As the cold weather sets in, investing in a warm jacket to combat adverse weather conditions is essential throughout winter. A short jacket is a great option to look into. A lot of options consist of a technical fabric to the jacket, whether it be gore-tex membrane, teflon, bonded cotton, downs or something else along those lines. Japanese brands could be an immediate thought for inspiration such Nanamica, with their monochromatic colour palettes and quality concept and construction. Although a more special consideration in european outerwear could be had within the Stone Island Crinkle Reps Short Parka.
Stone Island is a brand with a gilded history of innovation. From ushering sportswear into the modern European mans wardrobe, to creating their own completely new technical fabrics such as ‘liquid reflective’, or the famous ‘ice’ used on a jacket that changes colour according to the temperature of the fabric. The brand has already established a worldwide reputation with a loyal following, due to its consideration of materials, dyeing processes and unique silhouettes.
The Stone Island Short Parka is a recurring garment in the Stone Island F/W collections, returning in multiples seasons in different colour's and fabrics. Within FW15 in particular it was a stand out piece in a vibrant orange colourway. This jacket is reminiscent of old school mountaineering down parkas, the bright orange garment dyed fabric completely transforms the whole dynamic of an otherwise understated jacket.
Now for the details, what Stone Island is known best for. The jacket is cut from Stone Island’s signature crinkle reps fabric and garment dyed to a bright orange, using anti-drop finish to the dyeing process. This means that the colour will never fade from this jacket, vital in ensuring this piece will stay vibrant throughout years of wear. This fabric also has the added bonus of being windproof and shower resistant, meaning that it can be worn in light to medium spells of rain without the internal down getting ruined. The jacket is constructed with simplified down bags with genuine down being directly injected into the jacket, this accounts for the jackets light weight and warmth.
All this being said about the jackets technical aspects and its attention to detail, above all it looks great worn. It is cut extremely well, sitting perfectly just below the waist. The hood is the perfect size to tuck away on an cold day, and the arms fit extremely well too. The jacket has easy snap closures on the front of the leading to a fairly high stance collar and a sturdy YKK zip that functions very well. In conclusion this is a jacket that not just looks great, but performs above and beyond expectation.