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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—VIVIERSMmusoMaxwell 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.


The lightweight overshirt

The Sandstone Overshirt by GOOD GOOD GOOD is an example of the brand’s commitment to creating functional pieces that look good on every body. The long-sleeved shirt is made from 100% cotton kikoi fabric in red stripes inspired by the rocky terrains of South Africa. Ideal for mild days, the shirt features three external pockets and one on the interior, and is fastened with four button closures. There’s a coordinating pair of Cropped Trousers to match and wearing them together is a no-brainer.