So as most of you readers know, I am a bargain hunter. I’ve talked about it in the past, and will continue to talk about it in the future. One of my favorite things to do is find pieces in the off-season, as the prices are generally much lower than rack rate. The majority of pieces I buy are traditional, and don’t necessarily go ‘out of style’.
We had a nasty winter in Atlanta this year. It was cold at Thanksgiving, and didn’t warm up until March. That is rare for Atlanta, as the ‘cold’ portion of our winters are usually only a couple months. My problem is that I didn’t have a heavy duty winter coat. The Barbours and Belstaffs are good, but they don’t provide the type of warmth needed for below freezing temperatures.
From this perspective, I was looking for a jacket that is first and foremost a functional, and very warm jacket. I also wanted a coat that could stand rain and snow, so I didn’t want a wool coat. Lastly, I wanted something that I can wear in a professional environment. No ski jacket.
Being a huge Penfield fan, I started looking around online sale racks to see what was out there. It didn’t take long for me to land on the Landis. What a great looking jacket…down filled, the great 60/40 fabric that Penfield is known for, and a navy blue toggle style coat. And the price? Under $200. From a sizing perspective, I wear a 40R coat and a size M in Brooks Brothers sweaters, so I went with a size Medium, and it fits perfectly…enough room to wear over a sport coat or over a bulky sweater with out looking like the Michelin Man.
Keep an eye out…I’m on the hunt for some other off-season finds, and I’ll post them as they come in. What are you looking for?