You felt it right? Or maybe someone told you. The change, not of US presidential polls or of the public feeling towards a hard brexit but of the seasons. It’s cold now. Look around, or out of the window, and the trees have no leaves and you can see your breath. You know what it means though right, what it all boils down to? Yes, you've guessed it, it’s time to buy a new coat or at least something nice to keep you warm. You need to have toasty cockles. Here’s a little breakdown of some of the more superior options that are online or in store this season:
There’s a part of the Woolrich collection that is dedicated to outdoor sports named Teton. This season the Teton capsule has been created in a collaborative effort with Goretex. Goretex is in many ways like the Rolls Royce of jacket fabrics; it’s the household name that you aspire to. Once you own one Gore Tex garment you wonder what else you could have made out of Gore Tex. This particular jacket though is made from a 150 denier polyester canvas thread, it has a water column measurement of 2800mm and have heat sealed tape throughout. If you don’t happen to be au fait with all of those things what it boils down to is that this jacket is a down filled, unrippable and wholly waterproof monster. If you’re only going to buy one coat and you live somewhere with minimal numbers of clear skies then this one is probably for you.
Sometimes you want a jacket to look discrete and protect you from the elements and sometimes you want a thermo-chromatic pink or yellow jacket jacket to protect you from the elements. If you're the former then this one isn't for you, if you're the latter then congratulations you have found your winter coat. This Stone Island jacket is made from a nylon tela fabric that has a resin coating. The resin, when heated or cooled, affected the opacity of the coating and therefore the pigment creating a tonal jacket. The jacket also boasts Mussola Gommata patch pockets and down insulation. The pink colourway is a limited release only available in Flagship stores and online.
Schott Limited Edition
An extremely lovely collection all round this one and we could have been writing about any of it if I'm honest. It's all so lovely, very well presented too I might add. This particular little number, the Schott Limited Edition Down Parka Jacket Type MR-54, is a lovely tonal not-so-little number that costs rather a lot but has the following features (which really do the talking to be hoenst): nylon & leather mix, sheepskin lined back and pockets, Jackal fur trim hood, 100% duck down filling, hidden zip behind the snappers, four front pockets and one snazzy zip on the arm. Now, if you're anything like me you're wondering how they ended up sourcing Jackal fur for the hood. Time travel to ancient Egypt? It could be a free online game that, hunting historically sacred animals. Anyway, this jacket looks and sounds as if it will keep the most brisk of winds at bay and it's (swallow) £1275 from Good Hood.
I won't beat about the bush: this is a very expensive sweater. At £750, we're not really in messing about territory so it's a great thing that this is a really great sweater. I mean, it's hand loomed in Scotland using Mongolian Yak Fibres aka Noble Tengri Yarn. Yes, Yak yarn. The shaggy beasts that roam the Mongolian Steppe produce some of the most high tech and high quality natural fibres for knitting the world. They're as soft as cashmere, breathable and fairly hardwearing (this isn't license to play Rugby etc in a £750 jumper should you buy one of these, TSK won't be footing the bill).
This nifty number is from a collaboration between Griffin and Element is actually a three in one jacket. What you see above is the water resistant outer shell and the inner insulating layer being worn slightly separately. You could go for whole separation and wear the two separately or you could wear both at the same time for ultra warmth and water resistance. The difference between the two layers is really cool, at least that's what I think, I'm especially loving the red dots.
Oh, and a little FYI: Griffin is a very cool design studio that has been making and creating for a number of years and in a number of guises: Paris Fashion Week and revolutionary garment design included. They currently reside on Loveland Farm. Sounds idyllic.
What's great about this Penfield fleece is that it's a great material in a great shape. It's what is known as a win-win. You could wear a jumper underneath or a jacket over the top and it'll look grand. The contrast detailing is really nice too, excellent colour palette on this bad boy. Compared to our other entries it's a snip at £110 too.
Ah, the other kind of winter warmer. The liquid kind. This is part of the Master of Malt Secret Bottling Series which basically means that they don't label it up and you can drink it at a much more accessible price. It almost creates the problem of being too accessible at £44.95 for this bottle of Speyside but then if that's not your bag, or bottle aha, there are other options to choose from.