You want the best. And heck, you deserve the best. But there's a lot of choice out there, and sometimes the best is hard to find. Fortunately, we know where to find it. Every week, the Esquire editors reveal their favourite brands, from under-the-radar steals to luxury loves, so you can invest in the best clothes, watches and accessories that money can buy.
This week, those three magic words: nice big coats.
Nick Pope, Deputy Digital Editor
"I’m a simple man. I like my ketchup by Heinz, my tea by Tetley, and my winter coats by A.P.C. The Parisian masters of minimalism can always be trusted with wardrobe essentials – I could shop in their stores blindfolded, if that wasn’t a weird and unnecessary thing to do – but it’s their cold weather collection of classic checked macs that really stand out for me.
"My favourite of the current crop? This Sixties-inspired, straight-fit houndstooth, crafted with Gabardine plaid and recycled wool. Lovely, isn't it? But the real question is, can I really justify buying myself a new big coat in a world that actively discourages me from going outside? The answer, I’m afraid to say, is yes."
The North Face
Murray Clark, Digital Style Editor
"I love long, swishy, deep pocketed overcoats. Truly. Huge fan. They make me feel like a lawyer from a problematic Nineties courtroom drama. But, sadly, I don't love my disposition for swishy deep puddles, tripping in them, sullying said lovely overcoat and then forced to ponder upon the forgotten mistakes of a past life. Was I part of the Crusades? The chewing gum stuck to my back pocket from a Bakerloo Line seat would say yes.
"So I go functional, and there's no better brand for that than The North Face. The Nuptse Jacket – an archival throw back to a 1996 design – is down filled, so it's warm, and finishes at the hip, so I stay dry. Best of all, its colour blocked design is the best way to inject some fun into the dreary months of an unforgivably dreary year. Granted, I'm not quite the litigator in Jagged Edge. But I am much closer to Jagged Edge of early-Noughties R&B fame. I know which side I'd rather be on."
Charlie Teasdale, Style Director
"My favourite overcoat is by Brunello Cucinelli. It is by far the most luxurious piece of clothing I own, but it is at once timelessly stylish and reliably warm. It’s a couple of years old now, but looks as good as new – despite extensive use – and is cut from a wool-alpaca mix, so it has maintained its softness.
"Many consider Brunello to be the world’s foremost purveyor of fine cashmere and wool, and they combine astonishing fabric quality with quiet, classic men’s style. It will be an investment for sure, but one that would see you right for many years to come."
Tom Nicholson, Digital Writer
"All the seasons have their definitive noises. Winter sounds like the small, shocked gasp you do when you leave the pub and remember how cold it is. Spring is a murmuring brook somewhere in Cumbria. The sound of the summer? ‘Get Lucky’. Check it out.
"Autumn, though, has the best sound of all: the swish. The swish-swish-swish of crispy leaves is great, sure. But I prefer the swish of a long, well-cut coat, which is exactly what Basic Rights’ top coats are. The unfussy, clean lines and muted colours say you don’t want to hog the limelight; the slightly oversized lapels and boxy fit say you’re not going to shy away from it."
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