By Rosemary Feitelberg
By Rosemary Feitelberg
the temperature is forecast to hit 60-plus degrees this week in Boston, shoppers are buying Balenciaga’s heavy wool coats at Louis
Boston. "In New England, we don’t really worry that it’s not going to
get cold," owner Debi Greenberg said.
Here’s a look at some other bestsellers in North America.
Store: Bergdorf Goodman
Location: New York
The Get: A hooded black felted wool Chanel coat with toggle closures.
The Payout: $4,410
"It is the perfect black coat. It has a sporty feel, yet is still
incredibly chic," said Linda Fargo, Bergdorf’s senior vice president
and fashion director.
Store: Buffalo Exchange
Location: A Tucson, Ariz.-based retailer with 28 units.
Collective Clothing’s vintage-inspired jackets with
three-quarter-length or bell sleeves. Most shoppers are buying them in
grays, purples and teals.
The Payout: $25 to $45.
"It’s classic and an easy jacket to layer,” said purchasing manager
Gneiss Hobbs. "Most of our stores are in warmer climates. They are
buying them more for fashion than for practicality."
Store: Holt Renfrew
The Get: A Mackage Mod-inspired black wool coat with a leather-backed sculptured collar, leather belt and buttons. The Payout: $509
"It is selling due to its fashionability…shapeliness and hits just
above the knee,” said Barbara Atkin, fashion director. "The price
makes this a must-have buy — luxury and quality at a good price."
Mackage Knit Trench Coat Saks Fifth Ave.
Store: L.L. Bean
Location: Freeport, Maine
The Get: L.L. Bean’s Ultrawarm coat made from Bean Tested goose down for lightweight warmth.
The Payout: $139
"They are square-quilted to cut down on bulkiness,” said L.L. Bean
outerwear developer Maynard McCorkle. "That adds to their appeal, since
quilted goose down is usually considered puffy. They are outdoor styles
made by a company that knows the outdoors.
Store: Louis Boston
Balenciaga’s three-quarter-length heavy wool coats with rounded
shoulders and birdcage buttons or toggles, as well as the black, short
The Payout: $1,685 to $2,985.
"They really fit beautifully, and they are a great weight for New
England,” Greenberg said. "They have a lot of fashion as well as being
a good, heavy coat."
Store: Maus & Hoffman
Location: Palm Beach, Fla.
The Get: A classic Brioni coat with two buttons that hits just at the hip in baby blue or hunter green.
The Payout: $3,250
"A lot of our business is very traditional,” said John Maus, co-owner. It’s made in the same factory as the men’s. The women’s Brioni coat is lightweight Windsor flannel —
wear it with bone slacks or black slacks — it’s perfect for the Palm
Beach scene. "
Location: Aspen, Colo.
The Get: Ermanno Scervino’s cotton or nylon fur-trimmed or fur-lined coats in tan, black or brown.
The Payout: $3,000 to $9,000.
"They have unique details like fur trim, leather belts and
embroidery,” said owner Mary Moyer.
Store: Ron Herman
Location: Los Angeles
The Get: Mike & Chris for Ron Herman’s hooded black leather jacket.
The Payout: $835
"The leather is buttery soft, and it has a slim, flattering fit,” said
Ron Herman vice president John Eshaya. "It’s great for layering, and
you can’t find it anywhere else than at our store. The first delivery
sold out within two days."
Mike and Chris Hooded Leather Jacket Ron Herman
The Get: Jungal’s belted tweed coat with dolman sleeves.
The Payout: $800
"The fabrics are beautiful," said store owner Keri Waddington. "They
are fun coats with great details. They are a little more unusual than
the standard puffy, down, ugly coat." (See L.L. Bean)
Store: Van Maur
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
The Get: Three-quarter-length wool Marvin Richards coats in ivory or black.
The Payout: $180 to $240.
"We have had many requests for peacoats and three-quarter-length wool
coats," said department manager Daniela Alic.