Eyes On Ukrainian Outerwear ‘Ochi’

Best known for its top-selling yellow trenchcoat and with its latest collection to be stocked by Net-a-porter, Ochi outerwear is setting its “eyes” on the international fashion market. The brand name translates to “eyes” in English from Ukrainian and has captured the gaze of fashion model Cate Underwood as well as Vogue Ukraine’s fashion director Julie Pelipas, both seen sporting the outerwear.
Here, Ochi’s Iana Kuznietsova, founder and designer of the brand, shares her insights into the target customer, the company’s market position and its distribution approach.

Ochi designer Iana Kuznietsova 
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WWD: In three words, how would you describe the Ochi brand? Who is the target customer?
Iana Kuznietsova: Ochi is about movement and travel. I create clothes for the so-called “nomadic” women who are sensual and strong. Sometimes they need their outerwear to provide outward defense, and our trenchcoats work as a shield and a touchpoint to the world at the same time.
WWD: Being based in Ukraine, how does your environment inform your design process? What are the main fashion hubs in Ukraine? 
I.K.: Although Ukraine’s main fashion hub is its capital, Kyiv, our brand is based on the South of Ukraine, in Odessa. Powerful sea and sun energy bring us unlimited inspiration.

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Spier & Mackay $100 off Outerwear, Bonobos Tiers, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 


Bonobos 25% off $ 150 and 30% off $ 250 w/ MERRY


Tiers. High tiers. But you guys know the drill, it’s Bonobos so it’s not tough to trip those tiers. New Year’s is just around the corner, so if you’re in the market for a velvet jacket for that evening, now’s the time to get it and any tailoring done that might need to happen.


Spier & Mackay: 2 Reg. Priced Suits from $ 549 | $ 100 off Outerwear w/ NEWCOAT

Spier & Mackay

Suit bundles are back and it looks like Spier & Mackay want to move some of their outerwear as well. Tons of suits available, but size and fit selection is all over the place. Best to just head there, hit the “refine” button, and sort by your size and fit. No code needed for the suit bundles. Just add them to your cart and the discount should show up once the 2nd suit is added.


EXPRESS: 40% off Everything


Check the fiber content of the goods. It can be hit or miss. Cotton is great, but cotton isn’t wool. And wool is great, but wool isn’t wool blend (which when done right, can be great, but when done wrong, feels like a trash bag). Just know what you’re potentially paying for.


Ledbury: Ledbury: 20% Off $ 150, 25% Off $ 250, 30% Off $ 350


The Combo Pick:  White Fine Twill Dress Shirt – $ 108.75 ($ 145), Blue Fine Twill Mid Spread Dress Shirt – $ 108.75 ($ 145) = $ 217.50 ($ 290) 

Not as good as Black Friday, but… that’s why Black Friday is Black Friday. Still, any savings from Ledbury is super appreciated. No promo code required. Runs through December 14th in honor of their 9th anniversary. Should work on more than just shirts… but their shirts? Holy crap are they something.


Saddleback: Spend $ 300 get $ 50, Spend $ 500 get $ 100

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What the bloody hell has gotten into Dave over at Saddleback? Dude never does deals. Seems like he’s been all about the fun promos lately (I think this might be killing him inside, but… ah well). Anyway, you spend $ 300+ or $ 500+ and they’ll email you an e-gift card for $ 50 (if you spent $ 300+) or $ 100 (if you’re a big spender and went higher than $ 500). Shown above is the new and improved Saddleback thin brief. Full review here.


BONUS  Huckberry: LeviMoon – $ 239.98 ($ 289)

LeviMoon Lamp

Ah yes. The most unnecessary but totally absurdly cool home accessory. Good God that’s a lot of money ($ 240!!) for what amounts to a small lamp. But…

What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon Mary.

If you use the Levi Moon and It’s a Wonderful Life to propose this holiday season? You don’t have to cite your source. I swear. Get after it young fella.


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6 Statement Outerwear Brands to Know Before Buying a New Winter Coat

When it comes to dressing for the cold winter months, it’s easy to get trapped in a sea of sameness and choose a mainstay outerwear brand, such as Canada Goose or Moncler. What else is out there? A group of young designers have noticed a lack of novelty in the category, launching brands that …

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Wool Sweaters, Just in Outerwear, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 


Bonobos: New Arrivals & 25% off $ 175+ w/ QUARTEROFF


Good gravy. (And it is the month for gravy, no?) Bonobos stuff starts out expensive. Real expensive. But the styling sure does appeal to some of you guys, from what I can tell (me too in some cases). 25% off isn’t an extra 40% off sale, but this stuff is just in. And 25% off is better than the normal 20% off code. And it’s that kind of hard-hitting analysis that makes me the clown who runs this ship.

UPDATE: So this is 25% off $ 175+… not just 25% off across the board. Sorry guys, got some bad intel on that one. Anything under $ 175 in the picks above is gonna need an additional small item, from say the sale section, to trip that 25% off.

UPDATE II: Turns out it’ll be 25% off no min between 2pm ET and 4pm ET today?


J. Crew: 30% off w/ FRIENDS (or 35% off for rewards members w/ FAMILY)

J. Crew

AND it works on sale stuff too. AND it appears that the classic fit, wider lapel, Moon Mills herringbone blazer is back and up for the code. The darn things aren’t even getting excluded at checkout like they were a couple days back (despite saying they WERE up for the code). So… have at it. Don’t forget that their new rewards program is super easy to sign up for. Just your email and you’re good to go.


Huckberry: $ 30 – $ 40 off Buffalo Jackson Bags

Buffalo Jackson

Not the biggest price drop, but they are pretty darn handsome. I think (think?) these are imported from Mexico? Not sure. Free shipping and free returns at least.


EXPRESS: 40% off Everything

Express Leather Chukka

Seems like EXPRESS has been doing 40% off quite a bit lately, but, no complaints here. Those Red Wing ripoffs? Total guilty pleasure. They’re not half bad for around $ 80. Somewhere between a boot and a sneaker (the sole is really squishy/foam based). The leather isn’t half bad either. Will they last a lifetime like Red Wings? Of course not. But if you want something a little lighter weight and easier on the wallet, then might be worth a shot. Full review coming soon. Ships and returns for free.


GAP: 40% off Everything w/ FFTIME + Extra 10% off w/ BEST


Was set to expire but they’ve extended it, and added a stackable extra 10% off code. A couple of intriguing new arrivals have hit GAP’s site just in time for their friends and family sale.


BONUS Massdrop: UK Made Loake Kempton Chukkas – $ 199.99 FINAL ($ 300)

Loake Kempton Chukkas

They’re back! One heck of a pair of boots for just under $ 200. The problem? It’s friggin’ Massdrop. So it’s final sale. Also, beware of sizing. Sized in UK sizes. Some say go down a full size, some say go down just half a size. Full review here.


BONUS II  J.C.F.: 30%40% off Select items w/ 2DAYSONLY

J. Crew Factory seemed to have really cut back on its codes and promos in the fall, so 30% – 40% off feels like a rare treat. Not everything is getting the 40% off cut, but finally some of their fall sportcoats are NOT excluded from a promotion. Big fan of those cotton fisherman sweaters. Especially since they come in a slim fit.


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Outerwear Brand Bacon Creates Capsule for Saks Fifth Avenue

Customers into cozy, fashionable puffer jackets have yet another option to choose from.
Italian contemporary outerwear brand Bacon — which already lists Gigi Hadid among its fans — has unveiled a small capsule collection with luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue.
The brand’s signature women’s “Puffa” style jacket was reinterpreted in two exclusive colorways: red and blue. The cropped jacket, retailing at $ 615, boasts an exaggerated collar and a tie detail.
Additional styles and dedicated colorways will be added to the capsule early next year, strengthening the tie-up with the U.S. department store.

Bacon’s red “Puffa” jacket created for Saks Fifth Avenue. 
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“We want to shift the customers’ perspective on down jackets and we are really focused on trying to evolve the silhouettes. After a few seasons of oversized shapes, we’re gently shifting toward more refined styles, without giving up our rock soul,” said founder and ceo Andrea Pilato Barrara.
The brand delivers fall duvet coats for women featuring oversized proportions and in a number of bright colors informed by the Nineties aesthetic. Established in 2008 as a sportswear label, Bacon will launch its first summer season in 2020 with a selection of windbreakers. Starting with the current fall season, it also introduced two men’s

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Best Looking Affordable Outerwear – Fall/Winter 2018

One of the best things about fall and winter is that you get to wear your favorite coat almost every day. A good coat is like a good suit. Put it on and you feel almost invincible. The following options should help most of us get that feeling for a relatively affordable price (some are more affordable than others). Sizes are noted below in any in-person shots. Head here to get an idea as to the height/weight of the fella (hi) in those shots. 


Spier & Mackay Topcoat in Camel, Charcoal, or Navy – $ 398

Spier & Mackay Topcoat

Redesigned this year, and they’ve made some nice improvements. Pockets have moved to the side for the much, much more functional hand-warmer style variety. Sizing is made to fit over a suit, but still be fitted and not box like. 85% wool and 15% cashmere. 3/2 roll button front, with functioning top button. 3.5″ lapel. Doesn’t get more classic than this.


C. Tyrwhitt Wool/Cashmere DB Topcoats in Charcoal or Navy – $ 499

C. Tyrwhitt Wool/Cashmere DB Topcoat

Charles Tyrwhitt isn’t just for shirts. Their outerwear is really quite nice. Shown above is their 6 button front wool / cashmere Epsom topcoats. Looks like they’ve taken down the gray option in favor of a 4 button front, but the navy is still there. Regardless, Italian wool/cashmere fabric is super nice. Warm but not stiff. Will be tough to get on sale, but they do run 20% off codes every so often. Size shown above left is a 42R.


Lands’ End Primaloft Quilted Jacket – $ 89.40 w/ CORN & 3026 ($ 149)

Lands' End Primaloft Quilted Jacket

One of the better, casual jacket deals out there. An annual, really quite affordable favorite. Classic, Barbour-like sporting looks without the heritage brand price tag. Corduroy collar, brass-tone snaps, raglan sleeves, and a vent in the rear for ease of movement. Could drop even further this upcoming weekend?


Target Goodfellow & Co Wool Blend Topcoat – $ 79.99


One of the best of the bunch from this season. No, the 64% wool, 31% poly, 5% “other” fabric isn’t the most luxurious stuff. But I’ve certainly felt worse at a much higher price. It’s not bad. Not bad at all. All polyester lining. Made in Vietnam. Does go on sale too. Size shown above is a large. Warmer feeling than the UNIQLO wool/cashmere topcoat, but not super insulated. You’ll still need to layer up in bitter, bitter cold. Shown at the top of this post. Also available in a charcoal plaid, but the wool blend is a bit different on that plaid coat, so it might feel and drape a little differently.


Flint & Tinder Flannel-Lined Wax Trucker Jacket – $ 220

Flint & Tinder Flannel-Lined Wax Trucker Jacket

Made in the USA out of some seriously well considered materials. And don’t be worried about it being an early fall jacket. This thing is WARM thanks to the blanket stripe flannel lining. Full review here.


J. Crew Dock Peacoat w/ Thinsulate – $ 223.50 w/ BUNDLEUP ($ 298)

J. Crew Dock Peacoat w/ Thinsulate

Yes, you could easily get the real deal at your local Army / Navy surplus for less, but J. Crew gets a LOT right about their Dock Peacoat. A touch longer than most peacoats (good for protecting your blazer or suit jacket tail), plus those chest high hand warmer pockets are extremely convenient. More of a straight fit. Some super slim guys might find them to be a bit boxy. Goes on sale plenty.


UNIQLO 90% Wool / 10% Cashmere “Chesterfield” – $ 149.90

UNIQLO Chesterfield Topcoat

An ultra light. Very soft fabric, but also extremely light in weight. Not gonna be that warm. So be prepared to layer. Or? The perfect lightweight but still super handsome topcoat for those that live in warmer climates. Note that the shot on the left is last year’s model. They relocated the pockets this year (just like Spier & Mackay) to make them more functional, side-slash, hand warmer style. You might want to consider sizing down this year (or, ordering two sizes and sending one back). UNIQLO has really made their fits more generous for the American market.


Filson USA Made Cover Cloth Mile Marker – $ 199.99$ 350

Filson Made in the USA Cover Cloth Mile Marker

Leans heavily casual, but this is one rugged lifer of a coat. Made from their cover-cloth/waxed/oiled cotton material. Nice and substantial. Incredible construction and attention to detail. Super heavy duty hardware. Moleskin collar that stands up just fine against the wind. Interior draw string can be cinched to keep the wind out/create a little more shape. The one drawback? It collects lint and fuzz and pet hair like crazy.


Michael Kors Wool Blend Peacoat – $ 99.90 ($ 350)

Michael Kors Wool Blend Peacoat

A classic of the shorter, mid-butt variety. Cuts it too close if you like to wear sportcoats and blazers, BUT, if you’re looking for a peacoat that’s NOT a mid thigh length? These are always kicking about at Nordstrom (or here at Nordstrom rack, for a hell of a lot less). 62% wool, 28% polyester, 10% other fibers.


B.R. Kevin Love DB Topcoat – $ 398 | Single Breasted Topcoat – $ 378

Banana Republic Topcoats

I don’t usually go for the celebrity collaborative stuff, but the Kevin Love collection at Banana Republic this year really is something else. The one issue? This collection is almost always excluded from sales. Both are made from Italian 80% wool / 20% nylon material.


J. Crew Destination Topcoat in Water Resistant Italian Wool – $ 332.50 when 30% off ($ 475)

J. Crew Destination Topcoat

Not gonna lie. This is a love it or hate it (yet I find myself, personally, somewhere dead inbetween?) This thing is a true knee length, while the rest of the topcoat world has been going just above the knee / mid thigh. And there’s NO vent in the rear. So it’s really… tubular? But what it DOES have going for it, is the middle to lighter weight but still warm and very nice feeling fabric. If you run hot? This is a great coat. J. Crew’s “destination” line is supposed to be a merging of classic materials and technology. So, think breathable, lighter-weight, etc. They say it’s tweed, but it’s soft. Not super rough. Hardly. Raglan style shoulders. Covered placket. I have a weird feeling that this is gonna end up in the sale section and on mega discount come spring. Often excluded. But it has gone on sale in the past. Size shown above is a 42R.


JCP Stafford Signature Wool Blend Topcoat – $ 100ish

JCP Stafford Wool Blend Topcoat

JC Penney hasn’t changed these much, if at all, over the last few years. The shoulders have a little bit of structure but aren’t too boxy, and the slash pockets at the waist are well placed. Wool/Poly blend. Just about knee length. They have tended to run a bit larger than other topcoats. Always on sale.


Suitsupply Wool Bomber Jacket in Grey or Camel – $ 399

Suitsupply Wool Bomber

A huge splurge, but man are they something. A warning. THESE RUN SMALL. Like real small. I could barely get into a large. And at 5’10” / 195-200, I usually wear a medium or a large.


UNIQLO BlockTech Cotton Mac – $ 89.90 ($ 129.90)

UNIQLO BlockTech Cotton Mac

Meanwhile, THESE RUN LARGE. Real large. The size above? That’s a Medium. And it’s very boxy, especially with your hands out of the pockets. Nice coat though. All cotton exterior that looks a little like wool, and the interior is engineered to keep water out while allowing your body heat (and moisture) to still evaporate. Sizes are all over the place this year depending on brand. I’m an XL in Suitsupply, but a Small in UNIQLO? Beats me fellas.


Flint & Tinder Made in the USA Moleskin Shirt Jacket – $ 188

Flint & Tinder Made in the USA Moleskin Shirt Jacket

Not cheap, but you’re getting F&T’s USA Made quality, super soft moleskin, and a well designed shirt jacket. A nice in-between layer, or, something extra to throw under an overcoat or parka. Huge fan of the vertical hand warmer pockets.


Spier & Mackay Double Breasted Wool/Cashmere Overcoats in Green or Camel – $ 498

Spier & Mackay Double Breasted Wool/Cashmere Overcoat

Those are some statement coats right there. 85% wool / 15% cashmere. 5″ wide peak lapels (measurement taken on a size 40). Button vent in the rear.


Banana Republic Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat – $ 226.80 when 40% off ($ 378)

Banana Republic Italian Melton Wool-Blend Car Coat

One of the best, again, this year. I don’t think they’ve changed this coat much since last year? Terrific fabric, despite the mix being a pretty standard 80% wool / 20% the rest. Soft and smooth. A good depth to it for warmth, but still flexible. Big fan of the slanted hand pockets. Size shown above is a large on 195-200lbs. 80% wool / 17% poly / 3% other.


J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon Quilted Jacket – $ 58.80 w/ PRESTO ($ 98)

J.C.F. Cotton/Nylon Quilted Jacket

Lighter in weight than some other quilted jackets, but the design stands out for all the right reasons. Has cotton in there as the base to eliminate that shine that all poly/synthetic can bring. Dead simple. Zipper front this year instead of the snaps that last year’s olive color version had.


Schott NYC Made in the USA Wool Blend Officer’s Coat – $ 420

Schott NYC Made in the USA Wool Blend Officer's Coat

A departure from their classic Peacoat styles. Called a “slender” fit, but still layerable. Made in the USA from an 80% wool / 20% nylon blend. Walks the line between tough and refined. An investment, but something you’re gonna have for a very, very long time.


Relwen Trap Blazer in Navy Or Loden – $ 348

Relwen Trap Blazer

Yes it’s a sportcoat, but it’s a true “sporting” coat that’ll do plenty fine as outerwear. Unstructured but made from hearty wool blend tweed. Lots of functionality like extra pockets, a 4-button front with throat tab, and a game pocket in the rear. Ships and returns for free via Huckberry.


Suitsupply 2/3 Roll Wool Topcoat in Navy or Charcoal – $ 499

Suitsupply Topcoat

From their “Essentials” line. Soft wool, classic shape, and plenty of width to those lapels. Ships and returns for free being that it’s Suitsupply. Bummed that the price has gone up by $ 100 in the last year, but, materials and labor are getting more expensive every day.


The Reminder:  Go check out your local Army/Navy Surplus store

Army/Navy Surplus Options

The annual nudge to go check out your local surplus store if you’ve got one nearby. There were a lot of peacoats & topcoats from wheelhouse retailers that were tried on and could have made this list, but most cost more than an Army/Navy surplus coat,without delivering equal quality or better looks. Most surplus stores carry high quality, usually made-in-the-USA outerwear. Feel free to swap out buttons if they’re too showy (like on the bridge coat on the right). Both of the coats shown here were found for the low $ 100s.

And that’s just the first crop. Remember, sometimes it takes a little bit for seasonal stuff to go on sale, so while the above prices might feel a little steep on some of the items, a little patience can pay off. Got a tip on a coat or jacket for this fall or winter? Send those into joe@dappered.com

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