This season Gabicci and Gloverall, the pioneers of the original duffle jacket, have collaborated to produce the ultimate smart fitted duffle coat for winter 2009.
Gloverall duffle jackets are recognised worldwide as the foremost Original Duffle Coat and as a design classic. Playing a part in fashion and culture through the last 60 years, Gloverall draws on it's Military and Industrial Heritage to be one of the most respected and loved British Brands.
The word Duffle originally referred to a Heavy Woollen Cloth closely woven for warmth and manufactured in the Belgian Town of Duffel. However over the years it has come to signify a hooded coat with distinctive toggle fastenings which was adopted by the British Navy and used by officers and men of the watch to protect against the biting Atlantic and North Sea winds. The toggles could be unfastened whilst wearing thick gloves, and hoods were carefully designed to fit over peaked Naval caps.
Photographs of servicemen during the 1914-18 war show a duffle type coat. Between the end of World War I and the start of World War II the coat was modified into the traditional Naval Duffle. In 1951 Harold & Freda Morris who specialised in selling cotton, leather, Gloves and Overalls were approached the by the Ministry of defence to help dispose of their surplus supplies of World War II duffle coats. Harold Morris then conceived the name Gloverall.
Stuarts London are pleased to be stocking this special edition jacket - we'll bring more news as it becomes available.