Happy Birthday Penfield

Although we should now be settling into spring, we don’t need too many reminders that we live in a country where the weather cannot be relied upon. Global warming has, let’s be honest, been a huge disappointment thus far. Luckily, help - and rather stylish help - is at hand...

While the calendar tells us we should be digging out lighter jackets and thinner sweaters, given the colour of the skies outside, the Vassan jacket from Penfield might still be our best bet. Penfield began life in Massachusetts in 1975, and their stylish take on rugged, outdoor clothing was originally designed in response to the frequently harsh climate of New England.

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Since the Seventies, Penfield has become as popular with style conscious city dwellers as it is with bearded lovers of the great outdoors, which goes some way to explaining its surge of popularity in Old England, where the climate is, as we know only too well, also frequently harsh.   

This mountain parka is a spring season staple, but also a supremely functional coat.   Available in both Olive/Sage and Blue/ Ecru, it’s made from thick nylon making it both water and windproof. What else would you expect from Penfield, who celebrate their 35th birthday this year? Stephen Isaac-Wilson

£105, www.penfieldusa.com.