(2018) Winter Style 7: The Two-Length Coat

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Versatility is what we want when it comes to the ideal coat for travelling. If not a reversible one, why not an outer that can be adjusted for two different lengths?

This Nike X A-Cold-Wall* jacket in double tones of concrete and slate, which Nike calls “cool grey and gunsmoke”, is very much a 2-in-1 that pretends not to be. You really can’t tell at first look. This coat, with the oversized pouch pockets, consists of two parts, with a lower half that can be removed slightly below the waist by unzipping. That leaves you with a cropped (but not too much) upper half that goes perfectly over an elongated sweater.

But the fun in this is in the lower half. Unzipped to the rear, but not entirely removed, you’ll get a different silhouette of a short front and longer, draped back. The sides of the bottom piece comes with snap-buttons that can be undone so that when completely adhered to the upper, you get slits for limps to take wider strides. But that, if you can imagine, is not all. Depending on how you unzip and how you unsnap, the jacket can take on an asymmetrical bottom half!

This season, Nikelab, a more design-oriented offshoot of Nike, collaborates with three different brands (apart from their usual partners such as Undercover): Ambush, Fear of God, and A-Cold-Wall*. Of all the three streetwear heavyweights, ACW (as it’s commonly referred to) offers the strongest looks. ACW’s Samuel Ross, who has worked for Virgil Abloh before launching his own label, is, in our eyes, a better designer than his former employer, and the collaboration with Nike shows that he does have technical flair and eye for detail. Sometimes, all it takes is a zip and a few snap-buttons to make things that much more interesting.

Nike X A-Cold-Wall* unisex jacket, SGD829, is available at DSMS and Nike.com/sg/. Product photo: Restir. Montage: Just So