portland based, has new backers…so our fav label from Outdoor Retailer, we believe-is ready to get the respect it deserves…from a wider consumer audience. We could see these separates/outerwear at retailer Opening Ceremony or Colette…just as easily as REI or the Euro tourist clogged, NYC based Paragon sports.

FALL 2014 Highlights:
Feminine function- high cut collar/integrated hood can be worn/snapped up for weather protection, asymmetrical front zip w/ storm flap DWR, cuffs that are designed to extend over top of hands like our cycling jackets-for extended arm coverage….wear up/down, angled front zip pockets -front angled hem is ergonomically practical- for urban bicyclers, hikers - or those sitting down in mass transit. 37.5 (Cocona) insulation-warm when wet insulation.
belt up or down---then...back flips/shrugs up  -morphing into a sleeveless dress with lovely ruffled shawl like collar  …for work to cocktails hour-backless frock….like a butterfly

stunning classic trench like dress…Tech-Nique recycled poly and polyester stretch woven fabrications-high cut collar, asymmetrical stitching, and hemlines-spot on stylish, exposed metal zip pockets front and back, cross over sleeve cuffs can fold up or snap down $200
DWR finish-sharp utilitarian shirt/jacket hybrid=Utility Workshirt-recycled poly+organic cotton blend, 37.5 (Cocona) insulation. Retro styling -modern uses-guy's

such a great travel/commuter piece want to look pulled together enough for an office setting- without compromising comfort-Fader Plaid Jacket $395-80-20 recycled wool/nylon blend finished with a weather tough DWR treatment, 2 tone plaid pattern-clean blazer silhouette---multiple pockets…hand warmer and front flap/interior… SMART.

Female version is more of Fader Plaid jacket  -cut for top hip bones

Randy Goat dress-merino wool blend $200-high collar with snap closure/integrated hood, front drop in pockets, and thumb loops on the cuffs for great fit.

another stylish basic---thumb hole cuffs, high collar snap close Randy Goat hoody-merino wool. recycled poly fleece-zinc heather

Trenchant Jacket-Men's $545 streamlined take classic peacoat w/ 37.5 (Cocona) insulation, warm when wet/anti-odor,  high button collar, like how the two large side pockets big bough for hands and stuff. great angled cuffs with closure-can unbutton and fold up
Simmer Down Trench attached hood w/ encase elastic opening

streamlined warmth-Simmer Down Trench $450 in Poseidon Heather, 650 fill, DWR finish, nice diamond quilting pattern on lower body+sleeves,, covered 2 way zipper w/ wind flap, four pockets

modern baffling design-Fractal Hoody-(more gold tone than this pic) insulated-like the bold off center zipper…and zip pocket right up top. 

Synfill Asym Jacket $230-high tech urban friendly jacket, off sett zip closes up high, lightly insulated w/ 37.5 (Cocona).

LOVE----Allee Down Pullover $300-elegant funnel neck w/ drawstring, shirt tail hemline, asymmetrical seams and glove ready ¾ length rolled sleeves, 650 goose down fill belt or not...

button front-Down Stile-also in a neat green seaweed color…similar to the above, warmth wise.

super warm…soft hand feel…new base layers-with Randy Goat material merino wool face+recycled polyester fleece-Hoody-men

chic Felt Up Jacket $285cropped length with raw edged seams, cross-over front snap closure+structured hem , 2 front zip pockets+slit sleeve cuffs-

Transporter Jacket-reminds us of a safari/military piece-DWR finish, button up collar, center back hem vent. Side hand warmer pockets-practical touch-lie flat when not used $370

easy layering crew neck blend...
the cuffs-have inner cuff-keeps cold out

lightweight down layers are popular-wear this as a shirt or on its own---very well done- Down Plaid Shirt
Ternary Jacket is a very technical hardshell jacket-3L 100% recycled polyester laminate construction w. DWR finish, seam  sealed silhouette, offset zipper and wind flap, helmet size hood, underarm vents to release built up heat, velcro adjustments, and adjustable waist…here in Celestial blue-also in city Black. 
like the athletic brands we review----inside mesh stuff pocket,  plus water tight zippers on outer pockets, toggle adjusts waist for airtight fit. $450