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Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at London Fashion Week Spring 2018.
The brand: Burberry
The history: One of the oldest fashion brands in Great Britain, Burberry began in 1856 when a 21-year-old craftsman named Thomas Burberry set up an outerwear shop in Hampshire. By 1879, he’d invented gabardine, a light and waterproof material that made his coats warmer, dryer and better suited to rainy British weather. But it wasn’t until World War I that Burberry’s most famous invention, the trench coat, was born. Though originally issued to military personnel, it became a favorite among British civilians, and turned Burberry into an iconic brand for the UK and, later, the world.