Luckily, there are collections like Allegri, a family owned historical Italian outerwear brand that was first established in the 1960s and specializes in high-end waterproof fabrics used for raincoats, trench coats, caban jackets, and short jackets. For Fall 2011, Allegri features soft, lightweight fabrics that not only will keep you warm as well as dry but eradicates the dreaded inflated look the cooler season’s outerwear seem to offer.
The above is an Allegri Refined Water-Repellent Soft Touch Polyester Single-Breasted Raincoat. This super fabric, which looks like wool, keeps you warm, is lightweight and is one (of several) examples of wonderful coats that protect you from nature’s unpredictable elements.
The above Rain Cashmere, water-repellent 100% cashmere, coats are so yummy to the touch and I love the fact that its vibrant cobalt blue. I love how Allegri added a contrasting down-padded detachable vest to the shorter lengths for additional warmth. You can easily and comfortably go from a warm day to a cool night. This little bonus is also present in the natural stretch polyester gabardine, Polytravel Padded Field Jacket with Detachable Fake Vest.
2011 marked the 40th anniversary of Allegri and they commemorated this auspicious celebration with a 40th anniversary label which markets its products under three different labels – Milano for the working week, A-Tech for leisure time and Black Label for discreet luxury outerwear.
which can be seen in the below Long Double Silk Jacket With Double Closing from the line’s Black Label Collection. The double silk is a fabric with a double layer of water-repellent and windproof silk.
This jacket was chosen to represent the 40th anniversary of the brand as a symbol of the brand’s traditional excellence and technological soul. My favorite looks all seem to be from the Milano Collection with the exception of the above 40th Anniversary Double Silk Jacket. The piece I most recommend (again from the Milano Collection, is the ultra-light water-repellent, “Packable” City Nylon Raincoat with Detachable Hood.
This chocolate dream folds away into its own pocket, perfect for transitioning for the cold wet outdoors to the artificially heated indoors without having to find a corner to hang your soaking wet coat and the best part – its wrinkle-free.
To discover more (and trust me, there is more) from the Allegri collection, the range is available at Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s, Saks, etc.