photography from lesfreresjoachim.com
In the midst of winter storm Jonas here in New York, I know many of you are tempted to jump on the Canada Goose train. Fortunately, Parts & Form is here to herd you flock of sheep to the pasture. Because the grass really is greener on the other side. The rich meadow where shearling jackets and wool coats take the place of dull and uncreative black Canada Goose parkas. Like a herd, frightened by seasonal changes migrating through frozen tundra, Jonas-frozen New Yorkers tuck away into their Goose’s out of pure human instinct.
Les Freres Joachim
Back again is Swann Joachim, a style god in our eyes. The French style icon is an influential tastemaker who’s established a distinctive niche in contemporary menswear. With a minimal and modern take on smart menswear, Joachim’s outfits are always striking and immaculate. Neutral tones and a minimal color palette balance the assertive outerwear. If you’re tired of overcoats, pepper your outerwear rotation with a minimal shearling collar jacket.
Finding the Jacket
Shearling collars should be nothing new in our vocabulary. The real effort lies in finding the fitting piece. You don’t want to buy a shearling collar military flight jacket from that guy on the sidewalk working the leather “import” store. Sure he guarantees the leather is 100% Florentine leather, but never trust a guy with a Bluetooth headset working a sidewalk in Chinatown. But more than my distrust of Bluetooth headsets is the awkward fit of military outerwear. Crop top scrunch, ballooning arms and polished shiny leather are all telltale signs of misguided style born out 90’s luxe (see Tony Soprano).
Avoid looking like you pulled your jacket from your dad’s attic. Look out for contemporary menswear labels like APC and AMI who design classic outerwear with a minimal construction. Leave it to the French to perfect the classics. Well integrated double-zippers and slimmer silhouettes bring a modern and fresh touch to a traditional classic.
A Silent Guardian
Don’t be fooled by the calm after the storm. Because while storm Jonas has passed, the winter is far from over. But while shearling collars are sold dime a dozen by fast-fashion retailers like Asos, opt for higher quality, authentic sheepskin shearling. Because, unfortunately, faux shearling looks noticeably cheap and just generally miserable when exposed to water (snow is—in fact—made of water).
As we shepherd you towards ever greener pastures, we’ve curated a selection of shearling collar jackets below. Keeping a watchful eye out for season favorites and reasonable prices, Parts & Form is a watchful protector forever guarding the wandering sheep from falling prey to Vineyard Vines.