Stutterheim (pronounced stoo-ter-hyme) are the rain coat masters hailing from Sweden, led by the friendly (and very busy) giant Alexander Stutterheim. Inspired by his grandfather’s rain coat he remembers from when he was just a little boy, Alexander wanted to recreate and improve upon the old coat with a modern, quality feel, and thus the Arlhoma svart rain coat was born. With a sturdy feel and impeccable style, I think that’s exactly what Stutterheim has done.
The style I’m wearing above is the Stockholm svart (svart meaning black), which is the ‘baby’ version of the Arlhoma. The Stockholm variety currently comes in six colours, but if you take a peak at their Instagram feed you can see that they’ve always got a variety in the works. What I do love about the brand is how interactive they come across on all of their social channels, with a healthy feed of what’s to come and how their coats are worn. The handmade coats comes in the standard variety of sizes; perhaps it has something to do with the Nordic genepool but the sizes are pretty perculiar. The XS fits me perfectly (which isn’t something I should be bragging about) and I dread to think how large the medium or small may be - luckily, Stutterheim have clearly taken this into consideration and their lookbook shots all have the model measurements and coat sizes in clearcut bold. This was very handy when I was choosing my size, and it’s kind of comforting to know that the models taller than me were also wearing XS!
Fit aside, you can definitely tell it has that rugged made-for-utility feeling. Whether it’s the distinctive smell of the rubber, or the slight-yet-noticeable weighty feeling on the shoulders, you know it’ll get the job done of keeping you dry. Luckily with the heat we’ve had this summer, I haven’t quite needed the coat, but the few evenings I’ve worn it it does keep you pretty toasty; somewhat of an essential for the notoriously wet and cold Autumn/Winter seasons we have in the UK.
I’d been looking for a rain coat for a long time and I’m very, very happy to have come across these guys. When I was at Jacket Required, one of the rooms was ram-packed with rain coats. While I did my mental shopping taking notes of each brand, I was really pleased to see Stutterheim was showcasing at the back of the room on the stage. Aside from offering rain coats, they also offer umbrellas, capes (which I’m dying to get my hands on) and boots and socks. The brand has certainly got themselves in the spotlight with good quality clothing, as well as friendly staff and an even more friendly social media.
I’m definitely developing a thing for European brands and it’s great to see products like this earning their exposure in the UK. Hope you like the read, I’ll be putting a few outfit features in the near future of how I like to wear my rain coat. I actually did a few shots jumping in the shower with it yet remaining surprisingly dry; luckily all of those turned out blurry. Darn you camera. Check out Stutterheim here.
- Mr. Boy