A few years ago, only a handful of labels manufactured down blazers. Now, it seems like everyone has their own version and they come in an assortment of fabrics and colors. I am a huge fan of the goose downed filled down blazer. Sometimes you do not want to wear a coat or outerwear in the winter as they are sometimes too bulky and cumbersome. With a warm enough down blazer you can be streamlined and it is one of the easiest pieces to wear in the winter. Here are some that blazers I may purchase this season.
Moncler Gamme Bleu Puppytooth Puffer – Moncler has been at the forefront of this “movement” and they, arguably, make the best down blazer on the market. They fit nearly identical to Thom Browne jackets and are expectinonal in quality. Many labels do not provide a sufficient amount of down and they are not very warm in the winter. Moncler Gamme Bleu may use too much down (never a problem) and a sweater underneath the jacket is suffiecnt in keeping you warm. Moncler mainly uses wool instead of nylon and this offers even more warmth. There are always little details that make Moncler Gamme Bleu’s down blazer the best in the market. All of their blazers have four working sleeve buttons, a breast pocket and fit perfectly. You never need to alter them as they have so much down that all the imperfections are “buffed” out. You would think that down can be very restricting in movement but, many of the newer versions have gussets making them extremely comfortable. Even though all of the woolens are treated with water repellents, Moncler has made their blazers even more waterproof by printing woolen fabrics on to nylon. You get a completely waterproof down blazer which still looks like a wool or tweed blazer. With the nylon and the gussets you can actually ski comfortably in these jackets (I cannot wait to do this). If you want the best down blazer on the market get one from Moncler Gamme Bleu.
Loro Piana Storm System Quilted Baby Cashmere Jacket - I have never been the biggest fan of Loro Piana due to their outrageous price-points and fragile fabrics. This is one of the only pieces I really like from them. The jacket is quilted and features baby cashmere lining making it extremely soft. The outer fabric is waterproof and you do not need to worry about getting soaked during those fall showers. This will fit most people of a heavier set but do not expect it to keep you warm in the colder months as it is extremely thin. (Here is the cheaper Loro Piana alternative, it comes in navy and does not have cashmere lining).
Epaulet Veneto Double-Breasted Quilted Technical Sportcoat – There are not that many double breasted down blazers on the market. I applaud Epaulet for making one and I wish more companies do the same. Everything about this jacket is perfect. It has diamond quilting, four working sleeve buttons, a breast pocket, interior pockets and seems to fit very well. I only wish that the quilting extended on to the lapels.
Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Flannel Quilted Jacket – The Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Quilted Down Blazer is a very close alternative to the Moncler Gamme Bleu version. They fit is slightly bigger and being about half the price, you do not get the full “perks” of the Moncler Gamme Bleu down blazer. The Black Fleece version has less down, no sleeve buttons, a single vent and actual buttons instead of snap-closures. The one thing that I really like about the Black Fleece version is the fact it has a ticket pocket. I have not seen a Moncler down blazer with a ticket pocket and would love to see one in the future. All in all, this is a great piece and I highly recommend it.
Dunhill Ellis Lightweight Quilted Jacket – I still cannot believe how many down blazers are on the market these days and there are just too many to choose from. Here is a Dunhill version which is quite standard. The shell is made out of a polyester and the wadding (stuffing/down) is made out of polyester. At $1,095 this is quite expensive for a bunch of poly. Regardless, it looks great and it has a breast pocket, a vent and a sleeve button.
Uniqlo Undercover Body Warm Lite Padded Jacket – The Uniqlo down blazer still exists! However this time, the jacket is a bit too busy for me and is too “Junya-esque” for me. This version is not from Uniqlo +J but Uniqlo Undercover, the new designer collection which replaced Jil Sander. I have always had some qualms about this line and the same feelings translate over to this piece. Many of the items in the collection have the “UU” logo and in general, I do not like outward branding. Overall, this is a great entry level piece and I am sure they will sell like hotcakes.
Aspesi Nylon Taffeta’ Bob Dry Blazer – I wish that the Uniqlo +J down blazer still existed as it was the best entry down blazers on the market. Unlike the Uniqlo Undercover blazer, it was simple and to the point. Now that it the +J version is gone, Aspesi’s down blazer is the best standard alternative. This piece has quite a low price point and makes a great entry down blazer. The shell is made out of 100% polymaide and will give you suitable protection against wet elements. These blazers have quite a bit down and will keep you warm in the winter. The two drawbacks are they do not have any vents or a breast pocket.