The Fox Recommends: The Duffle Coat
October 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
Layering is a fall favorite for The Fox. There’s nothing like layering a great tee or oxford with the right sweater and overcoat. This week The Fox recommends the duffle coat for your autumnal consideration. There is something transportive in this classic coat that makes one think of days gone by. Days spent enjoying a cup of coffee, each other’s company, a good fountain pen, a great cocktail and an even better book.
The duffle coat (or more correctly the duffell Coat) is named for Duffel, Belgium – where the thick woolen fabric these coats (and the first duffle bags) were first made of was produced. The design was popularized in the early 1900s when the British Royal Navy issued a camel-colored duffle coat as “an item of warm clothing” during World War I. This classic design is traditionally made of double weave Duffel, lined in a tartan, has a large, bucket hood, a button-able neck strap, three to four toggle-fastenings, two outside patch pockets and is knee length. And if you’re thinking, this is all just a bit too Wes Anderson-y, you’re right. It is. And there is nothing wrong with that.
As with anything – this classic has seen many modifications, and now one can find the duffle coat in any variety of material, color, length and weight. Below, The Fox has included some of his favorites this fall.
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