Custom jackets have Star War fans waiting in line for hours
SEATTLE – On Friday, Star Wars fans endured the cold to get their hands on a custom limited-edition jacket.
“It’s a collector’s item. Something to wear around. To be noticed with it,” said Al Cortez, who got in line 3 a.m. Friday morning outside the Columbia retail store in downtown Seattle.
The custom jackets were made to honor the coats worn by the crew who filmed ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in Norway in 1979.
“Inside sewn into the breast pocket is the latitude and longitude of the iceberg in Norway where the planet Hoth was that they used for filming,” said Mike Lukjanowicz, the Columbia store manager.
Each jacket was selling for $500.
For a jacket signed by Mark Hamill, who played the role of Luke Skywalker, you’d have to cough up $1,980, a salute to when the film was released.
Proceeds from those select jackets would go toward Hamill’s education charity efforts.
It’s the third straight year Columbia has teamed up with the iconic movie series to release a Star Wars-themed product.
The commemorative coats were being sold in Columbia retail stores in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.
On Friday evening, a Columbia spokesperson confirmed with KOMO the jackets are sold-out online and as of 1 p.m., the Seattle retail store had just a few small sizes remaining.