by Tisha Leung
Parajumpers is a new Italian brand inspired and named for the 210th Rescue Squadron in Anchorage, Alaska. The names of each of the styles—like Gobi, Denali and Kodiak —are names of legendary missions to which the Parajumpers dedicated their jackets.
Manufactured in Italy, the line of outerwear fuses function, highly technical components and chic looks, all expertly designed by Massimo Rossetti (formerly of Diesel, Woolrich, Valentino and Barbour among others). For the Spring/Summer 2009 collection, jackets come in lighter weights and feature special material that's both water-repellent and 8% metal, giving it a slightly wrinkled effect.
Multiple pockets and laces make transporting iPods, GPS devices and mobile phones in the Claimant pant (below right)easy, eliminating the need for carrying a bag when out adventuring, whether in the urban streets or back country trails. For even more functionality, zippers run along the inner leg that open to reveal a mesh lining providing extra ventilation.
See Parajumperâ€™s website for retail locations.