It’s fairly obvious from my online handle that I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I’m not crazy enough to spend loads of money on collectibles, but I wouldn’t mind buying one expensive item that will allow me to literally wear my fandom on my sleeve. When I got wind of Ecko’s limited edition Star Wars hoodies last month, I knew I wanted one. They’re a geeky yet functional Halloween costume that you can wear all year round. And then I felt sad because not only are they expensive to begin with, but shipping + horrible customs taxes will make them cost way more than they should. Yesterday, however, I was told that Ecko’s Star Wars hoodies are now available in the Philippines at Ecko Unlimited Stores in Trinoma, Marquee Mall, Eastwood Mall, and the soon-to-open store in Festival Mall. Not sure if they’ll be priced at the peso equivalent of the US price, but they’re here and they’ll only be around for as long as supplies last. Look under the cut for my favorite designs and for the hoodie I’m thinking about buying.
What makes the Star Wars hoodies look very realistic is the zip-up hood that provides the illusion of a complete helmeted costume. This is the Boba Fett hoodie. A little too masculine for myself, but I’m impressed by the level of detail on the design.
My boyfriend has his eye on the Clone Trooper hoodie. It’s color-blocked with pockets, has rib knit sleeve cuffs and hem. It might be a little warmer because it’s made out of an 80-20 cotton-polyester blend.
I’m not really a big fan of shiny fabric, but this Darth Vader hoodie is incredibly tempting. This hoodie features the complete armor (well, the torso part anyway) of the most evil villain in the galaxy. Made of cotton-polyester with vinyl inserts, Marc Ecko patches, Star Wars patches, and zip-close pockets.
The Real Trooper Hoodie is my choice number 2. It looks just like the Storm Trooper body, especially with the masked hood. Made of 100% cotton with zip welt pockets and rib knit sleeve cuffs and hem.
The Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Hoodie is THE hoodie I want. Orange isn’t exactly my favorite color but there’s something so empowering and bad-ass about a pilot hoodie. What’s keeping me away is the $150 price tag and the cotton/polyester fleece blend – too expensive and it might be too warm even for the coldest days in the Philippines. I guess a visit to the nearest Ecko store to check out the fabric for myself should help me decide if the price is really worth it or not. Design-wise, this and the Stormtrooper jacket wins.