October 13, 2016
By Candace Longfellow
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING FALL’S MUST-HAVE COATSHOP PUFFERS
Until recently, puffer jackets were considered more a key element of your ski trip packing list than a trendy fashion piece, but what a difference a few runway collections make. Back in February, the fall 2016 collections were filled with modern, stylized versions of the practical outerwear piece, from Balenciaga’s oversized off-the-shoulder number to Stella McCartney’s plush velvet styles and several more. For most, the jacket has always been more of a must than a lust — often calling to mind the bulky jackets our mothers forced us into that more closely resembled sleeping bags than stylish clothing. But now, its new status as a fall fashion must-have has us reconsidering.
When it comes to statement styles, there’s no shortage of options. But if McQueen’s floral duvet-inspired coat doesn’t quite fit in your closet, or you’re missing the perfect pair of elbow-length leather gloves to pair with the cropped Rick Owens puffer, you can always find a classic standby in tried and true Moncler. For over 60 years, the heritage brand has been the go-to for mountaineering adventurists and freezing city dwellers alike, and for good reason.
The heritage brand is renowned for their responsibly sourced high-quality materials, matchless craftsmanship and classic look, which also means that fakes abound. Copies of the iconic puffer coats are so rampant, the brand has a customer assistance team dedicated to anti-counterfeit measures — an important service to provide when you consider that these pieces are made to withstand subzero temperatures — visit the Arctic in a fake and it could kill you! Before you splurge on your fall puffer, read on to find out how to spot a real Moncler jacket with tips from our Senior Director of Authentication, Graham Wetzbarger.