N.Hoolywood’s Daisuke Obana collection was birthed on a trip taken to the Colorado Rockies. I’m sure like many before him, he fell in love with everything the high-altitude has to offered, and the inspiration it presents to each who visit. With Colorado being more known for Aspen than anything else. I actually don’t think I can name another city in the state, okay that could be an exaggeration; however I’m not in the mood for geography. When you think of snow or shall I say when I think of snow I automatically think of snowmen, skiing, and snowboarding. Is that not a natural thought? So of course a ski inspiration came to the light. Obana did some research and learned of a WWII-era mountain boot camp in Vail. Saying he was moved by the story of one soldier, who, after being injured in the war overseas, returned to Colorado, where he qualified for the U.S. ski team—though he was unable to compete due to his war wound—and opened one of the most important ski resorts in the country. This collection takes on a different type of trip to Colorado. I feel as if this clothing fits in, and doesn’t fit in at the sometime. Some of the garments don’t seem thick enough to withstand the harsh cold of the Rockies nor does it seem waterproof. Remember now I said “seem” who knows what the label says. What I can say however is that these are perfect walking around the city clothes or hanging out apparel not so much I want to be camped outside with the bears overnight, while we endure a blissful snowstorm. On the contrary thick funnel-neck parkas, two-toned hooded duffle coat, faux-fur-lined pockets, white and khaki ice-crystal camo print, blue jeans with gathered hems for heat retention, and a range of high-end après-ski knits in cream and other colors sound like they’ll keep you more than warm. Obana collaborated with several brands for this collection including New Balance, Airwalk, Porter, and Avirex, the last producing a delectable glacier-white shearling coat, of which only 40 will be made; which also means I have no chance at having it in my life at all.