Description for Gab Jacket
Our Gab Jackets (or Gabardine Jackets by their full name) are designed to a pattern from the late forties, early fifties, and they come in a variety of colours.
Gabardine is a tightly woven fabric often used to make suits, overcoats, and trousers. It was a popular fabric in the 1940s and 1950s, when it was used to make the typical gab jackets and gabardine suits. Our gabardine is a polyester and viscose mix, making it durable and easy iron. Gabardine is a form of twill weave, is smooth on one side and has a diagonally ribbed surface on the other.
Our gabardine is machine washable and dryable on a low cycle. A warm iron should be used; ironing it at a higher temperature is likely to mark the fabric.
According to Wikipedia, the material was invented in the late 19th century by Thomas Burberry, founder of the Burberry fashion house in Basingstoke, and patented in 1888. The fabric takes its name from the gaberdine (with an 'e'), a long, loose overgarment tied at the waist. Burberry clothing of gabardine was worn by polar explorers including Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, in 1911, and Ernest Shackleton, who led a 1914 expedition to cross Antarctica. A jacket made of this material was worn by George Mallory on his ill-fated attempt on Mount Everest in 1924.