Originally it was a waterproof military coat invented by Burberry’s uniform department at the request of the British War Office for wear in the trenches by the British army officers in WWI. Overcoats soaked with rain and mud were too heavy and uncomfortable, while normal raincoats were inadequate. Tested against hose-pipes, the proofed material was double-thickness across the back; high storm collars buttoned right across the front with special flaps. Various metal hooks and D-rings allowed the hanging of equipment, and so a tradition was born. Hollywood made it the garment of heroes and secret agents.
History of the Trench Coat
Alan Flusser penned his first article on mens wear for the New York Times in 1976. Since then, his musings on this “rare art of male habilement” have appeared in newspaper, magazine, column, and book form. Book sales have made him the best selling author on the subject.