While visiting the Westcomb factory in Vancouver, BC earlier last month we happened upon a stack of classic-looking raincoats being sewn by hand. After further inspection, it was revealed that the brand was in fact Trout; a Toronto-based women's rainwear label that commissions Westcomb as their manufacturer. After an initial launch in summer of 2013, today the burgeoning brand welcomes four new designs into their revamped line with the introduction of their S/S 2014 collection. With a fresh eye for color, Trout perfectly balances an attractive aesthetic with proven, technical fabrics and construction methods in producing a range of functionally superior rainwear.
As the sole holdover from the original collection, the slender Humboldt jacket is as close to truly classic as Trout gets. Like every design in the line, the Humboldt is constructed of fine Italian 60/40 double-faced cotton and polyurethane blend made entirely waterproof with heat-sealed taped seams. Reminiscent of Sweden's iconic Stutterheim raincoat, the Humboldt features a generously sized hood, contrast interior and is available in our favorite fisherman yellow—alongside a range of more muted colors.
The standout of the new S/S 2014 collection though, is the Rainbow Liner. While not entirely a raincoat per se, the Primaloft insulation makes it ideal as a second layer on inclement weather days or light top layer for milder days. Aside from its tech specs, its greatest drawcard is the reversible Rainbow Liner's color-blocked exterior and Liberty print interior.
On the technical side of the collection, the Sevan Cape is really quite clever. With a double-layered design that allows it to be worn as a traditional cape or with half sleeves, the playful piece is very versatile. The interior contrasts nicely with sleek taped seams and, much like the Rainbow Liner, the Sevan Cape uses a bit of color to combat any hint of dullness. Visit Trout online to peruse the newly launched collection.
Images courtesy of Trout