Beyond the luxury, Aquascutum have a unique history in functional outerwear. Originally established in 1851 by tailor John Emary, the brand were rebranded in 1853 after its founder invented the first waterproof cloth. Making military uniforms for British soldiers during WW1, they gained great acclaim for developing one of the most iconic clothing ever created - the trench coat. Now the label's full line of menswear includes accessories and bags, too. The brand's range of messenger bags and flight bags come in checked canvas and leather, with wide functional shoulder straps and pockets, ideal for busy city life and cross-body wear.