It was back in 2000 when Errolson Hugh of ACRONYM went to W.L. Gore to get a guidance on how to establish their first product. “[They] told me that there was only one factory capable of making what I wanted,” Hugh said. “That was Tilak.”
After designing a well-received capsule for the brand, ACRONYM was invited to put a fresh spin on the underrated Czech label Evolution jacket, first released in the ’90s. From there, something amazing was born, and the relationship has been established to this day (Tilak’s Poutink lifestyle line is co-designed by Hugh). To mark 20 years of innovation, the pair is coming together for a special anniversary edition of the ice jacket that started it all.
Restricted to only 200 pieces worldwide, the latest Evolution jacket (their fourth version so far) incorporates all the technological magic we’ve come to know from ACRONYM — only, it may not be apparent at first sight. According to Hugh, this year’s version, which boasts a breathable GORE-TEX PRO, was built with an emphasis on minimizing footprint and fabrication, meaning magic exists inside the details.”It starts with excellent fabric and then moves into design, freedom of movement, and workmanship, coming together in YKK’s water-resistant Aquaguard zippers,” says Hugh. “These five things have defined the evolution of the jacket over the past 20 years.” One of the highlights worth noting is the hood, which features a hinge that allows it to be balanced across the face. It’s the kind of canny style that the ACRONYM devotees are going to enjoy.
“We don’t release a new generation until we know we can create a better one – that can take three or four years,” said Roman Kamler founder and CEO of Tilak, meanwhile Hugh added, “The way we design is always about evolution, finding totally new ideas and then incrementally improving them over the years.” Maybe the past does define the future after all.