A good coat is like a second home. It protects you from the elements and expresses your personal aesthetic. A truly great coat will cost you nearly as much as one—but at least you’ll never have to mow the lawn. Here, we’ve rounded up a baker’s dozen of the year’s swankiest, swaddliest, and most innovative designer overcoats—all of which are well worth the price of admission.
Leather has been central to Hermès from the very beginning—since way back in 1837, when founder Thierry Hermès opened a workshop to fashion equestrian harnesses for the Parisian aristocracy. These days, the maison uses far suppler calfskins to craft graceful, thought-provoking coats like this one, which pairs the flowing lines of a trench with the heavy-duty hardware of a firefighter’s jacket ($24,900).
Since taking the reins at Bottega Veneta two years ago, Matthieu Blazy has turned the storied Italian house into one of the most exhilarating brands in fashion—thanks in large part to knockouts like this teddy-bear-esque mohair overcoat ($7,500) with its imposingly wide shoulders, swooping shawl collar, and elegant belted closure.