Know Your Terms: Loden

Because dropping the lingo is half the fun of dressing well.

Loden: The Color, The Fabric, The Coat

In 1872, a department store owner in Munich named John Frey began manufacturing a long, hooded hunting cape made of a fulled waterproof woolen fabric. Called “loden” (meaning “shaggy” or “coarse” in German) for its rough hand, the cape was a spin on an age-old Tyrolean or Bavarian cloak, and almost always made in a deep bluish green. Nowadays Loden-Frey is the Brooks Brothers of capes and loden can as often refer to the color dark olive green as it does the cloth or the garment itself.

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