• Mother’s Day is a marketing gimmick. But here’s why it still matters

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    Posted on February 29th, 2016

    Scratching your head over what to buy for Mother’s Day?   Mother’s Day in the UK is fast approaching. And perhaps, like us, you’re a little cynical? It’s true that the tradition of honouring mothers can be traced back to Greek and Roman Times. But we can’t help feeling that the modern ‘Mother’s Day’ is […]

  • Design details on duffle coats. Part 1: buffalo horn toggles

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    Posted on February 29th, 2016

    We’ve written before about the debate that rages about duffle coat toggles. And we’re so not getting involved. Instead, we’d just like to highlight the beauty of buffalo horn toggles. We’re not saying they’re better than wooden toggles, they’re different. And just as beautiful. Although buffalo horn toggles didn’t feature on the original duffle coats […]

  • Meet Amy Shore. Duffle coat lover and the photographer behind our gorgeous duffle coat images

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    Posted on February 12th, 2016

    If you’re an avid reader of our duffle coats blog, you’ll know that in August we headed to Cromer for a photoshoot.   And since then? We’ve been proudly showcasing the lush images that resulted from that shoot. But what we haven’t told you, is who took the photographs.   That’s mainly because we could […]

  • Meet Bob Whittaker: the bearded, sax-playing duffle coat-wearer who fronts the awesome Blind Monk Trio Jazz band

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    Posted on February 11th, 2016

    On a chilly night in December 2015, Bob Whittaker (sax), Hugo Harrison (bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums) took to the stage at the Jazz Café in Newcastle.   What happened next was vintage Blind Monk Trio. They rocked the room with their trademark jazz blend of Thelonious Monk-inspired tunes, fused with alternative rock and eastern […]

  • What’s the big deal about ‘Buying British’? Here’s what it means to us

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    Posted on February 5th, 2016

    The Morris Minor. Another brilliantly British icon   Somewhere along the line, the phrase ‘Made in Britain’ lost its meaning. It even got a bit tangled up with the far right. Not so good. But up and down the UK there are still manufacturers who believe that ‘Made in Britain’ stands for integrity, quality, and […]

  • Be original this Valentine’s Day. Buy your Valentine a duffle coat

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    Posted on February 2nd, 2016

    Valentine’s Day is approaching. And you have no idea what to buy your beau (or belle). It’s a common problem. But the answer is dead simple. It’s this: Buy them a duffle coat. And yes, you’re right, we’re being shamelessly self-promotional. But as there’s not long left to get your Valentine’s Day gift sorted, we […]