• Red duffle coats: the one (and only) reason you need to buy one

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    Posted on November 27th, 2015

    It’s cold, miserable, dark, damp and probably icy. And although initially we might get excited at the thought of roaring fires and steaming hot chocolate, it’s no fun getting out of bed when it’s freezing. And trudging through snow is only fun once. So, unsurprisingly, winter brings our spirits down. Particularly as we drag on […]

  • How waxed jackets went mainstream

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    Posted on November 27th, 2015

    There was a time when waxed jackets were the preserve of Royals and braying Hooray Henrys. They were worn by the huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ set and they stayed in the countryside. Next, waxed jackets were adopted by the dog walkers. Up and down our green and pleasant land, hale and hearty types were walking […]

  • What is a pancake hood on a duffle coat?

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    Posted on November 27th, 2015

    As if the word ‘duffle’ wasn’t strange enough, the hood on a duffle coat has an even weirder name. Pancake. Yep, ‘pancake’ as in:  “a thin, flat cake of batter, fried on both sides in a pan and typically rolled up with a sweet or savoury filling.” Except of course there’s nothing edible about the […]

  • How do duffle coats get their checked linings?

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    Posted on November 20th, 2015

    Even duffle coat novices know that a true duffle coat comes with a checked lining. But unless you’ve owned a duffle coat, you might not realise that the lining and the outer coat start out as two separate pieces of material, and end up as one. It’s pretty clever how it’s done. When we make […]

  • Is owning more than one duffle coat a thing?

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    Posted on November 20th, 2015

    When Imelda Marcos fled from the Philippines in 1986, it was her shoe collection that transfixed the world. Because Imelda had amassed more than 1,200 pairs of shoes. By our calculations, if Imelda had wanted to wear all of her shoes in a year, she would have needed to wear 3.28 pairs of shoes a […]