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November 30, 2015

Can You Spot A Real Burberry Trench?

Text by Wyanet Vaz

What are the 9 things that define the iconic Burberry Heritage trench coat, and who wore it best…

It takes approximately three weeks and over a 100 highly skilled processes to create the iconic Burberry Heritage trench coat. Having evolved over a century, it represents timeless British design. Burberry trench coats are made in Castleford, a town in the north of England by expert workers, and if you wish to get your money’s worth, spotting the real thing is a skill you ought to possess.

1. There are lots of Rurberry and Burbery trench coats doing the rounds. Check the hang tag, as a key element on the Burberry logo is the capital letter R which has a small horizontal line on the left-hand side (much like a serif) that curves upwards.

2. A Burberry hang tag is made with a string which cannot be pulled off without damaging the garment. You would have to cut the string in order to remove the tag.

3. Look for the Burberry logo inside the coat. It must accompany a small symbol of a knight on a horse which is always left-facing. The logo should be sharply defined so that the horse and the knight can be easily made out.

4. The most intricate stitching is of the collar. Look out for 11.5 tiny stitches per inch along the length which create a fluid curve.

5. The signature belt features exactly four lines of stitching which keeps it crisp and structured.

6. A big tell-tale can be the iconic Burberry lining. The Burberry check features a signature colour combination of camel, ivory, red and black. The lining has to be symmetrical and unbroken. Make sure the lines of the check meet at exactly 45 degrees.

7. All buttons on the trench coat should have ‘Burberry’ written in the same font and in capital letters not missing out the serif on the letter R.

8. Detail is key in the creation of the trench coat. Inspect the cuff straps and belt which are constructed and stitched so that their edges are clean and flat. The stitches and the lining will never be puckered or crooked.

9. The Burberry Heritage trench coat is only available in three fits and five classic colours of honey, stone and black including the new parade red and navy.

Who wore the trench best? 
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