If you haven't found yourself reaching into your cupboard to pull out that reliable, old friend then it's likely that you have a blood circulation issue. The mercury is verging on negative and there's no better moment in the year to pounce upon the opportunity to get your hands on a piece of outerwear that's all-weather conquering. From tweeds and cottons to soft suedes and tough cow hides, The Rake's extensive offering of outerwear has something for everyone.
Editors' Picks... Outerwear
Wei Koh, Founder of The Rake
If you haven't already noticed, I'm a sucker for a leather jacket. So when I say Stewart's aviator-style lambskin number weighs in near the top of my list, it's high praise. This version is cut with a pretty slim fit and features a cotton lining . Style it up with Anderson & Sheppard's houndstooth cashmere scarf to give the look a smart finish, then finally slip your hands into perhaps the warmest gloves I've ever tried on, courtesy of Omega SRL.
Ryan Thompson, Digital Editor
If you're familiar with London winters, you'll know that a solid raincoat is an absolute necessity. This navy blue version by Ka/Noa marries a classic silhouette with contemporary details to make it an extremely versatile piece of outerwear. For those warmer winter days when the weather holds, I like to use knitwear as outerwear for a textural aesthetic. Anderson & Sheppard's shawl collar knit offers a sartorial look while being supremely comfortable. Finally, finish off any look with a vibrant pop of colour, in this case The Workers Club's red merino wool scarf.
Benedict Browne, Associate Style Editor
It’s always good practice to lean towards natural materials when making an outerwear purchase and as it’s Black Friday, now’s a chance to buy quality product at accessible prices. This is for numerous reasons, but most of all, natural materials such as wool and cotton, have been tried and tested over many, many wears. Rubinacci’s Ulster coat is cut from a boiled wool, which enhances the coat’s hardwearing exterior, while Anderson & Sheppard’s travel jacket is cut from a cotton corduroy, a type of weave that’s as dexterous as it is attractive. Doppiaa’s overcoat is cut from a lovely 100 medium brown herringbone tweed. Of all types of cloth, tweed is the performing fabric, one that will never let you down.
Aobh O'Brien-Moody, Editorial Assistant
When the weather takes a turn, ensure you’re well-prepared. Grenfell has you covered: its classic raincoat will see you through the winter months in true style, with a timeless silhouette taken from the label’s archives. If its versatility you’re after, turn to Camoshita, whose duster coat will find itself a firm fixture in your winter wardrobe, whether worn on a weekend walk through the countryside or on your daily work commute. Finally,iconic Savile Row tailoring house Gieves & Hawkes is responsible for influencing British style codes: this classic camel raincoat is evidence of the label’s artful expertise.