Duffle Coat

  • 2015-01-14
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The North Wind and the Sun - Duffle Coat











  Originally applied as lining on wooden ammunition boxes to serve as a cushioned buffer, the coarse and dense fabric known as duffle was eventually used in garment production with the rise of the 'duffle coat'. Introduced during an era when military clothing began leaning toward snug fits to portray a sophisticated presence, the duffle coat was rather lenient with space, giving ample room in the torso where both shoulder points slightly drop. The functional yet uncomplicated nature of the coat allowed it to soar in popularity, and is globally recognized as a traditional winter coat.


  Following World War II, the British Military dispersed a vast amount of the duffle coat to the civilian population. The coat proved to be particularly advantageous for children, who would layer the loose fitting coat with the oversized hood over their school uniforms. The rise in popularity soon grew beyond the United Kingdom, and would eventually lead to the manufacturing of the exact design for the civilian market in the United States. Duffle fabric use a thick yarn, often woven at a high density and brushed up upon completion. Although typically characterized as being stiff, wool fabrics tend to soften with repeated wear. The heavy weight fabric conforms and drapes the body, as if the material and design of the coat were crafted in unison. The two straps stitched into the liner of the jacket are meant to wrap either leg, providing protection for the military men on deck against the harsh winds of the North Atlantic Ocean.


  The coast lights flash from the lens of the lighthouse, gently watching the ships on the horizon come and go. The shaggy wool fabric keeps the port men dry from the splashes of seawater, as the dusty, camel, brown coat will continue to serve its duty.






Duffle Coat - Light House

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  • |Posted at 15/01/14