the world oldest duffle coat company

 Montgomery are known for supplying garments to the British Admiralty since the 1890s. they are an illustrious member of the British textile industry and holds the patents for the original sailor coats and duffle coats. These have since become classics in outerwear.

This unique British know-how is part of the history of Britain as an Island nation, moved by a desire to conquer the seas and explore the world. Over the centuries, the garments have evolved into a perfect combination of comfort, attention to detail and durability.

Based in Northampton, the “Ideal Clothing Company” was among the first to manufacture the famous duffle-coats for the British Royal Navy. This company changed its name in 1987 to Montgomery in homage to Field Marshal Montgomery who wore the duffle coat and ordered it for the troops during WW2.

As in 1890, Montgomery still make duffle coats and sailor coats entirely in England and remain THE reference in nautical outerwear.


Mid length classic wool mix duffle coat in red.

Hand made in England- really- not all `British`duffles are made here anymore.
Made from the best Italian cloth from Tuscany.
70% wool and 30% mixed fibres - the wool is completely recycled to preserve precious resources, whilst the mixed fibres creates a smooth finish and prevents pilling.
Luxury softness is achieved by steaming the fabric with soft Apennine mountain water from the River Bisenzio
Fantastic depth of colour.
Resistant to pilling.
Classic double-sided fabric woven together, not stuck or glued like inferior copies.
Based on our classic Montgomery design with traditional fixed saddle shoulder.
Two piece pancake shaped hood is closed with slide adjusters.
Detachable throat tab is held back with colour matched buttons.
The closures are leather with real buffalo horn toggles, with concealed zip for even greater warmth.
All seams are bound in tonal edging fabric.
Twin patch pockets, interior wallet pocket.


70% wool and 30% mixed fibres - the wool is completely recycled to preserve precious resources, whilst the mixed fibres create a smooth finish and prevent pilling.

Dry clean only.


Please be aware that as many of our styles are made to be generous fitting, the coat measurements provided are not body measurements but actual garment measurements. Many of our customers find that the best way to determine the size is by measuring a coat they already own. Please see our How to measure yourself ? Refer to the size guide for more details.

From XS to 3XL.

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Original English Duffle Coat with Wooden Toggles and Zip

325,00 €

Robust, timeless and originally designed for the British Royal Navy, this is the first duffle-coat, still manufactured by the illustrious Montgomery Company in England.

Two patch pockets with 4 closures in rope with real wood toggles and a concealed zip. 

  • Style: mid-length, women.
  • Materials: 70% wool and 30% polyester. The wool is entirely recycled to preserve precious resources, whilst the mixed fibres create a smooth finish and prevent pilling.
  • Colours: Navy Blue, Red (Rouge), Camel beige.
  • Sizes: from XS to 3XL.

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Worship side

The duffle-coat is robust and timeless, and despite being over 100 years old, is never out of style… to go back to the source, we need to dive into its military history:

Originally, the duffle-coat was designed for the Admirals of the British Royal Navy, then for the whole of the British Navy, as a versatile garment for use on decks of her Majesty’s naval fleet. At the end of the 19th century, the British Navy searched for the best protective garment against the cold when sailing around Antarctica and adopted the ancestor of the duffle-coat, which will be improved upon, even using whale teeth for toggles.

The “Duffel” is a rough thick woolen cloth which gave its name to the duffle-coat. Marshall Montgomery (Monty) came upon this cloth, produced in a small town called Duffel, near Antwerp in Belgium. Attracted by its waterproof and wind proof qualities, he brought it back to England where it was used to make the coats (called “Monty Coats”) for the whole Navy.

Everything in this coat is designed to withstand the worst weather conditions, as well as the most daring physical challenges.The (semi) double breasted design with asymmetrical closure allows sailors to climb up the rigging. The toggles allow easy opening while wearing thick gloves on deck. With shoulder lining and twin patch pockets, a hood and warm tartan lining covering the inside seams, the duffle-coat is sturdy and ready to face the cold.
This is the first military garment in the world to be worn with the same design, from the humble sailor to the top rank Admiral.

Its success with the Royal Navy spread to army officers and other military corps: the “Royal Flying Corps”, the “Raiders” (first behind enemy lines in WW2), the “Long Range Desert Corps” (which will become the SAS) who will use it across the deserts of North Africa.

The Montgomery company is the current holder of the original patterns and uses a cloth identical to the boiled wool of its beginnings, though in half the weight. 

Gloverall, another duffle-coat manufacturer started making them after the war in the mid-50s, when the Montgomery originals found their way into army surplus depots throughout England.

The coats were cheap and readily available, they became very popular with young people who started a fashion for military wear. The duffle-coat will inspire the manufacture of imitations by other companies with no affiliation to the Royal Navy, purely for the love of its style. It is a complete success with the wider public.



Spotted in war films, it is equally favoured by mothers to keep their children warm, and by anti-establishment protesters in the 50s and 60s. Wanting to make a statement against war, they seize the duffle-coat and transform it into a symbol of “Peace and Love” worn with desert boots on shiny scooters, at rock concerts and festival venues, or in new-wave films - and even in a bright red version for girls.

The duffle-coat has retained an image of intello-chic, very Paris “Rive Gauche”.

From Cocteau and Laurent Terzieff in “Les Tricheurs” to Gaston Lagaffe, a Belgian comic strip hero, the duffle-coat has its aficionados everywhere.


Designers since then have been inspired by it, often removing the original features which sadly are its strength. It becomes more fitted even though it is meant to be worn over a uniform, the pockets are smaller, originally they were big enough to store a sailor’s cap…until there is nothing left of the original apart from the distinctive toggles.

You will find all the wonderful original features that made it such a timeless piece, at Montgomery, with  deToujours  “from the Roots of Style”.