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Discover the gentlemen of distinction who have shaped menswear history and the iconic coats they wore.

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ICON: Benedict Cumberbatch

ICON: Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is widely recognised as one of the worlds most respected and successful actors. With credits including the hugely admired Sherlock TV series, inimitable stage performances and blockbuster award winning movies to his name, his A-list status is undeniable. His sartorial choices also exhibit impeccable taste, which has matured over the course of his career.

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  • ICON: Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch is widely recognised as one of the worlds most respected and successful actors. With credits including the hugely admired Sherlock TV series, inimitable stage performances and blockbuster award winning movies to his name, his A-list status is undeniable. His sartorial choices also exhibit impeccable taste, which has matured over the course of his career.

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  • Crombie meets… Savills Barbers

    With its authentic Victorian interior, vintage hairstyles, and appreciation of timeless fashion, Savills Barbers and its owner Joth Davies, are the perfect complement to Crombie. We met up with Joth to find out what ‘The Crombie Way…’ means to him.

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  • The Timeless Time Lord; Regenerated…

    The BBC chose Wimbledon men’s finals day to officially announce that the 13th Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker. Crombie have always looked forward to “regeneration day”, as the arrival of a new Doctor also heralds the arrival of a new costume.

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  • Churchill & the British Warm

    Sir Winston Churchill might seem like the unlikeliest of style icons, but as well as a statesman, historian, and Nobel Prize winner, the British Bulldog was also respected in his lifetime for his sartorial wisdom. A lover of luxury, he was famously particular when it came to his clothes, including his undergarments, which were always silk and always pink, according to his wife Clementine. He was also, somewhat surprisingly, the original inventor of what has come to be known as the “onesie,” a garment he had made for him according to his own specifications in rich jewel-toned velvets to protect his suits during air raids.

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  • Icon: The Greatcoat

    Modern menswear is, by and large, the descendent of the military uniforms implemented by European armies. Perhaps the most obvious example of this diffusion is the overcoat (as opposed to the topcoat), a garment worn only out of doors. In use in various guises since the fifteenth century, the Greatcoat, otherwise known as the Surtout or Watchcoat, was used to protect soldiers from harsh weather – conditions gentlemen rarely had to combat at court or in town.

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  • Icon: The King Coat

    To introduce Crombie’s iconic King Coat, we explore the history of the double-breasted overcoat and the original design made for the Duke of York, before he became George VI. From the eighteenth century, gentlemen’s lifestyles became a balancing act between work and leisure, that is, town and country.

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