Okay, so the official description "inspired by the costumes designed by Catherine Martin for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby" might not inspire confidence, but seeing yourself in the Brooks Brothers The Great Gatsby Collection ($55-$800) certainly will. Including everything from bow ties and suspenders to shoes, jackets, and walking sticks, the vibe throughout the collection recalls the Roaring Twenties, which should make it even more attractive to fans of the book, film, or Boardwalk Empire. Just kidding about that last one. Sorta.
If you're going to buy a hardcore parka, you might as well buy the best one ever made. And according to the company, that would be the Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka ($700). Independently baffled and differentially cut, it offers the company's new breakthrough Encapsil 1000-fill-power European goose down insulation that's made using advanced techniques; both make the parka the first of its kind. The same techniques also make the down water-resistant, a feature that's helped along by the 10-denier Pertex nylon ripstop outer and lining, a thick, helmet-compatible baffled hood, and exterior handwarmer pockets. Despite all the warmth, it still weighs just 18 oz. and folds up the size of a football, and should you be thinking of buying one, you might want to hurry — it's a numbered limited edition garment, so when they're gone, they're gone. [via]
Next time you want to look stylish on your motorbike and stay warm at the same time, skip the leathers and don the Aether Skyline Motorcycle Jacket ($650). Made with a 3-layer Field Nylon shell, the Skyline is both waterproof and abrasion resistant, while allowing your skin to breathe. Other features include protective elbow, shoulder, and back pads, zippered chest pockets with interior mesh vents, front hand pockets with snap closures, zip vents around the armpits for air intake and matching back vents for exhaust, an interior zippered pocket, and the all important black reflective material on the collar and in the back. Available in four tasteful colorways.
Keep yourself safe while testing the limits of what your bike can handle by donning one of these SaferMoto Airbag Jackets ($340-$500). Produced by Hit-Air in Japan, these jackets attach to your motorcycle via a tether. When the tether is disconnected — with substantial force — it deploys an airbag hidden within the jacket in just .25 seconds, or before you even realize you've been ejected. Available in a variety of styles.
Stepping out to see Skyfall this evening? Look the part of the protagonist in the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat ($700). Worn by 007 in the film, it's made from 100% wool, and features a peak lapel, bound seams, a single vent in the back for when things heat up, natural horn buttons, and stately English details — even though it's made in Italy. Available for backorder online, or if you're lucky, at one of Billy's flagship stores.
Fall weather can provide some interesting apparel quandaries. Such as whether to wear light jacket with a plain shirt, or a thicker shirt with no jacket. The Mission Workshop Dearborn Overshirt ($155) overcomes this situation by being both a jacket and a shirt. Made in San Francisco, this Mission Workshop/Taylor Stitch collaboration features a stretchy Turkish cotton from Schoeller which is then treated with 3X Dry to make it stain- and water-repellent while increasing breathability as well as German-made Prym S-Spring snaps. Available in black or gray.
You don't need to be a fisherman to appreciate this Filson x Levi's Fishing Jacket ($375) — but it surely helps. Crafted from polyester microsuede, this grey jacket features two oversized slash zippered pockets that run from the hem to the upper chest, several more chest pockets, and an interior left zippered pocket. On the back, you'll find an integrated game bag with drain holes, a zippered map pocket, and a hook for a fish net. All you need now is a pole and some water.
Part hoodie, part sleeping bag, all warm. The Poler Napsack ($130) is a hybrid of... something, we're sure, with a built-in hood, zippers at the shoulders for sticking your arms out, a cinch at the bottom for sticking your legs out, hiking it up to your waist, or making sure your feet don't stick out, a chest pocket, hand pockets, a soft microfiber lining, and leather cinch tabs for the hood. Just think of it as a slightly more dignified and rugged Snuggie.
The weather's not going to stay nice forever — and when it breaks, you can be ready in the Outlier Supermarine Anorak ($580). Made in NYC from Italian Supermarine Cotton, it offers a fully-removable magnetic front piece, two-way side vent zippers, 4Season side body panels, elastic cuffs, a partial front zipper, a front kangaroo pocket, and a back zippered carry pocket for larger items.
When hot summer days give way to cool summer nights, it's nice to have a jacket around — and the Aether Ultralight Jacket ($195) is a fine choice. Made from a soft microfiber fabric, it feels great against your skin, and justifies its price with small-yet-appreciated details like Lycra bindings at the neck and cuff to prevent chafing and block out wind, low-profile pit zips for staying ventilated, and gripper tape on the interior hem to ensure it stays put. Terrific for running or cycling, but for us, it'll get the most use during late evening visits to the local golf course.
Looking for versatility in your outerwear? The Travelteq Travel Jacket ($TBA) might be just up your alley. Designed to function as both a formal and casual jacket, the Travel Jacket is reversible, with two side pockets and a breast pocket on one side, built-in earphone clips, and a lightweight nylon build. Coming soon.
Going for the European secret agent look this winter? The Mission Workshop Eiger Waterproof Field Jacket ($700) can help you achieve this lofty fashion goal. Made from Schoeller c_change — a Swiss-made, wool-faced fabric featuring a waterproof, heat-reactive membrane to help regulate body temperature while offering comprehensive protection from rain, wind, and snow — the Eiger also sports a traditional four-pocket front, two internal media pockets, a large, cycling-style rear compartment, full-seam taping, and a three-point adjustable hood that's perfect for concealing your identity during late-night operations.