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History Of The Trench Coat
The trench coat as we know it was a product of the first world war. It was developed to replace heavier coats worn by British and French soldiers. This relatively modern invention was claimed in the 1850s by two British brands, Burberry and Aquascutum.
The features that make up many of the trench coats we see today were originally adopted during the first World War. Shoulder straps were used for attaching epaulets or rank insignia. The D-ring was used to attach map cases and swords to the belt. Large exterior pockets were used for maps, while cleverly placed flaps and vents dealt with odors associated with early rubber models.
So without further ado, lets take a look at our top 5 men’s trench coats.
Burberry Men’s Westminster Trench Coat
If you’re serious about buying a Trench Coat, then you’re going to want to pay close attention to both Burberry and Aquascutum. These Trench Coat brands are classics and will stay in style for a lifetime. The Burberry Men’s Westminster Trench Coat ($1895) is a classic fit trench made in England. It is made from a weatherproof cotton gabardine invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879. Whether you need something for rainy weather in the spring or a trench to be layered with a shirt jacket or jean jacket in the fall, the Burberry Westminster is a great choice.
Aquascutum Corby Double Breasted Men’s Trench Coat
Aquascutum is another century-old English brand. It originally started as a tailor in 1851. Since the beginning, the brand has been at the forefront of craftsmanship and technical innovation. One of their best coats is the Aquascutum Corby Double Breasted Men’s Trench Coat ($1190). The Corby is double breasted trench meticulously crafted in the United Kingdom from a cotton mix. It features raglan sleeves, with military-inspired epaulets, and a waist belt.
American Trench Mens Trench Coat
The American Trench Men’s Trench Coat ($795) is a beautiful trench coat from the U.S. based brand. It only launched in 2012, but the brand has quickly gained recognition for its craftsmanship and styling. The coat is cut and sewn at a factory in New Jersey. It features a shell made from Ventile cloth, which is made from American grown Supima cotton and has been woven in the UK since 1943. Because of the tightness of the Ventile cloth’s weave and with the addition of a DWR coating, the coat is water repellent but still breathes. The interior is made from 100% cotton and lined with a glen check pattern woven in North Carolina. For just $795 you’ll be hard press to find a better bang for your buck.
J. Crew Men’s Ludlow Double-Breasted Water-Repellent Trench Coat
The J. Crew Men’s Ludlow Double-Breasted Water-Repellent Trench Coat ($300) is our choice for a budget trench. This trench is offered in multiple sizes, has a shell that is made from bonded layers of cotton and is partially lined. This setup provides a water repellent shell that is perfect for those occasional downpours. It features a fold-down collar, waist and interior pockets, and functional buttons at cuffs. If you’re looking to save a couple bucks the J. Crew Ludlow Trench would be a great option.
Todd Snyder Men’s Trench Coats
Todd Snyder is known for its stylish menswear, but the brand also makes one of our favorite Trench Coats. The Todd Snyder + Mackintosh Belted Dornoch Trenchcoat ($1200) is an absolutely beautiful coat. The Dornoch is a collaboration between the Todd Snyder team in Japan and famed outerwear producer Mackintosh. If you want this coat you’ll need to hurry because it’s available in extremely limited quantity and will run out soon. This standout outerwear piece is made in Scotland, woven in an olive twill and finished with a double-breasted closure and belt. The twill shell is completely waterproof. A beautiful addition to any wardrobe.