Covert Coat

Cordings Covert Coat Main Image

The word covert, is defined in hunting terminology as a thicket used for taking cover. It originally meant hidden or covered, although now that use is rare. The antique hunting print below titled To Draw Next Covert is from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News on December 10, 1892.

To Draw Next Covert Illustration

Covert now brings to mind secret operations of the CIA and MI6. It is interesting to learn the original meaning of the word and how it is now most often used. And I could picture James Bond wearing a covert coat although I’m unsure if he ever wore one.

Covert Cloth

Originally the covert cloth was woven in browns, greens, and tans; colors that work well when hunting. Being woven of two colors the cloth has a marled effect that is said to prevent horse hairs from being visible on the fabric. This makes sense as the covert coat was traditionally used for hunting on horseback.

Fox Brothers Covert Cloth

Fox Brothers & Co. are the creators of the cloth. Anecdotally, they are also credited as the creators of flannel.

The Covert Coat

Cordings of England created the original covert coat. Covert coats are not only defined by the cloth used in making the jacket but also by four lines of stitching around the cuffs and hem, a fly front (hidden buttons), and flap pockets.

The coat is a shorter variety of overcoat as would be appropriate for riding. With the tightly woven covert cloth, a covert coat should be able to take a beating and last a long time. Due to its durability and heritage, the covert coat is a great investment to make in your wardrobe.

Seldom seen in America, the covert coat is a British icon. If you’re planning a trip to the UK, I’d wait to see what you can find there. Otherwise the links below should help you find one if you’re interested in purchasing a covert coat.

Personally, I would choose the classic offering from Cordings although the other two options appear to have a slimmer fit.

Read this article (source for the main image) for an interesting story regarding Eric Clapton and Cordings.

Where to Purchase a Covert Coat

Cordings Covert Coat (below)
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Cordings Traditional Covert Coat

Charles Tyrwhitt Covert Coat (below)
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Charles Tyrwhitt Covert Coat

T.M Lewin Covert Coat (below)
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TM Lewin Covert Coat

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