The history of the duffle coat is a long one but it’s one of the few clothing items that is traditionally British in design. The first duffle coat was made in 1890 by John Partridge who was an outdoor clothing manufacturer and was produced and worn specifically to keep people warm during the winter months.
The duffle coat was adopted by the British Royal Navy during the First World War and the design of this iconic coat was adapted throughout the Second World War to make it more functional. After the second world war, Britain had a lot of surplus military clothing which was made available to the general public in a time when very little else was widely available. It was therefore during the 1950s and 1960s that the duffle coat increased in popularity as a warm and affordable coat. Following the 1960s, people moved away from the traditional duffle coat in favour of jackets made from more modern materials such as polyester.
This year, however the duffle coat has made a come back and has been seen in numerous catwalk shows for the autumn/winter 2010 season. Although the styling is slightly more modern the concept remains the same. One such brand who has incorporated the duffle coat into their latest collection is Duck and Cover.
The Drew Duck and Cover Jacket is a quirky take on the traditional duffer coat. Available in contemporary black, this practical jacket features a full length zip, something not historically found on a duffle coat. Over the zip are the iconic toggle fastenings you’d expect to find on such a coat.
Two large zip pockets are mounted high up on the body to give a modern feel to this Duck and Cover jacket whilst a further popper fastening pocket can be found to the sleeve. To the inside of this jacket is quilted lining to keep you warm this winter whilst discreet button fastening internal pockets have been included for conveniently carrying your personal items. Infamous Duck and Cover branding can be found to the chest, hood and sleeve to convey the designer nature of this jacket. So if you’re looking for a funky look this season, why not invest in a Duck and Cover inspired duffle coat to add to your collection of mens designer clothes.