IS it possible to review an item of clothing that’s more than 10-years-old and that was made by a company that no longer exists? Let’s have a go.
Don’t know where it came from, don’t know how much it cost, don’t know anything about the manufacturer; but when I pull on my North Cape fleece I know I’m going to really enjoy my day in the hills.
Why is it great? It’s mainly because it’s has a zip that goes halfway down the front. This is not something that’s unique but it’s certainly not the standard. Oh, and it fits really well.
The half-length zip not only makes it easy to get the fleece on and off, but from a ventilation point of view I’ve nothing else that compares with it.
It’s made from Polatec and is an odd purple-gray colour with a square grid pattern, and stretchy black panels down the side and underneath the arms.
North Cape no longer exists, but according to my research it was based in Stirling, Scotland. One rumour I’ve heard is that a fire at its warehouse around 2005 finished the company off, although the designs were bought by a company in Manchester.
Since I wrote this blog post the North Cape name has been revived by Daleswear, in Ingleton, North Yorkshire.
Postscript: In summer 2015 the Daleswear shop ceased trading, and it appears, taking the North Cape brand with it. Are there any entrepreneurs out there willing to buy the name? I can recommend a marketing man to help take the business forward.