Although theoretically, Spring should be announced through the coming of warm, sunny days, what we’ve experienced in recent years is a delay in the arrival of such days, with rain and wind stretching as late as May. This recurrent phenomenon gives a whole new meaning to Spring Showers, highlighting the importance of adjusting your wardrobe, namely through the addition of waterproof garments such as waxed coats, trenches or lightweight parkas. Today I present to you, what I believe to be the ultimate rain coat: The Double Breasted by Norwegian Rain.
I’ve praised the outstanding creations of design duo T-Michael and Alexander Helle several times before. Living in Bergen, the rainiest city in Europe with up to 320 rainy days per year, the decision to create unique weatherproof garments was not so much a matter of passion as it was a necessity. The result, as you know by now, is a collection of carefully curated coats that fuse highly technical fabrics, with traditional tailoring techniques and a hint of Japanese flair and sensibility. From statement models that make the most of volume and proportion, to understated suit jackets that blend perfectly with formal wear, Norwegian Rain delivers a vast selection of pieces suitable for all styles. Being one of the very few brands that actually presents technological innovation to the fashion industry, the nordic brand is one to keep a close eye on.
Choosing just one model from their collection poses a though challenge, but after careful consideration I ended up going for the The Double Breasted. Besides the outstanding silhouette, quality and design itself, one of the aspects that appealed to me the most was the outspoken versatility of the coat: reminiscent of traditional double breasted trench coats, this version pairs as beautiful over a suit as it does with rolled selvedge denim and military boots. The technical fabric is simply superb, coming in military green herringbone spread across several layered elements that allow to wear it open, semi-fastened or fully buttoned, portraying different silhouettes according to your attire. Details are never-ending, after wearing it several times I still manage to find another pocket, adjustable strap or customised label, that further emphasise the personal style component. As a matter of fact, this is a piece that can be worn in opposite ends of the style spectrum and still look unique, depending on whether you adjust the waist strap, resort to the belt or throw on the hood and storm flaps. Definitely one of the most striking garments that comprise my current wardrobe.
Details: olive green herringbone double breasted coat by Norwegian Rain, MTO Loro Piana Doeskin blazer by Gentleman Tailors, cashmere cardigan by Annapurna 5+1, striped dress shirt by Ann Demeulemeester, herringbone new classic pants by CAMO, tassel loafers by Bexley, vintage silk knit tie and watch by Rolex
I now remember why I don’t make these very often x_x They take forever to make and I had to keep going back to fix stuff that wasn’t lining up right.
Anyways, I wanted to make an open raincoat just as something cute for my mayor to wear, and figured I might as well share it. It features the leaf symbol as patches on the sleeves, and the animal crossing background pattern is on the shirt with a button up denim skirt. Enjoy! (Just don’t claim it as your own design please.)