Picture the scene. You are rightly proud of your new bomber jacket and are itching to wear it out and bask in the compliments that are surely coming your way. But it’s tipping it down. Pouring. Soaked-right-through-to-the-bone weather. And your only decent waterproof isn’t going to earn any envious “nice jacket” comments. So you decide to wear the bomber covered with the free transparent poncho from that festival. Top marks – until you’re spotted by your gobbiest pal before you can dump the poncho.
Avoid this ego-denting drama by getting involved with this collaboration between one of our favourite outerwear labels, Alpha Industries, and Swedish up-and-comer Stutterheim. Now we know collaborations between fashion brands have become so fashionable that they risk jumping the shark and falling out of fashion, but we’re just thankful that this creative hook-up happened before the notion become passé.
In a nutshell, some of our favourite winter jackets have been given the waterproof treatment. And we mean favourite. There’s the iconic MA-1 flight jacket from the brand that supplied it to the US military in the first place, as well as the N-3B parka and M-65 fishtail parka.
The Swedish rainwear specialist has taken these styles and rendered them in a rubberised cotton to make them waterproof, while maintaining the bold orange detailing that helps give the products their distinctive look.
Get yourself one of these smart unisex waterproofs and bin that poncho, stat.
Alpha MA-1 bomber (£315), Alpha M65 fishtail (£400), Alpha N-3B rain parka (£450), buy on stutterheim.com