Trench coats have become such a staple in the male fashion repertoire throughout the years it is difficult to imagine a time when the great shopping boulevards were without them. Perhaps the first men's shops to offer them in the U.S. were on New York's Madison Avenue: F.R. Tripler and Brooks Brothers, where the garments can still be purchased to this day. The attached vintage print ad was commissioned by F.R. Trippler for a gabardine trench coat as well as the sale of private-purchase "flexible protective body armor". The body armor appears to have been modeled after a German design. The reader may be disappointed to learn that the Madison Avenue boutiques no longer offer body armor.
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