Winter Coats 2013
Hard as it is to believe after the lovely sunny day here in Dublin and not to sound all Game of Thrones but Winter is Coming and I really need a new winter coat. Is need too strong a word, perhaps want is better. My last big spend on a winter coat was back in 2009 when I spent €200 on a Peter O’Brien coat from the collection he made for Awear. I loved the coat. It wore well, got me complements, complemented my curves and although after three years of winter wearing, thinning lining and buttons in need of replacing, it was still in really good shape. I replaced the buttons one evening, spending over €20 on the nine or ten that was needed in The Cloth Shop on South King Street. I remember getting a compliment about my coat even when buying those buttons. Those buttons were cursed as the next night out on the town in Dublin, my coat was misplaced and never seen again. I’d like to think my coat is being loved and looked after and not in a skip somewhere. I do. Anyway since then I’ve made do with the coats I have, a girl must have coats and not a coat, some are a little tight, which I’m not proud of and I’ll be boxing off that problem, others are a little glam for everyday wear so I’m on the hunt for a new winter coat.
In my search I’ll be browsing through rails in Vintage Stores, at Markets and on the High Street until one pops out and demands I buy it. This evening I went online to one of my favourite market places, Etsy. Etsy is like an artisan version of Ebay and as I’ve mentioned before it’s a great platform for local and international designers to sell their unique homemade, handmade and funky wares or sell their carefully sourced vintage pieces. However not all items are ‘handmade’ or ‘vintage’ and you will notice that there are a number of items that look mass produced – especially when it comes to clothing. This is because they probably are and as Etsy has recently allowed sellers to outsource their ‘handmade’ designs to manufacturers, you’ll now most likely see more of these items which are probably made by the same sellers on Ebay. I’m a little saddened by this as I really liked the idea that this niche market place would stay niche. Shopping on Etsy is safe but like all online market places where there are multiple sellers/shops, there’s always a chance that one bad egg tries to ruin the omelette. My advice to you if you are worried about parting with your hard-earned cash, is to check that the same item isn’t on Ebay for a lesser price, check reviews, contact the seller by means of their shop for correspondence, and keep an eye on the length of time it is taking to deliver the product – this is important as you will have some come-back with Etsy/Paypal if you report your problem within 60 days.
This evening I had a nosey at the online High Street shops for my new coat but nothing impressed me. I also had a look on Etsy and I was impressed. Here are my top picks for both Women and Men and all are deliverable to Ireland.
€100 – etsy.com
€79 – etsy.com
€42 – etsy.com
€136 – etsy.com
€175 – etsy.com
€185 – etsy.com
Not forgetting you lads out there I had a look on Etsy for you too. Coats for men on Etsy don’t seem to be a big thing. The ones I did see I didn’t like. There was a larger selection of jackets, however the majority were of the biker nature. The following are my favourite options.
€98 – etsy.com
€45 – etsy.com
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