I’ve started counting my pennies. This Paul Smith parka will be mine… at some point in my life. 

I spotted this marble print beauty in the window of the Albermale Street (Mayfair) store on Friday night. The floodlit windows and warmth of the shop were screaming out to me. I just had to pop in for a quick, “I’m just looking, thanks”.

One thing led to another (as it often does) and I found myself not only trying the coat on, but also imagining myself wearing it in every scenario possible – strutting down the frozen foods isle in Tesco; popping out for lunch at work; meeting friends for a cocktail; walking my dog (I don’t have a dog, but I would with this coat); and  skiing in Verbier. Dream on, Robin.

At £1,295, the coat is a definite style investment. With a shearling lined hood, it’s super-warm, but also extremely light. Drawstrings around the waist and bottom hem allow you to alter the shape of the coat and add more definition, where you want it.

The Albermale store is also a massive treat. Having only opened in September, it looks, smells and feels really new. Beautifully decked out in luxurious fabrics, quirky artwork and stunning staff (it’s important to have someone pretty to talk to), it’s one of my new favourite places. If you’ve not yet popped in, do it!

Right, I’m off to continue counting my coppers…


The coat is priced at £1,295 and available directly from Paul Smith here