The new Nanamica AW12 collection is in the running for the best stuff I saw at Pitti. I base that statement on the fact that I literally wanted to buy every piece. The pairing of technical fabrics and traditional colors / styles really moves the needle for me. The Gore-Tex trench coats and that Gore-tex blackwatch sport coat are basically as good as it gets. A few years back I bought a North Face Purple Label khaki trench coat (which is basically the same as these Nanamica jobs) and I consider it one of the best purchases I have ever made. The coats are so similar because Nanamica holds the license for Purple Label, so this collection is basically purple label for distribution outside of Japan.
The collection doesn’t have much distribution in the U.S., but Barneys has it, and the online shop Tres Bien stocks it and ships to America. So if you are in the market for a near perfect trench or a Gore-tex sport coat, you’re all set. As far as the product pictured here, we’re all going to have to wait on this until fall. Good thing too, some saving up is in order. [NANAMICA]