Outdoor apparel brand Columbia Sportswear has revealed three limited-edition jackets inspired by iconic characters in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
The officially licensed collection of Star Wars-themed jackets will be available in limited quantities online from Columbia and at selected Columbia retail stores in the US, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea from Friday, December 8.
Inspired by the costumes worn by Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, the collection is named after the Rebel’s secret base on ice planet Hoth. In developing the Echo Base Collection, Columbia’s designers worked closely with Lucasfilm and the archives team to capture and incorporate the smallest of details of the original jackets worn in the classic film.
To commemorate the 1980 release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, only 1980 jackets of each style in the broad Echo Base Collection were produced. These premium jackets are individually numbered and contain several references to Star Wars and the characters who wore them. The collection was inspired by the original costumes that are currently maintained at the Skywalker Ranch archives.
The three jackets are priced at US$400.
Columbia drew inspiration from the original on set Han Solo dark brown jacket worn on planet Hoth after studying archives of the film series.
In honour of this epic film, Columbia produced an extremely limited run of the dark brown Han Solo Archive Edition parkas (priced at $1980), below.
The brand has also collaborated with star Harrison Ford to raise funds for Conservation International, a global organisation dedicated to the protection of nature. Harrison hand-signed each of these brown Han Solo Archive Edition parkas, and Columbia will donate 100 per cent of the proceeds to Conservation International.