by Stephen Garner

First premiering at the autumn/winter 2020 during London Fashion Week, the traditionally women’s MM6 brand from Maison Margiela has released a unisex collection with The North Face.

Resonating with the modular and customizable nature of both the MM6 collection and The North Face’s original Expedition System, garments are engineered with interlocking components that adapt and extend the protective, insulating properties of each design. Starting from The North Face black shoulder construction and executed in a bright palette of cobalt, violet, bottle green, sun yellow, and safety orange, authentic performance textiles ensure each piece preserves ultimate functionality whilst embodying a sculptural and resolutely avant-garde silhouette.

This duality is applied to key styles including the hooded Himalayan Coat, the cape-style Mountain Kaban, and the compact Nuptse puffer jacket – all crafted with recycled down insulation. The zippered Denali jacket is lengthened into a coat dress and shortened as a sweater, each cut in a cozy, pre-washed recycled fleece. An advanced triple-zipper system allows for fully adjustable sleeves and armholes, whilst original fastenings allow the Denali and Nuptse styles to zip directly into the Mountain Kaban. The magnified MM6 ‘numbers’ device mirrors The North Face logo in white thread embroidery on each piece.

Accessories also fuse elements of MM6 iconography with classic The North Face functionality. The padded Nuptse scarf, for example, is adapted with dual pockets and a loop fastening system to become a garment in itself, whilst opera-length alpine mittens are split at the thumb for a ‘Tabi’ effect. A circle backpack and clutch are each modeled off the circular base of The North Face Base Camp Duffel, complete with webbing handles and a transparent ID window.

The capsule is now available for purchase from $290 online at and in-stores at select retailers.