The most traditional shop, in germanys most anglophile city, has to have originals from back in the day, which is one big part of what we want people to think of, when they think about us.
Unbreakable dufflecoats, classical knickerbockers made of the best tweed on the market, Scottish Kilts in any imaginable Tartan and almost anything you desire can be tailored just for you. All this is only a small part of what we have to offer in our classical british segment. Most of our customers who's family's might even have been settled in hamburg longer than us cherish these products, because they have been around for decades and passed on from generation to generation.
There is probably no more "Ladage & Oelke"-product than the dufflecoat. For decades it has kept Hamburgs citizens safe from all sorts of weather malfunctions we have over here. For more than 60 years we have been producing this classic. Originally called "the Monty Coat" it was made famous by Fieldmarshall Bernhard Montgomery.
For the anglophile Hamburgians this piece of clothing was a perfect addition to the classical coat. Ever since it was introduced, the winter has been the dufflecoat season. Grandparents want the dufflecoat they have always worn since young age, their children followed into their footsteps, and even the younger generation rediscovered this special product.
The style range has expanded over the past few years. To the traditional unbreakable cheviot and wool cloth we have added lighter and more colorful versions of this classical piece.
Of course we will consult you in any way about this product.
The Knickerbockers name originated from the American author, Washington Irwing, whose pen name was Dietrich Knickerbocker. In his book "Humorous History of New York" which was published in 1809 the main character, a dutch settler was called Jansen Knickerbocker and traditionally wore Knickerbockers. Over the years the Knickerbockers have changed in style. In the 19th century they were traditionally worn for bike riding and hiking. Later on in a more baggy cut for golfing.
In the modern day it's more of a trendy piece of clothing than being used for sports or hiking. Correctly worn it is calf long and clipped just underneath the knee. Then the rest of the trouser is thrown over the clip. Commonly made of tweed or linen, tweed for cold winter days and linen for nice warm days in summer, it is worn with knee socks. And with the right choice of jacket and shoe, it can still be a very stylish eye catcher.
The kilt is just as scottish as whisky or bagpipes. And to be absolutely clear, for a real scott, a kilt is never a skirt. The Kilt was made out of the great belted plaid, a large piece of cloth that in the 16th century was wrapped around the person with a belt to a kind of pleated skirt. But remember NOT a skirt. Simultaneously it was used as a blanket if you had to stay outside for the night. The tartans were a sign of what standing you had in society and were you came from. The more colorful the tartan, the wealthier the person wearing it was. Most people think every tartan tells what clan you are from but that is not entirely true. Its rather what region or place you come from. Depending on what occasion you attended to, the matching kilt is worn. For a proper kilt approximately seven meters cloth are necessary. In modern day, just like the Knickerbockers, the kilt is mostly worn on special occasions. The female version of the kilt is called "kilted skirt" and is strictly speaking not a kilt, but a skirt.
Tweed is probably the only wearable spelling mistake. Originally called Tweel an english clerk made this almost historical spelling mistake by ordering "Tweed". A textile legend was born. Tweed exists in a lot of different types. Harris Tweed, Donegal and Saxony were the best known and most used Tweed fabrics. The popularity of this almost unbreakable cloth has always been very steady as has our passion for this brilliant piece of cloth. Suits, jackets, coats, vests and even bow-ties alls made of tweed are waiting for you in our shop.