Top apparel manufacturers unveil some sure future favorites as the cold season approaches. Herewith, a sampling of what's new:
European Styles and Luxury from Winston Equestrian
Designed by a team in Belgium, the Winston mens' and ladies' collection offers elegant show jackets for the hunter and jumper ring, stretch-fitted show shirts and form-flattering breeches, all made of the finest European fabrics.
The low-rise and classically designed breeches are made of the breathable and durable Swiss Schoeller fabric. Available in white, beige, light taupe, navy blue and dark grey, they have the modern lycra sock at the ankle for a great fit.
The coats can be fully customized with various color options for the collar, piping, and pockets. The stand-out of the collection has crystals on the collar and pockets – to match with the beautifully-crafted shirts which feature crystal or pearlescent snap buttons.
These light and beautiful coats are made of a non-wrinkle elastic material for a modern fit with a classic wool appearance. The shirts are available in short and long sleeve and come in a variety of different models and colors. All have unparalleled elasticity in a soft cotton material, making them comfortable and flattering. All items are machine washable.
Show jacket prices are $599 to $729; ladies' breeches are $329.95, mens breeches, $339.95; short sleeve shirts, $179.95; long sleeve shirts, $189.95 and $199.95.
More info: www.fabsportswear.com
Kerrits New Pro Fleece Cross-Over Breech is a Weather-Beater
If you're looking for the performance of a winter riding pant and the classic structure of a tailored breech, Kerrits' new Pro Fleece Cross-Over Breech totally nails it.
"At first glance our Pro Fleece Cross-Over has the rugged beauty and compression of a conventional breech, and then you discover it has a luxurious fleece interior for next-to-skin coziness, making it perfect for all your equestrian adventures in chilly weather," says Kerri Kent, owner and designer of Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel.
This abrasion and wind-resistant breech sports the wicking and breathable performance of Kerrits custom-made, fleece-backed Dynamic Extreme™ fabric. Its front-zip fly construction has internal plush elastic at the waist for comfort and gentle support, with front scoop pockets and belt loops. Both knee-patch and full-seat styles are constructed of perforated Nubuck™ for a flexible fit with strategic mapping technology to ensure a leather-like grip in all conditions.
An innovative new category of performance riding apparel for a breech that takes you with ease through several seasons in comfort and style! The knee-patch breech has a suggested retail price of $119 and the full-seat breech is $139.
More info: www.kerrits.com.
Goode Rider says Bring
The Bay Area-based Goode Rider has long specialized in building the quintessential horse riding gear—flattering, high-quality riding breeches. But, with a recent expansion into lifestyle dress, they have made it their new purpose to create fitted, performance-ready pieces to take riders from the stable to the street.
Goode Rider pieces bond versatility in fashion with technical design components that are built to fend off common rider annoyances, like the Stain Stopper, which prevents oil, water and soda from rubbing into the fabric, and Stretch Ultra feature which allows for easy gripping and comfort in the saddle.
Goode Rider's Heritage Down Parka is a kingpin of its fall/winter line, equipping riders to tackle the season in warmth, comfort and style. Made of down proof poly with white down fill, soft poly/Spandex micro fleece lining and a faux shearling collar. Cable ribbed storm cuffs and more faux fur around the removable hood. The parka has smocked stretch sides and sleeve for a streamlined silhouette. Other highlights include a belt in back, two-way front zipper, multiple pockets leather buckle tabs on collar and cuff. Price: $259.
More info: www.gooderider.com.
Worst Weather Brings Out Best Looks
Ariat's fall/winter collection includes several ways to stay warm, ride effectively and look fabulous while doing so. The Bolton Jacket is designed for the serious equestrian. Advanced performance features, including Wind and Water Resistant Fabric Technology and PrimaLoft® Insulation, give this jacket the tools to beat the elements. Athletic styling such as the quilted shell, Tek fleece side panels, mock collar and tailored slim fit make a serious fashion statement. Price: $119.95.
Underneath the jacket, the Nadine Rugby shirt is made of soft jersey and features a twill collar and embroidered logo. Price: $59.95.
Finally, the Roseland boot offers relaxed styling and winter-weather comfort features. Casual attributes include a slouch-style with a fleece cuff and lining. The Roseland is handcrafted utilizing Ariat's Waterproof Pro Construction, which features waterproof full-grain leather and waterproof membrane construction. ATS Technology delivers superior support, stability and comfort. Finished with a
PVC welt and non-marking rubber outsole. Price: $279.95.
More info: www.ariat.com