Does Edmund Hillary really need an introduction? Probably not, but I’ll give a brief one. In this article, I’ll be discussing the Edmund Hillary collection.
A clothing brand started in 2018 by the great man’s grandchildren in his honour. They were also kind enough to gift me a piece from their current collection.
In case you need a brief history lesson, I’ll hit you up with the lowdown.
Talk to me about Edmund Hillary…
For those who are unaware, aka, FOOLS, Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to make it to the summit if Mount Everest alongside his good pal Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
He was born in New Zealand and lead quite the exciting life as an adventurer/philanthropist/all round good lad.
He was a big believer in giving back and ended up building 2 airstrips, 30 schools, 2 hospitals and 12 village clinics in the valleys below Everest – not bad ey?
This nature has been carried on with the Edmund Hillary Collection.
What about the Edmund Hillary collection then?
So, the Edmund Hillary Collection was formed in 2018 by Ed’s family. His grandchildren even modelled the collection on the catwalk! Sexy buggers.
The collection is described as “…a new premium lifestyle clothing label – inspired by Edmund Hillary and his climb on the 1953 Mt Everest Expedition” and I’d be hard pressed to disagree with them. The gear they’re producing is excellent.
It brings together all the elements of that first summit climb – The very best of New Zealand, Great Britain and Nepal, which makes for one of the best clothing ranges I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling.
They also donate a percentage of every single sale to charities that were close to the old man’s heart. If that doesn’t give this collection the seal of approval then I don’t know what will.
What did you go for?
I went for the merino crew neck jumper in indigo and as soon as I opened the box I knew it’d be a favourite for years to come. Does that sound cringy? I think that sound cringy.
I don’t care though, this jumper fits like an absolute dream, the wool is the highest quality you’re likely to find and it just oozes cool without trying too hard – a bit like myself then…
I found it to be a nice versatile little number that I can don on its own or with a jacket/coat over. It was super warm too but surprisingly breathable which was a nice surprise. Usually with wool you get sweaty and stanky but this helped my bod to breathe nicely.
If I was to pick one negative, it would be that the label is a wee bit itchy but I’ll just cut that out when I can be bothered and be done with it – not exactly the end of the world is it?
And there we have it peeps, the legend that is Sir Edmund Hillary has been survived through his grandchildren who are doing an absolutely superb job of producing fantastic garms and giving back to the community in spades.
Can’t say fairer than that.