Saturday, October 2, 2010

Gloverall Duffle Coat

The research you have to do for a new jacket for the winter is fun. Much more fun then dragging yourself from shop to shop. One thats always in the back of my mind is a Duffle Coat. It is yet again a silhouette that has not changed for years. Off course there are variations, but I would recommend staying close to the original.

The Duffle Coat's name is referring to the fabric which originates in Duffel, Belgium. The fabric has a long tradition in England, where coats from this fabric where already marketed in 1890 by a man called John Partridge. The Duffle Coat gained popularity after WWII. The British Royal Navy had issued a camel version during the war. One famous wearer was General Montgomery, this is where the nickname "Monty Coat" comes from. After the war these coats found their way from military surplus stores to fashion in the 50's and 60's.

The Gloverall Duffle Coat is a example of a coat that stays pretty close to the original. With its wooden toggles, rope fastenings and deep navy blue color you can imagine yourself sailing the seas with the Royal Navy. Available now at Tenue de Nîmes.

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