Last Updated on 6th September 2020
Like other famous European fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Hermès, Burberry possesses a rich history. Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, who wanted to create outdoor clothing that could withstand Britain’s climate, Burberry began with a durable waterproof coat. Utilizing leather, the Burberry overcoat was adapted to satisfy the needs of the military who wore Burberry’s famous trench coat during the First World War.
By 1955, Burberry’s ecological apparatus, which exhibited what Gentleman’s Gazette alludes to as the brand ‘s incredible Novacek plaid configuration, was given a high accreditation by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II for delivering weatherproof coats.
Famed for its conspicuous plaid print, Burberry has become a household name and is possibly one of the most famous brands to date. Consistently churning out quality collections, the label is synonymous with sophistication, timelessness and most importantly luxury. However, this hasn’t always been the case. For a period of time Burberry wasn’t viewed as luxurious. It wasn’t until 1997 that Burberry was restored back to being a luxury fashion house. And thus would go on to become a force to be reckoned with, within the fashion industry.
So how has Burberry become so successful? Is it down to it’s exciting and long history? Or perhaps it’s the brands ability to always be at the cutting-edge of design? Whatever the explanation, Burberry has proved itself to be a brand with a lot of courage.
It’s created wearable products throughout the decades that have now become must-have staples. From its humble beginnings to its current status as a strong brand, what even Burberry enthusiasts must acknowledge is the determination of the founder himself.
Thomas Burberry was just twenty one when he started the brand, which would even now, be considered very young. Born in 1835 to a dad whom was a food merchant and a rancher, as referenced by History House, Burberry apprenticed with a local draper and in 1857 opened a little shop in Basingstoke, England.
Using the shop to showcase his talents as a draper, Burberry also gained experience in running a business. And while the population of Basingstoke was quite small at the time, Burberry did still manage to turn his small store into a hugely successful one. His designs were worn by reputable figures at the time, including British military leader and statesman Lord Kitchener, as well as Lord Baden Powell.