The frozen tundra of Hoth is no place to for inadequate clothing, and Columbia Sportswear has a Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka to keep you warm when defending your rebel base. The limited edition jacket was inspired by the original cast and crew’s jackets worn during filming of the iconic Hoth scenes in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” You can own one of your very own and the jackets are much better than cutting into a Tauntaun.
The themed jackets will be available on columbia.com/StarWars starting at 12:01am EST on December 7th and in-store at select Columbia-branded retail locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. This limited edition parka is a unisex style that will be sold for $500 USD, while supplies last.
Select U.S. stores are also carrying a handful of parkas signed by Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the film. Fans can purchase a signed jacket for $1980 USD, and all proceeds of that sale will be donated to charity.
The Hoth scenes were shot almost 40 years ago in Norway, where a small crew filmed several of the most recognizable scenes in Star Wars history. The crew needed the winter gear to help protect them from icy winds, whiteout blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, and the producers arranged for each member of the Norway team to receive outerwear that included a colorful insulated parka for the multi-week shoot. Created to stand up to the cold conditions, that jacket features a unique design that currently make it one of the most sought-after items among Star Wars collectors. Only a few of the originals remain, but you can have the next best thing.
The parka’s design honors the original, while incorporating Columbia’s weather-defying technologies to help protect against extreme winter conditions. The waterproof, breathable and critically seam-sealed outer layer acts like a barrier from the elements, while the Omni-Heat thermal-reflective lining and insulation will keep you as warm. The jacket features a removable, adjustable hood with removable faux-fur trim, two-way collar, ribbed comfort cuffs, wrist zips and multifunctional pockets.
Columbia’s designers worked closely with Lucasfilm Ltd. to capture and incorporate authentic details from the crew jackets that include the bold blue design, shoulder stripes for heightened visibility in blizzard conditions, the fiery Darth Vader chest patch developed using original artwork, Star Wars logos, and a customizable name plate on the chest pocket. Paying homage to the location where the cast and crew braved chilling temperatures to film these historic scenes, the lining of the jacket includes the coordinates of the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway.
Fans interested in taking this experience to the next level can purchase one of only 30 jackets signed by Luke Skywalker actor, Mark Hamill. Columbia is working with Mark Hamill to raise money for education initiatives that are very close to him. These signed jackets will sell for MSRP of $1,980 USD – a nod to the film’s release year – with all proceeds going to college access programs and scholarships. These coveted signed jackets will be sold only at Columbia-branded retail locations in New York, NY; Buena Vista, FL; Downtown Portland Flagship, OR; and Seattle, WA.