February 2, 2020
My dream navy coat from Matches in-house label Raey
There’s a little gang of ladies I know who’ve got a bit of a thing about the coats from Raey.
When I say ‘bit of a thing’, what I really mean to say is a borderline hysteria.
The story begins back in October when a ridiculously chic journalist wore a now sold out navy raglan number to a press event that we were all attending. I’m afraid to say I paid very little attention to the new products and instead spent my time stalking said journalist and making discreet enquiries as to who she was and most importantly where her coat was from. Having quickly established it was from Raey, and that surprise surprise it was sold out, we set up alerts for our sizes on the waitlist and waited for news.
Fast forward to a meeting two weeks later and yet another journalist began waxing lyrical about ‘that coat’ at ‘that press day’ and had a seen it. Obviously this only made me want it more. Despite being all set to eat baked beans for a month to make it be mine it sadly never reappeared in my size. If you managed to get your hands on one then jolly good for you, but if there’s still a Raey shaped hole in your life for a navy-forever-coat then your luck is in.
May I present a mohair and wool blend collarless belted treasure. It’s made in the UK and if you calculate the cost per wear over the next 20 years I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a seriously good investment. I styled it with my trusty Arket cropped jeans and a pair of pre-owned Isabel Marant stilettos which I picked up for £100 on luxury re-sale site Vestiaire Collective.
So there you have it. High, low or pre-owned the choice is yours.
All photographs by Sarah Maingot