I have a thing for coats and jackets. They are my favorite type of clothing and the first thing I look at when I go shopping. I’m not sure why I like them so much. Maybe because I’m always cold or maybe it’s because it’s easy to wear a coat. There aren’t the issues with fit that you have with dresses or jeans. You can put on a coat with an interesting cut or shape over a plain outfit and instantly feel put together.
I have many many coats. I don’t get rid of them. A particular favorite is sort of trench coat syle, in a medium grey with a large collar, A-line shape and white contrast stitching. I got it about 12 years ago at Diesel when I lived in San Francisco and I still wear it every spring. And every time I wear it someone comments on it.
I remember vividly the coat that got away too. I was visiting Robin Richman (my very favorite store ever) for the first time, maybe about 10 years ago and she had a collection of exquisite wool coats made with different pieces of wool stitched together in a very subdued type of mosaic. The designer was from Russia. I wanted one of those coats so badly it hurt. They were $750. I left reluctantly but memorized the designers name. When I got home I couldn’t find anything on the internet about them. I either got the name wrong or they were so obscure nothing existed online. I still think about those coats often.
At some point I would like to design a collection of coats. This collection, called Lifecoat by Jet Korine, is breathtaking on every level.
This jacket started with the material. It is a very unique linen. It’s an open weave and if you hold it up to the light you can see through it. The individual fibers are not thin though, so while being sheer it still feels like a midweight fabric. The fibers also have a bit of body and if you don’t iron the fabric it has this amazing bark like texture.
I wanted a very simple design that would allow the fabric texture to be prominent. This has inseam pockets, drop sleeves and a drawstring bottom. Lately I’ve been exploring unstructured shapes with few pieces. This cuts down on fabric waste and allows for a volumetric and modern silhouette. These types of shapes feel more natural to me too – less fussy.