The story of Gloverall is intrinsically entwined with that of the duffle coat, a relationship that continues to propel the brand to this day.
A genuine example of function over form, the duffle coat started out life as equipment for the hardy souls of the royal navy.
The very first Duffle coats were communal garments used to keep away the worst of the cold as WWII sailors went ‘topside’ to brave the elements. The chunky wooden toggle closures could be secured by gloved hands, with heavy duty wool offering the perfect amount of insulation and larger hoods adapted to accommodate a peaked cap.
As the fighting came to a close, the UK government approached Harold Morris and his workwear company Gloverall with the task of disposing with their surplus Duffel coats, a task he took to with ease.
Supplying them to army surplus stores across the UK, the Duffle coat became as much of a subculture staple as a workwear icon.
Impoverished young students rightfully adopted them as an affordable and stylish piece of cold weather clothing and Britain’s booming building industry recognised them as being ideally equipped to keep workers warm and working, whatever the weather.
As the military stocks ran dry, Harold Morris and his father, luckily a tailor by trade, took to producing their own refining and developing the design, creating the Gloverall duffle coat as we know it today.
In keeping with their spirit of reinvention we’ve put together a selection of looks that celebrate the versatility of this iconic British brand.
We’ve teamed their newest offerings with some of the highlights from some of our favourite AW13 collections, taking picks from the likes of Post Overalls, Inverallan and The Hill-Side to name but a few.
Take a look at our selections below and head over to the Gloverall section to explore the latest from this legendary outdoor outfitter.