Canadians Make the Best Coats
I'm now in Canada for Christmas, we got into Toronto last night after an 11+ hour flight. Or rather an eight hour flight and a three hour sit on the tarmac. There was a problem with the plane that required a parts. But we got here fine, no luggage was lost (phew! I do so worry about my beloved dresses) and all things considered, we fared far better than the poor souls whose flights were cancelled today thanks to the snow storm. The thick snow covering everything in sight makes me think of White Christmases, and fabulous winter coats. And that reminds me of Mackage, who I don't believe I've mentioned, except in passing, in my very first post!
If you haven't heard of Mackage and you consider yourself a coat girl or guy, you need to get to know them. Their coats are incredible - gorgeous detailing (look at that belt - yes, it comes with the coat - and the pleated sleeve styling on the Juju above and right), excellent workmanship and high quality materials combine with the most flattering shape and fit. You can also wear the collars several different ways. And the best thing is, they are still, somehow, bargain priced for what they are. If you buy in Canada or the US from their online shop, their winter coats run from $496 to $760, with most falling in the low to mid-range. And the prices have remained the same since I bought mine four years ago, despite them being a 'celeb favourite' from the beginning and being seen all over the most fashionable TV shows. How refreshing. However, I saw a Mackage coat featured in Grazia last year and it was the same in pounds. So there's an advantage to buying on their home turf (they're Canadian. Me so proud).
As for mine, I don't plan on ever getting rid of it. But I do plan to add to the collection. Hmm...I don't have one of their spring jackets...
And I love the story behind the brand. Mackage is a fashion outerwear label run by childhood friends Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan who started sketching at age 12 and had a hit label at just 22. A few highly successful years later, it's still a family-run business based in Montreal, Quebec. And in their photos they're always smiling and look so happy and cute. I love them.
How adorable is this, they can even make the puffa jacket look fab:
How cosy and beautiful are the chunky knit neck and cuffs:
And more details...
Leather trim is their trademark:
I love how the bottom looks like a tennis skirt, sigh:
How good would you feel wearing this:
And that is the Tessy, which looks like this worn with the collar done up:
That's like two coats! And that belt! And those sleeves!
Now, tell me - are you convinced??