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colin

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hello, im new by the way but have been lurking and reading curiously of suits i probably will never by. Anyway, i bought this burberry spring jacket at a thrift shop for cheap brand new condition (the ubiquitous trademark pattern is nicely absent). Its quite a simple jacket but there's this one circular flap that comes off the shoulder and covers the chest buttoning down where the nipple is.Is this functional, or just a design? I wouldn't normally bother to ask but its so noticable and somewhat akward.
 

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Welcome.

Are you talking about a trench coat, with the flaps that come down from the shoulder? I think it is an additional layer against rain and (shoulder strap) abrasion, since the coat is of military origin.

If it's a different kind of coat, I guess I'm not getting what you mean. Pic?
 

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nah mate, it does have those shoulder things but this flap literally buttons onto the chest so theres like a semi-circular patch over the chest. I couldn't find a picture of it, i'll just attest it to a whacky design i guess. maybe i can hang me keys off it.
 

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OK - it would help to see a picture, but my thought is that this is a style common to some companies that have a background in producing hunting or shooting jackets - and Burberry would certainly fit into that group.
Even if it's not functional, it may just be a styling device used to harken back to the days when Burberry was a company that was known for designing functional clothing, not just fashionable stuff. Bradford
 

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