Keeping up to date with everything Supreme and Palace is no easy task. There are a lot of products; the craziest accessories you can imagine, big name collaborations outside of left field and more graphic tees than you have had on hot meals.
2021 has been a particularly strong year for Palace, as it has kept its finger on the pulse of British nostalgia from the late 90s and early 2000s – it has been an exciting adventure trying to guess what it is. could extract archives for a single event. a redevelopment of the palace of a kind.
What made his collaborations so fun, from spring / summer to fall / winter, was the way each one felt; they weren’t a pic’n’mix curated for shock value, but an organized timeline of streetwear moments with the power to leave you in a rose-tinted daze.
While there were, of course, a few lost hits, overall the brand did their best.
As we look forward to another year of surprises to come, we remember some of the best Palace products of 2021.
Salomon’s XT-6 and XT-4 sneakers had one of the strongest years of any silhouette on the market, and rightly so. Not only have the performance trail brand perfected their streamlined builds, they’ve mastered the art of color creation with very few duds.
I would be lying if I said I was a fan of this collaboration, but I admire Palace’s willingness to take risks. Most of Salomon’s collaborators stuck to proven, ride-ready paddles, while Palace threw caution to the wind and went graphics crazy. They must be admired for that, at least.
Stella Artois tote bag
As a Brit, I find myself immersed in nostalgia thanks to Palace’s collaborations over the past year. Between Stella Artois, Kappa and Evisu, we have the impression of sprinting at the end of the 90s and the beginning of the 2000s on a marathon of the best shots.
What more could you ask for than a tote bag designed to carry a few cans on a rare summer day in the city? Perfection.
Zombie Avierex Leather Jacket
I feel like we’ve all wanted an Avirex leather jacket at some point. In the late 90s and early 2000s, it was the holy grail of UK Grime – the ultimate statement piece.
I remember vividly my two nephews had their own Avirexes, so this room brought back memories.
What makes this one so special is the Zomby (a graffiti artist, for the record) graphic that covers the back panel, making the classic leather piece look better than ever.
Evisu seagull knit sweatshirt
The Japanese brand Evisu is one of the leaders in denim. It has been providing the world with centerpieces for three decades now and, despite the emergence and disappearance of certain markets, it has maintained a solid footing on a global scale.
If you’ve ever browsed a clothing stall in a London market, you’ve probably seen the iconic seagull motif on several occasions.
While the oversized logo jeans may be a bit too much, this inconspicuous application of the pattern on a knit sweatshirt is as good as it gets for Evisu.
Kappa warm-up jacket
When I first saw this piece, I immediately remembered a VHS tape from a birthday party of my brothers in the 90s. A friend of his wore a Kappa piece in this exact shade of blue – it was a banger.
This collaboration looked like a perfect match; Premium rave gear designed in nostalgia. There was a lot to love about the products the duo created, but the color and style of this piece ticked all the boxes.
Down jacket Pertex Balaclava
If this was a ranked list, it would probably take my top spot. You’d be hard-pressed to walk through a cold city center in 2021 without seeing plenty of down jackets and balaclavas – so why not combine them?
To be honest, if I had to make a list of the best jackets of 2021, it would probably be there.
adidas stan smith
Ah, the Stan Smith. The pinnacle of fashion bloggers’ wardrobe of the 2010s.
It’s by no means the strongest collaborative shoe Palace has delivered over the years, but it was nice to see someone who isn’t Raf Simons take a look at the sneaker. The colors were… interesting, but interesting is good, right?
GORE-TEX corduroy jacket
When Palace’s GORE-TEX-equipped corduroy outerwear dropped earlier this season, I called CORD-TEX a must-have. I stick to that.
If you’re looking to add a classic texture and dress up your outfits a bit, corduroy is a no-brainer. Traditionally, this wouldn’t be your choice in wet weather, but with GORE-TEX’s benchmark treatments, you can have the best of both worlds.
Jack Wolfskin x GmbH
Engineering clothing x HOK