Headed for base camp at Everest or a cubicle at WeWork? It's getting harder to tell the difference as the influence of extreme sports infiltrates mainstream fashion.

It's a mighty long way from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park to the Louis Vuitton flagship on the Champs-Élysées, but don't mention that to Virgil Abloh. For his fall 2019 collection, Abloh, the creative director for menswear at Vuitton, introduced a chalk bag not unlike the kind climbers like free soloist Alex Honnold use to attack rock walls with little more than their limbs and their nerve.

Traditional outfitters like Marmot, North

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