The Upper East Side Coat.

Have you heard of The Upper East Side Coat?  You’re about to.

 

Straight outta the bag, complete with wrinkles.  The coat I mean.

This post is 100% brought to you by Betty.  Just so you know.

The Upper East Side Coat

I was browsing around on Instagram a few weeks ago when I came across an Instastory by a friend of a friend.  Actually I have no idea if they’re friends because this is the age where people who have never met, and would almost certainly gouge each other’s eyes out in real life are “friends”.  As a matter of fact I’ve never met my “friend” in this story.  We have however spoken on the phone and have a strong connection due to our shared love of the laughing with tears emoji.

So.  Friend of a friend has this Instastory where she shares a coat she bought which is now being referred to as “The Upper East Side Coat”.  Friend of friend is a fashion designer who happens to actually live on New York’s Upper East Side.  See? This is why I love the Internet.  I now have a once removed possible friend of a never met friend who lives on The Upper East Side.

I really liked the coat but I liked the idea of wearing a mythical “Upper East Side Coat” into my small town Dollar Store even more.  So I immediately began my investigation in the place almost all investigations begin.  The refrigerator.

Standing there with the door open, I looked inside the fridge waiting for a package of bologna, a Kentucky Fried Chicken breast or some other delicious thing I didn’t actually buy to magically appear. As I slid out a jar of olives I imagined my Upper East Side life.  In it, I live in the corner unit of a very old apartment building with marble floors, a centre hall table and I always eat apples.  And of course, I have “the coat”. I’m not an idiot, I know this kind of an apartment could only come with a lot of hard work.  I’d have to write at least one newspaper column a month to afford that kind of luxury.  I’ve seen my share of Sex & the City. I know how it works.

I closed the refrigerator door and made my way upstairs to the second most popular place to start an investigation; Google.  It didn’t take long to track down the coat.  According to Google, the coat first dates back to a travel blog called The Blonde Abroad.  And sure enough, in a post she wrote about packing for winter travel in 2015, there the blonde stands in The Coat.  She had packed it to wear on a trip to Canada.  CANADA.  The Coat and I were meant to be together.

This was all starting to get a bit mind blowing. I ate an olive.  Back on Google I read more about The Upper East Side Coat.  After an Upper East Side kindergarten teacher spotted the coat on the travel blog she bought it.  Then someone else on the Upper East Side spotted it on the kindergarten teacher and bought it.  From there it was a free for all with every Upper East Sider sashaying up and down their sidewalks wearing the coat in one of its four colours.  Green seems to be the most popular among the crowd.

Not convinced this coat phenomenon was a real thing I got ahold of my emoji friend who happens to live downtown Manhattan, in Tribeca.  She not only verified the popularity of this coat on The Upper East Side but also confirmed it was indeed contained to The Upper East Side.  They do not wear it downtown.  Downtown everyone carries a certain quilted bag, but they don’t wear The Coat.

It was all too exciting. The opportunity to walk around in a genuine Upper East Side coat without ever once having to worry about finding a rent controlled apartment or eat apples.  The first Google article I read about the coat, from New York Magazine, attributed the design to a Chinese company Orolay that makes folding chairs.  Um. O.K.  Those New Yorkers are eccentric aren’t they.  But if they think that a chair company makes the best coats who am I to argue?

I ordered the coat.  It was here in 4 days.  I feel like I’ve maybe sullied the reputation of the official Upper East Side Coat by wearing it in the Southwestern part of a Central Province in a Northern Country. To a dollar store.

The best, the BEST things about this coat are that it’s cheap ($80 US) and it’s available on Amazon to anyone who wants to order it.  Even if the closest you’ve ever got to the Upper East Side is via an episode of The Jeffersons.  I LOVE the Internet.

As you can see in the really bad photograph at the top of this post I went with the beige colour, which in actual fact is weirdly cream/gold. But nice.  I love the coat.

So what’s the deal with this post being brought to you by Betty?  Betty loves clothes.  I love clothes, even though I don’t talk about them on my blog.  Betty always wants me to talk about clothes on my blog. When I showed her the coat and told her the story of The Upper East Side Coat she said YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT ON YOUR BLOB!

So here I am, talking about it on my blob.

I was also pushed over the edge to talk about it on my blog after I showed a picture of it on my Instagram page a couple of weeks ago and 3 people told me they ordered it immediately.  It’s a great coat.  It’s uncommonly chic for a puffy coat covered in pockets and zippers.  It’s comfortable, the sleeves are a good length, it’s very lightweight and you can apparently throw it in the washing machine. It fits true to size.  I am an XS, the XS fits me perfectly.

The coat is sold under MANY different names on Amazon but no matter who you order it from chances are the tag will say Artter.  That’s what mine says and that’s what the tag of my friend of a friend’s coat said. I ordered mine from Orolay and it *still* arrived with an Artter tag.

Want one?  I thought you might.  Here are 3 of the manufacturers I was able to find on Amazon with it:

Amazon link to coat by Orolay
Amazon link to coat by Artter
Amazon link to coat by Fadshow

They’re all the same coat but the prices range from $79 to $99 depending on who is selling it. Some offer free shipping, some don’t. Some ship to other parts of the world like Canada, some don’t.  I made the mistake of choosing a seller with a cheaper price but they didn’t have duty included in the cost and I had to pay $25 for customs and duty when it arrived at my door.  That was an annoyance but not expensive enough to warrant the time it would take me to self clear the item.  And yes, you CAN refuse to pay UPS broker fees and self clear the item yourself.  I wrote a whole post about it.

And that is the story of The Upper East Side Coat.  As told by me.  Your friend.

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62 Comments

  1. Paula says:

    I am absolutely going to check out this coat because just the other day, I thought “I need a new coat”. 🙂
    Seriously.

    • Paula says:

      Verdict: I do not wear and XS; therefore; I think this coat would make me look XXL. It looks like a great coat, though and it has feathers and down! Can’t go wrong at that price.

  2. Mark says:

    Did you choose that colour because it is similar to your hair??

  3. Mama Toto says:

    It’s OK on you, a size XS, but I would look like an overstuffed duffle bag!

  4. Jane S says:

    I can’t buy this coat because it doesn’t come in red but the description is hilarious! I especially like the phrases “unique charm of magnificence” and “adopted polyester material”. I’m sure you look charmingly magnificent in your coat.

    • Kristina says:

      I enjoyed the description too. “The hem of the eiderdown garment adopts unique crumples.” It says from the USA or Imported. I vote for imported.

  5. Robert says:

    I would assume that you have at some point worn your Hérmes boots at the dollar store, haven’t you? If not you should, along with the coat for that extra-ness of it, of course for the ‘gram 😂

  6. ecoteri says:

    The hem of the eiderdown garment adopts unique crumples. This was coupled with perfect stitches and manifested a unique charm of magnificence but at the same time not too overt.

    • ecoteri says:

      The Eiderdown Coats Come with Convenient Functional Big Pockets, Perfect For Storing Your Phones, Keys or Wallets.
      With a Fleece Lined Big Hood That Helps Provide Warm For Your Head. The UNIQUE Side Zippers, Can Unzip the Sides For More Hip Room When Sitting Down.
      Elegant Relaxed Fit Feminine Silhouette; The Mid Length Down Jacket Flatters Every Figure. Keep Chic and Modern with This Fashion Hooded Parkas.

    • Karen says:

      I know right? How could you not buy something like that! ~ karen

  7. Gayle says:

    Oh. Want it. But, I have too many coats already. You got me thinking tho…how to order without hubby suspecting.

    Great post, BTW. As always!

    • Karen says:

      I have too many coats too. That didn’t stop me, lol. I have a “thing” for coats. Being in Canada that’s generally allowed. ~ karen!

  8. Georgia Girl says:

    Bless your heart I am so sorry to hear you are still having to wear a parka. Well at least it’s a spiffy one and ya got a good deal.
    It’s been a long winter and a cold spring but we are finally fixin’ to have some shorts and flipflop weather down here. Yeehaw! Praise the lawd and pass the lemonade!

    • Karen says:

      Shorts and flip flops??! Uch. There’s still snow out my window (which is VERY unusual for this time of year). But this weekend there’s supposed to finally be a crack in the weather and I might get away with not wearing a coat and mittens! ~ karen

    • Missnicoleo says:

      I wore shorts and flip flops on the west coast of Canada today! Eh

  9. Robin says:

    Betty was right! Glad you posted it. And you are hilarious!!! I think we can be friends even though I do not live on the upper east side! Ps. I ordered the beige

  10. Martina says:

    Yup, pretty sure it only loooks good on XS people…checked it out on Amazon and the final sentence in the description “Casual wear in winter, windproof parka, best gift for pregnant women” hmmm…wonder what they’re trying to say? lol

  11. Teddee Grace says:

    I wonder who writes the Orolay copy? This is for the Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket (Most Wished &Gift Ideas): “The hem of the eiderdown garment adopts unique crumples. This was coupled with perfect stitches and manifested a unique charm of magnificence but at the same time not too overt.” This is so poetic. It is probably one reason they are selling so many coats and further exacerbating the trade balance between the U.S. and China. Or is it Korea? Which Korea? If you weren’t already convinced to purchase by the Most Wished bit, we might cause additional mayhem in the White House if we all ordered one. I even explored the Women’s Puffer Down Coat Cloak-Type Jacket, which, apparently, must be worn with shorts. Perfect for summer. The person who dubbed this item even correctly hyphenated the compound adjective. Thoroughly amazing. So Upper East Side. North Side? I see an international movement underway #MostWished and detente in the making.

  12. Vikki says:

    Is it the tab hanging from the back that distinguishes this coat from other quilted parkas?
    Does the tab serve a purpose?

    More importantly, are you evidence that there are real human beings who wear a size XS?
    I did not know this!
    I believed size XS to be a myth perpetuated to let all women everywhere know that perfection is unattainable.
    Huh. Color me dumbfounded.

  13. Alex says:

    Gulp. Karen! It’s reduced to $48.00 on Artter, but they won’t ship to Canada! Get on it if you are South of the Border!!!!

    • Karen says:

      The prices on Amazon (on everything) constantly fluctuate. Like from day to day. And they fluctuate WILDLY. So yes, buy it if it’s $48 because tomorrow it could be $148. Amazon is extremely unpredictable that way. Also if they don’t have your size check back, they constantly update sizing for this coat I’ve noticed. ~ karen!

  14. Thera says:

    Pretty coat! But also not an XS, pretty sure I would look like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.

  15. Jen says:

    Here is my most favorite description of the coat–or any garment I’ve ever read about. I’m pretty sure the writer’s not a native English speaker:

    “The hem of the eiderdown garment adopts unique crumples. This was coupled with perfect stitches and manifested a unique charm of magnificence but at the same time not too overt.”

  16. Heather says:

    I love the internet, too! If I buy this coat, and I am going to check it out, I will tell my real life friends that a friend in a small town in Southern Ontario recommended it. Fun post! Thanks!

  17. whitequeen96 says:

    Thank God I live in southern California! Sometimes, at night, it gets down to a brisk 50 degrees Farenheit, and I almost never need a coat. My naval orange tree just finished giving us a bountiful crop (they grow in the winter). Of course, we have earthquakes!

  18. whitequeen96 says:

    I forgot to say, you do look extremely elegant, especially with your fabulous boots! The perfect look for the Dollar Store!

  19. Char says:

    I don’t live on the Eastside but my spirit animal does. I ordered THE coat exactly 5 seconds after I saw you wearing yours on your blog. Since I live in the Deep South I may never have a chance to wear it but I got it just in case the scientists are right and we get another ice age. Meanwhile it hangs on the coat rack looking outside hopefully while manifesting its unique charm without being overt. It is 85 degrees today. I added the snow on the window to make all you Canadians feel better.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. So how do you like the coat. Does it fit as you expected? ~ karen!

      • Char says:

        I actually love it! Got an XS since you suggested the sizing ran true and it fits perfectly. Might be tight in the arms if I were to wear a fleece underneath, but that’s not going to happen (that 85 degree deep south thing – I’ll be wearing a tank top)

  20. Char says:

    Correction: Not on your blog but on your Instagram post. (I’m not going to be one of the ones who survives the ice age even with THE coat).

  21. Sabina says:

    I just can’t…maybe it’s just me but…no. I just do not like this jacket.

    • Julie says:

      You’re not the only one – I just don’t like it either. Karen’s writing however I do like.
      And does anyone else see the connection to the description of the coat to anything ever described in the “J Peterman catalogue” from Seinfeld????

  22. Mary W says:

    The color is perfect – from the boots up to the coat then on to your hair. If they only sold a brownish, streaked gray color, I might pull off the look, also. LOL Of course in Florida I could only pull it off a couple days a year. But oh that wonderful neckline to keep out the winds does look inviting. That is reason enough to buy ‘the coat’ for those cold evenings walking the dog! Tell Betty it was a great blob today!

  23. NinaMargo says:

    Karen. You. Rock. That. Look. Gave up parkas when I left Montana for Arizona, though, so will admire it from afar, preferring sundresses and sandals. (Or maybe wrinkles to chilblain ?!)

  24. Rose says:

    I can call you my friend? Yippee! I checked out the websites you suggested. You should model for them, you looked better in that coat, than any of the models they used. Just saying’

  25. Hira says:

    But is it warm enough for a Canadian winter?

  26. LibrarianNancy says:

    You look great in the picture, but when you wear a size XS, EVERYTHING looks good on you. If you’re a size L or larger, not so much. If I was your size, I would definitely wear that to the Dollar Tree.

  27. Jody says:

    This is like a Biblical story of one begetting another and so on and so on and so on.
    Also I would like, please, a detailed tour of The Coat including all the zippers and pockets and different hem lengths.

  28. Beth Nosworthy says:

    Best part about the jacket on Amazon is the description:
    “The hem of the eiderdown garment adopts unique crumples. This was coupled with perfect stitches and manifested a unique charm of magnificence but at the same time not too overt.”

    Can’t beat that!

  29. Susan says:

    I love coats, but not this one. I’m very particular about buying and wearing clothes that are at least flattering even if they’re not expensive, but that front pouch isn’t flattering at all. Why would any woman even a teeny tiny XS person, want to add a sack to their stomach area? I’ll stick with my tall boots and a classic pea coat, slightly fitted. I loved your tale though. More clothing blogs, please!

  30. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    Does moving to Upstate NY qualify me to acquire yet another coat?!!

  31. Kari says:

    I want this coat based on reading your Insta Story b/c I LOATHE wearing big coats. I live in the south and just cannot stand the bulkiness weighing me down for the month we need them. This coat looks so cute and not so puffy. I need this, but now, b/c you are so wildly popular, I will probably neva evah get this coat b/c those of us that are a smidge larger than XS can that size goodbye. You are probably shutting down the Amazons right now! In summary….you just saved me $80. Thanks!

  32. Lorrie Jamieson says:

    I went onto Amazon.ca to order this, and find that Canadian prices are more than double American … I’m too far away from the border for a quick trip south so will put this into my “it was a nice idea but maybe no” file.

    • Karen says:

      Lorrie – I’m in Canada. I ordered from the American site. They ship to Canada. It was at my front door in 4 days. ~ karen!

  33. Susan says:

    You have a fantastic shape woman!!! Don’t hide it in that coat!!

    • Karen says:

      LOL! I’m going to assume you’re from an area in North America where you don’t experience winter. Because in Canada, mid-ice storm, no one is all that concerned about showing off their shape. We’re concerned about not getting frost bite. Besides. I still think it looks good! I’ve never been one to subscribe to the theory that you have to wear tight or form fitting clothing to show off your shape. Some of the most beautiful silhouettes are by Japanese designers who let fabric float on a body rather than conform to it. But there I go talking about clothing again. Betty will be quite proud. 😉 ~ karen!

  34. Rosiland Ball says:

    is it warm?

    • Karen says:

      Yep. Probably not as warm as my Canada goose but it wasn’t $1,000 either! It’s much more manageable than the Canada Goose. Not so big, heavy and bulky. ~ karen

  35. Alena says:

    I wish you had posted about it before Black Friday last year as that was when I bought my winter coat. Now I stuck wearing a coat from Mark’s Wearhouse (but actually it was designed by Hilary Radley so not so bad). I have enjoyed every HR coat I ever owned (several).
    But, I would not buy a coat online – I need to try it on first (I don’t enjoy returning stuff having to pay shipping charges plus the customs fee always irritate me).
    Also, seeing the coat, I bet the side pockets would be right under my boobs because I don’t understand who the manufacturers are designing for. I can’t even buy anything with a defined waist (because said waist would end up under the boobage as already mentioned).
    I was told I have long legs (I don’t). Even if I did have long legs, wouldn’t it then indicate I have short torso? I must be a total misfit because apparently I have long legs as well as a long torso (again, I assure you I don’t).
    It’s frustrating (and often futile) to find something that sort of fits me.

  36. Mary says:

    You look absolutely darling. It will be interesting to see if the coat trickles down to where I work at a furniture and housewares retailer in an affluent suburb of Chicago. Right now I see a lot of purses with LV’s, parkas with patches and of course, athleisurewear. Hardly anyone wears pants anymore. Hard eye roll.

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