The Trench Coat

Chapter 1
What’s in an icon?

An everyday icon, refined over more than a century. Learn how the enduringly versatile trench is made, and meet our effortless and super-light new fabric tropical gabardine.

At the Burberry textile mill near Keighley, England, traditional and modern techniques combine to create our signature gabardine. Cotton fibres are chosen for length and fineness before being coloured and spun into super-strong yarn.

Our trench coats are made in Castleford, England, using over 100 individual processes. The most intricate of these is the crafting of the collar, which takes more than 180 stitches to create a fluid curve so that it sits perfectly on the neck.

The cuff straps and belt are stitched to keep their edges clean and flat, while the iconic check lining is carefully cut and placed to ensure it is symmetrical.

Effortless and super-light: new tropical gabardine

On the loom: the signature check lining

New for 2017: tropical gabardine is an even lighter-weight alternative to our weatherproof cotton. Made with gossamer threads, it shares many of the same techniques as the famous gabardine fabric, and is also woven at the Burberry mill.

The cotton fibres used to create tropical gabardine are even finer, without compromising on durability. In order to create its soft, iridescent palette, contrasting yarns are woven together, before the cloth is tumbled to create its suppleness, volume and easy-on appeal.

Chapter 2
It’s in the details

Developed for the military, popularised on Civvy Street – every detail of the iconic coat’s design serves a purpose, contributing to its unmistakable silhouette.

Our signature honey-coloured gabardine up close.

The epaulettes originally displayed the rank of an officer, while the gun flap afforded the wearer extra protection on the front line.

Then – as now – our cotton gabardine keeps out the elements, with a storm shield across the shoulders allowing rainwater to run cleanly off the body. The coat’s silhouette is enhanced by a signature belt with D-ring loops.

Finishing touches include a back pleat or vent, and our famous check lining. A badge of origin since at least the 1920s, our check adorns the lining and undercollar for a subtle flash of our heritage.

Just add... Your initials, in a choice of colours, letters and characters.
Chapter 3
Made in England
The story of the trench begins in Yorkshire, England, where our signature cotton gabardine is woven before the coat itself takes shape. More than 40 looms, years of training and over 100 individual processes go into its creation.

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Chapter 4
Meet the new effortless

Introduced on the February runway, our super-light tropical gabardine is a soft, supple and effortless take on our iconic weatherproof fabric. Find it in relaxed-fit car coats and trenches, with exaggerated details and a palette of tonic tones.

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Crafting the coat

Over 100 processes combine to make the trench coat

The details

The coat was originally designed for the military

Made in England

Our Heritage Trench Coats are made in Yorkshire, England

Tropical Gabardine

Lightweight and weatherproof

Women’s Heritage Trench Coats

Four classic colours and three distinctive fits

Men’s Heritage Trench Coats

Four classic colours and four distinctive fits