With winter upon us, now’s the perfect time to invest hard-earned cash on a brand new coat. And when you’re splashing big bucks on a signature piece, you don’t shop, you buy — pinpointing the perfect mix of style, warmth, and ’fit versatility.
Enter the puffer jacket. Invented by Eddie Bauer in 1936 after an almost-fatal run-in with hypothermia on a winter fishing trip, the practical jacket traditionally featured down feather filling and quilted fabric. Originating far more out of function than fashion, the focus has always been on creating a practical and technical garment, but recent times have seen its adoption by more fashionable crowds in the biggest ever way.
Early traces of the puffer’s fashion cred was seen by Italy’s Paninaro crews of the ’80s (particularly Moncler jackets), closely followed by ’90s hip-hop culture. Now, more than ever, the puffer jacket has been a fixture of fall/winter collections, adopted not only by outdoor brands such as The North Face and Patagonia, but also major luxury powerhouses such as Prada, Balenciaga, and Fendi.
In no small part due to FW18’s maximalism trend, busy and oversized models seem to be taking the cake, with many different iterations being seen in the Highsnobiety HQs of Berlin and New York while temperatures continue to drop. This being the case, we’ve decided to bring you an ultimate round-up of our very favorite trends to cop before the chill hits in full force.
From the bold colors and prints of OBEY and Schott to super statement grails such as Burberry’s rainbow puffer and MISBHV’s flashy yellow jacket, plus low-key designs that’ll transcend seasonal fashion from C2H4, Dark Circle, and GmbH, below we’ve selected something for everyone.
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