As some of you that follow my blog/social media will know, I've not had much time to attend blogger events over the past few months, so imagine my delight when the lovely Katie invited me along to the launch of the Autumn/Winter range of the famous British Brand, Puffa!
We've all heard of Puffa jackets, thick padded jackets that remind us all of the 90s? But did you know the Official Puffa brand is actually in the Oxford English Dictionary, it literally has defined a whole category of jackets! Crazy right!? I couldn't wait to see what the new collection had in store, and to see how the jackets that have defined a decade, had been brought up to date with a modern twist.
The event itself was held at the ultra trendy Hip Hop Fish and Chip Shop in the swanky Spinningfields area of Manchester. As soon as we stepped inside, a number of us had spotted the jackets, and we were in love with the amazing silver Puffas!
I restrained myself and enjoyed the prosecco and strawberries whilst mingling with other bloggers. It was so brilliant to see everyone after a few months break. We were handed a menu and could chose anything from the delicious food on offer. Northern girls, fashion and a chip shop really did make a match made in heaven! I had the triple cooked chips which were just out of this world, but the spiced crab cakes and the fish also looked and smelt divine!
The jackets themselves were just as expected, amazing. The silver Puffas were definitely a favourite among the bloggers, but I also loved the knee length black version which was just an instant classic. I actually owned an official Puffa back in the 90s (I'm an oldie I know), and it immediately brought back happy memories. It's quite rare in a day and age of fast fashion, and stores which provide 'disposable' fashion, to see the quality and craftsmanship of a jacket that will most likely last a life time.
As you can imagine, all of the coats were extra warm (many of us tested them by taking them for a spin outside!). They are streamlined and feel amazing on. As I've mentioned, the silver Puffa has to be my favourite out of the new collection. It was a reinvented version of the original Silver jacket that launched Jodie Kidd's career the back in the early nineties. It definitely had echos of it's predecessor, but was slightly less bulky, and had a gorgeous fur trimmed hood.
Another highlight of the night were the two, very popular Instamax cameras. Oh yes, the 90s classic of polaroids! I may have gotten slightly carried away...but you forget how cool it is to have a picture you can hold and not filter and edit - natural baby!
(me with Holly from Rock on Holly)
A lot of picture taking later and it was time to leave. It was such a great night, and the 90s theme was definitely a massive hit. It was lovely to see a British brand back in the spot light, and a great way to spend a Tuesday evening with friends, food and fashion.
(Jodi Kidd, the original face of Puffa)