IN PURSUIT OF… THE MONCLER DOWN PARKA
In Pursuit Of… is a new series on Effortless Gent where we explore the heritage, quality, and story behind ultimate “grail” Lean Wardrobe pieces.
Imagine, for a moment, that money is no object, and all that matters is the passionate story behind a brand and the quality clothing it produces.
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WHEREVER YOU ARE, IF THE WEATHER HAS BEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT HAS BEEN IN NYC, YOU’VE HAD IT PRETTY EASY SO FAR. 70 DEGREES ON CHRISTMAS…NOT EXACTLY A COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL CHALLENGE IF YOU ASK ME.
That Replica Moncler Jakcets said, we’re not always going to be so lucky.
Things are about to get downright frigid, and the smart sartorialist will be looking for a sharp piece of outerwear with all the insulation needed to bring him through the coldest months of the year.
That’s where Moncler’s down jacket comes in.
Why? What sets this jacket apart from all the rest?
Before we get to the jacket itself, let’s talk a little bit about the brand.
THE MONCLER BRAND
First, a fun fact: The name ‘Moncler’ is actually an amalgamation of the words ‘Monestier de Clermont’, the name of a town nestled in the French Alps that is literally a winter wonderland. Pretty fitting for a French-Italian purveyor of top notch outerwear and sportswear.
Which actually brings us to another fun fact…buy Moncler Coats
Moncler got their start making tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear, not apparel. Their first down jackets were produced for their own workers to wear over their coveralls, to stay warm in the winter.
It wasn’t until mountaineer Lionel Terray recognized their quality and put them to the test on his own expeditions that their value was recognized and a commercial line was created.
Since then, Moncler’s rise to fame has been remarkable, even including a stint as the official supplier of the French national downhill skiing team.
Moncler offers a wide variety of down jackets, but our money goes to the Cluny model, a true piece of functional beauty.
First, like all of their down jackets, the Cluny offers impressive insulation without making you look like the Michelin man.
Even with oversize fits moving back onto the ‘trend’ list, you gotta love a ‘puffy’ jacket that keeps things trim and slim.
Top that off with top-of-the-line Italian construction, a 90/10 down-to-feather ratio (the higher that ratio, the better the insulation), water-repellent fabric, and real coyote fur lining on the hood, and you’ve got both fashion and function in spades.
I challenge you to find better.
Alternatively, you could opt for the Maya jacket in red, get a video camera, and start putting out your own “dance like no one’s watching” music videos a lá everyone’s favorite Canadian rapper.
Now, we’ll admit, the go-to for many cold climate dwellers is the Canada Goose Carson Parka with coyote fur trim on the hood. And it truly might be the warmest damn coat out there, just as fit for Arctic expeditions as it is for surviving a blustery Chicago winter.