The raincoat doesn’t exactly evoke images of style, high fashion or sex appeal. It’s more likely to be associated with wet weekends in the Welsh hills than a must-have piece that those in the know all swear by – but that’s all changing. Technology is getting better, fabrics and materials are more innovative and performance-based, and designs are a lot friendlier to the style-conscious consumer. This isn’t something that’s happened by accident, but rather a collection of a few brands that have been doing their bit over the years to reinvent the raincoat; discover them below.
Hailing from Canada, Arc’teryx Veilance knows a thing or two about technical, high-performance outerwear. It started with Arc’teryx in 1989, with climbers Dave Lane and Jeremy Guard creating designs that would create the best outdoor experience. It wasn’t long before they expanded and developed Arc’teryx Veilance, taking their highly functional, innovative materials and applying them to sleek, minimalist design principles for the city environment. Expect hard-working coats with asymmetric details and lightweight tailored blazers made from water and wind resistant fabrics.