Winter is slowly approaching as we prepare ourselves to stay home by the heater, dash between the doors of vehicles and buildings, and shield ourselves from bitter winds beneath bulking, binding coats and scarves. Though the elegance of freshly fallen snowflakes waits beyond our windows, we often feel trapped inside. Free Country, an athletic clothing brand, wants to liberate us from our window seats, offering stylish, lightweight and comfortable coats perfectly suited for the season.
Founded in New York City in 1990, Free Country was originally a modern, men’s sportswear store until the company released a women’s line in 1994 for both summer and winter seasons. The company now offers clothing for children, as well as sizes that range from petite to plus to encourage everyone to live a healthier lifestyle. Individuality is a key, and you can choose between soft shells, fleece or down coats in light and heavy weight styles, often reversible.
Free Country has a mission to promote physical activity, spontaneous adventures, courageous actions and peace of mind. On the website’s principles page, you’ll discover links to various charity organizations such as Warm Coats and Warm Hearts run through Burlington Coat Factory, Fashion Delivers, New York Cares and more. The page also offers “escape plans” for major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago for individuals who need a change of scenery. The plans contain details regarding local retreat programs and destinations.
“Don’t over think it,” one of five Free Country principles, is all about being yourself, living in the moment, and finding happiness wherever you are without letting stress, work, school or others bring you down. The company strives to improve the quality of life for each and every individual, encouraging everyone to live as authentically free as a possible while “always choosing dare.” What’s life without a little excitement and some stories to leave behind?
Free Country strives to stretch its limbs throughout all aspects of life, including the media world where they have a blog to promote charity organizations, contest winners (where the reward is often a donation to the organization of choice) and various other articles regarding hot spots, great meals, and seasonal activities.
Ultimately, the company seemed too good to be true. As a natural skeptic, I decided to test a women’s puffer vest with a hood lined with faux fur (which you can view here). When it arrived, the piece felt remarkably thin and light, and I doubted whether or not it would ever truly keep me warm. However, after spending the evening walking around Pittsburgh’s Night of Lights, I was surprised to find that the soft shell vest kept my core comfortably warm even when the temperature dipped below freezing. The light material completely blocked the bitter winds, and the front pockets were warm and allowed my hands to thaw as I checked out various venues in Market Square.
Not only was I utterly comfortable, I looked amazing. The puffer vest was slimming and a beautiful off-grey color. The hood was large, framing the face, with a faux fur lining the rim for a regal appeal. To be frank, I felt fierce, and the compliments kept coming. The coat was sporty, comfortable, warm and stylish – a perfect go-to piece in a pinch.
It was official; I had fallen in love with Free Country. The best part: all orders online over $40 have free shipping. They even have sporty accessories such as hats, caps, and gloves. They often have heavy discounts already included in their pricing, as much as $30 off a coat or jacket. However, their clearance section takes home the cake where pieces originally $160 are cut to only $60 while other prices drop from $70 to $20. The deals are phenomenal and there are plenty of them.
Winter waits for no one. Make Free Country a part of your favorites list this holiday season, and share the sporty, fashionable freedom with those you love.