Here are our picks of the warmest and cruelty-free coats and brands on the market.
If you’re a resident of Canada and thought you could get through this year without a parka you are sorely mistaken. We've been enduring extreme winter conditions which make us want to hibernate—but with a heavy-duty winter coat that's designed for extreme cold, you can enjoy the season.
But what if you’re vegetarian or vegan? That eliminates many brands and styles because wearing fur, leather or down that’s not ethically sourced can make it struggle to find something that will protect you—and look stylish. We've done the searching for you. Here are five brands you need to know about that make beautiful, warm, cruelty-free coats.
Doe Parka, $729, wullyouterwear.com.
This Canadian outwear brand started in 2012 and was created from a love of wildlife and a vision of vegan outerwear. “We think that staying warm in even the harshest of conditions shouldn’t––and doesn’t have to––come at the expense of animals. The conservation and respect of animals are always at the forefront of our mission. No animals are ever used or exploited throughout our entire production process, and we create opportunities to give to animal charities whenever we can,” states Wully on its website.
Its parka, called the Doe, is the brand’s warmest coat. Rather than goose down, the parka is insulated with PrimaLoft Insulation, which is a proprietary microfiber structure to help the body retain warmth and conserve energy. The stylish coat is ideal for temperatures that range from +8 to -30°C.
Nordic Parka, $714, hoodlam.com.
For starters, this Nordic brand is PETA-approved. HoodLam has been around since the 90s, using hemp as its fabric of choice. Why hemp? It’s the earth's strongest natural fibre. The company also strives to use organic and recycled materials.
This Nordic Parka features a natural, water-resistant hemp and organic cotton outer shell for a coat that can resist temperatures that are as chilly as -15°C due to a multiple shell layer and additional coverage on the hips and legs.
Casto Parka in Elephant Gray, $803, vautecouture.com.
The name of this NYC-based brand comes from replacing the "h" in the word haute with a "v", for vegan. All its coats are designed and manufactured in New York City’s iconic garment district—from double-breasted peacoats made from organic cotton (instead of wool), to puffy parkas filled with Primaloft (a down alternative made from recycled fibers). Vaute even recently started manufacturing coats in Toronto so that its Canadian customers do not have to pay extra import taxes.
The Casto Parka is made from 100% recycled, closed loop, windproof and snow resistant ripstop fabric, and insulated with Primaloft (which is water resistant) to keep you dry and toasty warm.
Women's Cyros GTX, $800, thenorthface.com.
North Face Cyros
The North Face has unveiled a premium range of cold-weather goods. Meant for urban exploration, the new range is called “Cryos.”
The durable weatherproof Gore-Tex winter jacket features ultra-warm PrimaLoft insulation, a body-mapped fleece liner for added heat and comfort, and a stowable hood (with faux-fur trim) for yet more protection.
The line does offer some jackets that have down, however, the type they used is certified by the Responsible Down Standard board. The RDS ensures that down does not come from animals that have been subjected to any unnecessary harm (such as force-feeding or live-plucking), provides traceability in our supply chain, and helps validate and track the down used in our products from farm to finished garment.