One of my new year's resolutions this year was to set aside time more time to head out of town and into the hills at the weekend. It's something I used to do often in my 20s when I was a keen climber, but seem to have found less and less time for over the past few years. With this resolution came the realisation that the old walking boots and rain jacket I used to wear (circa 2000) really no longer cut it, so I've been on the hunt for some new outdoor wear. And I think I may have found my new raincoat.
Whistles have just unveiled their collaboration with Swedish rainwear company Stutterheim - a limited edition version of the brand's Stockholm raincoat. The unisex design, features a graphic striped hem and a contrast hood facing and is handmade from rubberised cotton with double welded seams, making it 100% waterproof.
Stutterheim was established by Alexander Stutterheim after he discovered his grandfather's old raincoat in an abandoned farm building. Inspired by the garment's timeless practicality he reimagined the 1960s design into an updated contemporary version with a discreet, classical cut. Then he took the prototype to the last standing textile factory in Sweden and asked them to manufacture it.
“Whistles collaborations are about finding experts in the market and working with them to produce beautiful, functional, carefully crafted exclusive pieces”, said Whistles Chief Executive Officer Jane Shepherdson. “Stutterheim was chosen because it produces the highest quality rain-wear and its simplicity, functionality and timeless style perfectly complements the Whistles aesthetic.”