A classic coat can last you years on end and if looked after, be passed on for future wearers. So finding one that’s well made and passes the test of time on a style front is mandatory. Finding one that’s ethically made with quality fabrics? Even better. There’s no need to sugarcoat these Australian and New Zealand brands.
Arnsdorf has the classic coat range covered – from the oversized wool coat to the bright and funky tailored trench. In true Arnsdorf style, the coats are made from natural fibres such as linen, wool and cotton. Check out the cost break down on each item to see just how much cash goes into the quality fabrics for these fine garments. A cosy coat from Arnsdorf will set you back between $750-$990.
New Zealand-based brand Kowtow has brought back its range of ethical and sustainable coats for winter. Shop for fun quilted styles in a range of colours aligned to this year’s winter collection. Always sustainably made, these coats are no doubt an investment for years ahead.
Melbourne’s Obus Clothing has kept its usual commitment to colour in its Winter coat range, but pared back the prints a little to let the cuts do the talking. There’s an oversized, double-breasted variety in a dark green or check that sits below the knee, or a shorter cut in a vibrant purple. There will be more to come in this range no doubt. All of the coats are ethically made in Melbourne and are priced accordingly.
4. Viktoria and Woods
Viktoria and Woods luxury coat collection is ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. The Winter range includes an over-the-top casino leather longline coat with shearing, long and short puffer jackets, long and short wool coats, and more warm winter additions.
Cue is known for dominating when it comes to winter wear and its annual coat selection does not disappoint. You’ll find a relaxed leather trench plus a whole range of wool and tweed classic coats in various colourways. Just watch out – they may all look like pure wool but often the brand uses a blend of polyester/ wool so if you’re a purest, check the garment care label first. A selection of Cue’s coats are ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
6. Veronika Maine
Veronika Maine designs and produces arguably the most timeless and well made coats in the country (can I make that call?) Here you’ll find everything from houndstooth to herringbone and a pop of colour for good measure. Shop for long wool coats in various colourways, a relaxed, brushed mohair coat or a classic trench. Some of Veronika Maine’s coats are made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. These classic coats are worth every dollar.
Australian luxury basics brand Bassike has a range to keep you warm this winter. The brand’s coats and jackets collection includes classic cotton and leather trenches, twill and wool felt coats. A bit part (95% at the time of publishing) of Bassike’s production is done on shore in Australia, and the brand is committed to sustainable production with environmentally friendly fabrics and carbon neutral operations.
Melbourne-based ethical fashion brand Kuwaii produces a small range of classic coats. The brand’s garments are all ethically made in Melbourne, with all manufacturing taking place within 15km of its design studio in Brunswick. The coat collection includes long dusters and cropped jackets in classic and retro prints.
Maggie Marilyn believes that our planet’s survival hinges on its ability to dream up a better tomorrow, which is why the brand believes that the future of fashion is one rooted in transparency, circularity, regeneration and inclusion. And we couldn’t agree more. The New Zealand-based brand makes a range of classic and alternative coats from ethically sourced, natural fibres.