When it comes to Italy, its current heavy hitters include the brands K-Way and Moncler. K-Way was originally founded in France in the 1960s. Marco Boglione, founder of BasicNet SpA (holding company of the Kappa brand) was able to breathe new life into this classic, making it an overnight sensation first in Italy and now across the globe.
Winter coats are a must and while they can be a major investment for some and a seasonal splurge for others, they’ve become an undeniable commodity in the fashion industry. Montreal-based La Canadienne happens to be one of First Lady Sophie Trudeau’s personal faves. The 45-year-old company knows a thing or two about designing hot trends to protect you against the Canadian cold. Whether you opt for down-filled or shearling jackets, being bundled up has never been this stylish. The company prides itself on offering European-style footwear and accessories that are handcrafted in Canada using materials from Italy.
Their reversible 2-in-1 coats with that signature retro zipper in mustard and burnt orange for men, women and children are a hit and they’ve branched out into accessories as well.
On the banks of Lake Como you’ll find the king of winter coat couture: Moncler’s Chairman and CEO Remo Ruffini, who is basking in commercial glory. Moncler is another French story turned Italian, which despite a hefty price tag, has shoppers clambering to get a piece of the action. Their sculpted, ultra-lux coats are the stuff winter romps are made of, perfect for a VIP ski vacation or stepping out downtown for some mulled wine.
Sporty, functional and chic, the high-end Peuterey and its more affordable sibling Geospirit, owned by G&P Net SpA based in Tuscany, is also a firm favourite known for both its lightweight puffer jacket models and slim mixed wool Montgomery coats.
If it were a popularity contest then Colmar would most likely win out amongst the Italians. You can’t walk down a street without running into one of their superlight down jackets with their unmistakeable circular red badge on the sleeve. They’ve been around since 1923 and are still going strong.
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