I asked Peter from http://anorthernsoul.net if he would be up for doing his top jackets for us. I’ve known Peter for a good few years and knew he had a mint stash of outerwear and is handy with a camera to. Here’s what made it to Peter’s shortlist……
We all love a nice jacket. And we all love to get more and more of them. Enough to fill our houses. I was asked to list my all time favourite jackets and it’s not really that easy to be honest. There’s so many that are so good.
I’ve had many great pieces that I’ve moved on and I especially regret selling my Paul & Shark that had 26 pockets (cant remember its name though, something Typhoon or Highway or whatever) and I also really wanted to keep my original yellow 6876 Sonora and that amazing camo vest from Mt Rainier Design even though they didn’t fit and all those Explorers and Mille Miglias through the years and all those Stone Island coats that I never wore but still liked.
It’s like a relationship sometimes. But its still just clothing. You need to keep perspective and you can’t keep them all, theres more to life. Just the ones you can’t live without, isn’t it so?
Stone Island Mesh Label Japanese Nylon Fishtail Parka.
I’ve had this jacket for a long time now and it’s always the jacket I tend to look at for the longest amount of time while choosing what to wear. I love it. It’s so nice.
Engineered Garments Anorak.
I really like the fabrics and details of Engineered Garments. Nice colours and well thought fitting. I have had a couple of EG jackets through the years but kept only three, the cruiser jacket and the field parka both from SS 2011 and this one, my absolute EG favourite, the olive anorak from the same year. A really great year from EG. Together with my Penn shirt and the CPO shirt, both also in olive, it makes an amazing collection of clothing from this brand who I think kind of lost its touch since then.
Fjällräven No. 68
This is probably the best jacket I’ve ever had. It’s so well thought and produced that you would think it was made especially for your own body and your own movements. I have two of these. One in UN Blue and one in Tarmac and I’ve got them in two different sizes. The blue one I use more in winter as I want I bigger to be able to fit layers under it. The Tarmac one I use more in spring and fall and is more fitted. You can spend time in rough conditions and really give them a beating but they’ll stand tall and never break down. And the design is so nice you can walk straight out of the woods and in to the city and still look cooler than the rest.
The North Face Summit Series L3
You will always think of some jackets as cooler than other, nicer looking, better fitting or better looking together with your other clothes. Then there are jackets that you tend to use more than other, just because they fill a purpose and are better than other. North face mix of both these categories have always had me stuck. I really love lots of stuff they do and the air they breathe. The North Face produce really nice looking clothes in extremely high quality. This year they released a new line of their old Summit Series. It was released together with films and photos of legendary climber Conrad Anker and everything was just beautiful from beginning to end. I’ve had this jacket, the L3, for two weeks only but it will take place on this list as a symbol for all great down jackets from The North Face and Patagonia I’ve had through the years, who kept me warm and dry in bad conditions climbing mountains, hiking, boating or throwing snowballs with the kids. I really wanted the L6 jacket but unfortunately it sold out really fast. The down jacket is the jacket I use on daily basis from October to April.
Stone Island Marsh Camo Parka
This one was for a long time on my list of must haves. It’s a fantastic coat made for cold winters as well as its wearable both in spring and fall as you can remove the inner. I got it like new from a friend two years ago and will never leave me. The camo is amazing, the fabrics used are amazing and the style and detailing is also unbeatable. It’s an amazing coat and even though I’ve had loads of clothing from Stone Island through the years, this one stands out as the best I’ve had from them.
6876/Our Culture Black Project Ventile Capandula
I have always loved 6876 and have had plenty of jackets from the label. I’ve had the legendary yellow Sonora, I’ve had the orange Capandula. I still have the green Capandula they did with Scene (which really is another piece of amazing outerwear) and I got two or three lightweights as well were I have to say that the Laredo jacket (which I have in burnt orange) and the Kendal Trail jacket (which I have in black) are jackets who were really close to find its way up on the top 8.
As a part of their Black Project we at Our Culture made this amazing jacket, the Black Ventile Capandula, together with 6876 and I love every bit of it. Its perfection.
Another thing that I really love from 6876 is, besides jackets, my super amazing yellow Capandula bag from 2009 made together with Regent Belt under the name R6. Would love if they did some new stuff together.
Stone Island Duffle Coat
Classics like the duffle coat is a must in every home, at least that’s my opinion. Fishtail parkas and duffle coats have a special place in my heart from when I used to run around in them and with a pair of Wallabees on my feet in the early nighties. This coat is pretty heavy but is made of such tough material that it will keep you dry and warm even in wintertime. It’s timeless and super cool.
Ralph Lauren Navajo Parka
This jacket really came from nowhere and was a must have. The contrast of the dark navy and the Navajo patterned inner is fantastic. The colors are amazing. And we all love pockets, don’t we? This got more pockets than anything.