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THE TRENCH COAT

Knowledge A true sartorial icon, the classic trench coat was a product of the latest and most modern textile innovations when it was introduced in the late 1800s. Made from a new kind of waterproof fabric, it was lighter and more flexible than traditional woollen greatcoats and more breathable than rubberised raincoats.

The original trench coats were high-performance garments used for sports and outdoor activities, such as riding and hunting, but many of its classic design features were developed in the military during the first decades of the 1900s. A classic trench coat is double-breasted with a belted waist, made to fit comfortably over a uniform. Cut at knee length, the coat covers most of the body but still allows ease of movement due to a flared shape from the waist down.

The original design featured deep, large pockets that could be reached both from the inside and outside, while D-rings on the belt could carry gear and accessories. To keep wind and rain out, the collar could be buttoned-up and the sleeves tightened with a strap. On the shoulders, a deep back yoke was designed to keep prevent water from seeping in. Trench coats became fashionable in both Europe and America during the first world war. They coats were aspirational garments, identified with officers and the upper class, but also worn to show support and solidarity with the military. In the 1960s, the classic trench coat was reinterpreted for women by designer Yves Saint-Laurent and reimagined as a distinctively feminine item.

 

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AWAY FROM THE THROWAWAY CULTURE

Understanding the links between ecosystems and human welfare quickly leads to questions on farming, cultivation and how we manage our waster resources, says professor Line Gordon, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center.

 

 

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THE NEED FOR A NEW NORMAL

More sustainable design shouldn’t be an indulgence, but the first and easy choice for anyone who wants to live consciously, says ARKET Head of Growth & Sustainability, Ville Klemming.

 

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GOTLAND WOOL: A RESCUED RESOURCE

Our new knitwear collection is made using undyed Gotland wool, a Swedish variety named after the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The project supports small family-owned farms and saves premium-quality material from going to waste.

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