Yesterday while flipping through the astronomical number of blogs I read daily I came across a post on The Sartorialist of a gentleman in Milan rocking a quilted sport coat, over a glen plaid sport coat, over a cutaway collar dress shirt. Now, I realize it’s still relatively warm on the east coast but it will be cooling down any day now. A great way to stay warm and stylish for fall is by taking a page out of the Italian’s book and throwing on a quilted sport coat. It gives you a more tailored look and is an appropriate midway point between no jacket and a heavier fall coat, let’s say a car coat for example. The coat above is by Polo Ralph Lauren but there are plenty out there this season at various price points.
This post isn’t about one particular product but more about the brand. I landed in Florence, Italy this past Friday. It is my first time in the country and thus far it has been incredible. Of course Italians are known for their sense of fashion and ability to pull off almost anything. As I am walking about the city I slowly begin to notice that at least 1 out of every 5 men I pass is wearing a Moncler down jacket. Now, I’ve been aware of Moncler for some time now and am especially impressed with their Gamme Bleu line that Thom Browne directs but I have never seen so many of them concentrated in one city like this, not even in New York. The standard of living here must be extremely high because a Moncler Jacket is going to run you upwards of $1,000. I knew that Moncler was a French company based out of Grenoble but what I did not know that a little bit of research made me aware of was that it was purchased in the early 2000′s by Remo Ruffini, an Italian, who is now the Chairman and Creative Director. You may say it’s just a plain shiny down jacket, but there is something about a Moncler that is too cool to ignore. And if this many guys are wearing them around here they must be getting them for a decent price, I assure you I plan on finding out.
This is not the world’s most attractive jacket. In fact, it is far from it. But it is one of the most useful and accurate things I have ever purchased. The Marmot PreCip is one of the highest ranked rain shells around. It’s made from ripstop nylon, with a 2.5-layer waterproof breathable coating. The water literally slides right off of this thing. Weighing in at under 13 oz, it’s possible to throw it in your bag on the way out the door and not even notice it until the rain comes. For those of you who plan on spending some serious time outdoors this summer, this is your jacket. Last year, I hiked for two weeks with this thing serving as my rain and wind shell, and it held up amazingly well. Pick it up sometime in the next few weeks, and you’ll be ready for whatever summer drops on you.
Summer nights can be a bit chilly, and depending on where you are unexpected rains can put a damper on your evening. Over the next few weeks we’re going to show you some summer outwear that can make the difference between being absolutely soaked and high and dry.
This first piece is the Perry Windbreaker from Polo Ralph Lauren. Sharing a silhouette similar to the Barracuda jacket made famous by the likes of McQueen and JFK, Polo updated the look a bit with contrasting stripes inside the collar and a concealed zip-in hood. Something like this should be worn in a bright go-to-hell color such as the RL2000 Red shown above. This is something that can be worn on the course, or just thrown in the backseat when heading out for the day. It’s a utility piece to keep around for whatever situation arises, and does its job well.
After watching the USA Olympic Men’s Hockey Team own Switzerland 3-1 yesterday I felt it would be appropriate to let all of you know where you could get a sweet Vancouver 2010 Nike Official USA Olympic Hockey Replica Home Jersey. There is also a Replica Jersey available that you can personalize with whichever name and number you would want to put on it for only $55 more. Perfect attire to wear as you watch Team USA make sure Canada doesn’t take home the Gold in Hockey in front of their home crowd. Although Canada did look pretty good against Norway last night so it might be pretty tough.