Guide for Designer Quilted Clothes

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Two years ago I saw someone on Bowery wearing a quilted lined trousers—belt bag-with a narrowed white T—shirt and moccasins. The whole outfit was remarkable, but what stood out was the sewing pattern of the quilted material (especially because the pants were quite useful, the military style you can find on Etsy). A year after, revamped quilted jackets started overflow my Instagram Explore page. They were reworked jackets-some made from old composite quilts, others from a patchwork of fabrics-and I have since considered the quilted material as a category in itself, similar to leather or denim. A category of fabrics that I completely neglected.

Although there are designer quilting brands-like Bode, which makes epic quilted jackets-I would like to highlight vintage brands and independent upcyclers that adopt quilted jackets. Here you can see her work on three of my quilt-enthusiastic colleagues, including my dear colleague Amalie, whose collection includes a very special custom jacket from the Psychic Outlaw brand. If you can get one, this is a very cool item to invest in.

Scroll through the page to see how the three quilt styles work and why they agree that it’s a great option for dressing in the fall.


Deputy editor at Repeller and passionate quilt and patchwork friend, prematurely diagnosed cat lady, eldest in the village.

I ordered this coat from Psychic Outlaw in February. Psychic Outlaw, who I can’t seem to stop talking about, makes fabulous coats out of vintage quilts that you get yourself or that you get yourself. How cool is that?

I have credited her in the past, but Ruby Redstone initiated my plot with the coat she made from her grandmother’s blanket and which she wore by imitating Simone Rocha S/S 2018. I knew I wanted to take one before everyone overflow their inbox, so I ordered a coat from a blanket they had bought and opted for a number with a hip-press closure. It’s a very mint and pea salad vibe, but I’ll wear it in any transitional weather.

I have… more than just a few quilted articles. I feel that quilting/patchwork is inherent in my style DNA. Since I love the print mix and am not afraid of looking like an artisanal project, I feel like these pieces are working hard in my closet. I have a pair of pants, another jacket from B Sides x Bode, which I noticed at a big sale of the opening ceremony some time ago, a Ralph Lauren blazer, a Tyler McGillivary top… I wear them all frequently. I know what I love! And I always want the colors to suit me. I have a pretty specific color palette, which mostly includes a lot of what I would assume I would call “hunting colors”.”(Think: forest green, beige, navy blue, red, bordeaux.) But I also have a slightly more vivid secondary color palette: mint, purple, light blue, sea green, yellow. It’s a mess of things. But when I see a patchwork garment that I love, it has mainly to do with the interplay of colors.

Since this jacket is very “spring chicken”, I probably want to make some stylistic elements a little heavier for the season. I plan to wear it with a pale blue turtleneck underneath, dark straight jeans and moccasins. He needs the right things to accompany him, from the point of view of color and silhouette. I would certainly rather call it a” used” coat, in the sense that I have to plan my outfit around it, but it is a coat that I like to have in the rotation.

There is literally not a single article on this earth that I would not appreciate in a quilted form. You will surprise me at the age of 80 in patchwork from head to toe, waving my stick from my mouth on my porch in Maine with a lobster tail.

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