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Heritage, Durable, Water Repellent

Weather-proof fabrics for trench coats

In Pluvia® Temporis is our flagship and constantly renewed collection of weather-proof, elegant and durable fabrics for trench coats, which are more responsible than ever thanks to the use of OCS-certified cottons and our signature Fluoro-free water repellent finish.

In Pluvia® Temporis collection comes from a great collaboration with the Archivio Giannini, where our designers could jump back in time and dive into the history of trench: touch their fabrics, textures and spot their peculiarities, to then renovate them all. After many years of constant renovation, In Pluvia® Temporis fabrics are now more responsible than ever, thanks to the exclusive use of OCS (Organic Content Standard) certified cottons, which ensure a reduction of chemical use and pollution, preserving environmental quality and upholding producer’s health. In line with Manteco’s sustainable DNA, In Pluvia® Temporis fabrics are made water repellent thanks to our signature and innovative Fluoro-free treatment, which make no use of dangerous PfCs. “A fabric is a weave, a weft, like history. It is not about work, but a passion that wants to be told to everyone in the world. This is why projects like this are born, this is why IN PLUVIA TEMPORIS is born.” Matteo Mantellassi, CEO of Manteco.

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Trench coats have largely proved their timelessness over the decades, and nowadays they are still essential and must-have garments of most fashion brands’ collections.

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The trench coat wasn’t exactly invented for use during the war that gave it its name, but it was during the First World War that this now iconic garment took the shape that we recognize today, a form that remains startlingly current despite being more than 100 years old. These iconic waterproof coats were created in the first place by Scottish chemist and inventor Charles Macintosh and British inventor Thomas Hancock in the early 1820s. Their rain-repellent garment, also called the “mack”, was made from rubberized cotton and intended as outerwear for the well-dressed man whose days involved riding, shooting, fishing, outdoor activities and military service (source: Vogue). As technology evolved along the years, they became more breathable, less sweaty, and even better at repelling water. 1853 was a breakthrough year, as a tailor named John Emary developed an improved raincoat, which he produced under the name of his company Aquascutum (from Latin, meaning “water” and “shield”). Thomas Burberry followed suit in 1856 by weatherproofing the individual strands of cotton and wool fibre rather than the finished textile. Burberry’s “gabardine” fabric, invented in 1879, was the most breathable yet, proving popular with explorers, aviators, and other adventurous gentlemen. Both Aquascutum and Burberry take credit for having “invented” the WWI trench coat, but the truth is that the two firms helped popularize a type of coat already in existence, adapting it for military use.