Gloverall is widely recognised worldwide as the originator of the classic Duffle coat.  This winter weather staple owes its status to military and industrial beginnings and is one of England's most iconic brands.  Gloverall and the company and what is know as today's Duffle coat was created in the 1950's by Mr. Harold Morris and his wife who sold cotton, leather, gloves and overalls.  When the couple were approached by the government during WWII to supply soldiers with surplus Duffie coats, the name Gloverall (combining gloves and overalls) was born. The word Duffle originates from a heavy woollen cloth closely woven for warmth and manufactured in the Belgian town of Duffle. Through 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 harsh Atlantic and North Sea winds. The toggles were designed to be heavy and maneuverable  enough to be unfastened while wearing thick gloves, and hoods were carefully designed to fit over peaked Naval caps. Gloverall still maintains this original link to its Naval heritage.

We were recently fortunate enough to acquire our first Gloverall in a deep forest green. With an 80% wool and 20% polyester content it;s heavy, warm and water repellent just like a good winter coat should be.  The Duffle comes with leather fastenings, horn toggles, storm flap at the neck, a bucket hood with tab adjusters, extra shoulder padding for warmth and durability, and lovely plaid lining.  We're looking forward to throwing it on over and chunky sweater or heavy wool blazer with duck or polo boots when the time is right.

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