Introducing Roark’s Fall 2023 Collection: Far Out East, a new offering of adventure-ready goods, inspired by Roark’s latest travels through Hokkaido, Japan. This season’s journey through Northern Japan found Roark’s team bikepacking through the natural wonders of the Kushiro region, meandering by canoe and Kei Trucks towards the city lights of Sapporo, in freezing temperatures a-top steaming volcanoes, and scouring the barren coastline for good waves and mystic skate spots.
Drawing inspiration from Hokkaido’s enduring respect for nature and heritage, as well as the area’s vivid fall season and powdery winter months, Roark’s Fall 2023 offering, available August 2nd, features a range of Japanese-inspired prints, embroidery, and graphics, alongside premium Japanese-made denim and rich colors like deep indigo and dark sumi.
Of note this fall are seasonal staples including the Layover Pant, Roark’s original travel pant that’s been painstakingly designed, tweaked, tested and proven over the years. Other highlights include trusty transitional layers like the new Barra Scrambler, Roark’s modern take on a throwback fleece, and the Nordsman, Roark’s signature flannel with reinforced elbow panels, collar, and wool blend construction that ensures comfort and warmth in cold environments. Also look for new indigo dyed raw stretch Japanese Denim, manufactured in Fukuyama City, Japan by iconic quality denim crafters Kaihara.
Roark is also excited to introduce Aloha From Japan, a special capsule of men’s and women’s pieces including wovens, boardshorts, and pants inspired by a series of vintage 1970’s Japanese fabrics originally printed in Japan and later discovered at legendary print house Hoffman Fabrics of California.
Also new this season, Roark’s Kampai Collection is an ode to gathering in unfamiliar places with your crew. ‘Kampai’ is the combination of the Japanese symbols for ‘Drink’ and ‘Dry Sake Cup’ – a celebratory word that translates to ‘Drink Your Cup Dry’. Through embroidered details and inspired graphics, the Kampai Collection serves as the first step in your dance along the next adventure.
Last year Roark debuted its highly anticipated Women’s Collection to continue building a community that amplifies women in the outdoors, on the ocean, and off the beaten path. This fall, Roark’s Women’s line returns with an expanded offering including the all new Campover Pant, a new women’s hiking pant featuring ripstop stretch cotton, zip pockets, a high-rise waist and secure, adjustable belt. Also look for updates to the Canyon, a techy new romper and the Amberley, Roark Women’s best-selling oversized shirt jacket available in a new plaid and Kaihara denim this season.
There’s no better way to see the world than by running through it. Roark’s Run Amok offering provides a unique perspective on trail running and activewear born from adventurism. This fall Roark is excited to debut the Baja Short – a new run short for the masses. Created for getting down and dirty, the Baja short takes cues from Run Amok’s pinnacle Alta run short, and minimizes the design; resulting in a piece perfectly dialed for everyday use. Available in 5″ and 7″ styles, the Baja is constructed from a quick-drying polyester spandex blend and features an elastic waistband, rear waterproof phone pocket, gel pocket, and an antimicrobial lightweight brief liner.
Roark Fall 2023 Highlights:
The Original Travel Pant, Roark’s Layover Pant is purpose-built and has been tested over countless years and miles. The best-selling silhouette has been painstakingly designed, tweaked, tested and proven to make your transit and road tours as comfortable and easy as possible. ($95)
With a slight nod to the past, this Fall Roark took some of its favorite fleece silhouettes from throughout the decades and made sure the performance matched the modern styling needed to take you from the trail to the bar. The three different styles offer up a cache of zipper entry options as well as fleece materials suited for that inbetween season as we transition from Summer to Fall. ($119)
There’s no denying a good flannel when you see it. But the kicker is when you can feel it. The Nordsman Flannel has traveled with Roark since day one and carries on the same durability focused build without sacrificing comfort. Reinforced elbow panels and collar are signature details, combined with a wool blend construction adapting to ensure comfort in cold or warm environments. ($89)
The Kampai Collection is an ode to gathering in unfamiliar places with your crew, making sure all of your cohorts glasses are filled before you partake in the journey. ‘Kampai’ is the combination of the Japanese symbols for ‘Drink’ and ‘Dry Sake Cup’ – a celebratory word that translates to ‘Drink Your Cup Dry’. Through embroidered details and inspired graphics, the Kampai Collection serves as the first step in your dance along the next adventure. ($49 – $125)
Kaihara was founded in 1893 as a weaver of handwoven authentic indigo-dyed Kasuri textile. Since 1967, they have been purveyors and manufacturers of some of the highest quality denim in the world. Based in Fukuyama City, Japan, Kaihara’s strength lies in its ability to manufacture through the fusion of old and new techniques. Roark is proud to present this pair of indigo dyed, 12.5 oz Raw Stretch Denim, manufactured in Japan by Kaihara Denim. ($159)
Roark’s Aloha From Japan collection features limited edition pieces including their popular Gonzo and Journey wovens, Shorey and Chiller boardshorts, Camellia Idle, Pic Cami, Pant, and Aloha bucket hat, each inspired by a series of vintage 1970’s fabrics originally printed in Japan and later discovered at legendary print house Hoffman Fabrics of California. ($49 – $115)
Roark’s new daily run short the Baja is constructed from a polyester spandex blend. It’s quick drying, and wildly mobile, ready to move everywhere from a morning workout to the high alpine. Complete with an elastic waistband, rear waterproof phone pocket, gel pocket, and an antimicrobial lightweight brief liner, the Baja has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. ($66)