New York based outwear brand RefrigiWear recently came onto our radar after their eye-catching Supreme collaboration. For the collection, Supreme worked with two pieces: an Iron-Tuff jacket with a co-branded logo on the back and a similar sleeveless version in black, teal, and orange camo. The collection has long since sold out, but you don't need to feel left out in the cold because, as discussed in our recent dive into the brand, they have been prepping New Yorkers for winter since 1954. RefrigiWear is a thoroughbred work and outerwear brand blessed with the knowledge of how to craft garments made to accompany you through decades of unpredictable winters.
Please take a seat as we show you the best RefrigiWear garments to get you through this winter and many more.
Despite its uber contemporary look, ready to see you through any dystopian mischief the world has ready to throw at us in 2021; this parka was first launched in 1954 and is one of RefrigiWear's OG silhouettes. This is the Swiss Army Knife of parkas, including all the hallmarks you would expect from a parka but throwing in some well-appreciated extras such as Iron-Tuff technology and sandwich RefrigiFill padding for protection granted up to -50C celsius.
Like the parka, the vest is another gem reinterpreted from RefrigiWear's archive. Climate speaking, it's sometimes hard to know when to wear a vest of this nature. Still, the due diligence RefrigiWear has done with this one in terms of fit, color choice, waterproofing, and just the right amount of padding make it stand out amongst its contemporaries as a layering must-have.
Supreme wasn't the only collaboration RefrigiWear dropped this year. They have also teamed up with East London's Vyner Articles. The first of two Vyner pieces included here is the Vyner Kaban. There are a few key features that brought this jacket to our attention, firstly is that cozy factor five red hood lining. Secondly the drop tail hem— a feature commonly overlooked, but when biking or sitting on any form of public transport that little extra protection can be the difference between crisp off-white corduroys or suspect stains. Finally, that subtle V on the chest stitching is some of the best branding seen all year.
For all you Future Mods, the Vyner Coat is a slightly smarter take on the aforementioned parka. Again that V stitching is a winner, as is the drop tail hem, also available in red and black it is adaptable to your fit of choice. Whether your one for the polished black Oxford shoe and a pleated pant or lean more towards a tonal suede sneaker or chunky winter boot this coat is going to have your back.
The Blunt is RefrigiWears bomber/anorak hybrid. Ribbed hem and cuffs come as standard on any bomber but RefrigiWears version comes hooded, padded, and teched out with water-repellent nylon and Sorona® DuPont eco-down padding. One thing we are loving about RefrigiWear is their attention to detail and dedication in honoring their New York heritage. Inspiration for the Blunt comes from the jackets used by cold storage workers in the meatpacking district of the city. I have never been in a cold storage unit but I imagine it's COLD, so you know the Blunt is going to do some damage when it meets Jack Frost in a bout.
RefrigiWear doesn't just take the winter head-on, they also do well at more seasonal transition garments. Take the Polar Jacket as a prime example, meeting somewhere in between a commuter and a hiking jacket, the Polar really shows off RefrigiWear's knowledge of city living. Where many outerwear brands try and fail to make that urban crossover, RefrigiWear with their heritage rooted in the city come well equipped to meet the modern person's needs. That is not to say this jacket wouldn't withstand the elements on a long hike, far from it. The Polar Jacket boasts technical soft-shell fabric, padding in Dupont Sorona® eco-feather bows, and is treated to make it both windproof and water repellent.
Stay tuned for more collaborations from RefrigiWear including FW21 collections with Staple and Goorin Bros.