Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What's good for the Canada Goose

NOW YOU can have style and sensible attire, you know the kind that keeps you warm whatever the weather, it really is down to what choice of heavy duty winter jacket wear you choose.

Straight off the bat with the it’s always worth bringing in the big guns, you know the type of jackets that you could go to war in or trek the Antarctic and walk away smiling.

The choice for this level has to be Canada Goose, in fact I could devote a whole section to them. In fact I will.
The big boy of the range is the Citadel parka. This thigh level coat has everything you could think of to keep out the big freeze and high winds of winter.

Everything here is either heavy duty or heavy lined and so on. Even the YKK 2-way zip of heavy duty, it is also four fleece lined, with zippered hand warmer pockets, along with extra chest and lower pockets, while the zipper has an insulated Velcro© storm flap, oh and of course there is ‘high pile fleece’ chin guard.

The removable Coyote, fur ruff adjustable hood even has cord locks to make sure your ears are kept extra warm.
The Citadel comes in tan, black or graphite.

The top of the range coat is the Expedition, which is a slightly smaller body jacket, ribbed cuffs and all as with the Citadel, the water resistant and elasticised nylon snow shirt lining makes the difference. Coming in Pacific blue and black it also has tunnel 2-way ruff fur hood, the style of which was made famous by Kenny from South Park. This is the new kid on the block.

Keeping the same parka style, but reducing the pockets, is The Chateau, which goes for two covered sides, and one hidden chest pocket, button fastened over the front zipper block.
It comes in graphite, black and a delicious military green.

The common or garden Bomber jacket has never looked as fully loaded as this one, the Chilliwack Bomber is about as military based as you can get and looks like the type of the thing pilots on the Atlantic convoys in WWII would have donned to ensure safe flying, in those life or death missions.

Removable ruff fur hood, with tunnel finish, hand warmer pockets, which are fleece lined, make this the most flexible jacket in the range.

The black jacket looks incredible, with all the touches such s pocket stitching hidden against the one set colour. 
It also comes in navy.

For gillets see the Freestyle, button and zip through, two deep pockets, a longer back panel to keep your arse warm when things get chilly. The Freestyle in red, navy or graphite offers you an all round garment, evenings etc, well you have to keep it mobile on the piste.

Winter coats a plenty: Schott, Gloverall, Aquascutum.

THE OLD term, ‘get your coat you’ve pulled’ may have worked alleged wonders with the ladies of by-gone eras, but the choice of jackets currently on offer for us chaps are a guaranteed success for any wardrobe.

And with the back end of Hurricane Gonzalo, having put a bit of a chill up the spine of the nation, it’s time to get exploring what is on offer, but you would have to be Augustus Gloop if you were to feast on all the varieties on offer.

Always known for its historic jacket ranges, Barbour’s Holton double-breasted Reefer jacket, carries on that tradition, this time moving slightly away from the motorbike stylings, instead going for a nautical feel with the waxed fur-lined delight.

Sporting two flap covered hand pockets, two vertical chest pockets with leather trim and with Shearling lining and tailored fit you can just get the feeling of warmth and superb fit just by looking at the Holton and this style of jacket full stop.

Maintaining a similar cut to the reefer (Holton) is the Barbour x Norton and Sons Jones navy waxed, which is a three button through jacket.

One chest pocket, single rear vent, with a wool collar and inner placket designed for added warmth and comfort.

Inside the jacket becomes a Dr Who Tardis, where amidst the half tartan lined interior, there is a plethora of pockets for all occasions.

Based on an original 1951 design the Churchill Reefer Peacoat from Gloverall with all the classic stylings this design offers.

Slanted chest pockets, single vented, two front flap pockets, button fastening, throat tab, to ensure warmth, with one interior slip pocket. This coat has been sported proudly since its conception from actors such as McQueen, Brando to Cruise on screen, to of course the famous British bulldog himself Sir Winston Churchill.

If you want to step things up another notch, the Schott NYC leather Peacoat in black. Button fastened, US made, with ‘Anchor’ detailed buttons.

This coat smacks of sheer quality and of bridges both styles of smart casual and smart attire. It also comes in a wool finish known as the US 740n.

Matinique, in their Delto coat, offer a grey with a delicious check pattern, six button front, two front pocket and an extended lapel, a version of this comes from Minimum in the Wingham double breasted.

This cut of jacket works well with a smart look, but to my mind is preferable with a nice brogue, turned up jeans and relaxed shirt and jumper look, drop in Grenson Archie’s and the like and you are away.

A cable knit jumper of course works wonders such as the Barbour Sub-Deck, but of course there are plenty to choose from.

Why not plump for another icon, in the shape of the Aquascutum Henward navy wool ‘duffle’ coat. I have to drop in the term duffle, as I know the coat is not exactly that, but most people would recognise the styling, finishes and toggle fasteners as exactly that.

This full-length navy coat, straight fit, has adjustable cuffs, zip and toggle fastening, with removable hood.
The famous Aquascutum check print lines the coat adds a real bit of British brilliance to the autumnal and winter months.

Gloverall’s entrants in duffle coat are well known, the Classic, which comes in charcoal, with two side pockets, is hooded and beautifully lined, it also comes in kale, dark green, tan and navy.

They all lean towards a smarter look, dropping in Chelsea boots such as the Paul Smith Falconer or Jeffrey West Omny, with trousers and jumper, and don’t forget your scarf, just think Patrick Bateman or Jude Law.

Although a winter jumper such as the Barbour Caistown Fairisle would sit beautifully with this.

Adding in dashes of colour and pattern, against the solid single colourway of the above jackets works well and adds to a less serious look, so gaining a multi-use approach to such classic and beautiful garments.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Be a smart art with Moschino, Smedley and Diesel

THERE SEEMS to be a movement or a leaning towards the art world in fashion currently, especially in jumper pattern designs.

Smatterings of Piet Mondrian can be spotted on the latest Diesel K-Ecru jumpers, while abstract designs are a plenty on John Smedley designs, while Moschino has plumped for a cubist approach.

And what better way to keep the autumnal chill, off than with a little bit of art based style I say.

As long as you don’t get asked to stand still in the street, while people walk backwards and forwards staring at your new garments, all will be OK.

Taking up the charge with the Diesel K-Echu Maglia jumpers, this loose knitted design has a light grey body with a delicious lilt to the Dutch painter Mondrian’s Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow.

The rectangular red, yellow and black pattern is bold and bright on the softer grey wool background, while the opposing red and yellow cuffs continue the splashes of colour. 

The black version alternates the main body pattern nicely and goes for yellow and white cuffs, both versions are ribbed. Both also have large ribbed waistbands.

You could argue that with Moschino’s Love range of T-shirts the Pop Art movement, at least from an Andy Warhol perspective that is, but there is also a nod to one my favourite Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein.

The Boot printed crew neck shirts, which come in a monochrome print on grey and red and black print on white and the Potion shirt in grey, which sports a delightful, almost Lichtenstein homage print.

While the Block grey jumper is all simplistic cubist and revels in the subtle, simple, yet contrasting black and grey cube or square block pattern. All grey on the back of the garment, this is a swinging Sixties success, with the metal peace badge logo the perfect finishing touch.

With its Kelby and Kester jumpers or pullovers, John Smedley also leans towards cubist based patterns and designs, with all the ordered chaos that the movement offers.

The Midnight jumper is about as perfect a name for a garment as I can imagine. The drifting use of navy, blue, black, turquoise and teal is perfect, from light to dark and back and all in the comfort of Merino wool.

With the Bordeaux, the intricate burnt orange, pink, red and maroon creates a bolder garment, with both pullovers coming with ribbed collar, cuffs and waistband. Made in England, of course.

The Kester has a more complex pattern, in that it strikes bolder lines of varying blues.

All three are inextricably linked to an art background as are the others and make a bold statement. I for one like them all, a lot.