Mountain Hardwear is best-known for making technical clothing that allows unimpeded performance in the harshest weather, which is what makes a collaboration with a dressy footwear outfit like Cole Haan sound a bit odd. As unusual as the pairing might be, the resulting ZeroGrand collection sure is nothing to scoff at, turning out pieces that combine the former’s technical performance clothing with the latter’s sophisticated style. In Cole Haan’s words, it’s “proven in the mountain and refined for the city.” Our favorite of the lot: this ZeroGrand Metro Coat.
Sporting a classic car coat silhouette, the outerwear is designed to play nice whether you’re casually driving a car, intensely arguing in the boardroom, or frantically running around a hotel lobby trying to find a client you were supposed to meet ten minutes ago. Yes, you’re going to blame the traffic, but you really got tied up because you had to make a bathroom stop at the gas station as the direct consequence of a bottle of hot sauce you near-emptied on a cheese and BBQ burrito during lunch. And, yes, you still looked good doing that, too.
The Cole Haan x Mountain Hardwear ZeroGrand Metro Coat is, basically, a car coat made using Dry.Q Stretch Ozonic shell fabric, a waterproof, lightweight, and breathable material that also bears both the durability and stretch found in technical apparel for outdoor sports. It boasts a warmth similar to ski jackets, without the bulk and technical appearance typically found in them, making them perfect for rocking with your everyday work attire. Features include waterproofed seams, a waterproof center front zipper, two flap-covered chest pockets, zippered hand pockets, and elastic cuffs to keep the wind out.
Available now, the Cole Haan x Mountain Hardwear ZeroGrand Metro Coat is priced at $450.