Setsumasa Kobayashi of Mountain Research Discusses his Take on the Iconic Columbia Fishing Vest


One of many American outdoors brands to receive a make-over courtesy of Japan, Columbia, a company with over 70 years of experience under its belt, takes a fashion-lead turn with Columbia Black Label. To celebrate the company's iconic fishing vest, Mountain Research re-design this 60/40 performance piece for a modern audience. Appearing on our pages earlier in the year, the vest is available in beige, red, black and navy, a pocket-heavy design featuring removable pouches, shoulder and neck reinforcement as well a couple of handy D rings. houyhnhnm sit down with Mountain Research designer Setsumasa Kobayashi to take a look at his archive of original Columbia vests and discuss the detail of his contemporary take. Read on.