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The North Face celebrates exploration as a state of mind in ‘New Explorers’ campaign


By Kyle O'Brien, Creative Works Editor

September 18, 2018 | 3 min read

Heritage mountain apparel brand The North Face has launched a global campaign to inspire the spirit of curiosity and enable a generation of new explorers by expanding the notion of exploration as a state of mind.

Jess Kimura

Jess Kimura for The North Face

The campaign, done with creative partner Sid Lee, plus short influencer films by United Entertainment Group, continues a decades-long ethos for the brand – that exploration changes lives – which The NorthFace has enabled through product innovation, athlete expeditions and philanthropic programs like the Explore Fund. Now, the company is reaching beyond the physical to expand the definition of exploration and giving a new generation the inspiration to do the same.

“For the past 50 years, we have been pushing the boundaries of physical exploration, and we have no plans to stop. However, we recognize that there are so many more ways to explore and discover,” said Tom Herbst, global vice president of marketing at The North Face. “Whether you’re a mountaineer or a musician, what connects us all as explorers is a shared mindset of curiosity paired with the courage to try something new. This campaign will work to expand that spirit of exploration through different cultural touchpoints in music and art as well as our traditional mountain sports.”

To celebrate these new explorers, the company has released a series of short films featuring musicians, athletes and activists, including producer and musician Pi’erre Bourne, snowboarder Jess Kimura, filmmaker Jimmy Chin and activist Mikhail Martin, among others – that share the ways they embody exploration as a mindset.

Throughout the fall, The North Face will partner with notable New York City musicians who inspire different forms of exploration for pop-up performances in the city. The venues will be selected and announced by the artist and will reflect how that neighborhood contributed to their iconic style. Each performance and location will encourage fans to get outside of their comfort zone and explore their own environment in new ways.

The first of three performances will feature Bourne and a re-release of the brand’s iconic 1996 Nuptse Jacket on September 26.

The brand encourages people to follow @pierrebourne and @thenorthface_city for location hints and updates. Additional performances will be announced later this fall.

To complement the brand’s expanded definition of exploration, The North Face launched @thenorthface_city, a new Instagram account that will serve as an ecosystem of community, culture and experiences.

To see some of the short films, click on the Creative Works box below.

The North Face: advert-body-1 by Sid Lee & United Entertainment Group

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