My Holiday Picardigan
My Holiday Picard-igan
I love this time of year. I actually prefer fall and winter clothing.
Sweaters and Jackets fit for the cold.
Scarves, hats, and gloves, 'cause I'm gettin' old.
Fireplace heat, Shakspeare plays, and tea.
These are a few of my favorite things.
Sorry. That sentence got away from me, and what are you gonna do, it's the holidays. It's true though. This is my time of year, when I can break out all my favorite things and wear them whenever I want.
I went Christmas shopping last night and it was chilly. The malls out here in the west are outdoors, and with the wind a hoodie just won't do anymore. It can feel as cold as space itself.
So it was time for what's become one of my favorite pieces from all the jackets we've made over the years. The Jacket of Jackets, the coat of many names - Picard's Casual Uniform Jacket, The PNNUJ, The Picardigan itself...Captain Picard's "Darmok" Uniform Jacket!
It's just rad.
I rock this thing wherever I can, whenever I can. I usually toss a gray t-shirt weight hoodie underneath it, and head out.
And before anybody asks, yes...Com-badge and all. It's already so recognizable, what difference is a badge going to make? Besides, I'm too proud of a Trekkie to ever wear any Starfleet uniform item without its proper insignia.
The reason I think anyone can pull this thing off anywhere they go is because it's a carbon copy of the original, which was instantly cool the moment it first showed up in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
I may have mentioned before that during the first commercial break in "Darmok" my best friend and I called each other and simultaneously shouted "Did you see Picard's Jacket!?" It was then that the mystique of this jacket was born, and it gained the first of its many names - "Picard's Nifty New Uniform Jacket," or simply the "PNNUJ."
The one I'm wearing this moment is warm, leather suede with even the bottom closures found on the original jacket. It feels like a jacket worthy of the Captain of the Enterprise-D, the Federation's flagship.
It looked fantastic on Sir Patrick and while I may not have the good captain's physique, I can still wear his jacket.
And right now I wear it anytime I want without having to face down The Beast at El-Adrel (just try not to spill your Earl Grey tea, it is suede after all).
It's ready for any adventure you can throw at it whether that's making first contact, or facing the dangers of last minute holiday shopping.
For this holiday season, I wanted to share a special gift. If you'd like to pick up your own Picardigan, here's a discount from me.
From myself, and all of us here at ANOVOS...
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Live Long & Prosper!
John is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.