Arctic Parka


Five letters, p-a-r-k-a, for a garment with an age-old story– this is how Woolrich defines its most coveted icon. In the seventeenth century, the word Parka became part of the English language to indicate the animal skins worn by the inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. In less than two centuries, the work ‘Parka’ became synonymous with winter coat, suitable even for urban climates.

The first Woolrich parka was created in 1934 and it stood out thanks to its wool structure and ample hoodie. The second, designed in 1959, boasted a collar around the neck and generous pockets. But it was not until 1972 that it took on the name Arctic Parka, becoming an icon for generations to come. During the ’70s it became necessary to design a jacket that could withstand the harsh Alaskan climate, where 70,000 men were sent to work in the oil reserves. Designed to resist extreme temperatures, this garment became essential for workers to protect themselves from wind, rain and snow.

But it does not end here: over the past thirty years, the Arctic Parka has evolved into a versatile garment, suitable in the city as well as in the great outdoors. And several variations have been developed over the years: the Arctic Parka Df (the slim version) as well as the latest No-Fur and High-Collar designs which have made the parka even more modern and performative, without losing its classic silhouette and original model.