I saw this colour-blocked coat online, and like a woman possessed, I tracked it down and bought it within a space of 60 seconds. Sometimes, style is like that; a posession, a taking leave of one’s senses, a moment where logic temporarily goes off-air. I was overtaken by the desire to own this life-changing, mood-lifting bit of fabric called a coat. I’m obsessed with coats. My second blog post ever was on coats (the first was on sequins, OBVIOUSLY!) and I’ve also discussed them here, here and here, not to mention my previous post on Winter White (See? Obsessed). Luckily, I live in a place where I have nearly-year-round occasion to wear coats. After my impulsive purchase, I saw that the company, SheIn, that makes it gets some terrible reviews. It is a ‘fast fashion’ company, which I am generally against because it is horrible for the environment, the labour practices are sketchy at best, and the clothes are badly made. This particular coat isn’t awful quality. And for $46 less 40%, I’m really not expecting it to have been loving hand-crafted by local artisans using centuries-old methods in a sunlit Hermes workshop in the south of France. It is made in China. I emailed the company to ask for some further information about their business ethics, because there are several things on their website that I really like. This gold sequin jacket, for instance, and this fun skirt. These are a departure from my usual investment pieces, but I can’t always find items that speak to my sparkle-driven magpie tendencies in higher end shops, so occasionally I have to look elsewhere. SheIn assures me that they absolutely do not use any child labour (a la Primark). They have brought several Westerners on board to oversee their now much-improved customer service, and they appear to have very ambitious plans for expanding further globally.
Coat: SheIn, Glitter heels (old): Kurt Geiger, Bag: Hermes, Photos: Lottie Anderson
Anyway, the deed is done, I am wearing the coat. I love the coat to be honest, even if the panel on the back is a permanent reminder of the time my logic went off-air (doesn’t it look like the screen saver that used to be on TV when stations went off air?!).
Getting stank eye from the laydee.