‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ Inspires Design for Columbia Sportswear Jacket

More than 40 years after “Star Wars” first beamed moviegoers into a galaxy far, far away, Columbia Sportswear will unveil the Star Wars Empire Crew Parka Friday.
The limited-edition jacket is inspired by the original cast and crew — think Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford as opposed to John Boyega and Adam Driver, who will appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” due out Stateside Dec. 20, 2019. More specifically, the royal blue outerwear is meant to be reminiscent of the ice planet Hoth scenes in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” The unisex $ 500 hooded styles will be sold via columbia.com/StarWars at 12:01 a.m. Friday. There will also be select distribution in Columbia’s freestanding stores in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.
Overachieving George Lucas fans can try to score one of a handful of the zip-front parkas signed by Hamill, who they know as Luke Skywalker from the silver screen. This particular piece of fandom will set them back $ 1,980 — intentionally priced to coincide with the year the film was released. But all of the proceeds from the sale will benefit college access programs and scholarships. Shoppers may need lightsabers to try to fend off

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