Winters in Seattle are…weathery. We’re one of those “all seasons in one day” cities: we start with fog, which turns to rain, breaks into bright sun and ends with a rush of wind, all in twenty-four hours. We’re one of those cities that requires a little bit of warmth and a whole lot of waterproofing, and I have to admit that I’ve often sacrificed style just to keep from looking like a recently-bathed sheepdog, but it is possible to find a warm, waterproof jacket made by an ethical company (for a price).
Nau Highline Blazer
Lindsay introduced me to Nau with their Lightbeam Jacket which, like the above Highline Blazer, is made using recycled polyester. Brace yourselves: this is one of the most expensive things on Nau’s website at $415. Be careful who you give your heart to.
I really love the cut of this blazer, the fact that along with recycled polyester it’s made using organic cotton, that it’s waterproof. (Take that, rain!) The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a hood…but a hood would ruin the blazery style of it, so I’m glad. I’m sure it just means I need a second locally made, recycled poly jacket. Yep.
Nau Insular Jacket
The Nau Insular Jacket is (only?) $299, and it’s what I like to call insulated as fuck. Insulated with what, you ask? Magic. (Otherwise known as a recycled polyester-COCONA blend that’s derived from coconut husks.)
The Insular Jacket is a little more “snow sports” than the Highline Blazer, but the worth is in the details: the cut and fit are more feminine than the most insulated, sporty jackets, and the color options are muted and multi-faceted – you don’t have to choose between boring black and navy blue.
Nau.com has dozens of eco-friendly jackets, shells and vests for women and men, so if my favorites don’t strike you, the brand still might. Check them out and let me know what you think!