Stepping into the clothes industry with a trench coat selection meant for officers during World War I. It represents a respected quintessential British style. Since its beginning, the company has become a recognisable luxury fashion house like with lots of high-end attires and accessories to portray. Read on to learn with the brands history

Founder and Year of Establishment

The company was founded in 1856 by Thomas—a 21-year-old draper after opening his store. He was inspired by the need to design clothes that protected people from the harsh British weather. During his early days as a businessman, he invented gabardine—a breathable, waterproof tough fabric that protected people from heavy rain. The company thrived throughout the 19th century and cemented its name in the famous brand's history.

First Attires

Following his inspiration, Thomas created protective clothing that became a must-have for many explorers thanks to their lightweight and protective qualities. Acclaimed explorers like Dr. Fridtjof Nansen and Sir Ernest Shackleton wore gabardine during their expeditions. The clothing was also worn by Air Commodore Edward Maitland, who travelled from Crystal Palace to Russia on a hot air balloon.In 1912, this creative man designed the tielocken coat. This coat closed with a single strap and buckle used for fastening it around the waist. It also featured a button around the collar.

The Trench Coat

During the First World War, Thomas designed a long coat similar to the tielocken, but with added functionality to suit the needs of officers during the war. The new and improved coat was double-breasted, tailored to the waist, had many buttons beginning from the neck down below the waistline, and continued to flare below the knee hemline. It was also designed with D-rings for carrying grenades and epaulettes for suspending military equipment like whistles and gloves. It also contained a gun flap that provided more protection when the officers were in action and a storm shield that protected the officers from becoming wet even under heavy rain. The neck buttons also helped protect the officers from gas poison. The coats were initially issued in khaki to provide the officers with camouflage during the war. Officers during the war found the new design very functional in the trenches, where they barricaded themselves during the action. This functionality led to the common name 'trench coat.'

Growing into Fashionable Clothing

After the war, the trench coat became common and was worn by many civilians. However, things began looking up for the trench coat when it was romanticized by Hollywood, where the image of the officers was replaced with slick gangsters, spies, journalists, and seductive femme fatales. Some iconic films that brought the Burberry into fame included Casablanca, where it was worn by Humphrey Bogart and in Kramer vs. Kramer, where Meryl Streep donned the garment. Soon enough, the trench coat becomes synonymous with smart women and valiant men. In the modern days, the trench coat has been revisited by many designers, but they all endure the signature of the original creator. They are now available in numerous styles, colour combinations, and lengths. Some of these iconic coats also come without the military details they were designed with back in the day. They may have lost its military functionality, but it still retains its original appeal. This attire has now become a must-have item for anyone who wants to remain warm and still look stylish when it's cold or rainy. It is best worn to add a stylish appeal to formal wear.