This classic wool jacket has more or less looked the same since the 19th century and the purpose of the coat has always been to protect the wearer in cold weather. The coat does more or less the same for you as wearing a thick wool blanket, but with sleeves and a hood. The reason why its still around is that it has proven to be a superior garment to wear in harsh weather, since it protects you from both wind and rain and allows you to wear plenty of insulating layers under it. This version of the classic Duffle is made by Buzz Rickson's in Japan and the inspiration comes from the civil versions used in post world war two England, where companies started to make duffles for the civilian population using surplus fabrics from the army but re-shaped the style of the coat to give it a slightly more tailored fit.
Earliy versions of the jacket was used by fishermen and it is said that the toggles design was made to make it easy to button or unbutton the jacket while wearing gloves simply because it could be dangerous to remove ones gloves in extremely cold weather conditions. Wool was the fabric of choice for fishermen back in the days because it has the unique property to still keep you warm even when it is soaking wet. The Duffle coat was later adopted by the British Royal Navy and was part of the uniform during WW2.
The name duffle is said to origin from Antwerp in Belgium that first became known for making the sturdy twill wool fabric used in this kind of coats.
Buzz Rickson's has carefullyreproduced this garment according to the original ones from the middle of the last century and it is a pleasure to see that this kind of high quality wool garment still can be produced in modern times. The jacket will definitely keep you warm even when the weather drops way below zero. Combine it with a wool sweater and you can enjoy the winter while looking well dressed at the same time!
- Buzz Rickson's Wool Duffle Coat Camel - 34 oz heavy weight wool fabric - Made of 90% wool and 10% Nylon - Toggle made of natural wood and linen - Two hand warmer front pockets - Hood can be buttoned for a slimmer fit - Straps located on the inside to button around the legs - Made in Japan
All measurements are in centimeters and measured on a flat surface. Width is measured straight across the chest from armpit to armpit, length is measured at the back of the garment from the neck down and the sleeve length is measured on the underarm from the armpit to the end of the cuff.