12 Days of Freshness: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide | Day Eight

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We're halfway through December now, which means you've probably already watched Elf a dozen times and gained ten pounds of egg nog weight. Luckily, the snow hasn't been too bad for us here in New York (yet) but we have our fingers crossed tight for some snowy goodness on Christmas morning so we can unwrap the mounds of presents jolly Saint Nick leaves for us in a magical winter wonderland. Cheers to Day Eight of our astonishing 12 Days of Freshness Holiday Gift Guide.

Jonah Smith and Palmer West describe themselves as "outdoor enthusiasts who live in the city". The two started out in Los Angeles as movie producers, working on some wonderful films like Requiem For a Dream. In the fall of 2009, they took their enthusiasm a step further by launching Aether Apparel. They found that shopping options for outdoor apparel was limited, having to constantly sacrifice functionality for style or go for strictly performance-driven brands. Their answer to that dilemma was a line that marries design and function in pieces that utilize technical fabrics in a more sophisticated form that offers a refined modern aesthetic. Our pick for Day Eight is the gorgeous Aether Field Jacket.

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Made using a 3-layer waterproof heavy Oxford shell with a tricot backer that creates an impermeable barrier against the elements, the Aether Field Jacket combines the functionality of a traditional field jacket while offering the technical performance of a ski jacket. It features two chest pockets, two hand-warmer pockets (didn't even know that was a thing but it sounds awesome), an interior pocket and a large dual-entry one hidden in the back, perfect for storing accessories like gloves or sunglasses. Made to endure the toughest backcountry conditions, its clean and modern aesthetic makes it just as wearable during the cold months in the hustle and bustle of any city.

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The Aether Field Jacket is our pick for Day Eight not just because of its technical functionality and good looks but also because it's an item that you can really build your closet with that will look great today and still look great five years from now. It retails at $550 (it's worth it, we promise) and is available now for your buying pleasure. Be sure to take a look at some of their other products and stock up on all your winter needs. Sit tight for Day Nine coming your way soon.

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