7 Must-Have Jackets for Men: A Survival Guide for an LA Winter

By Jose Picon
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This is the beginning of a peculiar time for Angelenos where the universe turns upside down. Temperatures dropping as low as 55-degrees, white pillowy-looking things blocking sunlight, water falling from the sky, and morning temperatures so cold that wearing those dusty over-sized things hanging in our closets called “jackets” becomes a matter of life or death.

Guys, its time to put away the tank-top and board shorts and time to seriously reevaluate our wardrobe for the winter that is ahead of us because with all that global warming and El Niño crap going on, Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” notion is going to get you this winter.


Outerknown – Evolution Shirt Jacket

Kelly Slater, an eleven-time World Surf League champion created Outerknown with the mission is to “smash the formula,” to transform traditional supply chain practices while producing high quality, stylish menswear in a sustainable fashion. This season, Outerknown has teamed up with Econyl to make their Evolution Series of jackets and boardshorts with 100% regenerated nylon materials from pre-and post-consumer waste such as abandoned fishing nets. The fully reversible jacket’s inside filling includes polyester Thermore insulation to keep you warm through the grueling winter snow, er, I mean occasional rain fall that only lasts 20 minutes.

Colors: Olive, True Black

Sizes Available (as of 11/07/15): XS, S, M, L, XL

Price: $295.00


Buy Now on outerknown.com


Schott N.Y.C. – Classic G-1 Bomber Jacket 


Since 1913, Schott has stayed true to their tradition for more than 100 years by making all of their classic, iconic styled jackets by hand in the U.S.A. Commissioned by the US Air Force just before WWII, Irving Schott was designed and produced the “bomber jacket” that would be worn by “Our Boys” as they fought in the air through Europe and the Pacific Ocean. This Bomber Jacket is made of wool and nylon with with a classic knit bottom and cuffs detail as well as a genuine sheepskin fur detachable collar and cotton paid lining. If you’r thinking about going out at night, this would be the perfect go to jacket this winter, stylish, yet warm with your personal sheep hugging your neck all night long.

Colors: New Navy

Sizes Available (as of 11/06/15): S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

Price: $500.00 / $575.00 (3XL,4XL)


Buy Now on schottnyc.com


The Arrivals – Otto Deck Jacket 


Unshackled by the industry status quo, The Arrivals produce supreme quality products with the highest quality manufactures in the world at a honest price by cutting out middlemen and selling directly from thearrivals.com. The Otto jacket is a vintage, workman style jacket made from waterproof Japanese twill and insulation technology. The Otto also featured a ribbed storm collar to protect ya’ neck from those piercing winds for those really early mornings.

Colors: Loden

Sizes Available (as of 11/06/15): XS, S, M, L

Price: $325


Buy Now on thearrivals.com


Chapter – Sebastian Coat 


With the LA Canvas-esque color scheme, Chapter merges simplicity with elegance into there minimalistic style. Based in Costa Mesa, CA, Chapter has produced this stylish overcoat that can be worn with a simple t-shirt on a chilly, yet sunny winter day or thrown on top of your favorite plaid shirt for a night out. This winter, Chapter’s Sebastian Coat will definitely keep you warm, and looking stylish since it is made from 65% black wool and 35% viscose.

Colors: Black

Sizes Available (as of 11/06/15): S, M, L, XL

Price: $485


Buy Now on joinchapter.com


FILA – Vintage Toldo Jacket 


Yeah, we know you remember FILA from back in the day, well they’re still around and running more than 100 years strong. This winter season FILA dug through their 80s and 90s style archives and are kickin’ it old school with their newly designed Toldo jacket. Made with polyester and cotton oxford, lined with 100% cotton, and featuring contrast sleeves, this jacket is sure to bring your parents some memories at this years Thanksgiving so make sure you don’t leave it lying around your family member’s house or it will “disappear.”

Colors: Black/Green, Cream/Red

Sizes Available (as of 11/02/16): S, M, L, XL

Price: £55.00 (~$59)

Buy Now on fila.co.uk 


Stussy – Schott Suede Jacket


It just so happens that another one of our favorites jackets is produced by our good ol’ friends at Schott N.Y.C., who have teamed up with Stussy to make this clean, handmade, premium quality jacket. Made in the U.S.A. by Schott N.Y.C., this suede jacket is made with a 100% genuine split cowhide shell and 100% polyester knit lining. If you’re thinking about this one, make a decision fast and pull up your PayPal information because this jacket is a limited edition piece, with only one color way and made in only two sizes.

Colors: Brown

Sizes Available (as of 11/02/15): M, L

Price: $800.00

Buy Now on stussy.com


LIFUL – Pullover Anorak Jacket


With all this predicted rain coming coming up, you’re survival in the Los Angeles Winter of 2015 wouldn’t be complete without a pullover jacket. Our friends over at LIFFUL, a popular Korean menswear retailer have just rolled out their new 2015 Fall/Winter Collection. With an keen eye for detail and passion for quality we found this jacket as essential, considering here in LA we don’t need Parka Jackets to protect us from raging blizzards, yet… We’re watching you global warming.

Colors: Navy

Sizes Available (as of 11/06/16): M, L

Price: $170.00

Buy Now on store.hypebeast.com

Stay tuned until next year and stay warm fellow Angelenos, it’s going to be a cold, grueling winter this year–oh, and between you and me, I heard that temperatures might go as low as the mid-50s so get ahead of the game, man!!!




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