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February 2, 2010

As the cold gets colder, and I get more and more ready for warmer temperatures, I realize that they’ll be accompanied by rain and wind, thus sending me on my search for a proper parka/raincoat.  Gloverall, the classic duffle coat company fits the bill to perfection.

This past weekend’s C.H.C.M. pop-up brought the duffle retailer back into my radar, and with their deep-rooted history, nautical/military inspirations and quality construction, I’ll be all-set for the spring.

From their site: “Recognized worldwide as the foremost Original Duffle Coat Gloverall has gained Iconic status as a design classic. Playing a part in fashion and culture through the last 60 years Gloverall draws on its Military and Industrial Heritage to be one of the most respected and loved British Brands.

A balance of tradition and modernity reflects through our coats with manufacturing in England and our newly introduced collection Made in London England.

The word Duffle originally referred to a Heavy Woolen Cloth closely woven for warmth and manufactured in the Belgian Town of Duffle. However over the years it has come to signify a hooded coat with distinctive toggle fastenings which was adopted by the British Navy and used by officers and men of the watch to protect against the biting Atlantic and North Sea winds. The toggles could be unfastened whilst wearing thick gloves, and hoods were carefully designed to fit over peaked Naval caps.”

The original Monty Duffle coat

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 20:50

    Good site. I’ll check in regularly.

    I’m fond of classic British clothes. What is the name of the first Gloverall coat? It’s certainly not a Duffel coat and it does not appear in its website.



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