Warm without the bulk: Sleek outerwear choices for winter

Warm without the bulk: Sleek outerwear choices for winter

October 25th, 2018
As the temperature dips, we’ve been thinking about ways to stay warm without looking like a marshmallow. Luckily, we’ve introduced a couple brands this season that are helping us do just that.
Descente, Hugo, and Hestra have a selection of sleek, stylish outerwear pieces that will leave you looking clean cut. Read on to learn more about them.

Descente - Fashion and function combined

Technical outerwear is not only one of the biggest trends in menswear right now, it’s also incredibly practical. We actually hesitate to call this a trend, because the clean lines, functional fabrics, and incredible workmanship make these pieces from Descente timeless.
“Technical” clothing is designed with a specific functional benefit in mind. Think ski apparel or other sport wear. You’re likely to see elements like moisture-wicking fabrics, reflective patches, waterproofing, purpose-specific pockets, etc.
Descente, being a Japanese athletic apparel company, has crafted their jackets with both style and convenience in mind. They are dedicated to impeccable craftsmanship and thoughtful design, using techniques like 3D garment simulations and ultrasonic seam welding to ensure the best possible outcome.

The Bal Collar Jacket

Descente's Bal Collar jacket wears like a stylish, waterproof trench. It is also an ideal jacket for skiing, hiking, or other activities that require your full range of motion thanks to its inner harness that can be used to carry the jacket when not being worn.

The Down Jacket

Their award-winning Mizusawa Down Jacket is lightweight and down-filled to retain heat while maintaining a slim silhouette. With dual-zip ventilation, a zipper-enclosed hood system, and insulated lining, this jacket is ready to take on whatever is thrown at it.
Trendy or not, we are very happy to be bringing these two items from Descente to The Helm.

Hugo - Slim and structured

Another brand we’re excited to welcome to The Helm this season is Hugo. We are all about the minimalist, sophisticated look that Hugo is known for, and their outerwear pieces are a real highlight.
Hugo Boss was founded in 1924 in Germany, focusing primarily on uniforms. They later transitioned to men’s suits in 1948, and have since grown their brand to become the fashion empire they are today.
We’re excited to be carrying a selection of items from their Hugo line, which has previously been known as their Red label. Hugo is intended to be a more adventurous, fashion-forward division of the brand, featuring clean designs and a tailored casual feel.
The Leather Jacket

Their moto-style leather jacket is truly a versatile piece that can be worn year-round. Silver zips and detailed stitching adds a bit of an edge, but the trim cut and minimalist accessories keep the lines clean and simple. We love it with a roll neck sweater underneath.

The Overcoat

Hugo's overcoat also keeps with the streamlined look, with its narrow lapels, high closure, and structured fit. With a slick cashmere scarf tucked inside, you’ll look great in any weather.


Nothing ruins a clean winter look like bulky gloves. That’s where Hestra comes in.
Hestra is a Swedish family-owned company that has been around since 1936, passing along the traditional craft of glove making on for four generations. A brand that cares deeply about their craft, Hestra hand cuts and finishes their gloves, using updated techniques that were established in France in the 17th century. These techniques ensure a perfect fit, eliminating extra bulk.
They use aniline leather for their gloves, which is considered among the best in the world, transformed by expert tanners and and dyed all the way through. Lined in lambskin from New Zealand, these gloves are remarkably warm.
Polish off your winter look with a pair of Hestra gloves.
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