Gloverall Fashion Label – Men’s & Women’s Duffle Coats
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History of the Duffle Coat
The word ‘Duffle’ was originally used to refer to a heavy woollen cloth closely woven for warmth, in the small Belgian village of Duffel in the 1890’s. There are photographs taking during of World War I (1914-1918) of servicemen wearing the duffle type coat. Between the end of World War I and the start of World War II, that coat was modified into the traditional Naval Duffle; a hooded coat with distinctive toggle fastenings used by officers and men of the watch to protect against the biting Atlantic and North Sea winds. The Naval Duffle was made of heavy duty wool to shield against the wear and tear of salty waves, had hoods to house a sailor’s cap and pockets big enough to fit thick gloved hands.
Gloverall: Makers of the Modern Duffle
The Gloverall brand was born in 1951 when 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 Naval ‘Monty’ duffle coats. They sold the surplus coats to the general public, which proved to be so popular that when the stock ran out in 1954, Gloverall, began making its own version, adapting the fit and style of the military coat for everyday wear ,with a check back double-faced lighter fabric, horn toggles and leather fastenings. In 1956 a ladies’ cut was produced, closely followed by a version for children.
Gloverall consistently takes inspiration from its military and industrial heritage with every new collection. The brand still maintains its link to the Navy via the resurrection of the iconic ‘Monty’ duffle coat. The design is a replica of the original retaining its characteristic rope and wood toggling, webbing stays and two piece hood. Contemporary twists to the classic Gloverall duffle coats have come from collaborations with modern brands and designers including, YMC (You Must Create), Gabicci, Junya Watanabe and Fred Perry.
Gloverall collaboration with YMC
In 2010, Gloverall purchased Peter Scott & Co, renowned around the world for its quality knitwear, have been manufacturing in Hawick since 1878. The knitwear manufacturer hit financial difficulties, due to the effects of economic crisis and increased foreign competition. Administrators were called in and Gloverall stepped in to purchase the brand. Samuel Lee, Gloverall director, said:
“Gloverall is delighted to acquire a business with such a rich heritage and brand presence. We are currently reviewing our intentions to recommence full production of Peter Scott & Company products in Hawick”.
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