To quote Wikipedia, parka is generally known as “a type of winter jacket with a hood, often lined with fur or faux fur”. It’s somehow correct, even if this definition doesn’t consider parka’s legacy as well as its impact on outerwear development. In the Nenets language - a tribe settled in Aleutian Islands - the word “parka” stands for “animal skin”, as they used caribou and seal leather to craft cold-ready waterproof garments for winter. Read more…
Fast-forward to 2019, and parkas are everywhere. After being worn by legions of steelworkers in North America for the first half of the last century, parkas finally made it into the streetwear culture in the early ‘80s. Ever since then its popularity has grown up to become a consistent option for winter days, also through the work of two outdoor giants like The North Face and Carhartt. So different and yet so closely related, both those companies played their part in turning what was once a rough jacket into a streetwear staple.