The fruits of my labor
So yesterday I made a comment on this Racked NY post about drunk shopping. Basically, the story is this: I was having a few beers with coworkers in the office as things wound down on a Friday afternoon after a long week. I say a few, but really, I mean five. Also, I had yet to eat anything that day. Did I mention this was a LONG week?
After the fifth beer, I realized three things:
- I was pretty drunk
- I needed to get out of the office before this became too apparent to the people who have control over my paycheck
- I really, REALLY wanted to go shopping
Off I ran stumbled to Daffy’s in Herald Square, a thankfully-brief six block trek from my office. I figured I should stick to larger stores with lower price points that allowed returns, to minimize the risk of an inebriated impulse buy turning into an unreturnable albatross of a purchase.
As it turns out, there was pretty much zero chance of anything being returned. Because, as I bee lined to the leather section, I saw the jacket pictured above. And as soon as I tried it on (“It fits!”) and noticed it was marked down to below $150, I knew it was coming home with me.
On to the jacket itself.
It’s by Patrizia Pepe, an Italian designer about whom I know very little. The collar and lining are a cotton/viscose blend that looks a whole lot like wool but isn’t as warm, making the jacket more fall/spring (maybe even summer) friendly. Of course you can still wear it in the winter, you’ve just got to layer appropriately.
The leather is the softest and sturdiest I’ve felt in a while in a piece that doesn’t approach the cost of a used Honda. Nudge, nudge Mssrs. Lang and Owens. It’s also heavily influenced by those two designers. In fact, I’m relatively sure it’s directly inspired by a Helmut Lang jacket from a couple seasons back (feel free to correct me if I’m off, though). Oh, also: I fucking love it.
Close up of the leather, and a shot of the small insert in the storm flap that allows the collar to fold over so nicely when zipped (forgive the focus issues).
From the back. The darts really make it for me.
So there you have it. Part I of my jacket collection: the slightly tipsy tale of my most recent acquisition.
More to come, but for now I’m going to enjoy the beautiful weather gracing NYC today.
PS – Apparently Daffy’s has a policy that you can’t take leather jackets out of the leather jacket section. Despite the fact that there is NO signage indicating this policy, I was admonished by a member of their staff for browsing the rest of the store with my unpurchased jacket in hand. Of course, this may have had something to do with my (probably) visible intoxication. Oh well…
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