An icon in its own right, the versatile trench coat is a style for all seasons, says menswear editor Ian Wright
I can’t look at a trench coat in stone or beige without memories flooding back of a misspent youth watching bumbling Inspectors Clouseau and Gadget. Ever since its creation for the military during WWI, it’s a shape that has endured as an elegant and versatile overcoat favoured by screen icons and stylish men alike. This fine example is made in Britain by outerwear expert Cooper & Stollbrand, and boasts a neat curved storm flap that keeps the double-breasted look sleek. No self-respecting trench is complete without a water-repellent finish, and this one has weather-beating Stormwear protection. Come rain or shine, it doesn’t take a detective to realise this trench will stand the test of time.