Pangaia flower-down puffer jacket ($900) Image by: Pangaia
If you're in the market for a new winter coat that's sustainably made and free of animal-derived materials, look no further.
This puffer from new sustainable brand Pangaia (Pharrell's a fan) is so exclusive, they're only releasing 100. The jacket is hand-filled with wild flower down, a technology developed by the brand following a decade of research. In addition, the outer shell is made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials and plastic bottles. The jacket isn't available yet but we'll be the first in line when it is.
Pangaia flower-down puffer jacket ($900), at thepangaia.com Image by: Pangaia
Frank And Oak
It's possible to be environmentally responsible and warm, thanks to Frank And Oak's new "minimal" outerwear collection which uses recycled fabrics and low-impact production methods. With eight new designs for men and women, this collection uses cruelty-free recycled 3M Thinsulate insulation and recycled featherless "down," in addition to fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles. Form, function and sustainability take the spotlight this winter. The collection launches October 4th and ranges from $199 to $499.
Frank And Oak debuts new sustainable winter outwear collections Image by: Frank And Oak
Save The Duck
The mission of this vegan and cruelty-free outerwear brand is literally in its name. Milan-based Save The Duck uses its proprietary technology to replace goose feathers with a warmer and more breathable material. The puffers and raincoats are designed to be the perfect travel gear — super light, comfortable and easily foldable to take wherever you go.
Iris Hooded Puffer Jacket in Coral Pink ($231.58), at savetheduckusa.com Image by: Save The Duck
The name of this NYC-based brand comes from replacing the h in the word haute with a v (for vegan). The label, which was the first vegan brand to show at NYFW, crafts its sustainable wares in New York's garment district. The selection of winter coats is vast—from double-breasted peacoats (made from organic cotton instead of wool), to puffy parkas filled with Primaloft ECO (a down alternative made from recycled fibres). According to the brand, these vegan coats are windproof, snowproof and "shockingly warm."
Vaute "Casto" parka ($625 USD), at vautecouture.com.
The newest brand on this list is the brainchild of digital creative Dani Roche. The Toronto-based label uses recycled fibres to fill its cruelty-free jackets, which also happen to be gender-neutral. In its first season, Biannual has already racked an impressive retail presence—it's stocked at Sporting Life, Simons and Hudson's Bay to name a few.
Biannual colour block puffer ($385 USD), at biannual.com.
Founded in 2012, this made-in-Canada brand offers vests, parkas, versa jackets (a fall/winter hybrid) and bombers for men and women and each jacket can take up to six weeks to manufacture. The brand has been able to expand thanks to a Kickstarter campaign back in 2016, which saw the brand raise over $80,000 — proof, perhaps, that animal-free outerwear is more than a niche market.
Wuxly Movement "Doe" parka ($779), at wuxly.com.
No feathers, fur and cruelty-free and PETA-approved: That's the tagline of Montreal-based vegan coat brand Noize. The newest jackets in the lineup feature fashion-y details like contrasting colours, faux (of course) leather sleeves and extra-long fur trims that look just like the real thing. The best part? All the styles run under $300.
Noize "Brooklyn" long belted jacket ($229.99), at noizeoriginal.ca.
This Madrid-based sustainable label makes all kinds of clothing with a focus on reducing its environmental footprint. (And has a Goop collection under its belt, nbd). This brand does not claim to be vegan (some of the outerwear uses down that's been recycled or responsibly sourced) however most of the materials have been salvaged from seas and oceans. Plastic water bottles and fishing nets make up the outer lining of parkas and jackets and the brand supports marine debris recovery projects in Thailand and Spain.
Ecoalf "Usuahia" puffer jacket ($209 USD), at ecoalf.com.
This 11-year-old brand (pronounced like "now") specializes in outdoor performance apparel made from organic cotton and reclaimed polyester. Like Ecoalf, the brand does not claim to be vegan. However, the brand uses recycled down in its pullovers and coats.
Nau "Allee" recycled down pullover ($295 USD), at nau.com.
Patagonia's jackets range in materials, however there are vegan options to be found—the 3-in-1 parka is made entirely of polyester and the Nano Puff® jacket's fill is made with 55% post-consumer recycled content.
Patagonia "Vosque" 3-in-1 parka ($449 USD), at patagonia.com.
The direct-to-consumer basics brand launched a range of outerwear this year, and its as stylish and no-nonsense as the rest of the line's wares. The long and short puffers come in a range of colours, like soft pink, burgundy and olive and are made out of polyester. In keeping with Everlane's transparent business model, shoppers can trace the factory where the clothes are made.
Everlane lightweight puffer jacket ($88 USD), at everlane.com.