The crux of buying a winter coat is warmth. One such brand that takes the technicalities of coats to new heights is
Veronese-based MooRER. Not many of the ski
slopes have opened yet in Europe, but MooRER's fully lined and water-resistant range of down-wear is built to
protect you from the follies of the outdoors, wherever you may be. What sets them apart from other technical coat
specialists is that each piece looks as though it has an element of haute-couture. Their anthracite quilted Siro
down jacket and green detachable Shinjuku coat are fine examples of this combination of technical elegance.
In either a dark green or grey, Alps &
Meters wool Downhill ’27 jacket will protect you from all of the vicious mountain elements. A unique
Forged Performance sportswear garment fusing traditional leather with natural down fill technology, it is also a
jacket of high-style. Fellow ski wear specialist Bomber
Skis, have designed quite possibly one of the most multifunctional jackets on the market. High-tech,
four-way stretch fabric ensures full range of mobility on the mountain, whilst its ingenious design allows it to
double up as both a ski jacket and dinner jacket.
From the luxury of Gstaad to the leathery terrain of the Highlands in Scotland, you will need different technical
aspects in your outerwear to face the unpredictable conditions in that part of the world. One usually finds
themselves in those parts on sporting excursions, such as grouse shooting or stalking. There is one British heritage
brand, who for over 200 years have been the paragon of country clothing and that is the eponymous label Purdey.
Tweeds are certainly going to be your port of call at this time of year in Scotland. A fabric known to sometimes
weigh you down when the heavens open – a lightweight tweed that is 100% waterproof, might just give you some extra
legs when yomping through the coarse terrain. Woven in Scotland, their tweed field coat comprises the very best
technical details to weather the storm. Its high collar and storm cuff stops cold air or rain from entering and the
arms have an action-back so that movement is not restricted. Rare to find a coat in this form that is 100%
waterproof - a Sympatex® liner ensures that no water creeps in, whilst the tweed has a Teflon® coating for added
proof, causing the water to bead and roll off. A visually understated tweed coat, it prevails emphatically with its
level of practicality.
A tweed shooting vest is always a fundamental item to have in your armoury and that’s even if you don’t shoot, but
find yourselves in wild environments. Purdey shooting vests are designed with all of the appropriate technical
creations for shooting. They contain a hidden D3O® absorption pad in the shoulder to reduce recoil when in the
field. By using advanced polymer chemistry, D3O® absorbs the energy created by each shot, in turn reducing the
amount of force transmitted to your body. Their brown tweed high collar shooting vest is a stylish and apt example
of this advancement in technology.
Private White V.C. have been able to
carve out an identity in the menswear scene that doesn’t bow to trends and fads and instead produces indomitable and
irresistible outerwear. Military tradition runs right through the core of the brand and so it’s no surprise their
clothes are made to last and made to serve. Amongst their military-inspired apparel is the brand’s most refined
Flight Jacket. In a beautiful brown hue it is complete with 100% wool wadding, a water resistant 100% Merino Wool
outer cloth with doeskin weave, suede trim and a real shearling collar. An extremely versatile jacket, it’s an axiom
that should be accepted in both country and urban environments.
Rainwear is another segment of outerwear that should facilitate a balanced blend that profiles both technological and
classical features. Functionality is Milan-based brand Sealup’s USP. Sealup has advanced performance rainwear by
bringing together textiles and science with fabrics such as waterproof gabardine, silky-soft mohair,
bonded-microfiber, waterproof bonded cotton and rubberised cotton canvas. All of which are designed – and destined –
to keep the wearer dry, maintain the integrity of the garment and become a wet weather wardrobe essential. Sealup’s
heritage-inspired trench coat (composed of water-repellent cotton with polyester lining) for example, comes with a
detachable sleeveless vest filled with 90% goose down, for extra insulation. Alternatively, there is technology
advanced raincoats from Neapolitan tailoring titans, Rubinacci, and from Cifonelli who are the pinnacle of Parisian
tailoring and certainly know how to retain elegance with utilitarian design features.