Newly reimagined with archive inspiration, The Heritage Trench Coat is refined into three modern fits: The Chelsea, our slimmest cut for a defined fit; The Kensington, a classic fit for a tailored silhouette; and The Westminster, the relaxed-fit trench – created for easy layering. Five refreshed colours include classic honey, black, dark military khaki, mid-grey and midnight.
At the Burberry textile mill near Keighley, England, traditional and modern techniques combine to create our signature gabardine, invented in 1879 by Thomas Burberry. Revolutionising rainwear, the cotton breathable cloth with microscopic open spaces allowed ventilation, while the compact structure prevented wind and rain from permeating the fabric. Today, cotton fibres are chosen for length and fineness before being coloured and spun into super-strong yarn. Nearby, at our Castleford factory, 127 processes are followed in the making of a single Burberry trench coat.
Antique-yellow Vintage check lines every coat. The lining is carefully cut and placed by hand for a symmetrical and unbroken design.
The making of the collar on the trench coat
It takes a year for each specialist tailor to learn the stitching of the collar – the most intricate part of the trench coat’s construction. More than 180 stitches are made to create a fluid curve so that the collar sits perfectly on the neck.
The original Burberry trench coat was born from function, to protect the military during the First World War. Epaulettes displayed an officer’s rank, while the belt’s metal D-rings were used to attach equipment – every detail serves a purpose, contributing to its unmistakable design and enduring legacy.