The New (and Old) Shearling


We work this rugged, knowingly masculine material into stylishly feminine coats that are perfect for the moment.

Shearling has kept men and women warm since the stone age. This history exercise, however, goes only as far back as the Victorian era.

Victorians invented coats as we know them. Most styles haven’t even changed much since. Back then, shearling coats were purely practical items made to perform – keeping the wearer warm without making much of a fashion statement. There was little differentiation between women’s and men’s styles - a modern approach in today's standards, yet hardly helping shearling’s womenswear case.

Still essentially functional, in the 1940s shearling was the lining material of American pilots’ bomber jackets. Then, in the 1950s, Hollywood embraced the material for its appealing textural look. That's when, from a military to a bad-boy uniform, shearling found life beyond function. The most iconic looks of the era included Marlon Brando’s shearling bomber in the 1954 film On the Waterfront and James Dean’s ranch coat in 1956.

Still, there wasn't much to show for shearling in womenswear. Even Marilyn Monroe, an icon as feminine as one gets, sported shearling in the form of utterly masculine bombers and boyish coats.

In the 80s sheepskin appeared in dark suede, the perfect refined antidote to the other shearling representation of the era, the coat of Only Fools and Horses character Del Boy. This was the beginning of shearling as a fashion material perfect to be worked into designer whims.

Fast-forward to 2020. Shearling is a defining material of our Winterwear collection, lending its texture to our earthy looks. But we approach it differently.

The collection, which delivers a plural version of earthy elegance, offers both a menswear-inspired range including aviator and motorcycle jackets and a new, decidedly feminine take on shearling.

Elongated gilets, jackets with a draping front, pare-back hoodies and longer collarless coats – all in shearling – appear in our controlled colour palette, minimal cuts, and timelessly modern shapes.

Shearling is a remarkably resilient material. It's therefore natural to craft pieces timeless enough to endure fashion changes and remain fresh and exciting each winter.