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Question: Hey Strategist! I’ve been watching Riverdale and I’m obsessed with the black cape that Veronica wears all the time. Who makes it? Thanks!
We reached out to Rebekka Sorensen, the show’s costume designer, and here’s what she had to say: “Veronica’s capes are custom-made. They’re a great fit for Veronica as they read well; it’s fashion-forward, upper-class, and very elegant. To me, it showcases that Veronica stems from wealth and power.”
But that doesn’t help our Strat shoppers. Sorensen said great capes aren’t easy to find, but we got her to recommend four places: Snowflake Canada, Ever New Melbourne, Etsy, and Zara. And since it’s cape season, we did a little digging around ourselves, too.
This one, without a hood, is more of a fashion cape, with two buttons on the side that bring to mind this much more expensive Valentino version.
Ever New and Zara didn’t have such great options this season, so I went ahead and started looking around for some other matches. This Maje cape might actually be the closest to Veronica’s that I saw. It’s navy, has buttons that blend in, a buckle to fasten the neck, and a hood to throw on when you need to make a dramatic exit.
Gabrielle Union’s also into capes, and she designed this one with a turtleneck and stylish faux-leather trim. This cape also has a more inside-the-house look, so it’s perfect for when you might want to stretch out and open up the pants buttons after, say, Thanksgiving dinner.
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