The {Winter Coat} Edit

1.  Emerson Fry, Army Coat, $378

2. Komodo, VINA Wool Coat, €153

3. Patagonia, Down Sweater Jacket, $229

4. Vaute, The Belden Future, $575

5. Burton, Merriland Jacket, $161



Army Coat

Photo by Emerson Fry

Photo by Emerson Fry

Before you fall too deeply in love with this super cool outfit topper (okay, outfit maker) from Emerson Fry, let us give you the sad news that it's sold out in almost every size already.  The hazards of shopping a no waste brand with a cult following!  What does it mean for an apparel company to be no waste?  For starters, Emerson Fry produces in extremely low quantities, so there are fewer units to sell overall (hence the sold out status of this perfect coat).  They also use preorders so they can better approximate how many people are likely to buy a particular product before they start cutting cloth.  Oh, and speaking of cloth, Emerson Fry uses eco-friendly jobber fabric whenever possible, i.e., mill ends, overruns, odd lots and seconds from other clothing manufacturers. Basically, the stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  If all of this weren't enough of a reason to love this NYC-based brand, just scroll through their online shop and try not to WANT. ALL. THE. THINGS.  See something you love that's out of stock?  Enter your email for a notification when your size comes back in.  That's how we scored this coat, which we haven't taken off since it arrived (you guys, it was in the sixties in L.A. today. That's basically freezing, right?)



Vina Wool Coat

Photo by Komodo

Photo by Komodo


To our friends who have issues with buttons (you know who you are), may we present:  a buttonless (and zipper-less) wrap coat that wears like a bathrobe (in the very best way).  Made from wool and recycled polyester with a soft brushed finish, this modern spin on a peacoat feels super snuggly but looks super chic.  And don't let the p-word turn you off; the polyester component in this fair trade coat is a fully sustainable mix of cotton and recycled plastic bottles.  U.K.-based Komodo was an early adopter of eco-friendly cottons, promoting the use and development of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and Tencel even before it was cool. Today, they continue to use natural fibers wherever possible.  Komodo is also committed to fair trade and ethical manufacturing practices.  The majority of factories they use in Kathmandu, Bali and India are mid-sized, family-run factories that hold certifications like SA8000 and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and are independently audited to ensure compliance with Komodo's factory code of conduct.  Their clothes are soft on your skin and your conscience.


Down Sweater Jacket

Photo by Reformation

Photo by Reformation

See, it's a "sweater" jacket because it's as warm as a jacket, but as cozy and wearable as a sweater. So essentially this is a 2 for 1 deal and you can't afford to NOT buy it. Also, this puffer has got some kind of sixth sense about the temp we want to be and always keeps us exactly on point with coziness, whether we're trudging through a snowstorm, or just doing a quick run to the store when there's a slight chill in the air. Never too hot, never too cold. Which is why we don't take it off. That's right: we wear this to make dinner. And during our Netflix marathons. Because why would you take something off your body that makes you feel like you're wrapped in a cloud of feathers? If anyone questions why we're wearing a down coat around the house, we just tell them it's a "sweater jacket" and also they should mind their own business and let us live.

We're not re-inventing the wheel here, this jacket is all over the place, and for good reason. But there are plenty of down jacket options, so when you're deciding between this one and some cheaper alternative, remember Patagonia's amazing business model and commitment to ethical and environmentally-responsible manufacturing. If you didn't read last week's edit, zip up your sweater jacket and read our full Patagonia write-up here.


The Belden Future

Photo by Vaute     

Photo by Vaute


If there is a closet staple worthy of an investment, it's a black winter coat, and this one will stand the test of time both in quality and in style. Inspired by a Chicago winter (which sounds very poetic when you're sitting in Southern California and not actually experiencing it), this vegan beauty is cut and sewn in the U.S. of high-tech materials that will keep you toasty without harming any animals, people, or the planet in the process. The snow proof 100% Organic Moleskin Shell is insulated with Primaloft ECO and lined in windproof ripstop. We love the idea that you can wear it with the collar folded down for that classic double breasted look, or button the collar all the way up to keep your neck and face extra cozy (and stay incognito if the need arises).

Vaute (“Haute” + V for Vegan) is the world’s first vegan fashion brand—and the first vegan label to show at NY Fashion Week. The company was founded by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart—a woman on a mission to take animals out of the fashion equation by creating something better. The company uses technological innovative and high-tech, sustainable textiles to create beautiful garments that will serve you well for years to come. Plus, every piece is cut and sewn in NYC’s garment district, and ready to be rocked by you in any district you want. Last (and we really buried the lead here) use the code HAPPY2018 for $100 off your purchase of a Vaute coat!


Merriland Jacket
$161 (on sale)


Photo by @Burtongirls via Instagram

Photo by @Burtongirls via Instagram

We love a coat with versatility—and this one will look as cute with your stilettos as it will with your snow boots. A classic parka style, the outside is water resistant and the inside is lined with down, so you’ll be cozy no matter what the forecast.  We especially love the details: the faux fur hood adds a little extra style, the microfleece lined pockets will keep your digits toasty, and the chest pocket with snap closure will give you a secure place to put your phone when you plop down to make snow angels. 

You probably know Burton as a snowboard company, but might not know about their commitment to environmental conservation and ethical labor practices. The company is currently on a mission to use 100% Fair Labor Association compliant factories by 2020, which will mean that every single person making their products works in safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly conditions. As a company that makes stuff for outdoor sports, they also work hard to minimize their carbon footprint, and this coat is is made with Bluesign® approved materials (which are guaranteed to use only safe chemicals and are manufactured to meet the highest standards of natural resource conservation, consumer and worker health, and clean air and water discharge during the manufacturing process). They also donate hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of product every year to the large Vermont refugee population to keep them warm in the winter, and to underserved youth and families across the country.