The very British trench coat

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It’s been in production for over 100 years, is one of the most iconic British designer fashion items you could own in your wardrobe and this season sees navy and parade red added to the trench palette for the first time in its history. Introducing the very British Burberry trench coat


The famous gabardine fabric was first designed in 1879 by Thomas Burberry and revolutionised the previous rainwear materials of rubber and oiled-silk. It’s tightly woven quality makes it waterproof, durable and breathable – perfect for overcoats needed by officers during the First World War.

In 1912, Thomas Burberry created the first trench which was known as the Tielocken Burberry. Every detail constructed served a purpose to protect the wearer including the gun flap and metal D-rings. This has been continued and built upon for the trench coat that we wear today. The skill and craftsmanship of each piece takes hours of manual work with over 80 skilled processes taking place for each individual coat, with the collar itself having over 180 hand-placed stitches.

Each season Burberry re-imagine the coat with their latest prints and colours, but always stick to the same design. After all, the Burberry trench coat and its gabardine fabric have not only revolutionised rainwear but showcased British designer fashion worldwide

Starting from £1,095, the heritage trench coat is available in Honey, Stone, Black, Navy and Parade Red, from Burberry

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