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cold weather essentials

Cold Weather Essentials

It’s brass, the possibility of snow is inevitable and you can’t keep wearing all your clothes at once to try and stay warm. Desperate times call for desperate measures and what you need is some reliable, durable and protective gear to see you through mother natures worst. Robust denim, a Thick jacket, cosy beanie, tough boots and of course the all-important colourful socks. Behold, the answer to all your winter woes.

Winter Clothing

Unless you plan on hibernating until spring has sprung then the threat of snow looming on the horizon may have you shaking in your suede shoes. When it comes to cold, wet, generally unpleasant weather the truth is you just can’t go wrong with a premium pair of leather boots. We chose the Avoriaz Jannu from Paraboot. Handmade in France for the toughest terrain the boots feature a padded collar and tongue for exceptional comfort as well as a double-stitched Norwegian welt commando sole for grip, support and sturdiness. Top it all off with some heavy duty striped laces and a rich waxy brown colour for a touch of mature styling and watch your icey fears melt away. But, of course what is a good pair of boots without a really nice set of socks to go with them? Luckily for us our cold weather fellow northerners across the pond, Norse Projects have just supplied us a fresh batch of their twisted cotton yarn socks in yellow, purple and, the colour we decided to opt for, red. Very nice indeed.

Paraboot Avoriaz Jannu Boots

Next on the list is a jacket. What jacket? The jokers among you may ask and for that, we’d give you a solid exhale from the nostrils and a firm shake of the head. But we aren’t here to joke around not when it comes to waiting for the bus in below freezing. We’re looking for water and wind resistance, a warm lining and plenty of embedded functionality, let us introduce you to the Wyndham parka from Canada Goose. With the brands signature down filling, a removable fur ruff lined hood, rib knit cuffs and a total of 6 pockets including, fleece lined hand warmers, the jacket is designed with extreme conditions and the coldest climates in mind. Finished with a two-way heavy duty zip with additional press stud flap and the Canada Goose patch to the arm this coat makes all the right moves when it comes to keeping you nice and toasty on your urban escapades.  Nipping out on a teabag run at work? No worries. Football match? See you there. The beach in -6°C? Lets do it.

Canada Goose Wyndham Parka

For those of us who have ever got caught in the rain in a pair of sweatpants we know it’s less than ideal. Couple this with the harsh frost ladened winds and you’ve got yourself a pretty abysmal time by all accounts. Well, try not to beat yourself up too much because, as we all know, after the rain comes a rainbow, in this case, a rainbow pair of selvage denim from Edwin. Cut from a 12.8oz denim with a mid-rise and relaxed, tapered fit, the jeans are robust enough to last you a lifetime without sacrificing on comfort. Made in the Kuroki Mill in Japan the denim is complete with signature Edwin branding to the back and some delightful stitch detailing.

Edwin Rainbow Selvage Denim Jeans

Did you know the majority of your heat escapes through your head? Well, that’s what everyone reckons anyway. Regardless throwing on a beanie at this time of year is never not a good idea. To finish our look off we decided to go for some subtle matching, pairing an olive Canada Goose beanie with the tones found throughout the camo patterning. Made from a thick 100% wool for both a quality fit and insulating properties, it boasts the unmistakable Canada Goose seal of approval to the front ensuring everyone you pass on the streets knows you mean business.

Canada Goose BeanieSo there we have it some of our top picks to see you through to the summer. You can find all of the products shown above online and in store right now as well as a wide offering of other boots, coats, legwear and accessories.

Patagonia Brand in Focus

There’s nothing worse than being unprepared, and with Great Britain’s weather having the unfortunate ability to change in a matter of moments, the fact is that we all often are. However, this could soon be a thing of the past, as a new breed of fashion labels, born from the great outdoors comes out of the cold and on to the high street, bringing with them all the expertise and knowledge they have gained from years in the wilderness. The latest brand to make the transition from an all round ready for action label, to a high-spec fashionable weather beater is American climbing brand Patagonia. Patagonia Backpack

Patagonia – Atacama Backpack – Green – £70

Patagonia Bags

Patagonia Puff Jacket

Patagonia – Puff Hooded Jacket – Black – £170

Patagonia Jacket

Patagonia – Isthmus Jacket – Classic Tan – £170

Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

Patagonia – Torrentshell Jacket – Royal Blue- £100

Patagonia Hat

Patagonia – Beanie – Blue and White – £32

Patagonia History

Patagonia is a brand steeped in history. It was born from one man’s love for what he did, and like many passions, the idea of developing something to help assist not only his self, but also create something that others would love in the process, drove him to envisage something brilliant. The man who carried this vision was Yvon Chounaird, who started climbing in America when he was 14. He grew an insatiable passion for the sport, travelling America to find the best rock faces to climb, and meeting fellow climbers who he would become best friends with along the way. Chounaird started out in the early days of rock climbing, when fixtures where left in the rock permanently, allowing climbers to share paths and ropes. This was a chunky, permanent scar on the landscape which made the rock crack, so Chounaird began his first business, making removable fittings called ‘chocks’. He began making them by hand, after he bought the tools he needed from a junk yard in California. Word soon spread of his invention, and the production of Chounaird’s innovation went industrial, as ‘chocks’ became the norm for a majority of climbers. He then went on to redesign nearly every piece of climbing equipment, bringing them up to date with new light weight, stronger materials like aluminium.

Chounaird began to travel the world climbing with his friends, moving from the Rockies to the Alps, and even to Scotland. It was here that Chounaird picked up some new climbing clothing- a heavy duty, overbuilt Rugby top. The colours were striking and new, and a visual break away from the rock climbing clothing at the time which consisted of beige shorts and white shirts. Chounaird soon became inundated with requests for his Rugby shirt, and began to ship styles from England, which were made by Umbro. This side of the business, which was much more profitable than making climbing equipment, became Chounaird’s priority. He began shipping clothing from all over the world, and sold it under a name he came up with with the help of his climbing friends- Patagonia was chosen due to its ability to be pronounced in every language.

Patagonia soon became a well recognised label, as Chounaird began to bring innovative fabrics from other lifestyles into climbing. Elements from fishermen’s outfits, such as quick drying cotton were introduced, as well as insulation through extra internal layering, and waterproofing outer layers. The new clothing range was a huge success, but the colour palette of all outdoor clothing was still very bland. In the early 1980’s Patagonia took a huge risk and introduced clothing with radical colouring. Bright red, cobalt and teal were used to add interest to the collection. The risk paid off, and the influx of colour created a huge fad, helping the brnad reach out beyond the world of climbing and into the wardrobes of the fashion pack. Patagonia had become a hugely desirable brand, both on the high street and on the cliff face almost overnight.

The success of Patagonia’s early days still lives on, and despite its fluctuation into the fashion world, they still create clothing aimed at the outdoor pursuits consumer. Priding themselves on an economically friendly approach to production, Patagonia create clothing for the ‘silent sports’ like fishing, climbing, hiking and skiing. Like the sports that they provide for, there is nothing loud or brash about Patagonia clothing- they are functional, appropriate and ready for any situation.up with with the help of his climbing friends- Patagonia was chosen due to its ability to be pronounced in every language.

Wrote by Sarah Kearney