Doing the donkey jacket

Coats, much like shirts, are - in shape at least - much of a muchness. Style, material and cut are, of course, important factors, but as long as the arms are long enough, the collar has shape and the body fits, we're happy.

One particular design to have stood the test of time is the aptly named donkey jacket.

Given the popularity of workwear inspired pieces, it was only a matter of time before the donkey jacket's popularity spiked, and this season it's back with a bang - with everyone from menswear mainstay Paul Smith to avant-garde designer Blaak Homme producing takes on the style.

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Unsurprisingly, it's Nigel Cabourn who's made the most authentic version. Based on a shape from the 50s, the back panel is significantly longer than most versions - which originally accommodated the length of the coal sacks workers would carry. Coal sacks, of course, aren't much of a worry these days, but it makes for an interesting back story nonetheless.

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