Our coats are anything but ordinary – that’s why we’ve named them after remarkable historical British women who dared to be different. Because being brave never goes out of style.

Illustrations by award-winning London artist Rose Blake

Gertrude Bell

Who was she?
Described as ‘the female Lawrence of Arabia’, she defied 19th-century social expectations by becoming an archaeologist, travel writer, diplomat, policymaker and the greatest woman mountaineer of her age (phew).

Distinguishing features
Suede-look outer with faux-shearling lining and intricate stitching. Capable of reaching new style heights.

Bell coat

Margot Fonteyn

Who was she?
One of the most famous ballerinas in history. She formed an internationally acclaimed dancing partnership with Russian star Rudolf Nureyev. Their first performance at the Royal Ballet prompted 43 curtain calls and a 40-minute standing ovation. Now that’s a lot of clapping.

Distinguishing features
Tailored fit, panel detailing and a gently flared skirt. Instant elegance you can’t take your eyes off.

Fonteyn coat

Mary Wollstonecraft

Who was she?
An 18th-century writer and philosopher who’s regarded as ‘the mother of feminism’. She wrote some pretty strong stuff for the time on empowering and educating woman in her radical book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Distinguishing features
Padded puffer, horizontal quilt pattern with a collarless modern shape. Make your mark in the cold.

Wollstonecraft puffer coat

Boudica

Who was she? 
The original trailblazing rebel. In 61 AD she successfully led a major uprising against the occupying Romans. This Celtic warrior queen sure knew how to stick up for herself.

Distinguishing features 
The wool blend has a soft side. But the reworked checks? They’re fierce.

Boudica coat

Emily Brontë

Who was she? 
Nearly 200 years ago in Haworth, Yorkshire, she wrote the ground-breaking Wuthering Heights. This was a time when women didn’t write novels – especially ones with wild heroines.

Distinguishing features 
Cosy wool-blend fabric, a quilted lining and a fluffy hood. Well-equipped for windswept moors.

Brontë coat

Mary Seacole

Who was she? 
Praised as ‘the original lady with the lamp’ for her heroic nursing. Her offer to volunteer in the Crimean War was rejected, but that didn't deter her and she funded her own voyage across the sea. Once there, she wasn’t afraid to go on to battlefields to care for wounded soldiers.

Distinguishing features 
An updated nautical classic: double-breasted, big round buttons and an unexpected flash of colour under the collar. Will weather whatever life throws at you in unbeatable style.

Seacole coat

Jane Austen

Who was she? 
One of the most famous authors of all time. She published her novels anonymously and had them hailed by a contemporary male critic to be ‘much too clever to be the work of a woman’. She may have had to hide her true identity, but there's no concealing her sparkling wit and unforgettable characters (Mr Darcy, anyone?). 

Distinguishing features 
Your options are open with choice of two collars. Some days, you may feel like timeless navy. Others, you may want to channel your inner Lydia Bennett and get the leopard out.

Austen coat

Helen Caddick

Who was she? 
A Victorian explorer who was determined not to stay at home, and instead set off on her own to see the world. She kept a detailed diary of her experiences – not one to read if you have an aversion to creepy crawlies.

Distinguishing features 
Sporty shape with a dash of Britannia stripes. Ribbed cuffs for snugness – ready for new adventures.

Caddick puffer jacket

Ada Lovelace

Who was she? 
This unconventional woman was known as the ‘enchantress of numbers’. Her dad (the poet, Lord Byron) may have not wanted her to study maths and science but there was no stopping her brilliant mind and she became the first computer programmer – yep, it wasn’t a man.

Distinguishing features 
Statement colourblocks, wool-blend fabric and a contrast lining. Proud to stand out.

Lovelace coat

Kate Marsden

Who was she? 
A 19th-century pioneering nurse who travelled to Siberia (think boat, horseback and sledge rather than car, plane and train) to investigate a cure for leprosy. She wasn’t afraid to step off the beaten track – quite literally.  

Distinguishing features 
A bright, faux-fur hood trim to shake up tradition.

Marsden parka

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