What makes a good jacket a bloody great jacket?
Is it the well thought out choice of technical fabric; that not only does the job it’s supposed to (keep you dry and keep you warm) but feels ace and doesn’t make you swelter like a spitroasted pig?
Is it in the clear and focused design; which delivers a coat that hangs well, a hood that is up there in the shortlist of ‘hoods of all time’, and looks top whether done up, unzipped, hood on or hood off?
Could be the details; the choice of zip, positioning of pockets, colour of the inner lining, length of drawstrings, or placement of press studded fastening.
It could even just be the brand: a heartfelt favourite, that’s grown as you have but maybe has held onto their principals more than you’ve been able to do with yours.
Well kids, I’ll be buggered if I really know, but in the case of the Hiller Jacket, it’s all of the above. And this is some GREAT jacket.
A collaborative project between Kenneth McKenzie’s 6876 label and Aberdeen’s Hanon-Shop the Hiller is a three quarter length jacket constructed in Portugal from Eta proof 100% organic Swiss performance fabric. It has a detachable hood, the likes of which I’ve not seen for a long time. It should be wrong to get this excited by a hood. But hell, it feels so right, I don’t care if I’m wrong.
The Lampo reverse coil zips are colour matched to the interior mesh lining, adding, what I believe the #menswear marketeers would refer to as, a ‘colour pop’. There are press studded fasteners at the top and base of the zip and drawstrings at the collar. A double front pocket, adds interest and a place for hands when you’re in the mood for a mooch. All finished with a Subtle bit of dual branding at the hem.
Forget going for average-outerwear; go for a ‘great-coat’.