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Arket’s first rainwear collection has been unveiled in collaboration with Swedish rainwear specialists Tretorn, for autumn/winter 2021.

The capsule Arket and Tretorn collections of water-resistant clothing and accessories reimagine coats for men, women and children. They are inspired by the vintage parkas and raincoats worn by fishermen in the Swedish countryside.

Tretorn was established in Helsingborg in Sweden in 1891 as a rubber factory. Since then, Tretorn has used the natural rubber properties to create a complete weatherproof look.

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Rainwear features include rainguards and fold-ups that direct rainwater away from the skin, warm fleece-lined pockets, and welded seams. This makes the collection suitable for harsh weather conditions.

All the separates are also made from dimethylformamide-free (DMF-free), water-based polyurethane (WBPU) with recycled polyester backing. This combination of materials significantly reduces the impact on the environment by avoiding the harmful solvent DMF that is linked to the greenhouse effect, respiratory diseases, and using existing resources rather than raw oil-based material.

It is in line with the environmental standards of both brands. All boots and clogs in this collection are made from responsibly sourced, natural rubber certified (FSC) by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Anna Teurnell (head of design at Arket) stated in a statement that the Nordic climate can sometimes be unpredictable but it doesn’t stop people from living their lives and enjoying nature if they have appropriate clothing.

“This collection celebrates rainwear tradition by bringing old-and-true heritage elements into modern styles for the family.”

Magnus Mansson is the chief executive of Tretorn. He said: “The commitment to quality, usability, and sustainability that Arket, Tretorn, and I share has allowed me to inspire each other when developing this collection.”

“We combined our expertise and craftsmanship under one vision: to create aesthetically pleasing, comfortable garments that have a high utility value while respecting our environmental commitments.”

Prices range from 18 to 135 Pounds for the Arket and Tretorn collections.