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How nice issues age – Everlasting Fashion


Over the winter, fairly a couple of readers have requested what I put on for very chilly climate. 

If it’s formal, the reply is a straightforward variation on the coats we’ve already featured: a heavyweight overcoat like my 30oz from Sartoria Ciardi, as an illustration, however layered up.

These layers may be a vest, a shirt and a 4-ply knit. For the coldest climate, the vest may very well be merino, the shirt heavy, and the knit a cashmere roll neck. The gloves, scarf and hat may be heavier too. I’ve a fur hat from Eggert that will get an outing on days like that. 

I would even, in extremis, attempt to get a fur liner beneath the overcoat – like my recycled mink one. However I’ve by no means wanted to put on down only for the heat. 

Down parkas at all times regarded just a little odd with tailoring to me. They will, in some circumstances, be an efficient type of excessive/low dressing. However an uncommon, stylish-because-unexpected look just isn’t actually what guys are after once they ask about deep-winter clothes. They need one thing they will put on simply every single day.

The one time I put on down is casually – in a gilet like this from Actual McCoy’s, or my outdated Everest parka from Nigel Cabourn. Which is what this text is about. 



I purchased the parka in 2014. It was an enormous sum of money for me on the time, however actually felt like an funding. There was clearly quite a bit occurring with it, when it comes to the supplies and the small print, and it was one thing that may maintain me heat in a manner that nothing else I had would. 

Within the eight years since, that has proved true. I’ve worn it each winter – together with in Swedish and New York winters – and it has each saved me heat and given me pleasure. 

The primary needs to be a given, however the second isn’t essentially. A part of the enjoyment for me comes from the down: high quality down is a beautiful factor to placed on in chilly climate – it feels mainly like stepping into mattress and placing your quilt again on – and that is 100% goose down. 

However there are different goose-down jackets. I feel the Cabourn mannequin is separated extra by the opposite supplies – using Ventile cotton for the shell and sheepskin within the hood – after which the stunning design particulars. 



Ventile, as most readers will know, is a densely woven cotton that’s designed to develop when it will get moist, to develop into waterproof. It’ll by no means be fairly as waterproof as an artificial, however I’ve worn this for prolonged durations in absolute downpours with no points. 

And it’s a lot nicer to put on than an artificial shell.

It’s cotton, like your T-shirt, like your chinos, and is that a lot nicer to put on. It doesn’t rustle if you put on it, it softens over time, and it even appears higher with age. 

Have a look at the close-ups of my pocket edges within the picture above. This sluggish fading after years of damage is private and delightful. It’s like whiskered denims or footwear with patina.

Ventile is a fabric to take pleasure in like every other we focus on, whereas Gore-Tex, as useful because it may be, just isn’t. 

Snowboarding jackets within the mould of Eddie Bauer have develop into fashionable just lately, pushed by the ‘gorpcore’ pattern but in addition most likely by the recognition of classic usually. The issue is, these outdated jackets and gilets look nice as a result of they have been cotton, and pale. Newer variations are artificial and don’t look the identical. 



The sheepskin lining on the again of the Everest hood is genius. It mainly acts like a half scarf, hugging the again of your neck even when the coat is open. 

That sheepskin is definitely one of many key causes I choose this to the Arctic down jacket from Actual McCoy’s. I additionally choose the Ventile and goose fairly than duck down, however I’d miss the sensation on the again of my neck specifically. 

The Cabourn can also be extra engineered. The Everest neck and hood has primarily 4 totally different heights of fastening: zipping up, a button positioned just a little larger, the throat latch fixed with a wood toggle (above), after which closing the hood itself. 

When the hood is closed, it has the ‘snorkel’ look of enclosing the face solely. I’ve solely wanted that when, whereas on vacation in Massachusetts within the falling snow. However I did take pleasure in doing so.



Extra particulars. The horn buttons are leather-based backed. The drawstring on the waist is produced from a heavy-duty canvas that doesn’t fold if you pull or tie it. The underside hem has a slight elastication that retains the jacket comfortable beneath your bum, stopping air getting in. 

It’s a really well-thought-out coat, and the great thing about the ‘How issues nice age’ collection is that I can say so after 8 years of damage, fairly than counting on evaluation and evaluation. 

The drawstring is good tied loosely as an alternative of a waist button, as I’ve proven above. It appears retro, maybe, but it surely’s additionally useful because it retains all the nice and cozy air in your again, even when the entrance is open.

For those who can’t be bothered with that tie each time, I discovered it additionally works to knot the wire on all sides, to retain the cinch, and simply use the buttons or zip to lock the entrance. That’s what I do more often than not.



The Everest parka may be very costly – at present it’s £2500. However the most effective proof that I feel it’s value it, after my a few years of damage, is that I’m about to purchase it once more. 

This coat is a measurement 48. It has at all times felt sufficiently big, and been heat sufficient. However just lately, I attempted on a buddy’s measurement 50 and it felt higher. It didn’t look outsized within the physique, and it gave me an additional couple of inches within the size, which means that it dropped decidedly under my seat, fairly than solely simply doing so. It felt extra enveloping. 

So I’m shopping for that measurement 50 from him (he, too, is shopping for one other Cabourn) and promoting mine. It’s on sale now, on Marrkt (NOW SOLD)

I actually hope it goes to proprietor. It has served me very nicely over time, and is simply as useful because the day I purchased it. On a chilly December day in Covent Backyard. 



Stylistically, by the best way, I normally put on extra color with informal, outdoorsy garments like this – definitely rather more than with tailoring. 

That may be a pale crimson or inexperienced sweatshirt, but it surely’s extra typically equipment, just like the bright-red PS watch cap proven larger up, or the yellow gloves above. 

With the yellow gloves I’d put on a navy watch cap, to provide the gloves extra pop. However the crimson hat can also be good with tan colors, like tobacco peccary gloves.

That goes for boots too. Shade 8 cordovan is nice with this outfit, however a hotter color like snuff suede is even higher. That is the tanker boot from Alden, which Drake’s supplied as a collaboration final yr, on the Barrie final with a crepe sole. I wasn’t positive in regards to the crepe at first, however I don’t thoughts it with an off-the-cuff appear like this. 

Off-white socks go along with the outside aesthetic as nicely. Though I’m not about to tuck my trousers in. 



Present Everest parkas from Nigel Cabourn price £2500. The color proven right here is navy-black. 

Simon’s parka is on sale on Marrkt right here. (Now bought)

Different garments worn: 10oz sweatshirt from The Actual McCoy’s, chinos from The Armoury (outdated type), ribbed socks from Nameless Ism. Gloves from Mazzoleni, T-shirt from Allevol.  

Images: Mohan Singh



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