For over 50 years The North Face has been inspiring generations to never stop in their search for adventure. Founded in 1966, The North Face has evolved from two hiking enthusiasts running a small mountaineering store in San Francisco, to an innovative brand that has universal outdoor appeal.
A leader in the development of performance clothing, footwear and equipment for all adventure types, The North Face is proud that it has been the first choice for outdoor enthusiasts for generations. From mountain summit to Monday morning commute, The North Face guarantees a great fit and dependable performance.
History of The North Face
The North Face legend began in unassuming circumstances. The brand’s name is taken from the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain and they have helped countless explorers reach the towering peaks within the Himalayas, and yet the brand began on San Francisco’s North Beach, just 150 feet above sea level. Here, in 1966 two friends began designing premium backpacking and climbing equipment. The quality and sustainability of the product they sold led to tremendous growth as enthusiasts flocked to get The North Face gear.
The 60s saw the brand gain a following amongst outdoor athletes and they began to sponsor challenging expeditions around the world. This planted the seed for the mission statement behind The North Face’s mantra ‘Never Stop Exploring’.
In the 1970s The North Face developed a revolutionary geodesic dome tent and premium sleeping bags which changed the way that people camped in harsh environments, setting a benchmark within the outdoor industry. It was at this time that the brand also introduced GORE-TEX® waterproof technology into their range of jackets, a partnership which they continue to this day.
The 1980s saw the brand’s popularity grow further as it expanded its extreme skiing collection, suitable for severe cold weather.
Pushing on into the 90s, The North Face’s appeal broadened as it was welcomed into the world of Hip Hop. People liked the combination of performance and street-presence that insulated jackets like the iconic Nuptse jacket offered and so the brand became a staple on the street. The North Face was also growing its appeal on the mountainside, ski slope and hill. Fit and function remained at the core of the brand’s product offering and the brand began appearing regularly on ultramarathon courses, long-distance trails and big climbs.
As we rolled into the millennium The North Face launched its own line of trekking and trail-running shoes, meaning you could now dress yourself head to toe in The North Face gear, whatever your adventure.
Fast-forward to today and Millets is immensely proud to stock a diverse range of The North Face clothing, footwear, rucksacks and duffel bags. Core lines remain such as the ever-popular Nuptse insulated jacket, Sangro waterproof jacket, McMurdo men’s parka and the Basecamp duffel bag. We are also excited to share new and exciting developments within The North Face catalogue including the Hedgehog hiking shoe, the cosy Trevail down jacket and the exciting new lines in our kids’ collection.
Product Designed to Push You
Over the decades The North Face has amassed a wealth of experience, developing product to make it work for you. Their collaborations with leading outdoor athletes have given The North Face a way to test and refine the gear that they manufacture, meaning when you buy it, you know it’s been tested to its limits by experts. Here we take you through some iconic product from The North Face, and key collections to look out for.
THE NORTH FACE INSULATED JACKETS
The North Face has a background in developing gear to deal with extreme temperature. Therefore, it is no surprise that they manufacture some of the best insulated jackets on the market. The classic down-filled Nuptse jacket takes its name from a distinctive peak in the Himalayas and its combination of ultra-cosy natural down and puffy street charm has made this a regular best-selling winter jacket. The women’s insulated jackets and men’s insulated jackets within the Millets range are perfect for wintery days out, town and country walks, and higher trail pursuits.
THE NORTH FACE WATERPROOF JACKETS
Here in the UK, our classic British weather means rain is usually on the cards. This means it is worthwhile investing in a quality waterproof jacket. The range of men’s waterproofs and women’s waterproofs from The North Face is packed with innovative technology. Choose a premium GORE-TEX® waterproof jacket or opt for the brand’s own DryVent™ innovation. A 3 in 1 jacket will allow you to use the jacket more of the year, simply by zipping in a compatible fleece to fight off the biting cold.
THE NORTH FACE BACKPACKS
The North Face has your back. Their extended collection of hiking rucksacks, urban backpacks, school bags and durable duffel bags offer something to everyone.
THE NORTH FACE KIDS' COLLECTION
Durability, colour and adventure sit at the heart of our Kids’ collection from The North Face. With a range of waterproof jackets, insulated jackets, hoodies and t-shirts, The North Face has the school run and weekend fun covered. Check out our collection of boys' clothing and girls' clothing.
THE NORTH FACE BRANDED T-SHIRTS
Simple with impact. Our branded men’s t-shirts and women’s t-shirts from The North Face are the easiest way to wear your favourite brand. These premium, high quality tees look great, feel great and are designed to last.
The North Face plays an active role in protecting the outdoor places that we all cherish. Their headquarters runs off renewable energy, the down in their products can be traced back to responsible providers, and they even reward you when you recycle your used apparel and footwear at any The North Face retail store or outlet.