My two favourite outerwear shapes and styles this season has to be the “Tomboy” and the “Oversized” womenswear trends. Whether you have chosen to cocoon yourself in AW’s relaxed parkas in grungy shades of green, or decided that big is beautiful and gone for a loose fitted coat – girls who love guys threads will most certainly be looking to these two trends to keep them toasty this winter.
However, I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but I haven’t been able to find a coat that embraces both of these key trends. Call me greedy but I want Tomboy and I want Oversized. I want to marry the tough girl grunge trend with supersized styling, and frankly womenswear you have once again let me down. And so this year my coat is from the menswear aisles, and it’s called the Brixtol D.W Bomber.If you hail from Stockholm, then you’ve probably seen Brixtol’s gorgeous wax-coats and chunky knitwear in the hipster haunts of Soder. If you are in London, then perhaps you have yet to be acquainted with Brixtol, but don’t worry you will be soon – this brand is going places.
Founded little over three years ago by two friends, Emil Holmström and Gustav Kjellander, Brixtol was born out of a love of British workwear and 60s mod culture. Armed with a motto “designed in Sweden and produced in England”, the Brixtol boys pride themselves in producing all their garments on British soils, namely in and around the Midlands. Equally their fabrics are sourced from within Europe, forming a perfect marriage of quality, authenticity and sustainability. With Scandi-cool at the forefront of fashion at the moment, Brixtol is bringing a different dimension to how we perceive Swedish style, and quite frankly I love it.Brixtol’s name is a portmanteau of Brixton and Bristol. Brixton, where Paul Simonon of “The Clash” was born and raised, and Bristol a hub for mod culture. Now, I went to university in Bristol and I was joking with the guys from Brixtol that my time frolicking around Clifton Village was a far cry from the hedonistic culture of the hyper cool mods of the 60s. However, my last few years in London were spent living in Brixton where men’s trousers, shirts and flat shoes were my staple uniform – far more in keeping with the androgynous subculture to which the brand refers. And now here I am in Stockholm – its meant to be right?Available in XS, the fit of the D.W Bomber is perfect. The coat has all the great details of a bomber jacket with the length and fit of a long coat – see, “Oversized” and “Tomboy”. Made of waxed cotton canvas (which the guys will rewax for you on request) it’s properly quilted to protect you from the lowering temperatures.I love it’s versatility. Whether I’m nodding to my Bristol city days, and wearing my leather ankle boots and check print midi skirt, or going for a relaxed tomboy vibe a la my days in Brixton, I feel I struck gold with this piece of Stockholm outerwear. This Girl in Menswear couldn’t be happier.What I’m wearing: Bristol Look: Vintage plaid skirt and ankle boots, UNIQLO basic top. Brixton: Topshop jeans, GANT Rugger jumper, Brixtol beanie, Superga sneakers.