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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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AWAY FROM THE THROWAWAY CULTURE

Understanding the links between ecosystems and human welfare quickly leads to questions on farming, cultivation and how we manage our waster resources, says professor Line Gordon, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center.

 

 

People

THE NEED FOR A NEW NORMAL

More sustainable design shouldn’t be an indulgence, but the first and easy choice for anyone who wants to live consciously, says ARKET Head of Growth & Sustainability, Ville Klemming.

 

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GOTLAND WOOL: A RESCUED RESOURCE

Our new knitwear collection is made using undyed Gotland wool, a Swedish variety named after the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The project supports small family-owned farms and saves premium-quality material from going to waste.

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