The Burberry trench coat that changed the history of style

Updated on July 18 2017

The Burberry trench coat is a timeless wardrobe essential, but how did this fashion staple come about? It actually goes back to 1879, when Thomas Burberry first invented the water- and wind-proof fabric gabardine. Using this enduring fabric, the brand then created its first iconic trench coat for the British officers that were fighting in the World War One. With its epaulette, throatlatch and back rain shield, the coat was designed to be a lightweight alternative to the heavy serge great coats. Proven to be essential for soldiers in the trenches, the coat was then named ‘trench’.

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Keeping all of those original military accents, the Burberry trench coat is now synonymous with style and sophistication. For starters, Hollywood loves the trench coat. There have been countless movies where the outerwear has been featured on-screen. From Marilyn Monroe in Let’s Make Love to Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour, stars in classic films show how the trench coat has evolved from military outerwear to a worldwide icon. Today, Burberry also offers a wide range of trench coats for men, women and children, from runway-inspired and heritage styles.

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If you would like to learn more about the history and evolution of the Burberry trench coat, drop by their store at Siam Paragon between 10 to 23 of July. The Burberry store is now showcasing a display of Burberry gabardine, replica of Burberry Archive garments, archival trench coats from previous runway collections. Here, you can see how the trench coat has changed over the years, from the pink and red degradé trench coat to the kickback lace trench coat.

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In another corner, you’ll find all the tools and written explanations to demonstrate how each Burberry trench coat is made. Even until now, there are still a selection of heritage trench coats handmade in Castleford, England. Combining traditional manufacturing and modern technology, skilled craftsmen continue to craft this classic outerwear meticulously, keeping its rich heritage intact. On the other side, Burberry has created a fun ‘portrait studio’, which is an in-store photography set. The studio lets you become a part of the new February collection experience by taking photos on set and sharing it on social media.

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While you are there, you might want to check out their newly updated seasonal trench coats. Offered in varying colours, such as plum and stone grey, the trench is still lightweight and versatile as ever. You may also look into customising your own Burberry trench coat with your two to three letter initials, which will be hand-applied with gold-work cording.

Burberry, Siam Paragon First Floor, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, +66 2 610 9719