Fashion November, 23 2012

Crombie – The British Made Overcoat since 1805

Crombie, much like Hoover, Sellotape and, erm, Yo-Yo, has gone from brand name to generic term for all similar items. Founded in Aberdeen in 1805 by John Crombie, the company makes the modern day use of ‘Heritage’ seem pretty daft. Initially selling luxury cloths to London tailors and merchants, it soon became a leading producer receiving awards and showcasing its wares around the world. Soon turning cloth-making into coat-making, its popularity decades on would lead to military contracts and powerful ‘celebrity’ Crombie wearers including JFK, Gorbachev, Winston Churchill and King George VI. From palaces to the backs of city dudes and skinheads, history set, the Crombie is still going strong today. We pick out the navy version, a standard fly front melton wool coat, uncomplicated, smart and still Made in Britain. Find one at Mandon Store.