The popular and controversial Canada Goose jackets on the Northwestern campus



As the rain turns to snow and the Midwestern tundra begins to reappear in Northwestern, the students put their t-shirts away and put on winter coats. In doing so, one brand is known among students on campus: Canada Goose.

The company sells a variety of different coats, ranging from winter parkas to lightweight jackets. All of these products use natural goose down, a popular source of insulation in winter coats. Taylor Nuckolls, an employee of Gearhead Outfitters in downtown Evanston, believes the Canada Goose jackets are the hottest jackets they sell, but said the brand’s use of animal parts may be problem.

Some Canada Goose jackets use real coyote fur to trim the edges of the hood.

“The fur on the hood is coyote fur, and the down padding that makes it so puffy is from goose feathers,” Nuckolls said. “People find it uncomfortable, which is reasonable.”

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, one of the world’s largest animal rights organizations, criticized Canada Goose for its treatment of animals. According to the organization, live coyotes and geese were killed so that their parts could be used for Canada Goose products.

Canada Goose has been using natural furs in its coats and parkas for decades. However, by the end of 2022, the brand plans to start selling furless jackets, a change for the 64-year-old company.

Canada Goose jackets are also famous for their relatively high price range. The brand’s parkas for men and women can range from $ 775 to $ 1,695.

Weinberg rookie Stephanie Rissmiller said the Canada Goose jackets were priced in excess.

“They are high quality so I understand why you would buy them but overall I just think they are a waste because (someone) can get a really high quality jacket for a lot less”, Rissmiller said.

Rissmiller said she didn’t think there was any real reason to wear a Canada Goose jacket outside of the status.

Nuckolls also believes there is an element of status to the Canada Goose jackets.

“If you ever see a Canada Goose, you know, boujee, rich,” Nuckolls said. “Words like that keep coming back, so I think that alone, subconsciously, can make people look (a person wearing Canada Goose) differently in general.” “

Juliet Rofé, first year of SESP, has a Canada Goose jacket. She said she received the jacket as a gift from her grandparents in the hopes that she would feel more encouraged to go to NU if she had a warm coat.

“I honestly think it’s just a warm jacket to wear, and you should be able to wear any brand you want without being criticized,” Rofé said.

Rofé appreciates the style of his Canada Goose jacket, adding that it doesn’t appear bulky and is mostly waterproof.

Both Rissmiller and Nuckolls have said that there are other cheaper jacket alternatives that consumers should consider. Rissmiller recommends consumers consider an Eddie Bauer jacket or coat from any sports brand.

“I just don’t think the association is worth it,” Rissmiller said. “It’s a little boring to see money spent in a way that I would consider a waste, just for this combination and maybe a slightly better jacket.”

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