The one thing that makes a wet commute less painful is a proper raincoat.

When it comes to buying a water-friendly jacket for dodging puddles, there are plenty of options I was tempted by when shopping for a new one recently. In the end I spotted a girl in the street wearing a design I loved so stopped her to ask where it was from.

Stutterheim is the expert in making beautiful, high-quality rain gear. The Swedish outerwear brand has spent years studying how to keep people dry in hurricanes, flash floods, and arctic storms.

A luxury brand founded by Alexander Stutterheim in Stockholm, this relatively young brand has made a big name for itself by reinventing the classic fisherman's raincoat.

Beautiful yet functional, Stutterheim are strictly anti-mass production, so all coats are handmade in small batches in Stockholm, where it supports the last standing textile factory in Sweden.

Using a state-of-the-art and exclusive rubberised cotton, Stutterheim coats its jackets in wax to make them completely water-repellent and keeps you warm. Each Stutterheim raincoat is signed and numbered by a seamstress to ensure the highest quality and standards.

Alexander Stutterheim was inspired to set up his company after finding his grandfather's 1960s archipelago waterproof fishing coat and wanted to redesign a modern version suitable for his metropolitan lifestyle.

He remembered his grandfather wrapping himself up in the dark, sturdy rubber jacket, in order to head out fishing or sailing during the often bleak Nordic weather.

The rediscovery of the old coat happened in 2010 when Alexander was working as a copywriter in the Swedish capital, reaching a point in his career when he was craving an outlet for his own imagination. And by coincidence he needed a new winter coat.

The raincoats today are sold with the strapline "Swedish melancholy at its driest" are sold around the world via the firm's website, from retailers in 29 countries, and at Stutterheim's own physical stores in Stockholm and New York.

The coat has double-welded seams so the stitches that keep the coat together will never rip — no matter how much wear and tear it endures. The pockets are fully lined so you can pop your phone in without worrying about water damage.

The unisex, streamlined style comes in 13 color variations including purple, gray, and black. I chose the Mosebacke in navy blue; unassuming and easy to pair with every outfit winter or summer.

By Anna Bance
August 2021

Anna Bance

Anna is the co-founder of Girls Meets Dress and a contributing editor to the GWG. She expertly guides us round the most covetable online fashion.