Keep it stylish to keep dry

Timothy Barber
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WITH autumnal showers looming, a natty raincoat is an essential part of every self-respecting gent’s wardrobe – and it’s an item as British as a Savile Row suit. Burberry first managed the leap from functional to stylish with its WWI invention of the trench coat – a piece of military-wear so snazzy it remains a fashion benchmark – and even Scottish company Mackintosh, which first produced waterproof “macks” in the mid-19th century, remains an internationally-lauded brand.

In the here and now, another leading proponent of the British raincoat, Aquascutum, has just returned to UK ownership after being bought by fashion entrepreneur Harold Tillman. That’s reason to celebrate, but the fact is that whatever the provenance of the coat keeping you dry, it’s classic British style you’re sporting.

Mackintosh, £395

Hackett, £350

Canali, £800

Aquascutum, £350

John Lewis, £150

Dunhill, £950

Topman, £65