In a world full of GORE-TEX shells, semi-permeable membranes and breathable outer layers, there is something reassuringly simple about the jackets from Swedish label Stutterheim. Using a combination of rubberised cotton and taped seams, their coats manage to keep you dry in the worst weather conditions despite the apparent lack of fabric technology.
Founded in Sweden in 2010 by Alexander Stutterheim, the inspiration for the brand occurred when he stumbled across his granddad’s old raincoat lying disused in an abandoned barn. Picking it up, Alexander thought that with a few adjustments to make the cut slimmer, it would be an incredibly good looking jacket: “At that moment, old memories struck me and I instantly wanted to wear his coat. It was both stunningly cool and very practical (although as big as a tent). With great care, I brought it back home to my kitchen and imagined it in an updated, contemporary version.”
After searching for a suitable manufacturer to remake the coat to his exact specifications, he stumbled across a factory in his native homeland. Given the notoriously wet weather of Sweden, it is perhaps no surprise that this small textile firm long had a history of creating clothing to combat the elements. After lots of trail and error, they managed to create a modern version of his granddad’s coat using completely waterproof rubberised cotton.
Here at Peggs & son we first saw Stutterheim raincoats at a show in London and immediately our interests were piqued. We had of course seen waterproof coats before from labels like Elka, but there was something about Stutterheim that managed to cross the divide from something purely functional into the world of fashion. We picked them up straight away and were the first stockists in the UK.
Stutterheim have since released many different styles of their raincoat and have built up a loyal following along the way. They can count Jay-Z and Kanye West as fans and have even released a rainbow coloured jacket named Vladimir to protest against human rights abuses in Russia. After all this attention and prominence, the company remain true to their melancholic Swedish roots. They still craft exceptionally well made coats that rely on traditional materials to keep you dry. Stutterheim are proof, if you ever needed it, that sometimes the old ways are still the best.