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A hippy’s casserole

With the topographic appeal of a protein flapjack, this knobbly Acne overcoat looks virtually edible. Slabs of rust, amber and ochre have been beautifully mixed together, forming a jacquard as nutritious as a hippy’s casserole. This coat really is a stand out. Extremely simple shape X remarkable fabric is rarely a wrong move. And here we have a remarkable example of exactly that.

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I’ve got a couple of beefs with it though. Firstly, over on retailer Union it’s described as a, “soft hand feel wool overcoat.” From which I take that it’s made of wool. Over on Acne Studio’s site it says, “100% viscose.” A disparity those of a fabrication bent will find alarming. Viscose is of course not wool. It’s oddly neither a truly natural nor truly synthetic material, it’s a hybrid basically. But wool it certainly is not. Which brings me to my second beef.

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Assuming the makers of the garment are more exacting in their product description, $1,200 is a pretty stately price point for a viscose jacket. It’s a bewitching piece, no question. But a grand of real UK pounds? Jesus, that’s a big ask.


Still, were you to drop, you’d doubtless receive affirmation up the caboose-hole for your fine taste. And I suppose viscose is less likely to pill than wool. Anyway, what’s £1000 really worth? These are of course the calamitous days of pre-Brexit ruin. I haven’t checked, but viscose might be worth more than actual money?


  1. james

    Shite. Just read that it’s a grand. No worries, I’ll just do what I normally do- obsess over it all winter, make it a mission to find it cheaper, grab it on sale in spring, wear it twice, then sell it when something I spot something else next Autumn. Tried and tested method that’s served me well for years now. Winner.

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