Duffel coat guide part 2

Duffel coat guide

Duffel coat guide part 2

How the duffel coat is distinguished from other coats, number 1: Fabric

First of all, it is the fabric. It is a heavy 34 ounce boiled woolen cloth in a camel or khaki color. It is about a 1050 grams per meter, it is usually double-faced and has some form of a twill structure which is similar to Serge. Although camel was the original color, later shades of brown and khaki were introduced too, it all depended on the different color. By the 1950s, colors like navy, black, or gray, had become more popular but also something like red. If there is a color out there, chances are, a duffel coat will exist in exactly that. Because of that, the duffel coat is really great because you can have a piece of history in exactly the color tone you like. Not many outer garments in classic menswear come in such a range of different colors. The original fabric was very rough and coarse, although it was hard wearing, it is not something most people would like today. Because of that, modern duffel coats are made out of different materials such as Loden, while very popular in Austria and Germany it is never the typical fabric because it is not woven but it is felt. As such it is waterproof, hard wearing and very insulating.

How the duffel coat is distinguished from other coats, number 2: An authentic duffle coat needs a toggle closure

Originally, that was made out of hemp rope, as well as wooden toggles. Today, you can also find leather closures with horn toggles. I find them more attractive because it is little natural material and every toggle is different yet it is very functional and has a beautiful shape of the horn tip.