On Friday (July 27) Heron Preston officially released his long-awaited collaboration with Federal agency NASA. After first emailing NASA five years ago over possibly designing spacesuits, Preston’s outerwear line commemorates NASA’s visual history on its 60th anniversary.
“I think one of the first exciting moments of working with NASA was just getting a reply that they were open to doing to the project with me,” Preston revealed in his “Above the clouds” short film released with his new collection. The NASA-themed capsule is comprised of jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, trousers, and accessories that feature the iconic “worm” logotype used by NASA between 1976 and 1992. “There were a lot of color guidelines I had to follow, a lot of copy I had to follow,” he said, referring to the reintroduction of the “worm” on commercial apparel and merchandise in 2017.
The short film shows behind the scenes footage of the production, functionality, inspiration of the capsule.”This is the Fall/Winter 2018 collection, but it says ‘Fall/Winter 1990’ in respect to the actual time that the logo was actually used,” Preston explained. “1990 was one of the last years they could use the ‘N-A-S-A’ logo.” The video comes to an end as a mannequin wearing the collection’s NASA Tech Parka and white NASA cap is sent sky-high in Wales, England.
“I designed the entire collection based on their spacesuits and so I did a bunch of research,” said Preston. “These guys are going up to space to push humanity into the future.” Preston’s backpack, retailed for $1,342, sold out as of Sunday (July 29). Other items range from $85 socks to the white “NASA Tech” parka retailed at $1,897. “You have to move around a lot, you have to be able to hold tools, and so that is why the bag is designed to be multi-convertible, multi-functional into three parts,” he added. “It is a tote bag, the fanny pack and then it is also a backpack — all in one. And it is designed in the shape of a square, which is just like the backpacks that astronauts wear when they do spacewalks.”