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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Trench Coat?

    In 1914 Thomas Burberry also widely known for his namesake brand Burberry invented in World War I a weather-proof trench coat which was modified to include shoulder straps and D-rings for the British soldiers.

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    It is said that the shoulder straps were for the attachment of epaulets or other rank insignia while the D-ring was more for the attachment of hand grenades. The ring was originally for map cases and swords or other equipment to the belt. This latter pattern was dubbed ‘trench coat’ by the soldiers in the front line. Not much later the fashion industry took pleasure at its turn-down collar, the wide reveres and its waist-belt which became an essential item until now.

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