According to Spiber, the jacket is the worlds first prototype created on an actual manufacturing line

According to Spiber, the jacket is the world's first prototype created on an actual manufacturing line

The North Face, the largest brand in VF Corp's outdoor and action sports group, has unveiled what it says is the first outdoor apparel prototype in the world to feature synthetic spider silk.

A collaboration between Japanese biotech startup Spiber Inc and The North Face Japan (Goldwin, Inc), the Moon Parka is made with Spiber's synthetic spider silk material Qmonos. According to Spiber, the jacket is the world's first prototype created on an actual manufacturing line.

During the prototyping process, Spiber chose the protein types in its library that are best suited to crafting the outer material and embroidery thread. It then conducted extensive trials in order to find the "perfect" threads for the spinning, twisting, weaving, and sewing processes.

"Moon Parka is the world's first piece of clothing made from synthetic protein material, and the prototyping process gave us great insight into the challenges that we still face on the road to mass production," explains the company. "Now that we understand them, all that remains is to solve them. The countdown to practical application for synthetic protein materials has begun."

Based on The North Face's Antarctica Parka, the Moon Parka is designed to endure the harsh conditions and intense cold of the South Pole. Spiber explains that the Qmonos outer material is the natural web colour of the Golden Orb spider, and that the "almost unearthly glow" inspired the company to dub the colour "Moon Gold". The embroidered logos are also made from a black Qmonos.

The product, which is currently on display at The North Face global flagship on 5th Avenue in New York City, will be sold in limited quantities exclusively at The North Face stores in NYC and San Francisco.

North Face has also revealed nearly 100 styles from Japan, including a selection from the Unlimited line, are now available at the brand's 5th Ave. and Jackson Square store locations 

The full Japan offering will include men's and women's jackets and vests, tops and bottoms, equipment, footwear and accessories in limited quantities.