As a leading name in function-first cold-weather outerwear, innovation is central to our design ethos.

Shackleton designs are steered by purpose and performance. With all of our outerwear and knitwear, we engineer to a performance standard rather than a price point and each piece must tick the boxes of efficiency, practicality and comfort. These properties are as relevant to the barren expanses of Antarctica as they are the frozen streets of New York City in winter. Our apparel is designed to be highly-competent in cold conditions, while luxury refinement provides day-to-day style and confidence in quality.

From the first stages of all our development, we spend a huge amount of time scrutinising materials, fabrics and technologies, working with only the very best for use in extreme conditions. Every aspect of our apparel is considered, without compromise, from the shell construction right down to the snaps and zips.


Graphene… is a single atomic layer of graphite, tightly organised into a hexagonal lattice. It is the lightest, strongest, most conductive material ever discovered. It has a wealth of technical properties when incorporated within performance apparel, making it incredibly intricate to work with. Graphene transports heat around the body, regulating core temperature – it keeps the wearer warm when it's cold and then cools when it's hot. It also reduces humidity, is anti-microbial, anti-radiation and anti-UV.

This features in the FH-4 Photographer's Parka, Pilot Jacket and Vincent Baselayer.

Synthetic Fur Ruffs… line the hoods of all our parkas. Shackleton is a fur-free brand. This synthetic fur is a result of many years of Italian research and development. Our decision to move away from coyote fur is indicative of our ethos towards sustainability and the ethical sourcing of all materials used by Shackleton.

This features in the Endurance Down Parka, FH-4 Photographer's Parka and Pilot Jacket.

European Goose Down… is recognised as a far more effective and efficient insulator than synthetics, providing approximately three times the warmth per ounce. The down used in our jackets is all RDS-certified. Each baffle is filled by hand to ensure a premium level of lofting and comfort. This quality of down means parkas are ultra-light and can be compressed into easily-transportable stuff bags.

This features in the Endurance Down Parka, FH-4 Photographer's Parka, Pilot Jacket, Wild Jacket and Fortuna Gilet.

Cordura… is the toughest canvas fabric money can buy. Tear resistant and extremely hard-wearing, it is widely used in army clothing and equipment. We use Cordura on our jackets as they are built for use and longevity.

This features in the FH-4 Photographer's Parka and Pilot Jacket. 

Geelong Lambswool… is comparable to cashmere in its warmth, softness and luxurious touch. It is produced from a species of Merino sheep, which lives in Australia, and is one of the most sought-after wools in the world.

This features in the Hero Rollneck Sweater.

Merino Wool… has a number of properties that make it great for performance. It is warm, durable, water repellent, fast drying and naturally insulating. It can hold up to 30% of its weight in water yet remain dry to the touch.

This features in the Vincent Baselayer, Nelson Baselayer and Marston Quarter-Zip.

Swiss 3-Layer Fabric… outer shell is waterproof, abrasion-resistant and pliable. As a result it offers superior protection and manoeuvrability.

This features in the Pilot Jacket.


We work with the most revered manufacturers within the textile industry, each with their very own research and developments departments, where nanotechnology, bionics, chemistry and physics form an integral part of innovation.

Schoeller Textil AG... is a Swiss textile manufacturer specialising in the sustainable development and production of innovative textiles and textile technologies.

Komatsu Matere... is a Japanese fabric manufacturer that uses state-of-the-art technologies to develop functional apparel.

Majocchi... specialises in the production of innovative textiles for the military. Based in Italy, they design and manufacture fabric that is optimised for performance.

Riri... is the zip manufacture of choice for the most prestigious luxury brands and sportswear. Since 1936, it has been the undisputed leader in the production of plastic and metal zippers.

Cobrax... is a renowned Italian brand that creates buttons and rivets. Hard-wearing and stylish, the brand follows four fundamental principles: innovation, quality, beauty and originality.

DOT Durable... creates fasteners with superb snap action and holding strength. It is one of the best performing snap fasteners of their type for industrial applications and the heavy-duty construction ensures a firm grip that will remain secure through years of use.