In 1951 Harold & Freda Morris who specialised in selling cotton, leather, gloves and overalls were approached by the Ministry of defence to help dispose of their surplus supplies of World War II duffle coats. Harold and Freda accepted the challenge and since they where already manufacturing and selling “gloves” and overalls” Harold conceived the name Gloverall for the new brand. The word Duffle originally comes from a Heavy Woollen Cloth closely woven for warmth and manufactured in the Belgian Town of Duffel. However over the years the use of the name has come to signify a hooded coat with distinctive toggle fastenings which was adopted by the British Navy and used by officers and men of the watch to protect against the biting Atlantic and North Sea winds.
The toggles could be unfastened whilst wearing thick gloves, and hoods were carefully designed to fit over peaked naval caps. With time the company has adapted to modern life and have incorporated a new shorter and slimmer model in the collection named “3100”. This is not to say that you cannot still find the classics “512” and the “575” Original Monty in stock. A balance of tradition and modernity reflects through their coats and with manufacturing in England and their newly introduced collection “made in London, England” it can only get better. Join us at Nitty Gritty If you want to experience the Icons of British Excellence in real life.