Friday, October 5, 2012

High and Low(ish)



In my never-ending search for a decent parka, nothing has earned my affections as much as United Bamboo's Fishtail Parka. It's a stylish alternative to those god-awful sleeping bag coats I always threaten to buy when the temperatures drop well below freezing. But, at $865, it is sadly (way) out of my price range. I have my fingers crossed that this United Bamboo for Madewell parka (priced at $350) will be a good substitute. It looks promising, right? I don't like the dark grey as much as the olive taupe color, but that price difference is hard to beat.

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  1. united bamboo for madewell?? i wonder what they're skimping on? the fur looks faux, but i can't tell for certain, and there aren't photos of the lining. the detachable lining on the original parka is what makes it so incredibly warm.

    i gave in and bought a fiona down coat from patagonia. it is so lightweight and can be stuffed into a bag. i usually layer it with a cashmere sweater for extra warmth.

    i still dream about buying the perfect toggle coat...

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    1. I wonder too. The description is so vague, but the fur definitely is fake. I think there is still a fur liner, maybe it is not as nice as the original (though, I thought the liner in the original coat was exactly like the liners in army surplus jackets). I'm going to try to stop into the store when I'm in NY this weekend. Hopefully they'll have them in stock.

      I'm impressed that the Fiona coat can be stuffed into a bag! It must get so cold in Toronto and Boston!

      The perfect toggle coat still eludes me. Though I have a toggle rain jacket that I got from A.P.C. in 2005. It's my favorite jacket ever. Evan also got a men's wool toggle coat from A.P.C. a few years ago. It fits perfectly, but isn't ideal for super cold temperatures.

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    2. The liner is very soft and warm, from what I remember. True, an army surplus jacket would be do the trick, too, but I guess the UB parka seems warmer because of the extra surface area. I've learned the most important thing is a windproof shell, and then you build layers underneath.

      I did find a FWK toggle coat that I love, but it's so hard justifying yet another coat.

      I'm so tired of slogging through the snow in heavy coats and boots! Maybe if I luck out I'll get a job in a warmer place. Or maybe I'll keep moving to even colder places. Next stop, Montreal?!?

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  2. It's pretty cool how Madewell got United Bamboo to do a capsule collection. I'd see if you could try it one before pulling the trigger, though.

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    1. This is definitely a try before you buy situation. The other United Bamboo for Madewell pieces are pretty cute, though nothing caught my eye quite like this parka.

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  3. I had also been looking at the same one too but was also steered in the opposite direction by the price! I wish the madewell site said more in general about their clothes in the item description - it would be helpful. The coat looks almost the same as the other one, but I bet it would be helpful to try on in person. I also saw this Sessun coat (Julie and Candy Fleece line parka) that is kind of similar and in the same price range as the madewell one, though I don't think the liner is detachable and it has a high collar instead of a hood. Oh how a perfect coat is so elusive! Can't decide whether to go back in the toggle coat direction or a parka :)

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    1. The Sessun Julie coat is *really* nice. I tried it on in Steven Alan a couple weeks ago. The only downside is that it doesn't have a hood and the fleece on the collar was a little overwhelming (but detachable). The lining was pretty thick. I bet it would keep you warm all winter.

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  4. saw some of the UB for Madewell items recently, and they're definitely cute! i still swear by more old-school utilitarian brands for coats and such, though. my trusty Spiewak parka is going strong after 4+ years and now definitely a bonafide essential :)

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    1. I really like some of the Spiewak styles! Evan wore their scuba parkas for many years, but felt like their quality went significantly downhill in recent years. His last parka lasted less than half a year before the pocket linings started to disintegrate!

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  5. I'd love to hear what you think of the jacket when you get it! I've decided that a parka fits my lifestyle better than a new wool jacket for right now, but I have no idea which direction to go. Even thoug it is insane,y expensive I really like the idea of the acne new snow coat because you can remove the inner liner and wear the shell on it's own.

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    1. I tried the Acne New Snow Coat a few weeks ago. It's really nice and super warm. However, it is also really, really oversized. I was swimming in the 38...it went all the way down to mid calf. I think it would probably look better on someone who is taller than 5'4".

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    2. Thanks for the feedback on the acne coat! It is sooo much more than I want to spend, but I love the pink accent and the fact that it would fit two of my jacket needs - lightweight parka and something heavier. I'm 5'8", so maybe it wouldn't be quite so oversized on me? Either way, I'm going to trudge up to Madewell today in hopes that they have the United Bamboo parka in store. Did you like it? Did you see any others you would recommend?

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    3. I the Acne coat would look nice on you. You're lucky to be so tall! :)

      They didn't have the UB parka at my Madewell, I did not see it in stock at the Soho location either. Maybe yours will have it though...you are in DC, right? The Georgetown location is huge!

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  6. I've just bought my first ever parka and I'm living in it! Ultimate autumn coat!

    http://herribbonsandherbows.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Did you ever manage to see the madewell version in person? What's your opinion? As the temps are dropping all the coats starts looking more appealing...

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    1. I did! I ordered the medium and it was waaaay too big. I guess I underestimated just how oversized it was. It looked a lot like the United Bamboo version and was well made. However, I didn't think the lining was as substantial as the UB one. I ended up returning it because I didn't think it would be warm enough when the temperatures really dropped.

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