10 Must-Have Menswear Pieces for Winter

Looks like the cold days aren't behind us just yet. And with that we've partnered with Courvoisier to pick out a few must-haves for the winter months. Every guy's closet should have these, whether it's this winter or next or...

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Essential | The Superior Labor Socks

Essential | The Superior Labor Socks

There’s just something about freezing your toes off that turns me off to the entire winter months. There’s plenty of gear available to help insulate our bodies but very few brands are dishing out the goods to protect our toes from frost bite. I’m really talking extremes here but it’s good to know that a brand like The Superior Labor is looking to deliver the entire package. Their socks are hand made from thick polyester polyurethane in Japan and with the utmost care. The colorways are phenomenal as well as they will surely add some color to your muted winter ensembles.

Acne ‘Kiruna’ Jacket

Acne 'Kiruna' Jacket for Fall 2011

The cold weather hasn’t hit the Northeast just yet but we’re sure there are some of you out there that have already experienced the brisk chills. Consider Acne’s Kiruna jacket as a top-notch companion for the winter months ahead as it’s got all the makings of a winter-time essential. It features a zip through front that’s concealed by button fastening and a twin button closure at the neck for added insulation, topped off with a drawstring hood, inside drawstring ties at the waist, two concealed zip chest pockets, two lower front pockets with button flap closure, drawstring hem and contrast lining.

The Short Wrist | Churchill Deerskin Racer Gloves

The Short Wrist | Churchill Deerskin Racer GlovesThe Short Wrist | Churchill Deerskin Racer Gloves

The short wrist glove is undoubtedly one of our favorite hand protectors for the winter thus far. Churchill’s racer glove happens to feature a cuff that stops at the bend in your wrist and is handcrafted from premium deerskin. No need to tuck it inside the cuff on your jacket as these beauties sit quite comfortably around it. Plus, the cognac finish gives the gloves some versatility and virtually no limit as to when you can wear them or with what.

They’re heavy enough for maximum protection yet light enough to feel the grips. The vented gloves also feature a keystone thumb double stitched around the base of the thumb for added wear and the inseams are sewn flat for added comfort.

Winter Essential | Borsalino ‘Legionnaire’ Hat

Winter Essential | Borsalino 'Legionnaire' Hat

There are plenty of ways to stay warm during the winter but Borsalino’s line of headwear happens to be one of the most durable and versatile. Their Legionnaire hat is a prime example of this as it’s as warm as it is functional. The hat features fold down ear flaps & a short bill, and is made from a heather wool mix fabric.

Winter Essential | Patagonia Slingshot Down Vest

Winter Essential | Patagonia Slingshot Down Vest

The good folks over at Complex just dropped a pretty solid list of down vests and in the mix was this Slingshot Down Vest from Patagonia. It’s a 600-fill-power goose down vest with snap closure up front, a drop-tail hem, and a subtle western-style yoke that really looks good, especially in this color combination.

The price is pretty reasonable as well, given the high level of craftsmanship as well as the utility you’ll get from this pickup.

Fall 2010 | Gitman Vintage Tweed Sport Shirt

Fall 2010 | Gitman Vintage Tweed Sport ShirtFall 2010 | Gitman Vintage Tweed Sport Shirt

If you’re hunting for a button down to help you get through the winter months, look no further than this tweed sport shirt from Gitman Vintage. It’s woven from wool donegal tweed, a go-to fabric when the temp starts dropping. Beyond the fabric is just the overall aesthete of the shirt. It looks great and Gitman’s trim-cut is impeccable.

Holiday 2010 | Aether Apparel Winter Accessories

Holiday 2010 | Aether Apparel Winter AccessoriesHoliday 2010 | Aether Apparel Winter Accessories

Just in time for this cold weather (and of course the Holidays), Los Angeles-based Aether Apparel has released some fine winter accessories to help us get through the coldest of days. Atop the list is Aether’s 100% cashmere hat which features a fisherman’s rib stitch. It’s available in a black or charcoal finish. The company’s latest scarf is a great pickup as it’s made from a two-layer construction and is reversible with contrasting colors. The scarf’s also 100% cashmere and comes in a charcoal/black or charcoal/navy color combination.

The standout piece from Aether’s latest batch of accessories has to be their first ever travel bag. It’s waterpoof, resistant to extreme temperatures, abrasion and cracks, and is made from heavy duty composite material normally used on skirts of hovercraft vehicles. Yes, hovercrafts.

These fine products alongside the rest of Aether Apparel’s fall collection, are available now online and in select retailers.

In Stock | SNS Herning Knitwear [Winter Essentials]

In Stock | S.N.S. Herning Knitwear

Unionmade recently took stock of some essential winter pieces from the folks at S.N.S Herning. We’re talking naval hats, cardigans, and plenty of knitted mid-layer items. It’s good to note that all knitting at the S.N.S. Herning mill is done with aged machinery. Even if the actual knitting is a mechanical process, they feel it’s only right the artisan operating the machine get credit for the flawless craftsmanship, hence the reason all knits bear the handwritten signature of the artisan who knitted the item.

In Stock | Chamula Double Cuff Knitted Cap

In Stock | Chamula Double Cuff Knitted CapIn Stock | Chamula Double Cuff Knitted Cap

We’ve been hitting you with plenty of outerwear and mid-layer pieces lately but not enough accessories. Here’s our attempt to even the scale just a little bit. Meg Company’s Chamula brand has dished out this hand-knitted Merino wool hat. It’s warm, soft and made with the utmost care and attention. Pick one of the two colorways from above (or both) and protect your dome.