Toronto and pretty much the rest of Canada always snows pretty hard, for the most part at least. I always remember the 20 centimeters of snow in the ground we have pretty much every year, and it causes quite a difficult situation for many people, including myself. All I could think of for most days when I had to stand up for over 20 minutes in the harsh weather was, where is my Canada Goose® jacket? With it I wouldn’t be struggling through this cold day. So I decided to go online shopping to choose the perfect model, and I realized how many options there are and what is even more interesting, how many have been launched through time.
The Most Sold Jacket, Chilliwack Bomber
For Canada Goose beginners, the most sold jacket is the Chilliwack Bomber, perfect for mild colds and indoors. Bomber jackets are short on the hip, so they do not weight like parkas do. The style comes from WWI fighter pilots that used to wear them in the open cockpit flights, along with aviator hats.
A Canada Goose Jacket or a Parka?
It is interesting how when you move from country to country your vocabulary increases by default. Parka was a word I learned after I moved to Canada, and when I used it the other day with a friend who lives in Southern Europe, she asked for clarification, as she wasn’t clear what I meant by that.
So, it’s important that I start by outlining that a parka is a type of jacket that is normally heavy or heavier, but most importantly, parkas use fur to protect the face from both the cold temperatures and the water that normally splashes the face while hunting and fishing in extremely cold temperatures.
Parka´s are one of the most sought after garments in the Canada Goose collection when enduring very low temperatures. Some are for outdoor work (Langford Parka) , others for sports (Expedition Parka), and some are just fashionable for extreme weather cities (Victoria Parka).
As you can imagine, it was the “Inuits”, who are Canadian aboriginal tribes from the Arctic, who invented this garment. Even though the original parkas were made from caribou or seal, the name is still used to make reference to the fur that is being used in the different designs, particularly those of Canada Goose® that are focused on using exclusively coyote fur to differentiate from other types of designs available in the market.
This type of fur that will not freeze in the cold; plus, its uneven nature will aid in the protection of the face against the elements.
Limited Editions Canada Goose Jackets
What I found very interesting about Canada Goose® is their focus in building a reputation for being exclusive and purely creative. For that, from time to time they launch limited editions that cover themes (Japanese) or the Lance Mackey Rocky Mountain Bib Overall, exclusive stores (Holt Renfrew), hockey teams (Maple Leafs) and even film festivals (Sundance).
Very neat concept, because if you are truly a fan of the Canada Goose designer brand and you know that there are only 300 of these jackets, you will definitely do your very best to get a hold of one of those. In order to get one you must browse online, and most likely you will have to consider getting one pre-owned, hoping that is the real deal because very few people in the world will be able to let you know if what you just acquired is either legitimate or not.
Names and References of Canada Goose Jackets
One thing that I truly like about Canada Goose® is that the company selects names for their designs based on Canadian regions: Manitoba, Tremblant, Alberta, Kensington, Ontario, Calgary, Banff etc. These are some of the references used for the Canada Goose Jackets.
When I searched for popular designs, I found that the most common Canada Goose Jackets were focused around the Kensington Parka, which uses military buttons, waist-cinching adjustable straps and has the advantage that the coyote fur can be removed. The cost of this model when it is new is around $800 CAD and when it’s pre-owned, around $600 CAD. Knowing what I know now, when I found one available online for $250 CAD, I knew it was a counterfeit and when I read the details, the seller admitted on its ad that it was not a real model – it was either that or a terrible state for the jacket.
The Secret of How Canada Goose Jackets are Made
Canada Goose® website has some videos that outline the uniqueness of the brand design, and what impressed me the most was the romantic manner on which workers talk about their jobs. It was actually quite moving to listen and watch how they express themselves about their daily responsibilities. There is an interview with a gentleman who has been a cutter with the company for over 20 years, and he describes how the typical jacket is formed by 56 pieces.
It truly makes you wonder how many pieces we would be able to find in other brands, and something tells me that the number has to be below that figure. Also, there is another video of one of the ladies whose very hands have stitched Canada Goose® jackets for a very long time, and she proudly talks about the brand and what makes Canada Goose® be what it is. She mentions the dedication and attention to detail, the hand made process, the amount of down that guarantees the warmth level and comfort, and the overall effect that it’s the jackets capacity for extensive usage that according to her, can last a life time.
The amount of pride and love that both people used to express themselves truly made me wonder if Canada Goose® is just the company that they are working for or if it’s an extension of their hearts and culture, because it feels that there is a true sign of deep affection and connection with their occupation, showcasing the first signs of being true fans, and the beginning of a chain of devotion for everything that says Canada Goose®; thus, the secret of how Canada Goose Jackets are made, with love and dedication.