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Affordable Luxury: In Praise Of AllSaints Men’s Coats

Forget what you thought you knew, premium quality can be found on the high street. From sheepskin shearling jackets to real leather blazers, discover why we think AllSaints offer the best men’s coats for your buck in 2019. 

Having finally made peace with saying farewell to sunnier days, we’re now looking forward to welcoming the plethora of cold weather options available to us as we teeter on the cusp of winter – whether it be faithful tan leather Chelsea boots, roll neck knits or cashmere in anticipation of our Christmas wish lists. But, when the cold snap truly hits, as indicated by the first frost on the ground and a smack of icy air to the chops, the most important part of any man’s wardrobe is undoubtedly a good winter coat.

In a season where covering up against the climate is paramount, a coat is the first - and near enough only - thing people will see, so it pays to make it a good one. However, given that the majority of us will only have the capital to invest in one or two good quality options, we must choose wisely. Now - we’re not ones to peddle the joyless narrative that good and proper investment pieces should always be purely functional, but of course, in this instance, it plays a heavy part. This means that weighty, quality, well-sourced fabrics such as pure wool and leather should be numero uno on your list of requirements, in versatile shades of camel, tobacco brown, navy, charcoal grey and black. 

Usually, to make these practical coat purchases feel purposeful, we seek out luxury designer labels who we know will have spent countless hours fine tuning the details, use only the finest fabrics, and come with near enough a lifetime guarantee. However, our eyes have been opened to a high street brand whose line of affordable men’s coats rival the bigger names in terms of quality and bang for your buck: AllSaints.

It’s not hard to distill the AllSaints aesthetic - they specialise in simple, hard-working staples with attitude. It’s this consistency of brand that has garnered them a loyal customer following since they were first established in 1994. To dismiss them as simply a high street brand is to do them a disservice - they operate at the more premium end of the spectrum, steering clear of the fast fashion ethos, instead choosing to hone a smaller, more refined collection each season. In doing so, they are able to focus more attention on the craftsmanship of their offering, with their men's coats proving to be one of the industry’s best kept secrets. 

From matte leather puffers priced around the £300 mark to real sheepskin and lamb leather shearling jackets for a reasonable £898, AllSaints are undoubtedly steep compared to the competitive high street set - but the quality is akin to designer greats. The consistent ‘bestseller’ label discreetly marked next to many within their online coat category is testament to this. 

Below, Port highlight the best men’s winters coats from the AllSaints autumn winter 2019 collection, assessed not only on their aesthetic appeal, but their fabrication and craft. Try one on for size, and you may well be surprised.

AllSaints Byward Shearling Biker Jacket

Straying from the earthy brown tones of the aviator original, the Byward takes on a grunge appeal - but it’s no less elegant for it. The Byward biker is crafted from luxe dyed sheepskin for the ultimate warmth, trimmed with 100% lamb leather. Look for this at a bigger label, and expect to double the price.

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AllSaints Heron Coat

Crafted from fine Italian Casentino wool, this heavyweight style is ideal for a blustery winter’s day. We’re particularly enamoured of the brushed, pilled effect - it adds a casual look to a refined cut, and feels expensive to the touch. 

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AllSaints Arley Coat

A decent, well-made double breasted design is a rare find on the high street. The Arley, crafted from Italian melton wool - is our new tailored go-to for autumn winter workwear 2019. The lighter tone stone colouring also makes for a refreshing change from camel. 

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AllSaints Ramac Shearling Parka

If you’re cold and in need of a warm coat – whether it’s for an extreme polar expedition or an everyday dog walk in the park– a parka is a solid better. But, when it's crafted from heavyweight sheepskin with a dynamic split hood like the Ramac, you know you've got something special on your hands. You get what you pay for here. 

AllSaints Coronet Leather Puffer Jacket

If a leather jacket feels a little lightweight for winter, look no further than the Coronet leather puffer. Stitched from soft lamb’s leather with insulating wool mix padding, this is a genius move for those seeking elevated cold weather casuals. 

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AllSaints Hadley Puffer Coat

A men’s puffer jacket that nods more to the great outdoors than to streetwear; we love the attention to detail on this utility-inspired style - the branded bungee cord, concealed hood and pockets for days. This has to be one of the best we’ve seen anywhere this season.

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