The Edit: 5 Winter Coats and Jackets From South African Designers
As the month of January draws to an end and February looms, it’s hard to miss that the winter chill has really set in. And while there may have not been many opportunities to step out in the warmest winter coats, it’s always a good idea to have a classic piece of outwear in your style arsenal.
When the temperature drops and the multiple layers go on, it’s still worth remembering that what you wear on the outside is also as important as what’s underneath. This season, luxury designers from South Africa in particular—VIVIERS, MmusoMaxwell and ALC to name a few—have focused on outerwear, presenting pieces that strike the perfect balance between practical and stylish. Below are five of our picks of the coats and jackets that will see you through the winter days.
The smart coat
The winter version of the tailored blazer, the Navy Wool Coat by South African brand MmusoMaxwell is a smart choice for every day. It borrows from classic tailoring with its five-button closure, flat collar and streamlined silhouette. Made from soft wool, it is cut in a slightly oversized shape for a generous fit that makes it perfect for layering over suits and jackets.
The casual jacket
Whatever your personal style, you just can’t go wrong with a black jacket. The Ceramicist Jacket from Cape Town-based apparel brand GOOD GOOD GOOD is inspired by the utilitarian design of the uniform worn by artists. The handy pockets will keep you hands-free when out and about and the classic black hue will easily fit into any wardrobe. It’s cut for a relaxed fit from a cotton-blend fabric, making it is as comfortable as it is stylish.
The sporty jacket
The Kholwa Jacket by Durban-based menswear brand ALC is the perfect lightweight jacket for when the cold snap gives way to a light chill. Offering an elevated take on a sports parka, the mid-length jacket has an exterior nylon-style lining and a drawstring hood to provide some protection from rain and wind. Available in navy blue and green colorways, it’s the ideal cover-up for casual, off-duty days.
The statement overcoat
The floral embroidery on this Vacuum Coat from Johannesburg-based studio VIVIERS will add a directional edge to any look. Made from pure cotton with a protective exterior plastic layer that is hand embroidered with brown flower patterns, the voluminous coat features a belted waist, wide lapels and an ankle-length silhouette to create a dramatic profile that is both retro and modern.