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The end of day­light sav­ing, and that stormy weather we’ve been treated to sig­nals win­ter clos­ing in. It’s a less daunt­ing prospect with warm, lofty out­er­wear like a puffer jacket at the ready. Tra­di­tion­ally, puffers are sturdy all-weather friends. Huf­fer’s puffer, from the Auck­land-based brand’s most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of out­er­wear to date, is the clas­sic ex­am­ple. There are men’s and women’s styles avail­able, though some sizes are sold out in cer­tain colours, such is their pop­u­lar­ity.

Then there’s show­er­proof ver­sions (H&M, Sylvester), ideal for com­mut­ing, say, or to and from the gym. They’ll work best in bad weather over a layer or so of wool, merino, cash­mere or silk – fi­bres that in­su­late best when pro­tected by a wind­proof shell.

A few of the quilted gar­ments here stake fash­ion ahead of func­tion. First, there’s the AI piece, which Belinda and I pho­tographed from be­hind, as it so quirk­ily fits the brief. It’s a one-off by a grad­u­at­ing fash­ion stu­dent from AUT. Con­tact Show­room 22 for more in­for­ma­tion

Zambesi’s quilted pieces are part of its cur­rent sea­son col­lec­tion, which closed New Zealand Fash­ion Week to rap­tur­ous ap­pre­ci­a­tion. The Par­adise fab­ric, seen here as a uni­sex vest, was quilted in-house. The re­flec­tive pocket pip­ing is a sil­ver lin­ing. 1/ Zambesi corset, $340 2/ Zambesi The Penin­sula vest, $550 3/ Huf­fer men’s Su­per Down jacket, $549 4/ Twenty Seven Names Golden Age puffer

jacket, $640 5/ Jojo Ross Se­cret File skirt, $365 6/ Sylvester quilted parka, $399 7/ Leo+be Ride bomber, $198 8/ Clarks Cabrini Bay boots, $200 at Han­nahs,

avail­able May 9/ AI jacket, POA con­tact Show­room 22 10/ Seed Her­itage baby’s knit­ted vest, $55 11/ Ruby Pan­dora puffer jacket, $349 12/ H&M jacket, $129 13/ Alba Ribani bag, $590 at Scarpa

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