The duffle—it’s the details that count

As you might have noticed, we’re a big fan of the duffle coat. It’s the perfect outerwear solution for this time of year with it being as stylish as it is practical, and there are a lot of little details that go into making this truly iconic creation…


Traditionally, duffle coats were made from a heavy boiled woollen cloth to provide the warmth and durability required for life in the military, although these days you’ll often find different fabrics being used (usually a wool mix).


Once upon a time duffles had a very wide cut to allow sailors to move around in them easily, but over the years it’s become a bit more fitted and narrow in its design. Of course, you’ll still find it more wide fitting than many other coats on the market with the length being knee length or above, keeping to its roots with ease.


The toggles are perhaps the most iconic part of the duffle, giving it its distinctive character and sense of style. Originally the toggles were wood with hemp cord but in the 50s the design became more refined with leather ties and horn toggles, and if you choose quality versions (such as ours) you’ll still find this combination today.


The patch pockets are another characteristic of the duffle, usually seen without flaps, whilst the collar bar allows for better protection from the elements (and the hood offers even more coverage) with the lining often being checked for the traditional touch.

It’s these little details that make all the difference. They transform the duffle from a mere item of clothing to a true outerwear icon, so make sure to invest in a quality coat that bears in mind these key points (like one of ours, for example) and you’ll have a duffle with the details being spot on.