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The Steve McQueen Guide to Winter

Four toasty winter coats. One is very Steve McQueen.

  • 13 November 2014

Lo, gentlemen, the weekend promises temps in the 30s and 40s.

This is the winter of our oh-shit-it’s-cold discontent.

Our recommendation: get thee to the U.S. flagship of British brand Kent and Curwen on the UES.

Here’s the good news of bad weather: a well-executed piece of outerwear is one of the strongest style statements a fella can make. It’s your sartorial sandwich board.

Think about it: When everybody turns to see who’s letting the cold air in, there you are, looking handsome.

And K&C specializes in handsome jackets.

The line is newly helmed by NY designer Simon Spurr (of the celebrated eponymous suiting line), and his first season features a military-meets-rocker aesthetic

It stands out in New York’s sea of coats.

Plus, they’re having a sale right this very moment. You'll need to hit it in person as Kent and Curwen does their jacket slinging face-to-face only, but we have tracked down a few of their wares via other online retailers if click-and-chill is your thing.

Here are the four you should be scoping, graded by temp:

Breezy: Flannel SB Jacket
Wool/cashmere blend to keep out the chill, bold color to battle seasonal gloom. The SB features the slim, contoured fit Spurr is known for — British tailoring with downtown NYC attitude. Goes great over navy.

Chilly: Leather Biker Jacket
A slimmed-down take on the traditional biker silhouette, punched up by an eye-popping shade of supple calf leather and brass details. Put this on over a chunky white turtleneck and et viola, you’re Steve McQueen.

Frosty: Melton Peacoat
Again, the key is fit and color: Spurr cut the excess bulk and ditched traditional navy in favor of a solid camel that kills with gold buttons. It’s peacoat 2.0.

Frigid: Regatta Stripe Wool Puffer
The problem with the puffer is it’s tough to dress up. Enter this handsome striped wool number, filled with insulating goose down for the most arctic days. We wouldn’t ski in it, but you can sure as hell wear it over a suit with confidence.

Stay warm, chaps.

The Specifics

Kent and Curwen

816 Madison Ave.
b/t 68th and 69th
(212) 879-2346

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