March 21, 2007 BY CAPSULESNEWS

cnzduffle.jpgDespite their wartime origins, duffle coats refuse to go out of fashion... reports Hilary Alexander for the London Telegraph.  Here's what she had to say...

"As British as afternoon tea and Asbos, this coat has survived two world wars, ban the bomb marches and the vagaries of fashion for nearly 100 years to become a classic.

Lily Allen and Kelly Osborne wear theirs on the party circuit; Gwyneth Paltrow saves hers for strolling with her children in New York, while model Laura Bailey turned up in one during London Fashion Week.

Rachel Hunter and Leah Wood, daughter of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, are fans. So too are Sir Bob Geldof, Clint Eastwood and Torville & Dean - not to mention a host of royals and, of course, its most famous wearer, Paddington Bear.

The cosy cover-up that unites them all is the humble duffle coat."

We found an amazing duffle coat for fall at Canterbury of New Zealand. (pictured above)

Click here to see the full story. Cute photos of Paddington after the jump!