Here at Poorboy we’ve been fighting over this beautiful mustard yellow duffle coat but have decided it would be wholly unfair to deny you the opportunity to own such a spectacular vintage gem. The distinctive colour and tartan lining are welcome additions to the traditional coat, first popularised in World War I when it was issued to the British Royal Navy as a guard against harsh weather conditions. After World War II surplus army supplies were sold cheaply to the public via a new company called Gloverall, resulting in it becoming a defining piece of clothing of the 1950s and 1960s. Much like Barbour make the best wax jackets and Burberry make the best mackintoshes, Gloverall remain the leading brand for duffle coats. We strongly suspect that this is in fact an original vintage Gloverall duffle coat as it features the same Made In England label that can be found in modern examples. Unfortunately the main brand label has been cut out, but it is the same shape as the square Gloverall label. Authenticity aside, this coat is in excellent condition and so stylish it would sit proudly in any current winter collection. If it’s good enough to keep the Atlantic and North Sea winds out, it is sure to hold up against any British winter, so snap this up and tell your partner that it is purely for practical reasons if you must.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011