Being ambushed by wet weather is something of a city-wide pastime for Hongkongers. Each July, despite innumerable precautions, there inevitably comes a time when you’ll get caught out in the open sans umbrella, ambushed by what may as well be 100 cubic litres of horizontal rainfall — not exactly ideal if your goal is to ‘dress to impress’. All kidding aside, waterproof clothing is crucial in Hong Kong this time of year: the right garment will shield you from Mother Nature’s ire, but more importantly, provide an opportunity to experiment with fabric and silhouette. Lacking in inspiration? Here are 8 of the best raincoats (that are typhoon season-approved) to get you started.

1
Anglo-Italian raglan olive raincoat

Anglo-Italian garms always reflect the priorities of brand founders Jake Grantham & Alex Pirounis. As always, it’s all about comfortable elegance for Spring 2019 — a quality that’s most visible in the brand’s olive raincoat. Cut loose and with a 60s-inspired ‘A-line’ silhouette, it’s as easy to wear with jeans and henleys as it is a chalkstripe suit. Made in Italy using blended poly-cotton performance fabric.

Approx HK$6,404 from Anglo-Italian.

2
Auralee cotton gabardine trench coat

Auralee designer Ryota Iwai began his career working in the thrift shops of his native Japan — widely regarded as some of the best in the world. Whilst rare fabrics and historical veracity have always figured largely in his designs, these characteristics are at the forefront in this season’s trench coat. Falling well below the knee, it’s made in a mid-weight cotton gabardine that’s relaxed enough to wear at the weekend; yet roomy enough to throw on over suiting. A cinched waist — exaggerated by detachable belting — and flaring skirt give this trench a pronounced swagger. 

Approx HK$7,656 exclusively from Mr Porter.  

3
Burberry 'The Westminster' heritage trench coat

Riccardo Tisci’s tenure at Burberry may herald an unprecedented wave of logomania, but the British fashion house thankfully isn’t ready to torch its heritage wholesale. Short of tangoing with scalpers, ‘The Westminster’ is the closest you’ll come to owning a piece of OG Burberry in 2019. Produced from an archival blueprint, this knee-high trench closely resembles the iconic military garment which propelled the brand to international attention. With WWI-accurate features like a storm shield and hook closure, this is a worthy investment for proponents of classic British style.

HK$19,500 from Burberry

4
C.P. Company overshirt

Nominally marketed as an ‘overshirt’, this new release from Italian techwear brand C.P. Company is closer to something like a summer-weight anorak. Made from a proprietary textile called 50 Fili — developed in response to head designer Massimo Otsi’s desire for a water-resistant fabric capable of being garment-dyed — this piece is a great companion for hikers traversing Hong Kong’s outlying islands. It’s also especially functional: incorporating an adjustable hood and hybrid kangaroo/side pockets, both of which are ideally positioned on the garment’s front.

Approx HK$3,892 from Oi Polloi.

5
Fear of God belted technical rain jacket

By turns louche and palpably grungy, this Fear of God ‘rain jacket’ is a relatively accessible entry-point into Jerry Lorenzo’s anarchic vision of streetwear. Manufactured in the U.S. using a 100 percent nylon ripstop fabric, the latest offering from the brand is essentially a trench coat à la March of the Pigs. Discrete rubber branding adorns the nape of the collar, and while much attention has been paid to making this jacket functional (e.g. the storm flap and extended skirt), the murdered out black aesthetic is what will likely leave the strongest impression.

HK$7,541 from Matches Fashion

6
Loro Piana Storm System reversible cashmere field jacket

Not many brands can get away with doing the exact same thing every season, yet in the case of Italian cashmere behemoth Loro Piana, we actively encourage it. The ‘erudite, possibly patrician, one-percenter’ look that we’ve come to expect from the brand is back in full force for Spring 2019; and remains as desirable (not to mention shockingly expensive) as ever. One standout on the menswear front is this reversible cashmere field jacket — treated with the brand’s proprietary ‘Storm System’ waterproofing technology. One side of the garment is lined with a cloud-like cashmere jersey, while the other incorporates a lightweight polyamide shell material. Slap on not two but four front pockets and you have the ultimate in weather-proof travel attire. 

Approx HK$27,009 from Mr Porter

7
Norse Projects x Oi Polloi 'Ystad' nautical jacket

When it comes to harsh winds and foul seas, we like to think the Danes know a thing or two about how to deal with such meteorological unpleasantries. Copenhagen-based label Norse Projects based their ‘Ystad’ (designed in collaboration with British tastemakers Oi Polloi) on the sort of nautical jacket commonly used by Scandinavian sailors, and the result is a practical piece of outerwear — jazzed up in minimalist bone white — that’s optimised for more mundane occurrences like leisurely cycling or paying $100 too much for avocado toast.

Approx HK$3,081 from Norse Store.  

8
Private White V.C. 'The Ventile' shell parka

Designed as an adept ‘do-all’ garment, Private White’s ‘Ventile’ is a reassuringly un-hip parka that is both 100 percent waterproof and extremely breathable. Made start-to-finish in the brand’s own Manchester factory, there’s a real reliability about this piece that will likely see it pinched from the closet by other members of your family. Sold with a lifetime warranty, this is the kind of coat which rewards hard unthinking wear across the years — preferably to the pub or dog park. Dad jokes sold separately.

HK$5,250 from Private White V.C. 

Randy Lai
Watches Editor
Having worked in the Australian digital media landscape for over 5 years, Randy has extensive experience in men's specialist categories such as classic clothing, watches and spirits. He is partial to mid-century chronographs and a nice chianti.