Duffel coat guide part 1

Duffel coat guide

Duffel coat guide part 1

History of the duffel coat, number 1:

There are two theories. According to the first one, duffel coat is named after the town of duffle ending in e-l which is in Belgium. That was the town with a rich history in cloth making that exported this coat in the 15th century. According to the second theory, the duffel coat was invented by John Patridge in 1887. According to this one, the duffel is spelled d-u-f-f-l-e, not e-l, as the story goes, in the late 19th century, the Royal British Navy was looking for a hard wearing outer garment and came across John Patridge’s duffel coat which they eventually commissioned and so it became widely popular in the Navy. Some argue that the Anglo-Saxons took the Belgian word duffle and made it their own. The English theory is a lot more plausible, but at the end of the day, it does not matter.

History of the duffel coat, number 2:

Basically, this coat was at the height of its popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. It was popularized in World War two by Sir Bernard Montgomery. People also wore it for civilian wear and there is actually a specific style of duffel coat in a camel color that is called the Monty which is the short-form for Montgomery. Montgomery was a Field Marshal who always wore this coat in photos and so it became iconic. Colonel David Sterling liked it even so much that he wore this kind of a coat in the desert.

History of the duffel coat, number 3:

Today, duffel coats are popular again because they are warm, they are hard wearing and they are more casual than other items in classic menswear especially overcoats, partially because of the hood, but also because of the toggle closure.

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