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KNOWLEDGE

THE FISHTAIL PARKA

Knowledge The iconic ‘fishtail parka’ was developed in the late 1940s as an ensemble of separate and detachable parts to provide flexible protection against changing weather conditions.

Officially named M-1951, the original fishtail parka was an oversized coat designed to fit on top of a military uniform and made to withstand temperatures below -10°C. The fishtail shape is due to a split in the back, with drawstrings on the bottom hem that could be tied around the legs for added insulation. The design was developed in the late 1940s as an ensemble of separate and detachable parts, to provide flexible protection against extreme and changing weather conditions. The most common version of the parka, the M-1951, consisted of a light, water-repellent shell layer made from a cotton-and-nylon blend, a button-in mohair liner and a fur-lined hood. The outer shell could be worn without the liner in milder temperatures. It featured a thin, permanently attached hood, two diagonal pockets and a covered zip. In the 1950s and 1960s, army and navy surplus clothing became popular among youth and sub-culture, and the fishtail parka came to symbolise the British Mod movement.

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ARKET and Apartamento Bookshop

For the launch of the ARKET and Apartamento Bookshop, a collaborative pop-up touring Berlin, Stockholm, Paris and Barcelona throughout 2024, the Apartamento editorial team invited photographer Iris Humm to capture some day-to-day scenes and moments at their head office.

 

 

RECIPE

BAKED SWEET POTATOES WITH APPLE SALSA

Introducing a new seasonal recipe from Martin Berg, our head chef at the ARKET Café. Baked sweet potatoes with fresh and herby apple salsa, a lighter vegan dish for weekday dinners or suitable as a side on the Sunday brunch table.

 

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR PRODUCTS

Longevity is at the core of our brand. If our clothes are used beyond their first wearer, we have done something right. Designing for circularity starts at the drawing table – and extends to guiding customers on how to take care of our products.