Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. Until today, if you had told us that famed tactical and outdoor gear manufacturer Mystery Ranch would be announcing a collaboration with fashion brand Dior, we would have told you that April Fool's Day is still more than a month away. But, much to our surprise, that's exactly what's happening. “This is not a drill,” says a post published on the official Mystery Ranch Facebook and Instagram accounts. “What many would think of as an unlikely collab, we see it differently.” Without further ado, let's take a look at the “unlikely” items included in the Mystery Ranch x Dior collab gear line.
Mystery Ranch owner Dana Gleason explains, “This collaboration is a testament to two companies that care deeply about their crafts and the communities they serve. Working with companies like Dior is the ultimate recognition that we are doing what we set out to do: To design and build great packs and bags specific to the mission. The Dior collection is a thing of beauty. Mission accomplished.” The press release continues:
Combining the formal with the informal, the practical with the purely aesthetic, and the outdoor culture with the demands of luxury, the creative exchange born of this unique collaboration gives life to the bags inspired by Monsieur Dior's love of nature.
The Dior by Mystery Ranch product line includes five items. Each is available in two colorways — beige or black Cordura nylon — and embroidered with “a leather crest including the seal of the two Houses.”
The backpack and belt pouch feature Mystery Ranch's signature Y-shaped 3-zip design, which Dior notes “ is the hallmark of Mystery Ranch, Ltd. and is licensed to Christian Dior Couture.”
As baffled as we are by this announcement, it's not the first time we've seen “tactical” gear cross over into the fashion world. Prada makes an Arctic Camo chest rig, and there are countless other big brands catering to the cyberpunk-style tactical fashion movement with vests and faux plate carriers. For more photos and information on the Mystery Ranch x Dior collab, go to Dior.com.