Over the years my wardrobe has seen various coats come and go, but the perfect winter coat was never present. I have a black wool classic from Virmani and a wonderfully warm, but rather opulent lambskin jacket in my wardrobe. While the first was often not the right choice, because black is sometimes too dark for me, the really great lambskin coat is a real gem, but unfortunately does not fit on every occasion. And that’s exactly what makes the perfect winter coat for me – it should always fit. And of course it should be sustainable.
The perfect winter coat – my love for life
This summer, I have looked at the jacket and coat label LangerChen extensively at the Greenshowroom in Berlin and tried numerous models. I fell in love with an outrageously great and wonderfully timeless trenchcoat and a rather sophisticated longbomber. But both are from the upcoming summer season and won´t help me in the winter.
For the summer on the list: Trenchcoat or Longbomber
Sure, where I looked around to bring the topic “The perfect winter coat” maybe still to a positive conclusion. And indeed, I found my dream coat at LangerChen. “Eugene” is a bit Japan-inspired and leaves enough room to carry various layers underneath. And it has just the right length so that the hem of my beloved midi skirts does not appear. Plus: jeans, joggers, office pants? Anyway, because “Eugene” is just perfect. To all.
A coating of recycled PET bottles turns my winter coat into a super cute companion
The perfect winter coat is not only beautiful, but also pretty smart: wool coat on the outside and a coating of recycled PET bottles on the inside. Pretty clever, because so the nasty winter wind has no chance and I can ride a bike in any weather. Even the lapel collar can be completely closed thanks to extra buttons. Sorry, I’m still not finished with my hymn of approval: cool details like large outer pockets and a small zippered inside pocket where you can stow the most important treasures, make room for your phone, purse, house keys. In fact, lately, thanks to the coat, I’ve left my purse at home time after time.
Beautiful AND good – the perfect winter coat
What can I say? Since I have the coat, I’ve worn it every (!) day and also every (!) day I received compliments. Privately, in the editorial department, at events. Everyone approached me and everyone gave me one of my enthusiastic lectures, that this coat is not only beautiful, but also good. The great jackets and coats are made of sustainable materials that LangerChen develops itself. And in Asia. Big eyes. Yes, China is on the red list for many sustainable people (although we have just learned that “Made in Europe” is not always a quality feature either). But Philip Langer and his business partner Miranda Chen have their own production facility near Shanghai, and both care about sustainability and smart design. The result can be seen here. Winter coat “Coat Eugene”, around 220 euros (has just been reduced from 299 euros!), On langenchen.com
Shirt || Upshirt
The mother label Reet Aus, whose eponymous designer is regarded as an upcycling pioneer, I’ve known for some time. She was the first who dared to make upcycling mass suitable. All the more I was pleased to discover the great t-shirt label from Estonia at the Innatex. Again an example of great story and fantastic design. In the classic T-shirt production namely an average of 18 percent fabric remain. She uses Upshirt to make great, mass-produced shirts. And so to close the cycle, to save 82 percent CO2 emissions and 91 percent water. Thumbs up, for Upshirt! T-shirts in different colors, from 39 euros, at upshirt.org Of course there are not always all colors – hello, upcycling! – but one is nicer than the other anyway. Just like the one for the “World Clean Up Day 2018”. Find out more here
Bag || Verena Bellutti
Verena Bellutti also contributes with her beautiful, handmade bags to make the world not only more beautiful, but also a little bit better. Her dreamy bucket bags, shoppers, backpacks (brand new!), Laptop cases & Co. are made by the AMD graduate out of tarpaulins and set a mark against the disposable mentality and for more sustainability in everyday life with a wonderfully stylish and vegan accessory collection. Good to know: The washable net material is lined with a thin tarpaulin fabric, so that all bags are water-repellent, robust and durable. Plus: Sure, the bags were designed by a woman. Because here was thought of vitally important details: Clever extra seats for telephone, cards, keys & Co. make even the smallest bags to real space miracles. And make sure that woman does not have to search. Designed in Innsbruck, produced in the EU. Bucket Bag Mini “Kekona” by Verena Bellutti, around 120 Euro, at verenabelutti.com Although silver is currently sold out, thanks to the XL color palette, everyone will find a favorite.
Shoes || Nine to Five
I have written about the wonderful loafers of the Hamburg label Nine to Five so many times that I can save it at this point. If you want to know more about the sustainable all-rounder with salmon leather details, you can get more information on my chalet chic look or simply visit ninetofive.biz
Army jacket || Old is the new new
On my 30th birthday, my best friend gave me an olive parka on which her then boyfriend (and today’s man) sewed an eagle. That was my absolute favorite jacket for years. In fact, I’ve worn her so incredibly many times that she was not 100 percent okay anymore. A few weeks ago I discovered this wonderful army jacket (like so many other things) at my favorite secondhand event Old is the new new. Be sure to check the Facebook page for new dates!
Belt || Bands of L.A.
I’m totally in love with these belts and fitts to everything – as a belt for jeans, as an eye-catcher over my shirt … They awaken the hippie in me, extend the summer into the winter and simply make for a lot of good mood. The cool label comes from California – as well as the cotton belts that are made there by hand. Belt of Bands of L.A., from 39 euros, at bandsofla.eu