29 October 2009

The Duffle Coat

Think Field Marshall Montgomery, The Great War and The Cruel Sea, Paddington Bear. But not that hyper hirsute yokel off Channel 4.
The Duffle coat - a name originating from the heavy woollen cloth woven for warmth which was produced in the Belgian Town of Duffel. But now more synonymous with the long hooded coat fastened by leather toggles. Adopted by the British Naval officers and men of the watch to protect against the biting Atlantic and North Sea winds. The toggles could be unfastened whilst wearing gloves, and 'pancake' hoods were carefully designed to fit over peaked Naval caps.
Pictured dangling from the trusty pine up top, are two vintage Gloverall duffle coats, Gloverall are the masters of this famous foul weather coat, and are still producing them to this day.
Snug as a bug in a rug.

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