The brand is founded by 21-year old Thomas Burberry.
Thomas Burberry invents gabardine - the breathable, weatherproof and hardwearing fabric.
Burberry patented gabardine.
Burberry moves into the first London store at 30 Haymarket.
Norwegian polar explorer, zoologist and later recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Fritjof Nansen was the first recorded polar explorer to take Burberry gabardine to the poles when he set sail bound for the Arctic Circle in 1893
Explorer Major F.G. Jackson, famed for mapping parts of the Arctic Circle,
wears Burberry gabardine when undertaking an expedition
to Franz Josef Land.
The Equestrian Knight logo appears for the first time accompanied by the Latin word 'Prorsum' meaning 'forwards'.
Opening of the Burberry store in Paris at 8 Boulevard Malesherbes.
Celebrated aviator Claude Grahame-White wears Burberry gabardine. He is the first person to fly between London and Manchester in less than 24 hours.
Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen and his team became the first people to reach the South Pole with a Burberry gabardine tent and clothing.
British Explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole wearing Burberry clothing and equipped with a Burberry tent. Tragically he and his team died on the return journey.
The Tielocken coat is patented. The predecessor to the trench coat, it proves popular among officers during WWI. The coat closes with a single strap and buckle fastening and only features a button at the collar.
Burberry moves to a larger London premises in Haymarket, designed by the Architect Walter Cave.
1914 - 1918
British Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton wears Burberry
gabardine for an expedition to Antarctica.
During the First World War, Burberry provided apparel and equipment to the Armed Forces. Designed for the military, each unmistakeable detail of the Burberry trench coat was introduced to serve a purpose.
HM King George V officially appointed Burberry a Royal Warrant as Tailors.
Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown wore Burberry aviator suits to pilot their plane in an exposed cockpit, and complete the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 72 hours. Photo courtesy of Vickers.
Burberry became a publicly quoted company for the first time.
The Burberry check, now registered as a trademark, was introduced as a lining to the trench coat.
Burberry sponsored a record breaking flight from Croydon to Cape Town in an aeroplane called 'The Burberry'. Both aviators Flying Officer Arthur Clouston and Betty Kirby-Green wore Burberry.
During the Second World War, Burberry supplied the British Army with a range of military apparel and accessories, including the trench coat. Burberry also catered for various other divisions of the British Armed Forces, including the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Navy, the Royal Pioneer Corps, the Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU), and the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) - including the women’s division.
Despite the austere conditions posed by war, Burberry continued to make civilian clothing during the 1940's including weatherproofs, overcoats and suits for both men and women. The brand adapted the product category to war time to include women’s siren suits, which were designed to be worn in an air-raid.
HM Queen Elizabeth II grants Burberry a Royal Warrant as a Weatherproofer.
Burberry was acquired by UK retailing group Great Universal Stores (GUS).
Burberry was the official outerwear supplier for the British women’s Olympic team who participated in the Tokyo Olympics.