A man may have invented the first quilted, down jacket — that gentleman being famed outdoorsman-cum-designer Eddie Bauer — but it was a woman who transformed it into a stylish wintertime must-have.
In 1975, NYC-born Norma Kamali dreamt of a coat that would be as toasty as the gear she slept in while camping. She took a scissors to her bedding, and the famed “sleeping bag” coat was born. Now, major fashion houses have gotten in on the trend, and the once-unflattering puffer jacket has become a chic wardrobe addition in cold-weather climes. As far as we’re concerned, no winter is complete without it.
French company Moncler has become the Rolls Royce of down jackets, and rightfully so. For over half a century, they have been producing highly coveted coats with feather down linings in ultra-fashionable cuts to boot. A distinctly feminine element is brought to the Serre style with its ruched sleeve and skirt. $1,350. 90 Prince Street, 646-350-3620; moncler.com
Maison Martin Margiela uses trompe l’oeil to ingenious effect on the brand’s silver fox fur printed coat. This charming puffer also has clever hook-and-eye closures along the front. $755. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, 212-826-8900; barneys.com
Since opening their first NYC flagship last year, Brit brand Belstaff has been outfitting Manhattanites in some of the most luxuriously crafted coats. The Padiham parka is trimmed in fur and features a detachable lining. $4,500. 814 Madison Avenue, 212-897-1880; belstaff.com
Italian company Herno has an artful take on the puffer: one side features a beautiful, abstract print in varied hues of sapphire-and-charcoal while the reverse is equally wearable in a solid metallic. A funnel collar and bracelet sleeves complete the look. $775. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, 212-940-2818; saks.com
Made in a rich, purple jewel hue, Burberry London’s shell coat will be the envy of snow bunnies everywhere. The black belt at the waist also promises to cinch you in perfectly. $995. 9 East 57th Street, 212-407-7100; burberry.com
The Zona coat by Diane von Furstenberg is resplendent with its shiny, satin exterior and oversized collar. This piece begs to be paired with heeled boots and skinny jeans. $575. 874 Washington Street, 646-486-4800; dvf.com
Leave it to Donna Karan to craft one of the most sleek puffers we’ve come across yet. Her coat is executed in a creamy tan hue, and features a pillow collar and deep front pockets. $275. DKNY, 655 Madison Avenue, 212-223-3569; dkny.com
We would expect no less than this extra glam coat from powerhouse Italian brand Versace. The slim-cut coat is made with a wool-blend sateen exterior and thick down lining, not to mention its glittering gilt zippers and buttons. $2,950. 200 Madison Avenue, 212-317-0224; versace.com
Canada Goose’s sportif hooded coat will add a spark of color to dreary, gray days. The style is equipped with a cozy goose feather interior and roomy pockets. $550. Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue; 212-705-2000; bloomingdales.com
It’s hard not to instantly fall in love with Juicy Couture’s puffer, a delightful design featuring a metallic accented leopard print and a faux-fur lined hood. $328. 650 Fifth Avenue, 212-796-3360; juicycouture.com