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Are you a trench coat tragic? Are you an ethical trench coat tragic?

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It is our considered view that the coat style that never dates and that is adaptable to all generations, genres and trends is…the trench coat.

According to Wikipedia, the trench coat has its origins as a functional item of military clothing.It appears to have been designed pre-20th century but really came onto the stage in WW1. Wikipedia describes the trench coat in this way:

‘Traditionally this garment is double-breasted with 10 front buttons, has wide lapels, 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 (to keep water from running down the forearm when using binoculars in the rain). The coat often has shoulder straps that button-close; those were a functional feature in a military context. The traditional color of a trench coat was khaki, although newer versions come in many colors.’

Burberry lays claim to being the original designer of the trench coat. They designed a rain coat in gabardene fabric for the military and it was picked up by the Government of the day.


To this day Burberry continue a range of gorgeous designer trench coats which don’t always include all the features of the original but are un-mistakable as a trench coat.

James&Co has always been a trench coat tragic. One of our first vegan jacket and coat ranges included the ‘Maureen’ trench coat in vegan leather. In a choice of black of red, they were a great hit.

‘Maureen’ trench coat in black vegan leather


‘Maureen’ trench coat in red vegan leather

Our new trench coat offering is in gorgeous vegan suede. The prototype ‘Anne’ vegan suede trench coat had an outing to the Sydney Opera House. Perfect venue to dress it up as you want!


We want to be able to meet the demand for our new vegan suede trench coat, so we’re adopting a crowdfunding approach.

If you’re a trench coat tragic and would love an ‘Anne’, follow the link.

Any questions, just email us at customerservice@jamesandco.com.au.

And please share this with your friends because they may be trench coat tragics!

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