I first met with the team from Finnieston months ago, not honestly knowing anything much other than the name (which was enough to peak my interest). I walked into that meeting and did not leave for another two hours. All they had to show me then was one sample – this, a weatherproof coat designed in Scotland and made in the UK, and the concept for a collection that would be at home in its namesake, Finnieston.
What followed was a photoshoot (oh hey me right there on the homepage) and the arrival of, firstly, this cashmere knit in my life which, it would transpire, would quickly become my ultimate trans-seasonal choice. It might well be a small fortune but the Claremont cashmere sweater is truly the softest piece of knitwear I own and I have worn it. And worn it. And worn it. It is indeed an investment classic; the only knitwear I have since taken on holiday to France (twice) and Portugal as well as Inverness. It is the piece I reach for at home, day in and day out, because it wears very, very well and goes with absolutely everything in my wardrobe. In the past few months I have probably worn it approximately sixty out of ninety days, true story. In short, I love it.
And now the coat has arrived. The stock has landed and the website has launched and I can shout about it. And this Beltane coat is everything you might hope it would be. Highly weatherproof yet breathable, it is as at home on a dog walk in the park as it is out for drinks in the evening. The details are everything – the matt, wax finish, the deep pockets, the velvet trims, the detachable storm flap at the neck and the hood, oh baby, this is a hood, you know the kind of hood that almost engulfs you and actually keeps your hair dry. There is even an optional storm peak should you need that little bit extra. Hello, Scotland… (If you have dogs then you know what I am talking about here. Half hearted hoods need not apply). But the clincher is in the lining. You know that tiger mural on the Clydeside? The giant panda in Mitchell Lane? Well that guy, James Klinge, formerly known as Klingatron, is the hand behind the unique print on the lining. I love that this coat has a story. Finnieston is literally woven into it and, after living there for fifteen years, I feel kinda like it is woven into me too.
Honestly Finnieston, you had me at the name…
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