So, the question remains, despite being the ultimate trendsetter, is it worth the hype (and major price tag)?
I pined after the Acne Studios Velocite jacket for many years before I finally owned one. Those that know about this coat are more than aware of the ripple effect it has had on the fashion world. It has been copied and duped by everyone from top-end luxury brands to premium labels to the high street. So, the question remains, despite being the ultimate trendsetter, is it worth the hype (and major price tag)?
This is my second winter snuggled up in this coat, so I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts and wrote a full review on it.
I have the classic black lambs leather version in size 38 which I purchased preloved from Designer Exchange (you can watch my unboxing video of it HERE).
The Velocite is the perfect mix of fashion and timeless style. Aviator coats are nothing new but the oversized styling is unique to the
This coat is 100% Lamb shearling which means it keeps you very toasty but it also means it’s quite heavy. As much as I love this jacket and wear it all the time, it does have its issues. Most notably, if you’re popping in and out of the tube, meetings or shops, you’re going to find yourself constantly taking it on and off. This isn’t such a problem in itself but when you’ve got to carry it, it’s very bulky. Just before
Given this is from Acne Studios and the enormous price tag you wouldn’t expect anything less than perfection in the quality stakes. In this respect, it completely lives up to the hype. The quality is spectacular. As I’ve already mentioned it keeps you incredibly warm, even on the coldest of days.
I bought mine preloved, so I have no idea how it was looked after before me but I throw it around all over the place. It gets chucked in the car, thrown on the back of chairs and slung over the sofa on a daily basis. The wear and tear (so far) is minimal. The leather hasn’t cracked, in fact, it’s just got softer and more buttery with wear. The zips and buckles, although a little scratched, haven’t tarnished at all.
You might have noticed my coat is missing the belt which goes around the bottom. Unfortunately, when I purchased it, it was already missing. I mentioned in my Acne Studios Leather Jacket review (read it HERE) which has a similar belt design it was my biggest gripe. Due to the weight of the buckle, it weighs the other end of the belt down so it slides out of the belt loops. I imagine the Velocite jacket suffers from the same issue and this is how the belt got lost
From (almost) everything I’ve said so far this is a great coat. However, there is a massive sticking point I’ve already touched on but not fully addressed yet and that’s the exorbitant price. It’s difficult to get passed the £2100 price tag. Yes, there are more expensive coats out there but not many.
If I had a budget of £2100 for a coat then yes, this is a superb option. It can be worn with anything and everything, I’ve taken it on country walks and I’ve taken it to
So, in swift conclusion, this is an excellent jacket, probably the best I’ve ever owned. Plus, its been worn more than any of my other coats. However, the price tag is a massive road block which is tricky to overcome. Buying a preowned one definitely seems like the most logical answer but if you don’t like second hand then the high street offer up some excellent alternatives.