Ultimate Coat Guide: Burberry Trench

With over 150 years of experience, Burberry is a name you can count on for weather-ready outerwear that will remain in style for countless winters to come.

At 21 years old, Thomas Burberry opened his first store in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England in 1856. Focusing on outdoor attire, Mr. Burberry invented gabardine, a tough, water-resistant, yet breathable fabric, in 1880. By 1911, the brand was a leading choice amongst adventurers in the harshest conditions imaginable: Burberry outfitted Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, and Ernest Shackleton, who led a 1914 expedition across Antarctica.*

Also in 1914, Burberry was commissioned by the War Office to adapt British officer’s coats to the conditions of contemporary warfare, resulting in the trench coat. Trenches in Burberry’s classic gabardine are the most common—but we like this wool-blend version, which will keep you toasty on the front lines of frigid commutes.


Check out the rest of our Menswear team’s favorite coats,
from a waxed-cotton Barbour to mountain-ready gear by Canada Goose:



[*Source: Wikipedia.]

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