Touted as J. Crew’s “warmest coat ever,” the Nordic Parka (available in two colors—olive and navy) quickly made my to-try list. After close to two decades of northeast living, I should be an expert winter survivalist but I am still on the prowl for the next outerwear unicorn, i.e., a coat that is exceptionally warm, fairly priced, and reasonably stylish.…

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Retailers that rely on strong outerwear sales to turn profitable are struggling as an unseasonably warm December slows coat sales. J. Crew was highlighted in this New York Times report as one company that could be badly hit if sales do not pick up. All of this spells great deals for shoppers; I am banking on more harsh winters in…

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Yet another color—Vintage Sky—of the J. Crew Chateau Parka has gone on sale. With code SHOPNOW, the coat is now $173.99. Sizes are still somewhat complete at the time of this post. I’m reviving this post because (thanks again to the friend who informed me of the sale on the Vail Parka for her always reliable and timely notifications) the…

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Christopher Bailey, head honcho of Burberry, announced early last month that the brand is moving to consolidate Burberry Prorsum, Burberry London, and Burberry Brit into one unified brand—Burberry—by the end of 2016. This announcement bears only the surprise of timing; it is part of a growing movement to prune—through consolidation, elimination, or reintegration—diffusion brands: Marc by Marc Jacobs was absorbed…

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Despite having every intention of keeping this Burberry coat, in the end I didn’t think it met enough of my criteria to earn a place in my overstuffed closet (I also admit that I subject luxury items to a higher level of scrutiny). The double-breasted style, smart point collar, and detachable medium-width belt with a leather buckle are all details…

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