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How nice issues age – Everlasting Model



Over the winter, fairly a number of readers have requested what I put on for very chilly climate. 

If it’s formal, the reply is a straightforward variation on the coats we’ve already featured: a heavyweight overcoat like my 30oz from Sartoria Ciardi, as an example, however layered up.

These layers is perhaps a vest, a shirt and a 4-ply knit. For the coldest climate, the vest might be merino, the shirt heavy, and the knit a cashmere roll neck. The gloves, scarf and hat is perhaps heavier too. I’ve a fur hat from Eggert that will get an outing on days like that. 

I would even, in extremis, attempt to get a fur liner underneath the overcoat – like my recycled mink one. However I’ve by no means wanted to put on down only for the heat. 

Down parkas at all times seemed slightly odd with tailoring to me. They will, in some instances, be an efficient type of excessive/low dressing. However an uncommon, stylish-because-unexpected look isn’t actually what guys are after once they ask about deep-winter clothes. They need one thing they’ll put on simply daily.

The one time I put on down is casually – in a gilet like this from Actual McCoy’s, or my previous Everest parka from Nigel Cabourn. Which is what this text is about. 



I purchased the parka in 2014. It was an enormous amount of cash for me on the time, however actually felt like an funding. There was clearly so much occurring with it, by way of the supplies and the main points, and it was one thing that might preserve me heat in a manner that nothing else I had would. 

Within the eight years since, that has proved true. I’ve worn it each winter – together with in Swedish and New York winters – and it has each saved me heat and given me pleasure. 

The primary needs to be a given, however the second isn’t essentially. A part of the enjoyment for me comes from the down: high quality down is a stunning factor to placed on in chilly climate – it feels principally like stepping into mattress and placing your cover again on – and that is 100% goose down. 

However there are different goose-down jackets. I feel the Cabourn mannequin is separated extra by the opposite supplies – the usage of Ventile cotton for the shell and sheepskin within the hood – after which the beautiful design particulars. 



Ventile, as most readers will know, is a densely woven cotton that’s designed to increase when it will get moist, to change into waterproof. It’ll by no means be fairly as waterproof as an artificial, however I’ve worn this for prolonged durations in absolute downpours with no points. 

And it’s a lot nicer to put on than an artificial shell.

It’s cotton, like your T-shirt, like your chinos, and is that a lot nicer to put on. It doesn’t rustle if you put on it, it softens over time, and it even seems to be higher with age. 

Have a look at the close-ups of my pocket edges within the picture above. This sluggish fading after years of wear and tear is private and exquisite. It’s like whiskered denims or footwear with patina.

Ventile is a cloth to get pleasure from like some other we focus on, whereas Gore-Tex, as practical because it is perhaps, isn’t. 

Snowboarding jackets within the mould of Eddie Bauer have change into in style just lately, pushed by the ‘gorpcore’ development but in addition most likely by the recognition of classic usually. The issue is, these previous jackets and gilets look nice as a result of they have been cotton, and light. Newer variations are artificial and don’t look the identical. 



The sheepskin lining on the again of the Everest hood is genius. It principally acts like a half scarf, hugging the again of your neck even when the coat is open. 

That sheepskin is definitely one of many key causes I want this to the Arctic down jacket from Actual McCoy’s. I additionally want the Ventile and goose somewhat than duck down, however I’d miss the sensation on the again of my neck particularly. 

The Cabourn can also be extra engineered. The Everest neck and hood has basically 4 completely different heights of fastening: zipping up, a button positioned slightly increased, the throat latch fixed with a picket toggle (above), after which closing the hood itself. 

When the hood is closed, it has the ‘snorkel’ look of enclosing the face fully. I’ve solely wanted that after, whereas on vacation in Massachusetts within the falling snow. However I did get pleasure from doing so.



Extra particulars. The horn buttons are leather-based backed. The drawstring on the waist is comprised of a heavy-duty canvas that doesn’t fold if you pull or tie it. The underside hem has a slight elastication that retains the jacket cosy underneath your bum, stopping air getting in. 

It’s a really well-thought-out coat, and the great thing about the ‘How issues nice age’ sequence is that I can say so after 8 years of wear and tear, somewhat than counting on evaluate and evaluation. 

The drawstring is sweet tied loosely as a substitute of a waist button, as I’ve proven above. It seems to be retro, maybe, but it surely’s additionally practical because it retains all the nice and cozy air in your again, even when the entrance is open.

For those who can’t be bothered with that tie each time, I discovered it additionally works to knot the twine on both sides, to retain the cinch, and simply use the buttons or zip to lock the entrance. That’s what I do more often than not.



The Everest parka could be very costly – in the present day it’s £2500. However the perfect proof that I feel it’s value it, after my a few years of wear and tear, is that I’m about to purchase it over again. 

This coat is a measurement 48. It has at all times felt sufficiently big, and been heat sufficient. However just lately, I attempted on a pal’s measurement 50 and it felt higher. It didn’t look outsized within the physique, and it gave me an additional couple of inches within the size, that means that it dropped decidedly under my seat, somewhat than solely simply doing so. It felt extra enveloping. 

So I’m shopping for that measurement 50 from him (he, too, is shopping for one other Cabourn) and promoting mine. It’s on sale now, on Marrkt (NOW SOLD)

I actually hope it goes to a very good proprietor. It has served me very properly over time, and is simply as practical because the day I purchased it. On a chilly December day in Covent Backyard. 



Stylistically, by the way in which, I often put on extra color with informal, outdoorsy garments like this – actually way more than with tailoring. 

That is perhaps a light pink or inexperienced sweatshirt, but it surely’s extra usually equipment, just like the bright-red PS watch cap proven increased up, or the yellow gloves above. 

With the yellow gloves I’d put on a navy watch cap, to offer the gloves extra pop. However the pink hat can also be good with tan colors, like tobacco peccary gloves.

That goes for boots too. Coloration 8 cordovan is nice with this outfit, however a hotter color like snuff suede is even higher. That is the tanker boot from Alden, which Drake’s supplied as a collaboration final 12 months, on the Barrie final with a crepe sole. I wasn’t positive in regards to the crepe at first, however I don’t thoughts it with an off-the-cuff appear to be this. 

Off-white socks go along with the outside aesthetic as properly. Though I’m not about to tuck my trousers in. 



Present Everest parkas from Nigel Cabourn price £2500. The color proven right here is navy-black. 

Simon’s parka is on sale on Marrkt right here. (Now offered)

Different garments worn: 10oz sweatshirt from The Actual McCoy’s, chinos from The Armoury (previous type), ribbed socks from Nameless Ism. Gloves from Mazzoleni, T-shirt from Allevol.  

Pictures: Mohan Singh




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