• Farewell to Peggy Fortnum, the first illustrator of Paddington Bear


    Posted on April 8th, 2016

    It was announced recently that Peggy Fortnum has died at the age of 96. She was the illustrator who first brought Paddington Bear to life in Michael Bond’s book, ‘A bear called Paddington’. Peggy was first commissioned to draw Paddington in 1958, depicting the bear from Peru in black and white line drawings. She then […]

  • And the winner of our International Duffle Coat Day Competition 2016 is…


    Posted on April 6th, 2016

    Maureen McLaughin!   See above for the picture that Maureen sent in to our International Duffle Coat Day competition. We are LOVING her funky duffle coat! We chose our winner by assigning each entrant a number, and then entering the numbers into an online random choice generator. And the fact that Maureen’s number came up […]

  • Happy International Duffle Coat Day, 2016!


    Posted on March 31st, 2016

    So the first ever International Duffle Coat Day has dawned. And here in Leicester (where we’re based) it was appropriately frosty for what may be the last duffle coat wearing day of the season. To celebrate International Duffle Coat Day, we’re running a competition, and the prize? One of our cuter than cute children’s duffle […]

  • Celebrate International Duffle Coat Day, 2016 (and you could win a child’s duffle coat)


    Posted on March 23rd, 2016

    On Thursday March 31st, we’re celebrating the first ever International Duffle Coat Day. And we’re asking duffle coat lovers everywhere, to wear their duffles for one last day. So that before we pack our coats away for the spring, we can enjoy one last day of duffle coat love. And if you send us photos […]

  • Horse in Britain wears three piece Harris Tweed suit. (Do not adjust your TV set)


    Posted on March 15th, 2016

      A day at the races is an excuse to don your finery. Think Ladies Day at Cheltenham, when the girls’ heels are sky high and the hats even higher. But why should the horses miss out on all this dressing up? It’s a valid question. That was given a definitive answer this week by […]

  • Design details on duffles part 3: the big patch pockets


    Posted on March 15th, 2016

    Imagine for a second you’re on a British naval ship in the late 1800s. And you’re heading for Antarctica. It’s cold isn’t it? Aren’t you glad you’ve got those huge pockets to plunge your hands into? In case you don’t know why duffle coats have large patch pockets, it’s because duffle coats were first designed […]

  • Versace tells us what we already knew about duffles. But she used Gigi Hadid to do it. So she wins


    Posted on March 8th, 2016

    Our models rock the catwalk (beach) wearing duffles. Who needs Milan?   Depending on your interest in haute couture, catwalks and fashion weeks, you may or may not have seen Donatella Versace’s show at Milan’s fashion week. And we didn’t see all of it either. But we did scan the headlines of the fashion press […]

  • Design details on duffles part 2: the brass studs on our slim fit duffles


    Posted on March 4th, 2016

    Today we’re continuing our series on the teeny elements of duffle coats that are: a) often overlooked b) amazing So can we tell you about the brass studs on the hoods of our Soho elegance slim fit duffles? (And actually, they ONLY feature on our Soho elegance slim fit duffles.) The reason they exist is […]

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


    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


    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 […]

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