Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gloverall Duffle Coat

The duffle coat is an item of warm outer clothing that first saw use in World War I and was later modified for deployment by the Royal Navy in World War II. Field Marshall Montgomery was famous wearer of the coat to identify him with his troops, which bought about the nickname for the duffle of "Monty coat". After the war there was a huge surplus of the coats which Gloverall bought up and have continued to make them to this day.

The image above shows Mike Hawthorn, Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss at the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix, with Brooks sporting a duffle coat in a shade to match his face paint of oil and dirt. Moss and Hawthorn retired after carnage in the 4th lap of the race, but Brooks went on to bring his Vanwall in second to Fangio's Maserati (image from the Klemantaski Collection).


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