The term ‘ALLTERRAIN’ implies the ability to function in a wide variety of conditions and situations. The design of the ALLTERRAIN line was inspired by the notion of “less” for example, sceneless, ageless and timeless. In pulling the concept together, we put all sorts of specifics like age groups, specific scenes and locations out of our minds and instead concentrated on pure, timeless craftsmanship.This was the creative focus of the ALLTERRAIN design exercise.


 Descente Allterrain, SS17

Descente Allterrain, SS17

At the very heart of the ALLTERRAIN collection is the adage ‘form follows function’, which is really an expression of the very essence of Descente’s approach to craftsmanship. In a practical sense it means putting design considerations second to those of functionality. In our design process, everything has a reason, and is related to functionality, rather than to decoration for it sown sake.

The term ‘Form follows Function’ was first advocated by the American architect Louis Sullivan, sometimes called the “father of modernism”. As this imagery suggests, Descente’s craftsmanship has a lot in common with architecture. At Descente, design is taken very seriously to mean the assembly of carefully crafted functional plans rather than simply an expression of decorative beauty. For this reason, the essential features in the design process become clear through trial and error, and all non-essential elements are removed.

What remains is simple, and all details are practical. The thinking behind the ALLTERRAIN sportswear concept opens up limitless possibilities. It only depends on who the wearer is, and how and where they use them. All the intricate planning and design, and all the trial and error along the way, underpins Descente’s fundamental wish to enrich people’s lives through superlative sportswear. In this way, ALLTERRAIN is the personification of the spirit of Descente.

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