Our latest introduction is a raincoat, but not just any raincoat; it is one that has a history that goes back to pre-war times. In the 1930s as Britain faced the prospect of war, a Government aware of potential shortages looked for an alternative to flax to make fire hoses and water buckets; they wanted a cotton fabric weave that would keep water in, but of course made one that would also keep water out!

This research developed a more urgent need as the Russian Convoys crossing the Arctic Ocean came under attack from submarines. RAF cover was impossible, so catapult propelled Hurricane fighters were mounted on ships. With no way to land back on the ship, pilots were required to ditch in the ocean and await rescue. The temperature of the water meant that life expectancy was counted in minutes. Most died from exposure.

The water resistant Ventile® fabric, developed by scientists at the Shirley Institute in Manchester, was a revolution that protected the pilots from immediate soaking and extended life expectancy to 20 minutes. The fabric became a staple supply for the RAF and is still used in RAF and NATO flight suits today.

One of the problems with raincoats today is the lack of style. Richard has applied his own unique styling to these raincoats; you will clearly see our distinctive cut, high in the armhole, waisted and with a certain flair.

Our raincoats are light weight and perfect for wearing over a suit on rainy days, offering protection and comfort. You will be seeing more of them over the coming months, but we will be noting interest from customers who might like to reserve one ahead of the spring showers.

Our model features a fly front with vertical welted pockets, wrist wraps and a tab and button on the collar, chain hanger, two vertical inside pockets with zips. Available in navy, antique bronze.

You can buy the Ventile Raincoat here