The History of Trench Coats for Peace sake. A study from WWI to present.
The trench coat was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War. Invention of the trench coat is claimed by two British luxury clothing manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum, with Aquascutum’s claim dating back to the 1850s.
There are two stories of how the now-famous coat came to be: first, that Thomas Burberry himself patented what is considered the precursor to the trench coat, the Tielocken, in 1912 after developing its fabric—the tough, water-resistant twill he called gabardine—in 1879.
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