As April showers loom and we start to think about the perfect summer rain coat, we discovered Canadian label Nobis an outerwear label combining technology with style to create jackets perfect for the British climate.
Founded just over a decade ago, Nobis blends the best of classic outerwear design with super-premium technical fabrics and detailing, resulting in pieces that are guaranteed to keep you protected from the elements.
Nobis (Latin for ‘us’) was created with the desire to make coats that can withstand all the elements, not just extreme cold. The brand’s founder Robin Yates (who was also a co-founder at Canada Goose) is a keen huntsman and is personally involved in testing all new jackets, material and details, regularly sleeping out on frozen lakes and riding skidoos across the tundra in Nobis jackets.
The collection includes The Fisherman overcoat, with zip-front fastening, unique chest pockets and snap closure on the hip pockets, perfect for protecting against those summer showers. One of our favourites includes the timeless Parka made from breathable down and a removable down filled hood in a style which never goes out of fashion.
If you are looking for something a little more lightweight, the vintage looking Sir Salvadore with leather trims and internal quilt liner is perfect for protecting against the elements this summer.
The Andre jacket, is great for urban city folk with a snorkel hood and the jacket even includes hand warmer pockets and interior cell phone pocket which definitely comes in handy.
With a cool range of accessories to help keep you snug including a camo print scarf inspired by Canadan foliage, classic mittens with textured cuffs and The Conner a simple, understated fine gauge hat that works well whatever the season.
The key features that enables Nobis jackets to cope with these climates is the brand’s insistence upon genuine technical features: Sympatex and Embrace membrane fabrics ensure waterproofing, windproofing and breathability, while zipped underarm vents, super-strength magnetic fastenings and seam-sealed construction ensure thermo-regulating properties and enable these enormously heat-efficient jackets to be practical in an urban arena.
Comprehensive field-testing has been combined with urban style and versatile luxury, for a coat that can effortlessly take you from tube to tundra, frozen mountains to board meetings, city streets to wilderness. This versatility has quietly built Nobis a cult following across the globe, inspiring wanderlust and inviting adventurous souls to join their global collective – they are now stocked in over 40 countries around the world.
But it’s not all gallivanting into the frozen wastes. At the heart of Nobis is an ethos of mutual respect and togetherness that’s reflected in the way that all of the product is manufactured.
As well as technical fabrics, Nobis uses ethically-sourced duck down and furs purchased from responsible, sustainable suppliers, as well as ensuring that every piece is machine-washable, which eliminates the need for environmentally-harmful dry cleaning processes.
So whether you’re looking for the very best in technical outerwear, a little something stylish to warm up your commute or just some inspiration for ongoing wanderlust, we reckon it’s about time you checked out Nobis or in some of the UK’s best retailers like Harrods, Harvey Nichols or matchesfashion.com.