Founded in 1856 by the then 21-year-old Thomas Burberry, a former draper’s apprentice, Burberry is a British luxury fashion house, distributing outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics. In 1880, Burberry introduced the gabardine, a hardwearing, water-resistant yet breathable fabric, in which the yarn is waterproofed before weaving. Created in the 1920s and used as a lining in its outerwear, its iconic tartan pattern has become one of its most widely copied trademarks.
Burberry is most famous for its trench coat. In 1914, Burberry was commissioned by the War Office to adapt its officer’s coat to suit the conditions of contemporary warfare, resulting in the trench coat. After the war, the trench coat became popular with civilians. The iconic Burberry trench coat is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, has wide lapels, epaulets, a storm flap and pockets that button-close. The coat is belted at the waist with a self-belt, as well as having straps around the wrists that also buckle. The traditional color of a trench coat is khaki.
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