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Designer-Level Outerwear You Can Actually Afford

Spoiler alert: winter is coming.

Two keys for surviving will be A) booze, and B) a handsome-as-hell warm jacket. Good news! Now you can get the latter for a price that'll keep your pockets flush with cash for the former thanks to The Arrivals, an upstart outerwear brand selling top-notch jackets inspired by the slick city look of APC and Rag & Bone—but for a fraction of what those big labels charge.

By employing the increasingly popular direct-to-consumer model—like runaway successes Warby Parker, Everlane, and fellow upstart OneGround Shoes—The Arrivals is manufacturing its jackets with much of the same materials and craftspeople used by big-name designers. But it's knocking out the pricey middlemen responsible for its prohibitive expense.

The company was founded in 2013 by Kal Vepuri and Jeff Johnson. Valepuri is an investor in Warby and Makerbot and Johnson has switched gears from a career in large-project architecture. 

With an architect at the helm, it's not surprising that each jacket in the nine-piece drop (four for men, and five for women) is named for a different legend in the architecture world. 

For instance, the sharply tailored perfecto leather jacket above is called the Lautner, after the master behind a number of remarkable homes, including a certain fictional pornographer's. Johnson described him as "The Clint Eastwood of architects." 

For the city dweller looking to power through from fall to spring with just one jacket, the modular Atlas parka has you covered. Made from The Arrivals' special performance material blend, it's equipped with a removable shearling lining that'll keep it extra warm when you want, and lighter when you don't. As for the name, it's a classical architectural term for structural supports that are carved to look like a man.

The wool-lined Lykke is their modern and sophisticated take on a classic denim jacket, and is named for a Norwegian architect, who's best known for revamping several Scandinavian railway stations.

The Scarpa commuter jacket is by far the most technical piece, named for the renowned Italian architect Carlos Scarpa. It's just the sort of protection you'd want during those wet and cold treks to and from the office. The weatherproof spandex shell and heat-welded seams are details that're actually done by a firm in San Francisco—also employed by Nike, so you know it's good.

Even better, it has a zip-open flap along the backside where you can slip in your messenger bag to keep it protected from the elements.

Bring it on, winter.


Joe McGauley is a shearling-obsessed senior editor at Supercompressor.