Originating in Alaska, redesigned by the American military, and adopted and made iconic by the British, the humble parka has worked its way up from just being a survival necessity to a modern wardrobe staple. But it took a Belgium designer to get me to really notice the simplicity and beauty of what a parka could have, but then that is the magic of Kris Van Assche, he just has the ability to take the ordinary and turn it into something special.
Keeping the typical sage green colour but eliminating that all too common faux fur trim that always ends up looking like a drowned cat after one spring shower, Kris Van Assche’s coat is light and practical enough for London’s daily offering of ‘four seasons in one day’ weather making it truly worthy of being classified as a wardrobe staple. And although Kris Van Assche’s coat looks more like a hybrid of a bomber and a parka than just the latter, this enables it to offer the best of both worlds – rebellious while remaining stylish. And it’s that exact combination that makes me get dressed every morning.