You need a coat. You need one badly. Last year’s model is so, well, last year. Plus, you’re littering the street with the change that keeps falling out of holes in your pockets. It’s going to be a cold, snowy winter and bundling up gorgeously is your inalienable right, so just give in. The temperature is dropping and fashion is calling you to these five shops.
French Garment Cleaners Co.
85 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Fort Greene’s favorite, iconic-style mecca, French Garment Cleaners was named for the landmark, neon sign that has been welcoming visitors to this location since the Warhol era. Cutting-edge, cozy coats with a distinctly urban sensibility can be found here for men and women, featuring designers like Isabel Marant, Alex Mill and Rachel Comey.
Dave’s New York
581 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
A staple of the New York City landscape for over 50 years, family owned and operated Dave’s New York features an unending supply of ready-for-the-tundra outerwear for men, women and kids. A huge selection featuring brands like Canada Goose, Alpha Industries, Minus33 and Wigwam ensures you’ll look fabulous and stay toasty, even if your snowiest trek is only from your front door to the taxi stand. Hats, gloves, boots and everything thermal can also be found here by the bushel.
315 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10003
Quintessentially creative with an eye for edgy details and definitive style, Ren’s outerwear has inspired a national following, almost cult-like in its devotion. Women’s coats reign in this cozy, warmly-lit shop. Ren’s signature touches, like oversized buttons and ruffles that surprise in unlikely places, accent crisply impeccable tailoring and perfect workmanship. All of Ren’s one-of-a-kind coats are meticulously crafted in Shanghai. Custom orders for the individualist are also available.
140 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
A credo of easy, wearable and affordable does not diminish the impeccable chic distinguishing the ALTER label, as well as the other curated brands of coats and apparel sold here by proprietors Roy Caires and Tommy Cole. Coats by De La Mer and Spiewak accent must-have signature apparel by houses such as life/after/denim and MinkPink. If your honey’s got the shivers and needs a coat too, ALTER Men is located directly across the street.
144 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
Epaulet is all men, all the time. From accessories to footwear, it is impossible to shop here and not leave impeccably dressed. An extensive selection of sophisticated outerwear, in all-natural and sumptuous fabrics, range from slim duffle coats to uber-warm parkas from brands like Gloverall Outerwear and Thedi Leathers. A second location on Smith Street in Brooklyn houses similar stock.
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Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.