The Duffle Coat and the Military
Though the fabric was crafted in Belgium, its namesake jackets are an altogether British creation. The wool was used by the British Naval Forces, who found it ideal for braving the unforgiving North Sea and Atlantic winds.
The overcoat’s design was carefully calibrated to meet the needs of naval officers, with a roomy fit to layer over military uniform, a large hood to pull over naval caps and toggles that could be easily adjusted with gloves.
Due to it’s growing popularity in the Naval Forces, the coat was also adopted by the British Armed Forces in the First and Second World Wars. It was soon sported by airmen, soldiers and seamen alike, who were drawn to the universality of a jacket, men of any rank could wear.