My best new post ideas always come from  trying to solve a personal issue.  ”If You’re Thinking About” , “Vintage Photos”, “Style Profiles” and “SartoriaLIST” all came from that same process.


Recently I came to grips with how much time I would save shopping online more often.  Finally many of my favorite shops (mostly European) are now offering international shipping and the option to shop the site in English.


So, instead of keeping these sites to myself I will start sharing them with a new feature called “Shopping Online”.   I hope this helps the Sartorialists in cities that don’t have an Aspesi, or Boggi or Tod’s.


The first item I have to share with you is the Lambrettone Parka by Aspesi.  It was easily one of my best additions of the season.  Most of the photographs shot during snowy Milan Fashion Week were taken wearing this parka (except  when Garance wasn’t stealing it to wear in her videos.)


The reason I’m telling you about a parka just as spring is about to pop is that when the lining is removed the parka transforms into the perfect lightweight parka/windbreaker.  The overall weight of the coat (with lining) is a little on the heavy side but it makes up for it body coverage and warmth.


I only hope that they will soon offer this coat in both black and navy.


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  1. Lelli Family

    March 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Great initiative beautiful parka!

    Daddy Lele fromLelli, italian fashion family

  2. Savannah

    March 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Oh my I was just jabbering all day about this! I am all of a sudden all about online shopping too ! All the better if there is free shipping, actually that’s the only way I will take part. Great parka too, got one myself last spring (not online)

  3. Simbarashe

    March 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm


    March 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    great parka! :)

  5. RobertH

    March 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Great idea!!!

  6. Middle class Sue

    March 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Great idea! But I hope you offer a few pieces for the everyday person. Not many people I know would spend nearly $900 on a parka.

    I am disabled & do 90% of my shopping online.

    • mo

      March 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

      I agree. I love great clothes and appreciate quality, but not at the price of a car note and groceries : )

      • CVG

        March 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

        Hey, some reality! I thought I was the only poor person who looked at this site.

        The day I spend $900 on a coat is the day I win the Powerball, and maybe not even then.

  7. Martine

    March 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Its such a gorgeous green. Why would you need it to be a different color? It would be great in navy and black as well. I actually prefer to shop the old fashioned way and try stuff on. But thats simply because I don’t visualize how things will fit me as well as others perhaps. Also I am never completely sure what I am looking for. I mean I know wether it is a coat or a swimsuit, but I am never exactly certain what kind until i see it on myself. I am usually surprised by how different they fit then I thought. I am a bad online shopper. I return things half the time and get frustrated. Plus I don’t know how seriously to take the reviews of other shoppers. I really do like this parka, however. It looks practical.

    • Becca

      March 28, 2013 at 6:40 am

      I understand the frustration of online shopping returns!
      The reviews of online items are all so subjective- if someone says the fit is good or bad it just makes me wonder about how truthful they are being about their body shape!

      • Simbarashe

        March 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

        Martine, the secret is shopping online at stores you know fit you well. In the long run it turns out to be a cheaper proposition; better deals, faster transactions, less hassle.

        • Martine

          March 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm

          @ Becca; Thank you! I feel better knowing I am not a lone dinosaur. Simbarashe makes a great point. Its very logical to check the stores that I know the fit well for online bargains, and leave the unknown alone!

  8. Sergio

    March 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Undoubtedly you have a great-great taste, but 790 bucks for a Polyester Parka, no way!

    • kks

      March 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      i agree. I feel like so many of the expensive brands are now making their items out of polyester, but still charging the high prices. If I am going to buy an item of clothing made out of polyester I will go to H&M and get it for cheap.

      • Martine

        March 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        I am one of the few people that could justify this easily in price-per-wear. I have absolutely no problem paying a lot for something that is light weight, keeps me warm and dry, and can be adjusted by removing the lining. I live in a cold and often rainy area. But mostly just cold. And I am not one to just jump out of the car and rush inside. Well…sometimes I am.
        But for those who live in places where you just need something for once in a while and are mostly concerned with looks, then; NO. Get that one for 300 bucks from Madewell. Its awesome.

  9. pindlesblog

    March 27, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Do they do this for women too? could I get away with this one? Ah wait I’ve just seen the price :p hey ho I will continue on my quest for a similar garment at a not so similar price :)

  10. abigail

    March 27, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    i am definitely going to convince my boyfriend to buy this so i can steal it off his back a la garance.


  11. Kate

    March 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    My salary doesn’t let me splurge on a $800 parka but I still appreciate the effort to diversify the posts. I look forward to seeing more affordable items :)

  12. John

    March 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I too just recently started buying a good deal of clothes online. Really useful if you don’t want to, or can’t, go to the city.
    A couple sites I visit for good clothes deals,,,,


    March 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm


  14. Ashley Jay

    March 27, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Big Fan of online shopping if i say so myself .
    I would LOVE a Pink Parka If i say so myself.

  15. Elena

    March 28, 2013 at 12:10 am

    What a great idea for new series! Online shopping is a life saver!!!

  16. yvonnelw

    March 28, 2013 at 12:26 am

    i am such a big online shopping addict i sometimes want to swear off buying things from stores.

  17. Sean

    March 28, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I saw you in Miami today (south beach)

  18. Fiona

    March 28, 2013 at 2:33 am

    I’m wondering if this is an independent or paid placement?

    I’m sorry to question your editorial integrity Mr Schulman because I LOVE the Sartorialist but I believe these recommendations fly wide of the mark in terms of what is so appealing about your blog.

    Also while there is a place for online shopping we should be supporting our local retailers especially in these tough economic times.

    • The Sartorialist

      March 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

      this is not an ad or product placement. I probably shop more than anyone that visits this blog and if i want to stay honest with the audience then sharing things I like to buy seems a perfect fit.
      if you notice the blog continues to evolve, more video, more runway reports, more travel, and more natural street shots.

      I think all of these new elements are right on track with the original concept of the blog which was always to share my love of fashion and style.

      • Gary

        March 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

        I understand your answer about the reason of this new feature and I don’t mind that you show us you shopping crushes. Then again, I have to agree with Fiona about the choice of sharing with us online shopping tips, and not local ones. I’m always so sad to see that nice little local shops close because of the online competition. I hope you’ll also show us once in a while a crush you had on a garment form the next door boutique.

        • The Sartorialist

          March 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

          I support small shops by promoting shop owners like Simone (Florence), Lino (Milan), Carlos (Madrid) just to name a few. To be perfectly honest ,they are my local shops since I travel there so much. I will continue to do more shop features on the best small boutiques around the world.
          The only issue is that ,before The Sartorialist, I owned a showroom and worked very closely with small boutiques for years and years. I don’t feel bad for small boutiques, there is so much more they could do to service customers better and they simply don’t do it. well thats a bigger post for another day.


          • Gary

            March 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

            Interesting. I’d like to hear about that. Will wait for the bigger post!
            I must admit that it’s true that you do promote small shops when talking about all these places you like to go in Europe etc. Well, best wishes!

          • Kathleen Shaw

            March 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

            Scott, you are so right about the small boutiques. I have walked in and out of countless shops because I was ignored, the shop was set up in a confusing funky way, the shop’s items were lying all around because the employees were not folding and keeping things tidy. You show us different items not just because you bought one and you think its so fantastic, you are helping us learn a better way to dress and survive in the world. Kathleen

  19. Justin

    March 28, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Wow, I’ve been looking for something exactly like that, Great find, thanks for sharing.


    March 28, 2013 at 3:52 am

    If it can help near Milan (about 60 minutes by car) we have a big outlet factory with brands like aspesi, etro, prada, mocler etc. just give a look to the website…->

  21. suzy

    March 28, 2013 at 4:00 am

    before reading the post i was totally wondering why you are telling us where we can purchase garance’s parka… hah

  22. DaNa

    March 28, 2013 at 4:12 am

    So fashionable!

  23. Tracy

    March 28, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Hey Scott,

    Welcome to online shopping! Before I buy anything, I Google the product to find the cheapest price (authenticity notwithstanding). I also Google for the brand/site coupon code, 40% of the time there’s an offer going. My last tip is the 28 Degrees Master Card which offers the best exchange rates and no transaction costs.

    I save most of my hard earned for holidays so the above lets me still buy the odd item and stick to my savings plan.


  24. Katerina

    March 28, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Yep, a great idea.But I cannot give more than 120 euro for a parka… so keep the expensive shopping ideas but mix them up with some more affordable stuff maybe…I think you have all kinds of readers depending on money they earn…it is going to be difficult to please us all :). I simply has to not be so literal and go to H&M and find something with similar cut. Anyway, thank you Scott for the amazing blog. Your work is a revelation! Your blog gives such substance and quality to my everyday life, and it helped me tremendously in dressing better!

  25. almu

    March 28, 2013 at 5:21 am

    fantastic parka!

  26. Sherion

    March 28, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I have been looking for a parka for agessss
    This looks like the army parkas and I plan to get one.. We obviously have the same taste!

  27. Christian

    March 28, 2013 at 5:40 am

    It’s called “Lambrettone” from “Lambretta” one of the company who makes scooter in Italy, like a Vespa. So it is the ideal coat to wear riding on a scooter also because it preserves you from the rain. :)

  28. Sebastian

    March 28, 2013 at 5:46 am

    That thing is atrocious.
    Why would anybody pay this kind of money for a plastic bag?
    Please tell us that this is a joke!

  29. Cecilia

    March 28, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Aspesi clothes are in the closet of many Italian smart women. It’s a brand thet offers a lot of uptated classical items! Love it too.

  30. L'Oliphant

    March 28, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Beautiful parka, for women too isn’t it?

  31. Meghan

    March 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I’m 165cm do you guys think i can get away with an XS? I love mixing menswear in my style :p,en,pd.html?start=21&cgid=men-coats-%26-trenchcoats

    I also saw that they have this one on sale,,en,pd.html?start=17&cgid=sale-women-trench%26coats

    its also a military jacket, a bit diff in shape and not my ideal choice of colour but the price is a lot lower….

    im torn….help?

  32. hadhka

    March 28, 2013 at 6:12 am

  33. windowish

    March 28, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I like the new feature, but it will not have a good effect on me: I’m already an online shopaholic.. it’s better for me not to see suggestions!! :-)

  34. Linda B

    March 28, 2013 at 6:50 am

    The ‘heads-up’ about great online shopping is great and a generous sharing of good info, and thank you for it. HOWEVER, I hope these ads don’t interfere with the “flow” of viewing your gorgeous pix. Please don’t spoil the experience of Looking.
    Ciao, L xx P.S. Nice jacket!

  35. Kathleen Shaw

    March 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Hi Scott. Boy did I need one of these yesterday morning. Firstly, my Poodle (standard bred only please) requested a trip outside before dawn. Dressed like Claus Von Bulow ready to let the Labs out in Reversal of F0rtune, I obeyed Mia the poodle. But to stand in the 15 degree weather I had to wear…….. A t-shirt, a sweatshirt, a parka, leather gloves, pilates pants, UGG boots and a beanie. Your Parka find is a much better choice.

  36. Michael Scott

    March 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I have a well-made parka that has very similar lines to this one, washes like a dream, always get’s compliments, is extremely sturdy… and I bought it at Land’s End. Cost…$100. It is kind of fun to have an inexpensive nice-looking coat that I can mistreat and not worry…just wish it had less velcro.

  37. Toria

    March 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

    You could buy something very similar to this here in the U.S. at on line sites such as Eddie Bauer or Lands End for a fraction of the price in many different colors. Can’t see why its necessary to spend so much on a parka and also not to support our companies here. If you have to return it it is so much easier here.

  38. Lydia

    March 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I know online shopping is so much easier but I just feel so uncomfortable buying something (especially clothes) when I didn’t get to touch the material and feel the texture and thickness of it…it usually makes a lot of difference for me! Plus the shipping fee kills. So its still the old and trusted method of visiting shops for me!

  39. Kate

    March 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This is great. Looking forward to more of these posts.

  40. Andy

    March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Perfect parka, but if only they’d make it in black, charcoal or dark navy. (There’s always something.) Ten years ago I bought a black leather down jacket by Theory that stopped at the waist. My favorite thing about winter is getting to wear it. Very cocooning and has a great patina at this point. That said, I’m ready for something new. This looks like what I’m after, aside from the color, which, in a pinch, I could get used to–or even love.

  41. Hedda

    March 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Dear Sartorialist,
    I love you snapshots of creatively dressed people on the street, but I really dislike this promotion of elitism and luxury consumption (which, in my opinion, serves as a poor substitute for real style). It’s a fine, tasteful coat, but anyone with a good eye could find a similar one (anywhere in the world) for a fraction of the price.

    • The Sartorialist

      March 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      why does me talking about a coat I like keep you from buying the coat you like?

      For me to talk about what I personally like in any other way would be condescending. You can buy a similar and equally great coat at an Army/Navy store. “Real Style” is not bought with money but it is not earned with your type of snobbery either.

      • bisbee

        March 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        Excellent reply! I too said to myself “Whoa! Way too expensive!” when I first saw this! But…the style is the thing…and it can be found online at many pricepoints!

        I love to shop online…it’s a skill that becomes more refined the more you shop!

  42. Fashion Snag

    March 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I would steal it too! It is perfect.

  43. SHG

    March 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    LL Bean has an almost identical coat for less than one-third that price, every day (shown with hood detached). There is also a longer version, which I have, and is warm when I travel in the Dakotas in winter.

  44. JV

    March 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    That’s rather expensive for a coat that looks like the improvised plastic garbage bag ponchos my family would make when it unexpectedly started raining during camping trips. To each his own, I suppose.

  45. muca

    March 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    790 bucks for a parka?


  46. Allyn Cruyff

    March 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Great initiative, Scott! Exactly what I was hoping would be your next move. Looking forward to your suggestions!

    Happy to learn Boggi has an online store (I had no idea). Can you tell me if there is a notable size scaling difference between Italian apparel (like Boggi) and something like Ralph Lauren, say? So, a size 32 trousers is not particularly snugger or a 48 jacket is not relatively smaller, for instance?

    Thanks for the magnificent blog, Scott, keep up the great work!

  47. Anna

    March 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    GReat idea, I love shopping online too it saves SO much time!

  48. Svetoslav Petrov

    March 30, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Hey Scott,

    Thanks for sharing that beautiful parka. I can’t think of a better colour than green for it, but navy might do.

    I can’t recollect whether you have mentioned liking any military inspired clothes. Care to share your top military influenced clothes and accessories?


  49. denton

    March 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I have to say that seems quite expensive for a regular parka. For that price you could get a Canada Goose parka, also made by well paid craftsman in Canada, down-filled and of the highest quality.

  50. Richard

    March 31, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I really appreciate that you’ll be starting to share some of your favorite online shops. I think one powerful advantage is the variety of the selection when trying to find a piece that you have in mind. I can’t tell you how many wool navy pullovers I have because, shopping in brick and mortar stores, I always find one that works for me just a little bit better than the last one I purchased. It’s so wasteful because in the end I always end up wearing the one I like the most. With the internet we can browse like items to find the piece that will work best for us. Anyway, I really look forward to perusing the sites your offer up. Thank you.

  51. Evil monkey

    March 31, 2013 at 11:48 am

    wow. really? this price is INSANE. And the coat is plain as hell. Army green coat.. never seen that one before. i pity the fool..

  52. Alex

    March 31, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I am happy that Scott posted this, despite the somewhat hefty price tag. I think the cost of clothes only has to get you down if you let it. For me, I will enjoy the hunt for something similar next winter, within my own price range.

  53. neil

    March 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    an outrage to suggest spending this kind of money on an anorak !

  54. rEVOLVEr

    April 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    The big problem I have is that I can’t get the sizes right. I’ve shopped from Mr. Porter and getting the right fit is a pain in the neck. I am 6’3” I weigh 225 lbs and I have been a judoka all my life so I have an enormous back and huge arms… To me it’s a nightmare knowing if something will not make me look like an over stuffed sausage.
    I didn’t know Boggi sold online! I do know I am a 54 on some lines and a 56 on others and it fits like a wonder, great style at bargain prices.

    Any chance Piombo sells online?

  55. Hollie

    April 10, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Another great option if you ride a scooter; Armadillo Scooterwear do a version of this parka with removable fur trim around the hood and sherpa fleece lining for $290. It also has d3o lightweight armour on the elbows and shoulders which easily slips out if you want it just as a jacket. Comes in black and charcoal and available free shipping online.

  56. Courtenay

    April 10, 2013 at 1:07 am

    A great new feature! Scott you are honest and your style of communication is so relatable. I dislike when people guard their fashion finds. I always tell people where I got something if they ask.

    Who cares how expensive this is? If you can afford it, why not? It’s only money, it comes and goes. All that matters is that you like what you buy, and support the kind of makers you appreciate. And the price-per-wear concept makes expensive clothing totally worth it. Buy less, and spend more on each item you buy. That’s been working for me, even in my super low income lifestyle.

  57. EJS

    May 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Do you ever think about the fact that this sort of fashion only applies to the 1%? Most people can’t afford opulent, bourgeois fashion expenses like this.

  58. Ree

    September 27, 2013 at 4:28 am

    $800 for a raincoat? Seriously?

  59. Andy Reynolds

    October 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Scott, It’s available now in navy! Just got mine via UPS in 2 days!

  60. Joel

    January 7, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    HI! Just discovered this Jacket. I am willing to buy and I would like to know if the Thermore insulation is as warm as a down jacket? I live in Montreal.

  61. Philippe

    October 2, 2016 at 8:51 am


    I discovered these Aspesi parka here, with your article. I just bought it on the Aspesi shop online.

    During last years, i bought a lot of cheap parkas and more expensive ones : I was never satisfied. It’s simply impossible to find one minimalist military parka, decent, with a good fit (not too much loose or too much slim), with no one unecessary details like zips, pockets, leather patchs, fur… I searched everywhere, from H&M to Levi’s or J. Crew, from Massimo Dutti or Alpha Industries to thrift shops, etc.

    In France we said that “The devil is in the details” and it’s exactly why I bought these parka. The fit is good. The removable lining is a wonderful idea. Maybe, for me, the most important : the color (military green) is perfect (and it’s not so easy to find a green who is not to much light, bright or dark, and who is not a khaki).

    It’s not the warmest parka in the world (Aspesi never told it is) but for my lifestyle, it’s the perfect one.

    So, thanks to Aspesi and thank you Scott to share these wonderful garment.

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