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12/07/2009

The Stylish Vegan’s Coat Guide: For Men!   »

FUCK WOOL! No seriously, fuck wool. Winter means keeping warm and dry, and wool means people doing unnatural things to sheep. I’m looking at you, Australia. Lucky for you (and the sheep) I’ve done your homework for you. Every coat or winter jacket here is free of wool and secret leather, and stylish as hell. (BTW DESIGNERS! Enough with the secret leather already! Just because you love your logo doesn’t mean we need it embossed on a leather zipper pull tab! Sheesh!)

As usual I’m keeping it local to San Francisco whenever I can, and if I’ve noted that you can buy something at a local store, it means I went down there and personally tried it on to make sure it was warm enough for winter. All because I love you, man. So let’s get this party started, shall we?

John Robblee from Alley Collection is a new upstart designer in San Francisco, pictured here modeling his own Jeffrey coat. This heavy coat with interesting details is made with canvas and denim, and should satisfy the vegan peacoat craving in all of us. Robblee is an ex-firefighter so his designs tend to favor bigger and taller men. Get it from Rolo at 2351 Market St. in the Castro and feel all special and elite because it’s not sold online. OH AND CHECK THIS OUT! A portion of the proceeds from Alley Collection are donated to Rocket Dog Rescue! Fookin’ aye!

The Montana Jacket comes from Loomstate, a New York company focused on socially and environmentally responsible methods of production. The Montana Jacket is made from nylon and organic cotton, lined with heavy twill. And it comes with elbow patches. Elbow patches! Perfect for extreme sports or lookin’ for love at the library. No one in SF carries their jackets so get it on sale directly from Loomstate.

Trench coats? Hell yes! This one comes from Nice Collective, a San Francisco-based designer brand. They’re local as hell and keeping it interesting for the men season after season. The interior vest is built into the coat, with a belt for easy dark alley flashing. Buy it at Azalea at 411 Hayes St. at Gough Street in Hayes Valley or elsewhere online.

Next up, we have the San Diego Jacket from Wellensteyn. The outside of this military inspired jacket is shiny black polyester with a seriously warm zip-up hoodie interior. Wellensteyn is from Hamburg, Germany, another city like San Francisco that gets soaked in fog and rain, so expect to stay warm and dry all winter. I can’t figure out why it’s named after San Diego, but get it anyway, either direct or at Rolo on Market in SF.

Nau is another one of those sustainable eco fashion clothing companies, and I’ll tell you what, these guys and gals are the real deal. They’re even based in Portland, Ore., where greenwashing gets you pelted to death with fixies. Their Shroud of Purrin Hoody is fully water and wind resistant, with a warm, fleecy interior made from recycled polyester. The whole jacket is even recyclable once it reaches the end of its life. But this is the kind of all-weather jacket you’ll buy once and wear forever. It also comes in grey and black if rocking the acid yellow isn’t your thing. Buy direct from Nau or locally in SF from, where else? Rolo on Market, bitches.

The D Collection Anderson Jacket is exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and features rib knit cuffs to keep the cold air out. Sizes run a bit small so watch out when ordering. One reviewer claims that “Everyone loves this jacket. It’s gotten me laid a couple of times at least.” Buy this jacket, make vegan babies.

And finally, we’ll end with the high end: Jil Sander’s Nottingham Show Jacket. At £1,209 (somewhere around $2,500) this ultra-fance black overcoat is made of cotton and various synthetic fibers, is fully lined with luxurious cupro, and is totally fucking posh. If it doesn’t keep you warm enough, throw a tantrum on the steps of the opera and burn a pile of Benjamins. PS to Jil Sander: I’m going to need one for a more thorough review, so send it along, c/o Vegansaurus. Vegansaurus cannot guarantee return of items submitted for review. kthx

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