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02 Jun 2021

With over 100 years of history, the Burberry Trench Coat is a global fashion icon. Its fabric speaks to our heritage of technical innovation and its design to timelessness, while its seasonal adaptations reflect the spirit of the moment and Burberry’s enduring relevance. It remains at the core of the brand and we continue to reinterpret it with fresh iterations. 

Quintessentially British, the Burberry Trench Coat epitomises the seamless fusion of form and function. Lightweight gabardine, which was invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879, is pliant and comfortable to wear, while providing protection from the elements. Aspects of the Trench Coat’s design reflect its history. During the First World War, for instance, its epaulettes were used to display an officer’s rank, and its belt’s metal D-rings served as a place to attach equipment. These features are still part of our Heritage Trench Coat.

Every Trench Coat produced by Burberry in Castleford, Yorkshire, is rich with stories, with its design telling tales of our heritage of exploration and technical innovation. The knowledge and skill of our craftspeople are woven into every finished piece, too. It takes one year for our specialist tailors to master the stitching of the Trench Coat’s collar. The most intricate part of the coat’s construction, more than 180 stitches are sewn by hand to create a fluid curve to ensure the collar sits perfectly on the neck.

The lining of our heritage Trench Coat features the Burberry Check trade mark. It was first used to line our raincoats in the 1920s, but it was the 1960s that saw it become the unmistakable Burberry signature we know today. The Burberry Check remains our iconic house code with a new vision for the future, elevated, reworked and reconstructed throughout our collections. No matter the incarnation, it will always be emblematic of our history, our craftsmanship and enduring British style.

Burberry Trench Coats go on to live their own lives once in the hands of our customers and participate in myriad adventures. We offer Trench Coat reproofing and repair services to reflect our customers’ attachment to their unique pieces of living fashion history and our commitment to sustainability.

While instantly recognisable, every Burberry Trench Coat has a personality all of its own, too. Our customers incorporate their flair into how they style their pieces, while our Trench Bespoke service takes personalisation to the next level. Available at our London flagship store, using innovative customisation tools, our customers can adapt our iconic silhouettes with a choice of motifs and details, including monograms and vintage Burberry Check linings.

At once timeless and of its time, the Burberry Trench Coat is part of the fabric of our customers’ lives. Through their exploits, it will continue to be woven through histories yet to be recounted. 


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