Growing up in Banff and the Rocky Mountains, I can say that I am no stranger to outerwear. Maybe that’s where my love for layering stems from, the fact that I was always trying to figure out how best to stay warm while still maintaining some semblance of style. To look good, or lose all feeling in your extremities – the plight of many a Canadian.
The good thing is that you don’t have to choose one over the other, not anymore at least. These days, when it comes to technical outerwear, the brands that are doing it the best are putting out some of the slickest performance gear on the market. Of course, they’ll keep you warm and dry, but today’s selection is so versatile that they can easily be incorporated into your existing wardrobe or stand strong on their own.
Visiting my family back home in Banff, I was inspired by my parents and this particular family photo to create a story on bold, bright puffer jackets. I loved the idea of this stark pop of colour set against the wintery backdrop of my hometown. One of my old friends from high school, Nick, owns one of the best outerwear stores around, called Monod Sports. Calling him up one day, I proposed the idea of collaborating on a story focused on these very pieces in some of my favourite scenic places around town.
Gentlemen, embrace your sporty side and mix things up this winter. Below, you’ll find a few spotlighted brands, some of my favourite places in town and a few ways you can work this seasonal essential into your wardrobe. Enjoy! Continue Reading…