Get ready for this shocker: your moto jacket just lost the title of Coolest Coat in Your Closet. What’s more, you never saw the dethroner styles coming. At least, not before they got into the hands of Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller. The fashion blogger, notorious for her brazenly offbeat style, has just put her spin on the classic trench coat and more casual military jacket, and there’s no other way to describe them except “next-level.”
A collaboration with VEDA, a brand that’s already set the gold standard for leather jackets, Medine’s two outerwear styles stick to a traditional neutral color palette, but throw out the rules nearly everywhere else. The trench’s elongated length brings a more dramatic swoop to your step, while the substitution of a removable satin sash in place of the buckled belt adds a decidedly feminine touch and provides a pop-of-color moment that would make any fashion girl swoon.
The hip-length military jacket is a graphic masterpiece — basically, utility pockets have never looked so chic. Dark colored flaps make them appear like they’re jumping off of the front of the jacket, while two matching asymmetrical arm bands help balance the intense color blocking.
Like VEDA’s other wares, these jackets aren’t cheap — the trench will run you $425 and the military jacket $295. But remember, these made-in-NYC jackets are far from one-season ponies. They’re transitional weather wardrobe staples (read: year-round essentials) that have the ease that classifies them as wear-everywhere outerwear, including to dressier occasions thanks to the thoughtful details. Scoop ‘em up fast — they’re limited edition runs. If you can’t splurge on either of these Man Repeller creations, you can still scoop up pieces from her summer athleisure line. Now all we need to know is, what’s Medine up to for winter?
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