January 6, 2017

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Be a man, get yourself a trench coat,” counselled Ms Debbie Harry in Blondie’s song “The Thin Line”. Now, we’d probably follow Ms Harry’s injunctions even if they entailed great personal risk to ourselves, but this one’s a no-brainer; the trench has been a symbol of masculine utility and style since Mr Thomas Burberry invented rain-repellent, breathable gabardine in the 19th century, and the long, light coats made from the material became battle-dress staples at the Somme and beyond (“Suitable for every war zone,” ran an early Burberry ad). Today, the trench retains its martial rigour, but has attained civvy-street-classic status, thanks to its unique combination of practicality, polish and – a development Mr Burberry probably didn’t envisage – haute-panache. Can we dig it? Yes we can.


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