There are brands that quickly become an easy go-to in the way of winter style essentials — or essentials for any season, for that matter. Over the past few years, Outerknown has become one such brand for yours truly, renowned for blending sustainability and style in equal measure. And that’s where the Outerknown Puffer Jacket comes into play, with its unique mix of easy wearability and eco-conscious production. You might even recognize the brand from this post covering the best gear for winter, but we’re taking a bit of a deeper dive today.
It all starts with the design ethos behind the brand, coming specifically from the mind of surfer Kelly Slater and lauded designer John Moore — we’re talking men’s style gear with a unique spin. Gear that’s inspired by the water and able to be worn near it, and yet gear that at the same time harnesses rugged, perfectly classic style (take the Outerknown Blanket Shirt as seen in this post). The Outerknown Puffer Jacket channels that overall approach nicely — it’s casual & easygoing, yet functional, the type of jacket you very well might wear after a morning surf. But make no mistake, the Outerknown Puffer Jacket has also got the capability to handle your commute, thanks to the use of ripstop fabric made from recycled polyester.
Add to that an easy-to-style design — one that goes with a rugged thermal henley and slim faded denim as readily as it does a classic Oxford shirt and chinos — and you’ve got a winning piece of winter outerwear. But back to the brand’s larger mission: It’s on display here as well, as they’ve used responsibly sourced duck down in the Outerknown Puffer Jacket. That means this slim puffer jacket is a step above the other crop of down jackets out there.
The use of that duck down insulation also results in extreme warmth, a much-needed bonus given that we’re still working our way through a chilly winter. The hits just keep on coming, too — it packs within itself via the inside pocket, making the Outerknown Puffer Jacket the perfect jacket for stylish winter travel (or heck, spring or fall travel for that matter). It’s the little things that really do end up becoming big things — like the sourcing of responsible down and the use of recycled polyester — so it’s refreshing to see things come together in style with the Outerknown Puffer Jacket. What’s your take on this crisp-yet-easygoing winter must-have? Let me know on Twitter!