T’is the season, the ski season to be precise. And, although we love skiing, it’s seldom the most stylish of pastimes – given modern skiwear’s tendency to sacrifice style in favour of warmth. Thankfully, there are some brands out there who are approaching skiwear a little differently, playing with tailoring conventions and fabrications to create activewear that successfully pairs form with function. With that in mind, what follows is our edit of the best ski jackets to take with you to the slopes.
1. Officine Générale Antonin flannel ski jacket
Credit should go to Officine Générale for inspiring this story – the brand’s new alpine collection caught our eye last week – and brings a whole new meaning to ‘sartorial skiwear’. Officine Generale has a deserved reputation for cutting understated Parisian tailoring, and now Creative Director Pierre Mahéo has applied this same sensibility to the ski season. In navy and grey flannel, OG’s two corresponding ski outfits mix timeless tailoring fabrics with discreet, functional design. The Antonin jacket is down and leather lined, fitted with a two-way Ri-Ri zip, detachable hood, generous side pockets and an easy-access sleeve pocket. Plus, its woollen flannel fabrication is given a water-resistant treatment to ensure its fit for purpose. Mahéo has even created matching flannel salopettes and a chunky tonal merino crewneck to layer underneath. Sleek, understated and weatherproof, there’s not a logo in sight either, yet another reason to give this a whirl this season.
2. Loro Piana ‘Storm System’ shell jacket
For a looser, loucher take on a ski jacket, Loro Piana’s shell jacket is just the thing. It’s cut with a boxy fit and all the requisite details: hood, thermal interlining, zip-up front pockets, the works – an unusual but pin-sharp execution of a ski jacket from what’s ordinarily a luxury Italian tailoring brand. Where it differs from a conventional ski jacket is in its clever fabrication. Loro Piana’s ‘Storm System’ coating is one of the best weather-proofing treatments in the business, used on everything from tailored overcoats to suede gilets. Here, it’s been applied to feather-weight nylon shell, lending the jacket a tough wind-and-rainproof surface coating. This allows the jacket to be less heavily padded than is conventional, keeping you toasty warm with less bulk. It’s lined in pure cashmere too, for an added touch of luxury. Wear with dark salopettes over a cream cable-knit rollneck for elegant après-ski style.
3. Gieves & Hawkes bespoke ski sports coat
This option is as sartorial as it gets. One of Savile Row’s most elevated tailors, Gieves & Hawkes runs a bespoke department that is as formidable as its ready-to-wear collection. Under the stewardship of Head Cutter Davide Taub, Gieves has been gently pushing the boundaries of traditional bespoke for almost 10 years now. One of Taub’s recent triumphs is this, a heavy melton sports coat with a quilted lining and zip-in detachable gilet, designed for driving, shooting or indeed for skiing. It’s almost entirely hand-tailored in true Savile Row tradition, and customers will have their own unique pattern cut to allow Taub’s team to tailor this jacket across the 100-odd man-hours that go into making it. Wear with a merino crewneck and printed neckerchief, pop the jacket’s collar, pull on your finest fur-lined gloves and hit the slopes in style.
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