Burberry, the brand with the knight and horse logo and world-recognized check, is steeped in English tradition. The fashion brand was founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, only 21 at the time. Thomas dressed local sportsmen from a small shop in England and by 1870, they were exclusively known for their outdoor apparel designs. But it was when Burberry patented the fabric gabardine in 1888 that he really took off. The fabric was made of a tightly woven, water and tear-proof cotton that was at once light and breathable, yet highly durable. The gabardine coat that came of this fabric became a staple in the wardrobe of the elite, as Burberry began to outfit prominent aviators, explorers and sports figures in the early 1900’s from their Haymarket, London location. In 1901, the brand’s knight and horse logo was trademarked. The knight carries a banner that reads Prorsum, the Latin word meaning forward, and the brand is first shown in the pages of Vogue in 1904. By 1910, Burberry opens a Parisian storefront and continues to grow.
The brand, which today is designed by Christopher Bailey, produces menswear, womenswear, outerwear, footwear, accessories, and a successful line of beauty and fragrance under seven different labels. They've come a long way from their very humble beginnings as an English outerwear-only brand. Take a look through the history of Burberry and discover their top five biggest items in fashions and most famed designs.
5 The Trench Coat
4 The Burberry Check
Along with the trench coat and their wildly successful rainwear items, Burberry has lent their signature check to nearly every other product line imaginable, branching out and making them one of the most flourishing brands in the world. It was in 1976 that the Burberry check first graced such accessory items as luggages, hats and cashmere scarves. And in 2007, the brand expanded their accessories line to include more handbags, shoes and jewelry. Today, the brand’s signature details can be found on nearly anything, as they make a wide array of accessories. Men can accessorize themselves with Burberry ties and cufflinks, pocket squares and watches. Women have limitless options with handbags, eyewear, scarves, beauty products and more. The brand even has home accessories, such as a $1395 checked cashmere blanket or $3495 alligator leather teddy bear. Needless to say, they've certainly branched out from rainwear to be one of the leading fashion companies in the world. Their widely popular accessories line has certainly helped them get there.
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