This coat is actually a marvel. I was cold one day when the Swedish late summer suddenly turned to autumn. It was early morning, I had a long long day ahead of me and I was freezing cold in a light leather jacket. So I shot into the nearest cheap clothing shop and grabbed a coat off the rack. I thought it was pretty but as soon as I put it on people started stopping me in the street to tell me what a pretty coat it was or say ‘Desigual?’ Only then did I realise that it was a copy of a Desigual coat.
It is now three years later and I am still wearing it. It cheers me up on cold grey days, I don’t need a scarf if the neckline is buttoned and the style suits my shape. I don’t have hips but this coat gives me some. People still stop me – on average two a day – to tell me how pretty it is. I think it is just so bright and cheerful in a city where so many people wear only black in winter that it seems more striking than it actually is. Whatever the reason, I love it.
If anyone else wants one, they still sell them at Manhattan in Stockholm (both in Gamla Stan and in Drottninggatan) for between 300 and 700 SEK (approx £30 to £60) depending on if it is at the beginning or end of a season. Each coat is different in colour and design. Alternately, Desigual has them, though they cost way way more.