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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.
Snowflake Canada is on the expensive side, but we found this sharp three-button look that comes in a few colors that are very “wealth and power.”
You see some pretty weird things (cloaks) when searching for “hooded capes” on Etsy, but we dug out some of the best. This first one is most similar to Veronica’s, but with some preppier, Sherlock Holmes accents.
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.
Here’s a sporty “starter cape” that closes with a zipper and has a pocket that might fit a pup.
This one also zips up, but it has a hood, and it’s more slouchy poncho meets cape.
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.
Maje also makes this cool cape sweater, if you’re just trying to dip your toes into the cape scene this fall.
This cape has one button, a classic collar, and is, to me, the quintessential version of a cape.
A simple, on sale, hooded cape that comes in black or camel. Can’t really go wrong with this one.
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.
This one’s very Madeline, and we’re not mad about it.
Have you ever heard of a puffer cape??
Let’s not forget adorable baby capes.
And we’ll end with one last gorgeous Versace version.
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