The Winter Warmer – Dexter Wong for Topman LENS.

October 6, 2009
Just to warn you, the following post could degenerate into gibberish of an all-new incomprehensible level given that I fainted (flu-induced) thrice yesterday morning. I may still be discovering bruises in the most unusual of places (result of the aforementioned, obviously…) but I thought it time to get a post in before another bout of this bloody sickness strikes.
Unlike many of my mates, I don’t actually fear the onset of the Autumn/Winter season. Yes, there’s the biting cold, the almost ever-present blanket of darkness and bouts of mild depression but with the arrival of the drearier months, there also comes the opportunity to don your winter coat. I snapped up a navy Monsoon double-breasted overcoat during a sale last season which is still in good shape but, I’ll not lie, it’s unquestionably the plainer sister of the outerwear family since the below-pictured came along…
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^ Note: I’m fully aware these are atrocious but flu and lack of natural light aren’t exactly conducive to good photography. Also, the details are incredibly difficult to highlight without full-on blindingly bright flash tactics…
Having missed the launch of the newly re-worked Topman flagship store, I made my way to Oxford Circus post-haste the day after the mass of menswear-showing. I’d been eying-up this jacket ever since Mat from Buckets and Spades heralded the good news re: the AW09 Topman LENS collection via Twitter. It’s the Dexter Wong for Topman donkey jacket. And for those of you who don’t know, it’s not a garment fashioned from an actual donkey (don’t feel bad…I initially thought it could be true…) or any donkey parts for that matter, but rather a staple of the working man’s wardrobe (or so Wikipedia reliably informs me). Beloved of labourers and skinheads, it’s been around since the 19th century so it must be good for something other than looking astoundingly good. Here’s hoping it wards off any further cold-related sickness, more fainting – at this stage – could probably prove fatal.

Image from Topman
  • Mat October 6, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    it looks top, i think it actually looks better in your photo (when you ignore the flu driven lighting). the leathery section on the back just makes it stand out so much.i went for it and ordered the carolyn massey navy scarf coat the other day, as there was only one left in stock. i'm awaiting its arrivalthanks for the name check!

  • miss milki October 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! 🙂

  • Blau von T October 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    i quite like the shoulder detailing.feel better!

  • LUCAS October 8, 2009 at 3:34 am

    There was a spell of cold weather here and it drove made me really worried about what coat I was going to wear this winter. I searched and searched and ended up buying this exact one. Its so great!

  • Free ads Ireland October 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    To be honest, the first one doesn't appeal as much. However, I would defo go for the grey. Great post, by the way