martes, 10 de junio de 2014
The duffle coat takes its name from the Belgian Town of Duffel near Antwerp, where the thick and heavyweight woollen material used to make the duffle coat was originally produced.
The first fully fashioned duffle coat is dated to the 1860’s when the design was requested for the British Navy and in 1863 the design got put through its paces on an Antarctic expedition.
The Duffle coat proved fit for purpose, the horn shaped toggles lent themselves to being managed while wearing thick gloves, the coat was warm and kept out the wind chill and the hoods were the right size to be able to fit over the peaked naval caps.
1914 and WW1 began. A lot of Naval officers swapped the attire of their higher rank in favour of the functional duffle coat. Officer Bernard Law Montgomery went a step further and wore his Duffle everywhere. It became his signature piece.
It took a further 10 years until the Duffle coat was re-produced purely for fashion purposes. The coat featured horn toggles and slowly dispelled the label that the Duffle had unduly acquired for being a cheap and scruffy overcoat.
Over the last 50 years the Duffle coat has simmered away as an iconic design that has never rocketed to the forefront of fashion and into the wardrobes of the masses and then promptly fallen out of favour. The Duffle coat is a steady, solid winter classic that will never go out of style. It possesses a creative nostalgia and perfectly fuses form and function.