The origin of the name Duffel bag comes from Duffel, a town in Flanders, Belgium, where the thick duffel cloth used to make the bag originated in the 17th century. The Duffle coat also has the same connection with the Belgian town of Duffel.
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In a dictionary, you will find Duffel as a generic name. A heavy, rough fabric. In addition, almost all dictionaries also refer to the place name Duffel. Centuries ago, a sheet fabric of the same quality label was woven there. Centuries later, the Duffel quality was still so famous that the well-known English winter coat with the toggle closure was called the Duffel coat.
Both were originally made for the military, but the duffle coat and bag still inspire today's fashion designers to create more trendy models with more contemporary accessories for bags, jacket closures, collars, hems, and so on.