Jet-lag aside, the toughest thing about spending a few weeks in the southern hemisphere is coming back to realize that winter, with its frosty bite, invariably awaits in New York. It’s not that I can’t handle the cold – four consecutive Scottish winters proved I can. It’s the wind. So the challenge becomes this: What outerwear can take on soul-wrenching temperatures, blizzard-like conditions and gale force winds? The answer is a Moncler.
You see the thing a Moncler does (aside from conveying an unapologetically cool Alpine vibe) is actually insulate. Layers of wool, p0lymide, nylon, cashmere, elastane and down work to create a cocoon of warmth regulated by body temperature. As a result layering – arguably the focal concept of winter dressing – now becomes an option. The whole thing is both luxe and easy, which is precisely why I love it.