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Cotton On’s $42 Mother Puffer is the jacket every woman needs this winter

A Cotton On puffer jacket made from recycled materials looks set to become the surprise fashion staple of the Australian winter – and you can bag one for just $41.99 if you order before midnight on Thursday.

The Australian clothing brand has been struggling to keep the ‘Mother Puffer’ in stock since it launched in mid-March, but sales have accelerated even further over the past 24 hours thanks to a 30 percent discount across every item online.

The jacket is usually $59.99 but you can buy it for $41.99 until the sale ends in 72 hours, provided your size hasn’t sold out.

The quilted puffer, which comes in nine colours including trendy shades like baby blue, silver and hot pink and neutrals like black, white and khaki, is made from recycled polyester in keeping with Cotton On’s sustainable ethos.

Perfect for keeping warm as the mercury plummets, the versatile jacket looks equally stylish paired with athleisure wear and sneakers or thrown over a jumper, jeans and heeled boots.

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Australian model Casey James wears the Cotton On ‘Mother Puffer’ in baby blue on Bondi Beach in Sydney on April 17, 2020

Sydney model Oceana Strahan (left and right) in a baby pink version of the jacket which has since sold out on April 23

A model wears the Mother Puffer in hot pink in a promotional campaign shot for Cotton On

It’s has already been seen on the Instagram feeds of some of Australia’s leading influencers, with Sydney models Casey James and Oceana Strahan posting photos in the jacket earlier this month.

The nature of the material means the jacket should be handwashed in cold water, because the force and temperature of the washing machine could cause the fibres to weaken and tear. 

The jacket comes in five sizes which run from extra small to extra large.

Stock of black and baby blue is dwindling, with only a handful of extra smalls available in each, but silver, navy, peach and white still available in every size.

A tenth baby pink colour has already sold out in every size, with no indication of whether it will be restocked.

Tasmania style blogger Ella Cuthebert (left) wears the khaki colour of the Mother Puffer in an Instagram photo on March 22, and a model (right) poses in a white version for a Cotton On promotional shoot

South African twins and fashion bloggers Anelisa and Asanele Sobekwa wear the Mother Puffer in black and white in Cape Town on March 16

Other brands selling puffer jackets this winter

Previously reserved for hiking, puffers transitioned into mainstream fashion after Balenciaga designer Demna Gvsalia included a red, quilted jacket in his 2016 winter collection.

By February 2019, just three years later, a North Face puffer jacket was the second most-searched for fashion product on Google, just behind a classic pair of Nike trainers.

And for the past two years, Uniqlo’s best-selling winter coat has been the ‘Ultra-Light Down’ packable puffer, which folds neatly over itself into a discreet pouch stitched on the inside, allowing you to carry it with you if it’s too hot to rug up in a coat.

You can shop various styles and colours of puffers online at Kmart, Nude Lucy, SuperDry, PrettyLittleThing and Uniqlo now.

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Setting store: how to keep woollen coats and puffer jackets packed away safely | Fashion

It’s time. The seasons have changed, we are out of lockdown and nearly at the end of spring. Hopefully, we can retire our heaviest coats for the summer (although I’m writing this in Melbourne, where you can never rely on the weather).

Before you do, we asked some experts for their advice on the best way to store your coats to ensure they’re in optimal condition when you reach for them next winter.

Decide what to store

“Not all coats need to be stored throughout summer,” says Australian Wool Innovation (parent company of The Woolmark Company) chief executive John Roberts. This is because wool has inherent benefits such as breathability and moisture control, which means it can be worn all year round. “But certainly, for those living in areas where the mercury soars in summer, some heavier wool felt coats may indeed be stored away,” he says. Storing wool the right way “will increase the active-use phase of the garment”.

Daniel Nieslsenbeck, the owner of Shop Bruce, a vintage consignment store in Melbourne, suggests “trying on the coat or jacket to see if you’re still connected to the piece” before you store it. “If you’ve moved on from the style or fit, you might consider consigning or donating the item.”

Restore before you storeRepair faults such as torn pocket linings and missing buttons prior to storage. Photograph: Atli Mar Hafsteinsson/Getty Images/Cultura RF

Charlotte Hicks, the founder and designer of Esse Studios, suggests spending time at the end of the season making your coat “look as good as it did when you bought it”. She advises getting any small faults repaired, such as torn pocket linings, belt loops, or lost buttons. She says this is important “so things don’t continue to fall out of shape” while the piece is packed away.

She recommends getting your coat dry cleaned at the end of the season, “to avoid any residual spills discolouring the fabric over time”. She points out that this will also “remove odours, which can attract unwanted friends”.

Nieslsenbeck agrees. “We recommend dry cleaning coats prior to storage if necessary.” If the coat is still in “excellent condition”, it “can be lightly steamed and given ample time to dry” instead.

Practise best storageKeep coats on hangers with round, wide edges to keep shoulders in shape off-season. Photograph: romiri/Alamy

Be aware that wool and other animal fibres contain keratin, which attracts moths, so it’s important to ensure woollen, cashmere or mohair coats are kept in a place where they won’t be eaten.

Once your coat has been cleaned and any repairs have been handled, do not file it away in a plastic dry cleaning bag. Hicks suggests hanging coats on hangers with round, wide ends to ensure the shoulder shape holds through the off season. Then cover it in a calico suit bag, with cedar wood balls to repel moths and silverfish. A cedar wood suit hanger should also do the trick.

Roberts agrees that “wrapping your wool coat in a light cotton fabric ensures your wool retains its as-new appearance”.

Hanging coats in a breathable cotton garment bag with some cedar balls at the bottom should keep pests at bay. Photograph: leschnyhan/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Avoid vacuum-packing coats in airtight bags, both Nieslsenbeck and Hicks say, as the suction can compromise the shape of the coat. If you don’t have enough hanging space, Nieslsenbeck recommends storing coats folded, with acid-free tissue paper, in plastic bins with clear lids and some Huon pine blocks to repel moths. He says “packing boxes should never be over-filled and we recommend storing in a weatherproof environment free from mould, damp [and] humidity”.

Storing puffer jackets

Like woollen coats, puffer jackets or down jackets should be stored clean, but generally taking a down jacket to the dry cleaner is ill-advised.

Instead, machine wash your down jacket on a gentle cycle at 30C, select the extra rinse option and skip the spin cycle. Use a down-specific detergent and follow the directions on the bottle. This is important because traditional detergent can strip down of its natural oils and negatively affect the loft (how puffy it is) and performance. For handwashing, puffer jackets can be soaked in a sink or bucket for an hour. Once the coat has soaked, gently squeeze any excess water out, being sure not to wring it.

Before putting your puffer into storage, it’s important to dry it properly. This can be tricky – as down absorbs so much water, it may feel dry long before it really is. Storing down wet can result in mildew.

Generally speaking, it will take 24–48 hours to drip dry, depending on the weather. To prevent clumps from forming, it’s a good idea to give it the occasional fluff as it dries.

When the coat is almost dry, put it in the tumble dryer on low heat with some tennis balls or dryer balls to break down any clumps. Once you’re sure it’s dry and safe to store it, be sure it isn’t squashed or stuffed into a tight space, so the loft isn’t damaged. Kathmandu has an online guide if you’d like to see how it’s done.

The Best Coat For A New York Winter According To Trendsetters

New York City is a city known for its stylish residents. On the hottest days of summer and the most bone-chilling days of winter, you’re still apt to be impressed by the outfits you spot in SOHO or on Madison. With cold weather approaching, the best coats for a New York winter, hand selected by the stylish residents of the city, can serve as a solution to your dreary-weather blues.

In fact, if you ask the women of New York about the woes of outerwear, you may just be surprised at their excitement for the category. These experts in the art of layering know that winter coats can actually elevate any look if done right. So, before you invest in just any piece of practical outerwear for the season ahead, the creative women of New York are offering up the winter coats on their radar this season for you to check out, too.

From fresh takes on the puffer jacket inspired by an aprés-ski mentality, to artfully crafted details like embroidery and fringe (yep, you read that right), there’s an option for every aesthetic out there. So, prepare to fight the cold in an inspired way this season. There’s plenty of room to turn a practical purchase into one that lets your personal style shine.

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Return Of The Classics

“I’m very much in the mood to see a return to the classics; aprés-ski puffers, ‘70s shearlings, and menswear-inspired bomber jackets,” Kate Davidson Hudson tells TZR. The editor in chief of legacy Italian retailer LuisaViaRoma is also known for her strategically minimalistic personal style. “All feel like easy yet elevated solutions that will become the linchpin of my fall and winter wardrobe.

To get specific, she suggests the fitted cropped silhouettes at Jacquemus and oversized, cocoon-like shapes at Rick Owens when it comes to updates on the puffer jacket. “I also love all of the new iterations on the classic shearling jacket. Jacquemus, Chloé, and Lou Lou Studio do some of my favorite new season options. And, the oversized bomber jacket is the piece I will be incorporating throughout my transitional season coat wardrobe to carry me from the fall to winter months,” she says, ensuring that perennial styles like these are a worthy investment.

Neutrals For The Win

Content creator and digital marketer Coco Bassey knows never to ignore a smart, foundational staple. Glance at her Instagram feed, and you’ll see that Bassey has an affinity for elevated silhouettes and neutral styling cues. So, it only makes sense that her best tip for choosing a winter coat is to invest in a neutral hue.

“I always want to make sure my coats go with everything else in my wardrobe, so I opt for classic colors: blacks, creams, browns, and grays. Probably the most color you’ll see on a winter coat of mine is if it’s in a plaid or checkered print,” she says.

Narrowing down the options, she has her eye on the iconic Max Mara teddy coat. “It’s like the warmest, fuzziest and most fashionable blanket. I’ve had the pleasure of [borrowing one from the brand] during Fashion Week, and I’ve been obsessed ever since,” she tells TZR. With a recommendation like that (Let’s be real, who doesn’t want to feel cuddled up in a blanket?), a cozy, neutral option is certainly one to add to your winter wishlist.

East-Meets-West Edge

Sari Sloane is the founder of the westside, a California-inspired boutique that’s brought a taste of the laid-back aesthetic over to the East Coast. Sloane’s personal style is the perfect embodiment of West Coast Bohemian meets polished, New York sensibility — and she continues that code even into winter.

“We have stores on both coasts, so I’m constantly drumming up inspiration on my trips to Los Angeles. I enjoy the effortless attitude of the West Coast and I try to replicate that in my style on the East Coast, she says.”

When it comes to her cold-weather essentials, she says that they must be “fun and have a little edge, so fringe and color block options are really catching my eye.” She adds, “one of my favorite coats in our fall collection is the Colorblock Shawl coat that we have this season that is a fun balance of style and function.”

Perked Up Puffer

Stylist Allison Berlin has offered up advice on the iconic show What Not to Wear to high-profile New Yorkers, so you can trust she knows a thing or two about what works in the city. Her non-negotiable? A coat must do its job.

“I hate feeling the cold, so outerwear is something I invest in, and I encourage my clients to do the same. A great outerwear piece completes any outfit and makes an entrance, or that crucial first impression,” Berlin says — and yes, it really is that important.

“This season, I’m looking for an oversized puffer that is wearable, but has the right amount of impact,” she tells TZR on narrowing down her outerwear selects. While it’s undeniable that a puffer jacket will keep you warm, Berlin offers up how to take the look to the next level; “I’m pushing myself to lighten up with cream and other light neutrals. I’m loving all the great textures out there from vegan leather to cozy shearling — whether you go for all-over shearling or just a furry collar.”

It’s All In The Details

You may know Maria Tash for her intricately designed jewelry, but she also has an equally thoughtful approach to personal style. With her delicate earrings and necklaces, it’s unsurprising that Tash is elevating her winter coats with small details that go the extra mile. She explains, “I love a cinched waist and belt over outerwear. People normally associate a belt with holding up pants or over a dress to create a defined waist, but this accessory, more than any other can transform a silhouette, and makes a coat that others may have, individualized and unique. ” Her suggestion on choosing the right one? Go one size larger than you’d normally wear and choose a complementing color.

To take styling one step further, Tash is also adorning lapels with one-of-a-kind pins. “After watching some movies from the 1930s-1940s, I purchased some vintage diamond dress clips to add to lapels of my trenches and outerwear to make them even more interesting,” she says. This is the perfect solution for taking a tried-and-true coat and updating it for a personalized approach.

Oversized Obsession

Lisa Aiken is known for her impeccable taste — whether that’s through her work as fashion and lifestyle director at Neiman Marcus or gracing the streets of global Fashion Weeks with her eye-catching looks. So, when it comes to selecting the most coveted coats of the season, it’s not difficult to trust her opinion.

This year, Aiken is taking a “more is more” approach by leaning into the oversized aesthetic. “Everything is oversized, whether that’s a strong shouldered masculine overcoat which is a forever staple or a longer length luxe robe coat. The exaggerated puffer is a New York essential and has been given a fashion update,” she says. Seeding through the many options on the market, she says her personal wishlist includes “several super-chic leather and shearling options that would be incredible investment pieces for years to come.”

And, choosing an of-the-moment outerwear look doesn’t stop there; it’s all in how you wear, too. Aiken suggests, “on the styling side, refresh any silhouette by layering a hoodie underneath then opting for a cap instead of a beanie. Adding a pair of chunky lug sole boots is an instant update.”

Practicality Is Key

Rachael Wang is an industry-leading stylist and consultant who’s on a mission to help move the industry towards sustainable and ethical practices. She leads by example when it comes to both her work and personal style as she’s “most excited about brands that are designing outerwear with recycled or lower impact textiles” this season — and every season.

For many, their instinct is to look towards glossies or social media when seeking inspiration; as for Wang, she’s looking outside of the typical box. She says, “I always find inspiration in people who dress for utilitarian purposes. I look to communities who have inhabited cold weather climates for generations and how they layer for function.” To put that notion into action, she says, “it’s all about oversized for me for the ease of layering as well as a feeling of ease and comfort.” Who can’t relate to rushing out the door and throwing on a coat only for it not to fit over your chunky sweater? With oversized outerwear, that worry goes out the window.

Keep It Cropped

Get acquainted with Desyree Nicole, the founder behind up-and-coming label Todd Patrick. Her designs have been loved by the likes of Joe Jonas and Jeannie Mai Jenkins. Basically, she has a keen eye for what the future of fashion looks like across markets.

When it comes to outerwear, Nicole is taking a sporty-chic approach. Her go-to? Cropped silhouettes. “Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards puffer coats and cropped outerwear; I think it transfers over well as the seasons change. ” And, cropped silhouettes allow your bottoms to have a fashion moment, too. She says, “a nice puffer with clean trousers always kills” and adheres to her personal code of “everyday wear but elevated” — an approach that’s easy to get behind.

Shield Of Style

Stylist to trendsetters like Olivia Palermo and Ashley Benson, Jacqueline Zenere has an eye for looks that are cool but most importantly, also wearable. She dresses clients with a “bicoastal and beyond” approach as they may just be anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.

“Growing up in Chicago, having a great coat wasn’t so much a desire as it was a requirement. Bundling up is in my DNA, so much so that when it comes to styling my clients or myself for street style, outerwear sets the tone and direction of the look,” she says. “All coats are a sort of armor to the wearer: a shield from earthly elements. As a stylist, however, my interest in outerwear lies beyond basic function,” she tells TZR while coining the term “shield of style” for a winter coat.

So, when it comes to picking which style to invest in, Zenere leans towards building an arsenal rather than sticking to one. This season, she’s narrowed it down to three: the two-tone (noting how “such a simple concept, can be so unique”), the extra cozy “sleeping bag coat” that’s been seen in BTS shots of …And Just Like That, as well as a polished yet interesting duster.

Carefully Crafted

Wing Yau is the founder and designer behind WWAKE, the sustainably-minded fine jewelry company that merges art into her designs. If you’ve had the opportunity to familiarize yourself with Yau’s architectural pieces, know that her approach to dressing has an equally artful approach. “I’m obsessed with handcrafted details — embroidery, patchwork, colorful folds or ties; basically little decorative details on what is otherwise a big, practical winter jacket,” she says.

While it seems as though a coat like this may be hard to find, Yau has a fast favorite. “I’m in love with the work of J. Kim! They have such an interesting aesthetic that merges nostalgic Korean details and European silhouettes, I can’t get enough. I especially love their Bale jacket, a traditional puffer silhouette, marked with decorative cutouts that tie together like little Korean handkerchiefs that carry a lunch!” Practicality meeting beautiful, storied details? That makes for an immediate “add to cart” moment.

Corduroy Puffer Coats Are Officially Blake Lively-Approved

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Kate Middleton, Oprah, fashion editors, and Amazon shoppers are all obsessed with the puffy, marshmallow-like coats that are as comfy as they appear to be stylish and warm. But we must say, we just spotted the coolest version of the trending topper on none other than Blake Lively, because, well, duh! It’s Blake Lively.

Lively was spotted hand in hand with Ryan Reynolds in coordinating corduroy looks — yep, the ’70s are back, baby, and we’re 100 percent here for it. Reynolds wore blue khakis, a blue cardigan, a green corduroy jacket, and Nike sneakers. Lively matched his vibe in light-wash jeans, a $1,875 Moncler corduroy puffer coat, and $150 Nike Air Max 90 NRG sneakers, the latter two of which you can still grab at Nordstrom. So hurry! 

The main takeaway here — aside from the fact that Lively and Reynolds are couple goals and that the actress is the queen of high-low dressing —  is that while puffers truly come in all shapes, colors, and fabrications, the corduroy version might just be the coolest (and most stylish) of them all. 

The original puffer coat may have been designed in that classic water-resistant material, but over the years, it’s received many upgrades that have helped it become a pretty unstoppable outerwear pick in the fashion world. Now you’ll find velvet puffers, leather puffers, and of course, corduroy puffers — basically, all fabrics that feel a bit more elevated than the traditional, but just as warm and cozy.

Corduroy puffers are trending, partly because of Lively and partly because the fabric of the bygone decade is in the midst of a comeback right now. So if you want to get in on the coat trend before it really blows up, consider adding one of the below styles to your cart ASAP. Styles and sizes are already selling out.

Shop more corduroy puffers below. 

Sleeping bag puffer coat: where it came from and why it’s back

Come winter, it seems like you’re never more than 10 feet away from a puffer coat. People run down subway stairs bundled into jackets that look like duvets with sleeves. Restaurants are packed with puffy jackets thrown over the backs of chairs, sleeves poking out into the aisles. They’re found in Costco next to the paper towels and in Balenciaga next to the $900 fanny packs. Moms wear them, Rihanna has one the size of a Christian tent revival, and in South Korea, it’s the mark of class divide.

Down coats never go out of style, but they had a real moment last winter and are poised to enjoy the same attention as this winter approaches. Orolay’s $140 Amazon coat first took over the Upper East Side and then the world, earning its own fan-fueled Instagram handle. Moncler released puffer coat couture gowns during 2019 Milan Fashion Week, adding a ski-weekend touch to ballgowns. And as of August, Aritzia has been back to promoting its “Super Puff” coat, which inspired a slew of memes in 2018 poking fun at the bulgy puffer jacket.

The puffer reappears year after year because of the relatively slow cycle of outerwear fashion, and the rotation is sluggish because coats have a purpose that’s outside of style. “Utilitarian clothing, there are certain things they can’t sacrifice. Outerwear in particular needs to do its job,” says Marjorie Jolles, co-editor of Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style.

This makes people replace coats slower than they would shirts, for example, which have a more aesthetic investment. “The ratio of aesthetics to utility is really different when you’re standing on a train platform in February.

You don’t care as much.” Since puffer jackets are well insulated, trap body heat, and are champs at keeping you warm during the worst of winter, they come back year after year, including this season.

Outerwear also has a slow turnover rate because coats only get trotted out during certain months of the year, so it extends their life in a wardrobe. You don’t get tired of it as quickly as the shirt you wear weekly. “Coats have a different signifying power. You’re taking it off as soon as you’re indoors, so not only does it have a short life in the calendar year, it has a short life in the day,” Jolles says. Basically, you’re not going to replace the coat that keeps you the warmest — which you only wear for a few hours a day anyway — just for aesthetic reasons.

“The ratio of aesthetics to utility is really different when you’re standing on a train platform in February.”

Puffers have been around since the 1930s, introduced to the market after Eddie Bauer nearly died of exposure when his wool sweater froze from rain on a fishing trip.

Not anxious to knock on death’s door a second time around, Bauer came up with a waist-length quilted puffer coat with a knitted collar. But it was designer Norma Kamali in the early ’70s that came up with the ankle-length coat we know and love today. And much like Bauer, the idea came to Kamali during a moment of discomfort. (If we can call hypothermia discomfort.)

Kamali found herself on a post-divorce camping trip with a friend in the middle of August in Upstate New York. The weather was already turning nippy, so when Kamali got out of her tent in the middle of the night for a bathroom break, she wrapped her sleeping bag around her shoulders before sprinting for the trees. The pee run turned out to be a source of inspiration. “As I’m walking into the woods I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God this is such a great coat.’ So I went back home, I took my sleeping bag, and I cut a coat out of it and I didn’t waste one part of the sleeping bag,” Kamali told the Museum at FIT. That pattern was the one that she has used ever since for her Sleeping Bag Coat, which launched in 1973 and still sells today.

She even included a sleeping bag cover that the coat could be neatly folded into.

The sleeping bag coat immediately took off. Elton John, Cher, and Elizabeth Montgomery all bought one. The doormen at Studio 54 used to wear them, and it was seen as just the thing to wear indoors when President Jimmy Carter’s energy-saving plan lowered thermostats to 65 degrees in the winter of ’73.

Today, if you want to follow in the footsteps of the Rocket Man or disco club bouncers, you can still buy one of the many versions of the coat on Kamali’s site, NormaKamali.com, ranging from $500 to $1,450. The coat still has a demand, and has made a quiet appearance in popular culture throughout the years. André Leon Talley, Lady Gaga, and Solange have all worn the iconic red version.

Editor Andre Leon Talley in a red Norma Kamali sleeping bag coat.
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The sleeping bag coat wasn’t just quirky. It ushered in a culture-altering trend that would make puffer coats as much of a winter staple as Ugg boots.

The long parka echoed extreme environmental wear, and people liked to wear the sleeping bag coat to feel modern. “In Los Angeles, where mercury hit the high 70s last week, students were roaming college campuses in parkas, shorts and bare feet,” the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1976. “In New York, where the wind chill factor was 50 below zero, people wore down-filled coats and jackets for everything from theater openings to job interviews.”

People bought the coat both for its Arctic-like quality, and because it was so eccentric. You had to have a sense of humor to wear it because it was so unusual at the time. “It just looked so preposterous I had to have it,” Janet Carlson, a director of an advertising firm, told the LA Times in 1976. “ It makes me feel like a little girl tucked in a big man’s pocket. And it’s turned out to be a shelter from the cold, an umbrella for the rain, an evening or a daytime coat. But I don’t take it seriously. I wear it as if it’s something funny I just said.”

Hilarious or not, the trend caught on, even if passerby were bewildered by the marshmallow-like jacket. Stephanie Baum of Greenwich Village was just leaving her apartment for her secretarial job when the man she lived with poked his head out of their bedroom window and called out, “Hey, you forgot to take off your sleeping bag.” Baum just smirked over her padded shoulder.

“I wear it as if it’s something funny I just said.”

“And off she went, hands deep in the pockets of her purple quilted coat, to join the world of other working women in their quilted coats. It was 28 degrees outside, but inside her down-filled coat it felt ‘like summer,’” the New York Times reported in 1979.

People had a whole host of theories why the long parka trend exploded. Some thought it was a sign of an imminent doom. “And now, people seem to be tossing out the frivolous in favor of anything practical — as if they’re preparing for a cataclysm,” the Los Angeles Times reported in 1976. Paco Rabanne, a Paris fashion designer, told the paper it was a sign that World War III was right around the corner. “Women already are starting to look like refugees, he says. They’re dressing in practical layers, piling everything on under all-purpose jackets. To Rabanne, this means the next world war will start in 1983.”

While the apocalypse obviously didn’t happen, Rabanne might have been onto something. When the World Trade Towers collapsed in 2001, Kamali’s sleeping bag coats spiked in popularity. “People wanted to feel comforted,” Kamali told the Financial Times in 2019. “Even though it wasn’t the season for us to be making them, we had to get the factory back to work. They just worked with whatever materials they had, so we had little notes in with the coats saying ‘This is not necessarily an outerwear garment, it is intended to make you feel safe.’”

Los Angeles psychologist James Douglas Scott had another theory. “Some people are concerned about conserving natural resources and surviving in an energy crisis. So they turn down the heat, wear parkas indoors or out to help the ecology and prove they can endure,” he told the Los Angeles Times in ‘76. “But primarily, I think parka partisans are probably the more sexually liberated part of the population. After all, down-filled jackets are soft, cuddly and comfortable. People who wear them are the ones who want to stay loose and have fun. Feeling good is nice, and parkas feel good.”

Scott wasn’t wrong. To mark the coat’s 10-year anniversary, Kamali invited owners of sleeping bag coats via a Village Voice ad to create a meetup on Wall Street in New York. In 1983, a group of 75 padded folks in all sorts of coat colors assembled on the steps of the Stock Exchange to create one of Kamali’s fashion videos.

“What is the most provocative thing that’s happened to you in your sleeping bag coat,” the group was asked. One woman said, “I can say one thing: thank god they’re machine washable.” Having affairs in puffer coats aside, fans of sleeping bag coats found many other uses for them.

“The coat works incredibly for keeping your take-home food warm for those cold days when you have blocks to walk and you want a nice warm dinner,” one owner said. “You don’t have to reheat it, you just put it in your sleeping bag coat and it’s warm when you get there.”

Others used theirs as picnic blankets, a bed for a cat birthing kittens, or as a cozy blanket. “It’s good in the movie theater because you feel like your at home watching television with your comforter,” one person said. “It feels like a portable futon.”

One drawback was the mammoth size, though. “Another quite embarrassing situation with the sleeping bag coat: walking into a tiny little restaurant, with tiny little tables, with tiny little aisles and walking by and knocking over someone’s drink onto someone’s lap.”

But one thing the mob agreed on was the sense of community wearing the unusual coat. When you saw someone with the same puffy sleeves and blobby silhouette, you instantly acknowledged each other. “You’re like instant friends and you’ve got something in common. It’s the biggest sorority, fraternity, all over organization going, the sleeping bag coat club.”

“It feels like a portable futon.”

As the years went by, the ankle-length down coat became less of a novelty and more of a staple. The more that folks saw puffers briskly walking down streets, the more normal they became. The sleeping bag coat began to multiply and be knocked off by other brands, mostly because Kamali didn’t have the resources to stop the copycats. In 1999, Maison Margiela created the duvet coat, which looked like a comforter with sleeves. More recently, River Island released a pink “sleeping bag coat” in 2017 that hung around the shoulders like a pulled-on blanket, and Moncler released a sleeveless floor-length puffer in 2018 that made you look like a walking bedroll.

“There are times when you own your own business and other people are influenced by something you’re doing, and they have more money and more advertising power to sell it, and you’re still trying to figure out how to pay the rent,” Kamali told the New York Times in 2018. But she wasn’t one to brood. “You can have them. I’m on to the next thing.”

With the slower cycle of coat trends and the convenience of being well insulated once temperatures drop, long puffer jackets have stuck around. So go ahead, swaddle yourself with a sleeping bag with sleeves. It’ll never go out of style.

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Seeing as there are still plenty of winter weeks ahead, everyone knows that the season’s hottest accessory is always a stylish and functional winter coat.

After all, when the snow starts to fall and the chilly winds pick up, a chic leather jacket just doesn’t stand a chance. Luckily, there’s a multitude of puffer coat options from the likes of Eddie Bauer, Triple Fat Goose and Uniqlo to choose from. But with so many options available, it’s time to cut through the clutter.

From water-resistant outer shells to super-soft interiors, these coats will keep you dry and toasty all winter long. Shop the best puffer coats for every occasion and need below.

1.
Best Long Puffer Coat: L.L. Bean Warm Core Down Coat, $249 Credit: L.L. Bean

This coat from L.L. Bean is one of our very favorites, thanks to its long hem that falls at mid-thigh, its removable hood and deep pockets. Plus, it comes in four colors as well as petite, regular and plus sizes.

2.
Best Lightweight Puffer Coat: Patagonia Nano Puff Water Repellent Puffer Jacket, $279

This Patagonia puffer coat is great for those that are looking for a water-resistant and warm style that isn’t overly bulky. While this coat is considered lightweight, it’s windproof and can truly hold its own.

3.
Best Water-Repellant Puffer Coat: Eddie Bauer Sun Valley Down Parka, $179.40 (Orig. $299) Credit: Eddie Bauer

Encased in a durable water-repellent finish, this down parka from Eddie Bauer lets water bead on its surface as opposed to absorbing it and getting you wet. We also love this style’s detachable hood, adjustable cuffs and two-way front zipper.

4.
Best Colorful Puffer Coat: Free People Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket, $148 Credit: Free People

This Free People style is ideal for those looking to make a statement with color. Available in six different shades, this quilted puffer jacket is packable and created with PrimaLoft insulation.

5.
Best Trendy Puffer Coat: Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket, $149.99+

Known by most as the viral “Amazon jacket,” the Orolay Thickened Down Jacket is a favorite amongst fashionistas due to its ribbon accents, fluffy hood interior and numerous zippered pockets.

6.
Best On-The-Move Puffer Coat: Lululemon Wunder Puff Jacket, $268 Credit: Lululemon

The Wunder Puff from Lululemon is not only exceedingly warm and durable, but it has a cinch-able “interior waist and hem drawcord to customize your fit.” This style is also machine-wash safe.

7.
Best Hooded Puffer Coat: Levi’s Women’s Faux Fur Lined Hooded Parka, $88.98+

Cozy up in this faux-fur-lined hooded parka from Levi’s. This coat has both a front zipper as well as snap closures, and an adjustable outer drawstring waist cord. It also comes in six more neutral colors.

8.
Best Splurge-Worthy Puffer Coat: Triple Fat Goose Delphine Puffer Down Jacket, $450 Credit: Triple Fat Goose

While on the higher end of price points, this high-quality Triple Fat Goose coat is worth every penny. Plus, this coat has four warm pockets to keep your hands toasty and store everything from your wallet to your phone.

9.
Best Plus-Size Puffer Coat: Universal Standard Rainier Short Hooded Puffer, $228 Credit: Universal Standard

This puffer from Universal Standard features a two-way zipper and fleece-lined pockets. It’s also the most size-inclusive option that we’ve come across, available in sizes 00 to 40. Just be sure to nab it fast — these styles go quickly.

10.
Best Inexpensive Puffer Coat: Old Navy Hooded Narrow-Channel Puffer Jacket, $50 (Orig. $59.99) Credit: Old Navy

While this jacket from Old Navy is the most affordable option on our list, we also love it for its stylish quilting and minimal design. You can shop it in three colors and petite and standard sizes.

11.
Best Cropped Puffer Coat: Gap Upcycled Cropped Puffer Jacket, $70.99 (Orig. $148) Credit: Gap

If you’re in the market for a more fashionable puffer, we’d recommend this one from Gap that has a “100 percent recycled fill, shell and lining. ” Whether you opt for it in black, pink or olive green, you’ll shine thanks to its sleek exterior.

12.
Best Neutral Puffer Coat: Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Hooded Coat, $69.90 (Orig. $89.90) Credit: Uniqlo

A bargain for under $100, this long puffer from Uniqlo is water-repellent, extremely packable and anti-static. Fans of a matte finish can shop this coat in five neutral hues.

13.
Best Silhouette Puffer Coat: Express Cinched Waist Recycled Puffer Jacket, $139.99 (Orig. $168) Credit: Express

This Express puffer has been deemed “best silhouette” on the list because of its flattering cinched pull-cord waist. You can snag this jacket on sale now in army green, white and black.

14.
Best Packable Puffer Coat: The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, $279 Credit: The North Face

Cute enough to wear on the ski slopes or around town, this jacket from The North Face has a boxy silhouette and stowable hood, plus it can be packed down to fit into a small interior pocket so you can tuck it away with ease.

15.
Best Belted Puffer Coat: Kate Spade New York Hooded Belted Puffer Coat, $238.80 (Orig. $398) Credit: Bloomingdale’s

If you typically shy away from puffers due to their fluffy natural, this belted style may be right up your alley. This coat from Kate Spade features a self-tie belt, detachable hood and faux-fur trim.

16.
Best Oversized Puffer Coat: Everlane The ReNew Long Puffer, $175 Credit: Everlane

This hooded jacket by Everlane is another great style for under $200. You’ll love the oversized fit and the fact that this style is made of 100 percent recycled polyester.

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Puffer jacket – 21 best puffer jackets for winter 2021

The puffer jacket is no longer just the protective winter coat option for the practically inclined. The fashion world has embraced this style with open arms, reworking the classic outdoor stalwart with bold designs, colours and shapes. From belted and balloon sleeves to pastel colours and oversized padding, there’s no shortage on options for this mega-popular trend.

With the sudden temperature drop and incoming bitter chills – that rudely interrupt our weekend walks and evening drink plans – the puffer coat is hands down the MVP of our winter wardrobe right now. The puffer can be as thick and pillowy as you desire, with extra padding, or you could opt for the thinner and the very stylish sister of the puffer – the quilted jacket, that are all over the high street right now, with a subtle layer of insulation.

Rest assured, whichever you decide, these puffer jackets are guaranteed to keep you warm and snug throughout this wonderful winter season.

Scroll through to see our Editor’s best picks.

1

Best cold-weather puffer jacket

Women’s Himalayan Down Jacket The North Face thenorthface.co.uk

£320.00

The North Face, aka the destination for the best-quality outdoor gear, has brought back its iconic Himalayan Down Jacket this season. Its original nylon ripstop material blocks wind, and the 550-fill of responsibly-sourced down will keep you nice and toasty. Available in four cute colours for your weekend hike, your lunch break walk, or, you know, just to wear to brunch on the weekend.

2 The Duvet Puffer – Smoke

Everlane, £234 everlane.com

If duvet days are your idea of heaven, take Everlane’s duvet coat into the outside world and feel as snug as a bug in a rug, like you never left your bed. The added wrap waist belt gives this puffer extra style points. 

3 Side-zip quilted coat

No fuss or frills, this laidback puffer in black – available in a cool rust shade too, fyi – is the ideal shape and length to pair with anything from jeans to mini skirts and maxi dresses. 

4 Feather & Down Padded Longline Coat

Per Una marksandspencer.com

£129.00

M&S’ puffer coat will stand out in a padded crowd with its unique bell sleeves, whilst boasting that classic parka khaki shade and longline shape.   

5 Oversized puffer jacket with hood

Monki, £65 monki.com

The boxy shape, thick padding and dreamy off-white shade – we love everything about this Monki hooded puffer. 

6 + NET SUSTAIN oversized quilted recycled shell coat

GANNI net-a-porter.com.uk

£425.00

The distinctive pockets and oversized shape is true to Ganni’s uber cool and much-loved designs. Its shell is also made from recycled materials that were destined for landfill, making this just an all-round great purchase.  

7 2021 Long Down Puffer Coat

Arket, £225 arket.com

Arket’s quality puffer is a coat you’ll wear forever. A classic longline silhouette, great khaki colour and endless style, as well as being filled with 100% recycled down and feathers and made from recycled nylon. A true winner. 

8 Black long quilted coat

Monki, £65 monki.com

If puffer coats incite Michelin Man fears in you, opt for the more relaxed quilted style. This lengthy classic black coat from Monki can be thrown over any outfit for a warm and stylish layer and is a great price too. 

9 Quilted Coat

& Other Stories stories.com.uk

£135.00

Another quilted option that will keep you toasty and still agile is this Stories number, this time with a wave-y quilted pattern that is all kinds of chic. 

10 Down jacket

The shine of this midnight blue ultra-puffy puffer jacket from H&M is giving us some major space-y vibes and we are loving it. 

11 Quilted buttoned coat

MANGO mango.com

US$149.99

Mango’s beautiful brown puffer is a great in-between length. The shade is so chic and matches all those autumnal ‘fits we’ve got on rotation right now. 

12 Oversized down jacket

A beast of a jacket that is sure to keep those gust of winds at bay complete with a wide protective hood. We especially love the earthy yellow-beige shade. 

13 Nike Plus classic padded jacket with hood in black

If you’re looking for a puffer that sticks to its sporty roots, Nike’s classic black number is your best bet, featuring the white logo on the front and emblazoned with an oversized tick on the back.  

14 Quilted Zip Jacket

& Other Stories stories.com.uk

£120.00

Another elegant wave quilted jacket from Stories, but this time in a shorter length with large outer pockets and in a stunning lilac colour.

15 Promise Cropped Puffer

Weekday, £55 weekday.com

All of the 2000s cool and sporty vibes in this crisp white and super cropped puffer jacket.

16 Quilted Jersey Jacket, Brown

Hush johnlewis.com

£110.00

If you’re looking for a more lightweight jacket that you’ll be able to layer beneath coats and wear alone when the temperature rises, this is your guy. 

17 Longline reversible puffer jacket with hood in cream

Paired with your chunkiest platform boots this mega length puffer will be your winter safety blanket. It’s reversible too, which will definitely come in handy for any unexpected spills on that gorgeous cream quilt. 

18 Women’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket – best puffer jackets

The North Face thenorthface.co.uk

£250.00

This boxy design is an iconic classic from The North Face and comes in a bunch of different shades. The purple and black is a fab colour combo. It also has a pack-away hood ready for our indecisive weather. 

19 Allana Puffer Coat

AllSaints allsaints.com

£399.00

Show those icy climes and bitter winds you mean business in AllSaints’ badass puffer coat, keeping those long weekend walks nice and toasty.

20 Oversized boxy long puffer jacket

& Other Stories stories.com.uk

£175.00

Whilst this puffer jacket is oversized, the long length and subtle quilting keeps it from being too bulky. Plus, the high funnel neck will feel like being nestled in a blanket, which is very appealing right now.

21 The Corduroy Puffer – Clay

Everlane, £127 everlane.com

Mix up your materials and opt for cord, which works especially well in this cropped  bomber style. This “greige” colour looks excellent with white denim. 

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90,000 Global Warming For centuries, humans have tried to beat the cold with robes and blankets. The down jacket changed everything: Style: Values: Lenta.ru

Lenta.ru continues a series of publications about different types of clothing and the manner of wearing it. In the previous articles of the cycle, it was about stilettos, a mini-skirt, a man’s dress, a suit, a tie and tights. This time – the history of the creation and transformation of a down jacket.

The secret of a good down jacket lies in several criteria: in the ratio of down and feather, quality of materials, accuracy of quilting and layering.Approximately the same requirements were imposed on the prototype of the down jacket – an ordinary wadded robe that appeared at least two thousand years ago. A typical robe was wrapped and tied with a belt; it consisted of two layers of fabric, between which there was a filling of cotton wool or wool.

Long-length or short-cut wadded gowns have been worn since ancient times by both men and women in Central and Southeast Asia. It was called differently among different peoples: among the Uzbeks – “hirku”, among the Manchus and northern Chinese – “changfu pao”, among the Mongolian and Central Asian nomads – “keften” and “tegel”.

A wadded robe in China was a familiar garment for all segments of the population. It is too hot for fur or sheepskin coats there, even in the cold season, and the country did not abound in fur animals. Rich people wore robes made of expensive silk satin, which were decorated with braid, lace, embroidery, applique. The poor were content with cheap, unadorned robes.

In Japan, especially on the northern islands, winters are quite harsh, and there are almost no fur animals, as in China. The Japanese were quilting themselves with cotton mats and blankets – futons.They slept on them, they covered them instead of blankets, and in especially cold weather they would wrap themselves in futons, like in a blanket, sitting at home by the brazier with hot coals. The futon, draped over the shoulders, once gave the designer Martin Margiela the idea of ​​the 1999 Maison Martin Margiela winter collection.

Mongolian versions of “quilted jackets” were shortened: so it is more convenient to ride a horse. Kaftan and tegel were stuffed with cotton wool very tightly, so that, as the saying goes, “stood with a stake.” But they protected from the winter cold, piercing winds of the steppe, summer heat and enemy arrows in battle.If a warrior was shot from a bow at close range from a short distance, of course, the tegel could not save him, but one could be protected from an arrow at its end.

It was from the Mongol nomads in the Middle Ages that quilted jackets came to Russia, where they were renamed “caftan” and “tegil”. The caftan became ordinary clothing, the tegil became armor for poor warriors and militias (princes, boyars and their warriors fought in chain mail).

In northern countries, poor people had a problem not in the lack of fur, but in its high cost.The fur of wild animals was expensive. Coarse sheepskin could be worn, but it is heavy and uncomfortable. It was impossible to create a quilted jacket in northern Europe in the Middle Ages due to the fact that cotton does not grow there, and, accordingly, there was no cotton. But the poor Norwegian peasants got out of the situation, stuffing their “quilted jackets” with bird fluff. It is these clothes that are the direct ancestor of modern down jackets.

For padding jackets, as the Norwegians were the first to find out, a feather is not suitable, and not just any down. For example, chicken feathers and chicken fluff (which poultry does not have that much) were only suitable for pillows.The northerners, who knew well the habits and appearance of birds, realized that the best option for stuffing was eider down (Somateria mollissima), which the birds used to line their nests.

At the beginning of the 16th century, the first eider nursery was opened by order of the Norwegian king Christian IV. The fluff was no longer collected in the wild, but eiders were specially grown. The lightness and warmth of clothes and featherbeds on eider down were also appreciated in other European countries. Well-tailored clothes made from expensive fabrics with this “natural filler” cost almost as much as fur.

However, in modern times, down jackets from a prestigious item again became peasant clothing. The booming English textile industry clothed Europe in light and warm woolen cloth. Peter I patronized trade with Europeans and built a fleet, which affected the export of furs. Later in European countries, there was a rail link, stagecoaches and other public transport. For distant trips, it was no longer necessary to wrap up tightly.

However, for adventure seekers in the Far North and Far South, there was no alternative to down clothing.So, the Norwegian Amundsen and the British Scott simultaneously rushed to the South Pole, but Scott died. One of the reasons was insufficiently warm, heavy and uncomfortable equipment.

The same problems hindered the conquerors of the peaks. European climbers tried to conquer the Himalayas, but it was too difficult to drag a fur coat up the mountain along with equipment. Sherpas (guides) accustomed to the highlands wore quilted jackets, and they gave the Europeans the right idea.

In 1922, George Ingle Finch, a mountaineer who dreamed of conquering Everest, was the first to put on the eiderdown jacket familiar to Norwegian peasants in the mountains.Finch was envied by many, but eiderdown was in short supply – almost like under Christian IV. I had to look for a more or less suitable replacement. She became goose down, much cheaper and widely available in all parts of the world. Of course, it was not as light and warm as the fluff of a polar duck, but there was a lot of it, and it cost little.

This variant came to mind of an enterprising American Eddie Bauer. He was a great lover of fishing and one day in 1936 he almost froze to death, carried away by fishing. Miraculously avoiding death from hypothermia, he went on the next fishing trip in a jacket stuffed with goose down.In 1940, Bauer received a patent for a down jacket called the Skyliner, quickly became rich and founded the Eddie Bauer brand, which still exists today.

At the beginning of the 21st century, a real technological breakthrough took place in the production of warm, comfortable and durable outdoor clothing: natural filling (down with the addition of feathers) began to be supplemented with innovative developments. One of them is the so-called softshell (roughly translated as “soft shell”, cozy and warm “shell”), textiles for sewing down jackets in the techwear category.

Technically, softshell looks like two or three layers of material joined together. Upper finished with DWR water-repellent treatment. The second layer is a high-tech membrane (for example, Gore-Tex, Ventrix or Omni-Tec). It has a high vapor permeability. That is, when a person actively moves and sweats, a membrane with micro-holes removes moisture outside and does not let it back in. The third layer is a soft material like fleece that retains heat (for example, Uniqlo has Heattech textiles).

The modern techwear down jacket has other little secrets of comfort and reliability. Taped seams (or seamless technologies), tight cuffs that prevent cold from penetrating the sleeves, drawstrings and additional fasteners inside clothes, waterproof pockets where you can safely put your smartphone. There were even attempts to equip the down jacket with solar panels.

However, the most important thing for a down jacket with natural down is still the down itself. For expensive clothes with high thermal protection rates, this is still the same eiderdown.Goose down follows in terms of price and quality. For inexpensive urban down jackets, use duck down or even duck down mixed with feathers. This filler does not provide such warmth, which is required to conquer the pole, but is also addressed to those who are not going to the pole.

An important factor in the quality of a down jacket is the elasticity of the down, the ability to recover its shape after prolonged deformation. For the highest quality products, this figure is 900 units, the lower limit of acceptability is 500 units.If the tag of the down jacket has a lower coefficient of elasticity, or if it is not indicated at all, there is a risk that the down jacket will fall off from long wear or during the first wash.

Down jacket in the twentieth century lived two lives. The first is the life of innovative clothing for polar explorers, climbers, explorers and hunters. The alternative life of a down jacket unfolded on fashion catwalks. Talented fashion designers of the last century were real visionaries, by whom no unusual near-fashion phenomena passed.The utilitarian down jacket also became a source of inspiration.

A year after Eddie Bauer patented the goose down jacket, British designer Charles James has already amazed his clients with a sculpted satin evening jacket stuffed with eider down. This piece has become a textbook in the history of fashion. She was inspired by fashion designers of subsequent generations, in particular, Yves Saint Laurent.

The ability of a high-quality down jacket to keep a sculptural shape allowed the deconstructors of the turn of the XX-XXI centuries (the already mentioned Margiela, the British Garrett Pugh, the Japanese Yohji Yamamoto, Junia Watanabe, Rei Kawakubo) to create real abstract sculptures from down, clothed in fabric.In the 2000s, down jackets became romantic. Ermanno Scervino decorated them with lace, appliqués and natural fur.

Nicolas Ghesquière, in the 2007 Balenciaga winter collection, pulled down jackets with a wide black corset belt, turning the silhouette into a Victorian. Italian brands of the luxury casual segment – Sportmax, Herno, Brunello Cucinelli and others – supplemented urban down jackets with cashmere details: both textiles and knitwear. In the 2010s, oversized down jackets became real hits at the shows of Demna Gvasalia and Gosha Rubchinsky.They remembered the peak of popularity in the 1980s for “puffy” jackets with a super-volume silhouette and dazzling bright colors.

Casual fashion at the beginning of this century is gradually being transformed into a more sporty athleisure style, fashion for an active lifestyle. Down jackets became fashionable among athletes thanks to the first official outfitters of the Olympic Games: in 1968, Moncler provided the French team with down jackets at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble. Since then, down jackets have become the uniform for many teams at the Olympic parades.Even the Soviet national team in the 1980s changed their pompous fur coats to bright down jackets.

The down jacket market now offers a choice from classic women’s quilted coats from the respectable Max Mara to pure sports jackets from Nike, Adidas, Puma and outdoor brands Mammuth and Columbia. Among the mass-market brands, Uniqlo stands out. The Japanese produce a whole line of inexpensive models filled with down with the addition of feathers: from thin coats-liners and vests, which can be put away in a compact bag, to puffy down jackets with hoods, in which you can walk even at minus fifteen.

Italians (for example, Benetton and Geox) rely on color, bright colorful prints and unusual cut. Well, in the northern countries, in the cold season, a down jacket is still an essential item. So, according to a study by Long Tall Sally, two years ago, a down jacket became the most popular thing in Sweden. Of all the hashtags on the topic of clothing, most often the inhabitants of this country chose pufferjacket – a down jacket.

How to wash and dry a down jacket?

Knowing how to properly wash and dry your down jacket will help you look good and well-groomed throughout the cold season.These tips will help to preserve not only our women’s down jackets, but also any others.
Down jacket used to be called those products, the lining of which consisted of bird down. Now outerwear, including down jackets, is made not only from natural, but also artificial materials. In this article, you can get the information that will help you figure out how to wash things correctly, including based on their filler.


What is important to know first?

First you need to determine what your jacket consists of, you can find out by reading the label.Wool, cotton, down and feathers are natural materials, the rest are synthetic. It is possible that the label will be in English, then all you need to know if you are weak in translation: dow, feather, wool, cotton are natural, while the rest (for example, polyester, dupont) are synthetic materials.
The difference between washing natural and synthetic materials is that things made from natural fillers must be washed carefully, because they can easily deteriorate if mishandled.Down jackets with a natural filler are suitable only for high-quality detergents, while the water should not heat up more than 30 C. After washing, such things must be especially thoroughly dried.

How to remove stains from a down jacket?

Surface cleaning is sometimes sufficient to remove stains from a down jacket. But remember, before starting washing, you need to test the detergent, it is best to do this on an inconspicuous place of the down jacket.

  • To clean a down jacket that is free from heavy dirt, you can simply wipe the jacket with a damp, soapy sponge.
  • Greasy and greasy dirt can clean gasoline well. It is necessary to moisten a cotton pad in it and treat the contaminated areas. An adsorbent (for example, talc or salt) should be poured onto the treated areas. After that, you need to shake off the remnants, if the dirt is strong, the procedure may have to be repeated. At the end, wipe the down jacket with a damp cloth.
  • There is also a universal stain remover that removes most stains. Add a couple of teaspoons of ammonia and liquid detergent to a glass of water.The resulting mixture needs to be whipped up into foam and applied to dirty areas. After a few minutes, it is enough to wipe everything off with a damp sponge.
  • In case of a stubborn stain, you can try to discolor the stained area. But keep in mind that this method is not suitable for down jackets in bright colors. It is only necessary to mix ammonia with hydrogen peroxide in a 1: 1 ratio and wipe the problem areas.

Washing the down jacket by hand

The safest way to wash the down jacket by hand is by placing it in the bathroom with water, or by hanging it on a hanger in the shower stall.
You can wash the item vertically if the dirt is not strong:

  1. First, hang the down jacket on the hanger in the shower or bath.
  2. In order to prepare a down jacket for treatment with a detergent, you must first moisten it with a stream of water in a tangential direction (this is done in order not to touch the filler).
  3. The jacket should be lathered with a mild detergent, paying particular attention to the areas along the zipper, pockets, cuffs and hem.
  4. After that, the down jacket must be wiped with a brush.
  5. At the end, wash off the foam also with a tangential jet of water.

When washing the puffs horizontally, the following steps must be followed:
  1. Warm water must be drawn into the basin or bathroom (not hotter than 30 C).
  2. Add a mild detergent to the water and soak the down jacket for 15-30 minutes.
  3. Brush the item.
  4. At the end of the wash, rinse the down jacket in clean water.

Washing the down jacket in the washing machine

If the dirt in the down jacket is strong and you cannot fix them manually or there is simply no time for this, you can always resort to using a washing machine.
Preparation before washing

  • First check the pockets of the down jacket.
  • Before washing, you additionally need to treat stains (if any) using households. soap or stain remover designed for this purpose. Take a close look at the places that are most often dirty (cuffs, collar, jacket hem).
  • The down jacket must be fastened with all zippers and buttons and turned inside out. The belt, hood and fur must be unfastened. When washing, nothing should dangle so that the product does not deform.

How to wash a down jacket
  • Do not use ordinary powders for simple washings, because there is a high probability that after them there will be soap stains on the jacket. Bleach also needs to be chosen carefully; a bad product can ruin the color.


Washing modes: which one is suitable for washing a down jacket?
  • Some washing machines have a special.mode for washing outerwear. Perhaps your washing machine does not have such a mode, in this case you need to choose the most delicate one, a mode for wool or silk is suitable. And remember about the water temperature, it should not be heated above 30 C.
  • Select the add. rinse (this function may not be available everywhere) and run it, it will help to completely remove soapy water from the lining.
  • It is better not to use the spin, or at least reduce the number of revolutions to a minimum (no more than 600).

How to properly dry a washed down jacket?

After washing the outerwear, do not rush and leave it to dry like ordinary clothes, because this process, like the washing itself, determines how the down jacket will look in the end.
The main task during drying of a down jacket is not to spoil the down jacket with felted filler.

  • First, leave the down jacket hanging on a coat hanger in the bathroom, this will allow the remaining water to drain off. Then it must be transferred to a dry and well-ventilated area.
  • It is strictly forbidden to dry the down jacket with a hair dryer and leave it near heating devices.
  • During drying, you need to unfasten all the fasteners of the down jacket, as well as unscrew the pockets. During the drying process, the product must be periodically turned inside out and back with its front part.
  • The filler must be manually shaken and distributed throughout the product several times during drying.
  • Allow the down jacket to dry completely, as the wet filler can deteriorate and start to smell.

As you can see, returning your down jacket to its original appearance and dealing with dirt is not so difficult. The main thing is to pay attention to the choice of detergents and be careful while washing.

Cotton insulation – filling silk wadding what is it, printed cotton

Jackets with insulation Spray bonded wadding are increasingly being sold. It is an ecological filler, the fabric is cotton and cotton wadding.

Cotton insulation has the following advantages:

  • lightness;
  • durability;
  • thermal insulation.

In terms of characteristics, it is similar to bio fluff, it is safe for health and does not cause allergies. He does not know how to rot, microorganisms will not start in him. In such a jacket, frost up to -30 degrees is not terrible.

What is printed cotton (hb)

Pure cotton linen (hb) is a white fabric. To obtain decorative textile fabrics, it is subjected to various dyeing methods. Printed cotton fabrics are most widely used. To obtain a pattern on a cotton canvas, the following methods are used:

  • hand print;
  • mechanical seal;
  • airbrush spray;
  • screen printing;
  • automatic multicolor print.

Hand print for the production of piece goods, which means a complex and time consuming process. To obtain rolls of printed cotton fabric, other 4 methods are used. Before you know which insulation is better for winter clothes, you need to understand that printed cotton fiber fabrics are beautiful, durable, resistant to repeated washing and do not contain allergenic components. Printed cotton is used for sewing children’s clothing. Find out about the use of diagonal fabric in everyday life here.

Types of cotton fillings for jackets

Due to its hygroscopicity and low thermal conductivity, cotton, in contrast to cotton, has become a filler for jackets. Before the advent of synthetic materials, cotton insulation was the only material in the production of winter clothing. It has been proven that the best thermal insulator is air, therefore the tubular structure of cotton fiber allows it to perfectly retain heat in severe frosts.

Quilted

Quilted is an environmentally friendly material that retains heat well, does not contain allergenic components.This material is used to make fillers for children’s jackets, and quilted bedspreads from Ivanovo are made from it. Quilting keeps the fabric from falling into lumps, however, the clothes should be washed carefully in the machine, using the “Delicate” or “Hand” wash without spinning. It is best to dry clean cotton-filled jackets.

Mixed

Blended insulation consists of cotton and additional components of natural or artificial origin.The most famous filler is batting, which consists of cotton wool, wool and viscose. It may even include garment waste. Learn more about rayon fabric, which is a substitute for viscose, here.

Quilted batting has become widespread, when fibers are sewn in parallel on a gauze lining. This process gives the material its durability and wear resistance.

Analogs

There are insulation materials that are similar to natural cotton, but surpass it in many respects.But, synthetic components have a number of serious drawbacks. This material will tell you what the canvas fabric looks like.


The following materials are used in the production of warm clothing:
  • natural down;
  • camel wool;
  • synthetic winterizer;
  • holofiber;
  • isosoft;
  • thinsulate.

Eider down, made from natural fillers, is a strong heat insulator. From it they sew clothes for crews of polar stations and extreme climbers.Heaters based on natural down can cause allergic reactions and are expensive.

Camel or sheep wool keeps warm well, but can cause allergies. Blankets made of camel wool, as well as heavy clothes, are not used in the manufacture of clothes for small children. This link will tell you about baby bedding with an elasticized sheet.

The popular synthetic winterizer is practical and restores its shape. The material builds up static electricity and breaks down with prolonged wear.

Holofiber is characterized by low thermal conductivity, which, in terms of quality, brings it closer to down. Does not absorb foreign odors and does not become electrified.

Isosoft is an innovative insulation based on a hollow synthetic fiber. The material is lightweight and harmless, therefore it is used when sewing children’s jackets, overalls. Conforms to all European quality standards.

Thinsulate belongs to the new generation of heaters. In terms of characteristics, it is similar to artificial swan down, but exceeds it in terms of heat retention.The material is durable, does not fall off when worn and washed, does not absorb odors and does not cause allergies.

How many degrees does the insulation heat up

When buying warm winter clothes, everyone is interested in how many degrees it will be comfortable to be in a jacket. Pure cotton and batting cannot provide heat retention at low temperatures and are now rarely used. Synthetic insulation allows you to stay comfortably outside at the following temperatures:

  • sintepon – 10-15;
  • holofaber – 25;
  • isosoft – 25;
  • 90,073 thinsulate – below 30.

In this case, it is imperative to take into account the strength of the wind. This article will tell you what a fabric membrane is.

Videos

This video will tell you about the features of fillers for winter jackets:

Conclusions

  1. Allergy sufferers should not choose natural insulation.
  2. Not only insulation is important for a child, but also the fabric itself.
  3. Sportsmen can use artificial insulation for a winter jacket with a Gore-Tex membrane.
  4. Isosoft of European production can be considered the best choice.

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Fill the container with 30-40 degrees water.
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From what fabrics are jackets sewn

08/03/2021

Jackets are a versatile piece of clothing that we wear almost all year round. In winter, insulated down jackets perfectly protect from the cold. Waterproof jackets with a hood are well suited for the fall and spring seasons. And even on cool summer days, many people prefer to wear lightweight windbreakers.

When choosing a jacket, buyers usually pay attention to the material from which it is made.Each of the materials has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this article we will talk about what materials are used to create these clothes, what features each of the materials has, and what is better to choose for sewing a jacket.

Jacket Textiles

Jackets are most often made from mixed materials, which are a combination of natural and synthetic fabrics. It is important that the material for the jacket protects against moisture and wind. Such fabric should be durable, not shrink, not wrinkle.Let’s talk about the most common fabrics from which jackets are made today.

Jacket cotton

Cotton is one of the most common fabrics. Cotton is inexpensive, which means that clothes made from it are inexpensive. It is a very practical fabric that can be easily washed. Cotton reacts normally to washing, retains its original appearance for a long time. But this fabric also has disadvantages. It crumples a lot, wears out, shrinks. Jackets are also sewn from cotton. For this, raincoat fabric is mainly used.This fabric is based on natural cotton. Also, artificial fibers are added to the raincoat fabric, which give the fabric water-repellent properties, since cotton itself gets very wet. Polyester, nylon and other fibers are added to the raincoat fabric, which gives the fabric strength, durability, and water resistance. With this composition, the jacket does not wrinkle. The fabric is easy to care for. Jackets are sometimes made from raincoat fabric with insulation. This material is already suitable for the cooler seasons.

Quilted jacket fabric

Quilted jacket fabric in most cases is a combination of polyester and polyester with synthetic insulation.Sometimes viscose is added to this fabric. Such fabric protects well from rain and wind. Such a jacket will wear out for a long time. The quilted jacket fabric is abrasion resistant and can be machine washed on a delicate cycle. Jackets, raincoats and windbreakers are usually sewn from this fabric. The quilted fabric is recognizable by its embossed pattern. It not only retains heat and protects from the wind, but also looks quite impressive; stylish and beautiful clothes are sewn from quilted fabric. The quilted fabric is pleasant to the body and does not shrink.

Disadvantages of quilted fabric are mainly related to manufacturing errors. If the item was sewn from low-quality threads, then the seams in some places may diverge. Poor quality fabrics tend to rip at quilted areas.

Eco leather

Eco-leather is called one of the best materials for jackets. Bags are also often made from it. It is very difficult to distinguish artificial leather from real one. This is a quality material that looks beautiful and has excellent performance.Eco-leather is created by applying a polyurethane film to a cotton canvas. Thanks to this technology, the material turns out to be quite soft and elastic, it has good strength and does not wear out for a long time.

Good artificial leather reaches the same level as natural, and in some points even surpasses it. For example, unlike natural leather, artificial leather does not smell, it is completely hypoallergenic. An eco-leather jacket can last a long time if properly cared for.

An eco-leather jacket is simply beautiful. Stylish “leather jacket” made of artificial material, which is indistinguishable from the real, will look irresistible. Artificial leather is dyed in various colors, which provides a wide choice.

An imitation leather jacket may have some drawbacks. These shortcomings are especially pronounced if the material is of poor quality. Eco-leather can crack at the folds, be scratched. Slits may appear on the top film through which the tissue base is visible.

Denim with insulation

Not only jeans are sewn from denim, but also many other items of clothing, including jackets. And so that it is not cold in such a jacket, a heater is added to the jeans. It turns out a good outerwear for fall and spring. Light denim jackets without insulation are great for cool summer days.

Denim is versatile and very durable. A jacket made of it can be worn for years, and it will practically not lose its appearance.The jeans are breathable, but the material protects from the wind. Denim looks great. True, this material cannot be called water-repellent, it gets wet. After washing, the jeans dries for a long time and may shrink. Over time, this material can fade and wear off.

Warm dense jersey

Winter sports jackets and other warm clothing, for example, sweatshirts and cardigans, are most often sewn from insulated jersey. Such material is good for air permeability.A jacket made of this fabric is made of stitches, usually in the form of a square or a rhombus. Warm jersey is bulky and soft to the touch. Not a bad material for a jacket.

What are parkas made of?

Fashionable, versatile and practical parka jacket is created from a mixture of materials that include cotton, nylon, polyester and other materials. The parka fabric is impregnated with a special compound that repels dirt and water. Winter parks are insulated with lining or fur.

What are down jackets made of?

Natural materials are not suitable for a warm winter jacket – they will simply get wet during a snowfall.Therefore, the top coat of down jackets is made of nylon, polyester and other artificial materials. The material is treated with a special agent that repels moisture. But natural materials are well suited for the lining of such a jacket. With them, the down jacket will be noticeably warmer.

Conclusions

Each fabric has its own pros and cons. Most often, jackets are made from blended fabrics that include both natural materials and artificial ones. When choosing a fabric for a jacket, you should focus primarily on the season during which you are going to wear it.

90,000 Combined and lightweight materials in tourist clothing

Modern developments make it possible to create materials and fabrics that make life as easy as possible for athletes and active sports enthusiasts. The balance of lightness, compactness, comfort, breathability and warmth preservation are the tasks that modern developments in the tourist clothing industry are aimed at. And as a trend in recent years, this is equipment made from various combined materials.Such clothes are produced by almost all the world’s leading brands, and these models, as a rule, firmly occupy the top positions. For example, Salewa has launched the Ortles Hybryd jacket. This jacket has been designed for mountaineering and technical trekking. The model can serve as a second, insulating layer under a membrane jacket, and as a top layer in dry, cool weather. The jacket is made up of a combination of two materials – good stretch softshell material on the sides and on the arms – which allows you to achieve a perfect fit and at the same time freedom of movement.The hood, shoulders, front part are insulated with a special Primaloft silver material. The use of Primaloft Silver synthetic insulation in combination with a lightweight material with high tensile properties made it possible to make the model compact and light enough to easily hide the jacket in a backpack if necessary, but at the same time it is optimally warm. This jacket will become a favorite item in the wardrobe of both sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.

Of course, blended materials are found not only in jackets.Very often, a combination of materials of different density and structure is found in travel trousers. For example, Travel Pants Fuselage from The North Face. Composed of several types of fabric, these trousers are very popular with experienced travelers. Since they have all the important qualities necessary in field conditions: low weight; high tensile properties so as not to hinder movement: zones with inserts of extra strong material to increase the service life.

What are the advantages of such clothes? The advantages of clothes made from combined fabrics are obvious – the first is, of course, weight. Due to the fact that the insulation is only in those areas that are subject to the greatest stress during bad weather, the amount of insulation used is reduced, and, accordingly, the weight of the jacket or trousers. Thanks to the combination with elastic materials, the fit is improved, and accordingly the level of comfort in the hike increases. For example, an excellent fit of Salewa trousers is ensured due to the fact that in places where the legs are bent, inserts of elastic material are made that absolutely do not hinder movement.

Combinations of materials can be very diverse – depending on the functionality of the equipment and the properties of materials. Natural and artificial materials and insulation are often combined in order to achieve the ideal result by the best combination of materials.

Basic natural and artificial materials used in tourist clothing:

Natural

Cotton is a kind of reference material for all artificial materials.Whenever we talk about any properties of moisture wicking, drying or absorption of artificial materials, we compare them with cotton. Cotton perfectly absorbs moisture, but the nuance is that cotton actively absorbs moisture into itself and cannot quickly transport moisture to the outside – that is, cotton dries very slowly. There is also one more not very pleasant properties of cotton, when it gets wet, it stops heating. It is this feature of cotton that influenced the fact that many companies began to develop analogs of cotton from artificial fibers.The absorption properties of cotton are such that even being simply in humid air, it will very soon become humid too. For the sports industry, cotton is a good material that is pleasant to the skin, quickly absorbs moisture, but due to the fact that it dries very slowly, its scope in sports is rather limited. Therefore, as a rule, cotton things are not used in winter sports with intense stress, but, for example, the option of using in hot desert conditions under the scorching sun is an excellent option.As a bonus, you also get additional protection from ultraviolet radiation.

Wool is a very interesting thermal insulation material created by nature. Recently, the use of wool from merino sheep has become more and more popular in the sports industry. Due to the fact that wool retains air well due to its heterogeneous and elastic structure, it is an excellent heat insulator. Wool absorbs moisture well, but even in a very wet state it continues to warm.It is worth making a reservation that despite the fact that it continues to warm even in a wet state, the disadvantage is the increasing weight of the wool when wet. Wool dries for a long time, which is also an inconvenience in field conditions. Of course, there are different types of wool, and the most popular type of raw material at the moment is wool from merino sheep. This is a special breed of fine-wool sheep, the hairs of which are so thin that they do not irritate the nerve endings on the skin, and therefore do not cause discomfort.Plus, a feature of the wool of merino sheep is its hypoallergenic properties and also the ability to suppress the reproduction of microbes, and, accordingly, the appearance of an unpleasant odor. Also, clothes made of this wool, compared to polyester materials, are more fire-friendly – they will not melt on you when you sit by the fire. Wool is also used as insulation inside the jacket – for example, Saleva’s company released TirolWool® Celliant insulation, which is a combination of merino sheep wool with polyester fibers.An example of the use of this technology can be seen in the Puez TW Jacket. This jacket is a great choice for mountain trekking and outdoor walks in cold weather. The highly functional design includes an ergonomic fit, water repellent treatment and wind resistance. The innovative TirolWool® Celliant® hybrid thermal insulation system is a unique technology that recycles heat from the body and reflects it back into the body. It works both during your active movement and at the moment when you are static, resting and not moving, thanks to a longer retention of heat and infrared reflection.In addition, the unique properties of TirolWool® Celliant® extend the life of the garment. It is not washed or washed off, since it is built into the fibers, and also, it is able to warm even when wet.

Down is the most famous and legendary natural insulation. It is this insulation that has an excellent ratio of weight, volume and recovery in relation to the property of thermal insulation. The secret of the unique properties of down is in the structure of the feather, which allows you to retain air.Unfortunately, this insulation also has a significant disadvantage – the down stops heating when wet and is difficult to clean. The best down, and also the most expensive, is eider down. But its production is very limited and, as a rule, eider down is used in professional equipment. Most often, goose and duck down is used in the manufacture of clothing. Despite the fact that white goose down is valued more than usual, and of course the best raw material is feathers collected from geese grown in the northern regions. Duck down is inferior in its properties to goose down – it retains heat worse, is not so durable, tougher and finer.

Usually the manufacturer indicates the percentage of feathers and down. A rather simple rule applies here – the more feathers, the lower the “heating” properties of the clothes. That is, a down jacket with indicators of 80/20 is well suited for use in urban conditions, and a down jacket with indicators of 90/10 is well suited for hikes of varying difficulty. Pay attention to the model from The north face Himalayan – if the words “expedition”, “far north” and “permafrost” evoke a number of clear associations in you, then the Himalayan park from The North Face team is exactly what you are looking for.Designed by athletes for athletes so that in extreme cold conditions, athletes can effectively cope with their tasks in maximum warmth and comfort. High 800 fill power goose down and Climashield® Prism insulating material ensure effective warmth retention on polar and alpine expeditions, while high-quality WINDSTOPPER® DWR-impregnated fabric prevents moisture from entering the interior and reliably shelters you from gusty winds. Loose fit, spacious pockets with bilateral access, elastic cuffs with a hole for the thumb – this parka has a lot to offer and 100% meet the expectations of the most discerning athlete.

The most famous and popular of artificial materials:

Polypropylene. Polypropylene fiber absorbs moisture well and dries very quickly. Typically, polypropylene fiber is used in combination with other man-made fibers to reduce the negative effects on the skin. Thermal underwear based on polypropylene is the most popular among athletes due to its high moisture-wicking properties. Polypropylene is pleasant to the touch, but it cannot be worn for a long time, since clothes made of 100% polypropylene will dry out the skin greatly.Usually, polypropylene clothing is used by athletes only for training. If you are wearing polypropylene clothing you need to be careful with the fire, as even small sparks from a fire can melt it.

Polyester. It is probably the most popular and widely used material in the manufacture of sportswear. Essentially, polyester is a polyester fiber made from petroleum refining. Polyester has a huge number of advantages for use in the sports industry, and as a rule, it has a huge number of modifications obtained by combining with various other man-made fibers of different densities and thicknesses.Modern polyester materials do not require complex maintenance, dry quickly, are hypoallergenic, do not absorb dirt, do not fade in the sun and, which is not unimportant, have an affordable price. Since polyester is easy to paint over, a huge number of colors are available. Polyester fabric is very compact, which is an important factor in choosing tourist clothing from this material. And another big plus – more than half of polyester sportswear is made from recycled materials – plastic bottles, dishes, and so on.

Nylon. A highly durable material designed to protect against environmental influences, often used in clothing for tourism. Pure nylon does not stretch, so it is often combined with elastane to give it elasticity. Nylon fabric has excellent wind and water resistance. This fabric is very lightweight, compact and dries quickly. The material Nylon ripstop is especially popular in tourist equipment. This is a very tear-resistant fabric, due to the special cellular weaving, the fabric does not unravel even if cut through.And another well-known variety of nylon is the Cordura material. A very durable material that usually protects the areas of clothing that are most at risk of tearing – for example, the outside of the leg, which is subject to the most friction.

An example of a nylon jacket can be seen in the high-tech clothing collection from The North face. The L6 AW Down Belay is down-lined, lightweight and durable for extreme conditions. Suitable for mountain belaying and as a warm outer layer that can be worn over the entire set.

Elastane. Since the 1960s, elastane has been used in sportswear, although it was originally developed for corsets. It is a very important material to use in combination with other materials – its task is to provide the tensile properties of the material, thus ensuring the best fit. Usually the proportion of elastane does not exceed 30% in the finished product. The minimum threshold for the presence of the material starts at five percent. The combination of polyester and elastane materials is always a successful combination, as proven, for example, by the products of the Maier brand.The Nil trousers have become almost iconic at Maier Sports and have won the “Must Buy” title from Outdoor Magazine after testing them. Regular fit trousers for hiking, travel and outdoor activities. Stretch fabric, stretches in 4 directions, does not restrict movement, dries quickly and protects from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

A jacket that combines all the most advanced technologies and several material options from The North face Verto Prima.Jacket with a hood, insulated with goose down and PrimaLoft® – windproof, warm and very lightweight. The jacket compactly folds into its own pocket and you can always take it with you in case of a cold snap. Can be used as an insulating layer and as an independent outer jacket.

Modern technologies and developments make it possible to create excellent equipment for all occasions, and the combination of various materials allows not only to increase the level of comfort, but also to obtain the best sports results.

90,000 Cotton – fabric with a particle of the sun

On the sunlit plains, from horizon to horizon, the land is covered with even rows of low bushes. Small boxes can be seen among the foliage. The next day comes, the foliage falls, and the boxes begin to open. An ordinary miracle. It happens every year and gives the world an amazing fiber: cotton.

Harvest time is approaching


History

According to the testimony of scientists, people have been growing cotton for about 7000 years.Just imagine: ancient humanity, barely emerging from the cradle, was able not only to discover the magic cotton plant, but also to learn how to use its properties.

The cotton we are accustomed to is a light fibrous fluff, the main purpose of which is to transfer plant seeds from place to place. A noble goal, but man has found another use for fiber. True, it must be admitted: until the middle of the last century, until efficient combines for collecting boxes and automatic lines for cleaning fiber from seeds were invented, people paid dearly for the possibility of using this plant.Manual labor on cotton plantations was and remains one of the hardest jobs that require incredible effort.

Stages of cotton fiber production: yesterday and today

However, not only physical efforts were made. The task was to learn how to weave a flat cloth, suitable for sewing comfortable and beautiful clothes. Only in the middle of the 18th century did British inventors cope with the task, initiating the era of mechanization of production.Thus, cotton, albeit indirectly, became one of the causes of the industrial revolution.


Cotton in the fashion industry

Cotton clothes: safe, comfortable, beautiful

Today it is difficult to imagine a men’s or women’s wardrobe without cotton clothes. Jerseys, underwear, suits, dresses and trousers, raincoats and jackets – the list goes on. Famous designers are happy to use natural fabric: cotton (Co – Cotone / Cotton / Baumwolle / Coton) is not subject to wear, dyes well, is light in cut and comfortable to wear.Cotton clothes are hygienic, wash well, promote normal heat and moisture exchange.

However, there are also disadvantages. For example, a thing made of 100% cotton wrinkles a lot, over time, often being exposed to sunlight, the fabric can lose color saturation.

By the way, in view of the high content of cellulose in cotton fibers, the name “cotton paper” has long been adopted in Russia. Hence the general name of the fabrics produced from it – cotton.The most famous of them are chintz, calico, cambric, tartan, velveteen-rib and velveteen-cord, denim, bikes, flannel.

Cotton fabrics

Cotton fabric is gladly used by renowned Italian brands specializing in the creation of fashionable outerwear collections. By the way, since the middle of the last century, blended fabrics have been widely used, in which natural cotton and synthetic fibers, such as polyamide or polyester, are combined in different percentages and show their best properties.Of course, “synthetics” are used in outerwear much more often – nevertheless, natural fiber is more susceptible to moisture and sun than high-tech artificial counterparts.


Raincoats and jackets from mixed fabrics from Italian brands


Organic Cotton

Organic cotton: in reality and on labels

Unfortunately, modern industry requires more and more cotton fiber.To increase yields, chemicals are used that pollute the planet. Only in recent years has mankind woken up and paid attention to the harm caused to nature.

The use of organic cotton has become a good form, and sometimes a prerequisite for the success of the next fashion collection. Outwardly, it is no different from ordinary. Its peculiarity is that it is grown without the use of genetically modified seeds and chemicals – fertilizers and pesticides.

Products made from organic cotton are labeled accordingly. The organic badge can only be placed on its label by a manufacturer that adheres to very high international standards and has passed the appropriate certification.

Care rules

Garments made of dyed cotton can be washed in a gentle machine wash at a temperature of 30–40 ° C. In this case, you can use washing powders for colored fabrics that do not contain bleaching agents or chlorine.

Experts do not recommend machine drying, only spinning: the fabric can shrink, and then the thing will become one or two sizes small.

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