Founded in 1856 when the young Thomas Burberry, a draper, opened his first shop in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.
In 1880, Burberry invented gabardine, a hardwearing, water-resistant yet breathable fabric, in which the yarn is waterproofed before weaving, which was patented in 1888.
Today the truly British Fashion brand of Burberry has transformed under the direction of Christopher Bailey into a global brand which is now listed in the FTSE 100.
Christopher Bailey was born in 1971, West Yorkshire, England and is the chief creative director of Burberry.
Burberry is most famous for its “haymarket check” or “Burberry classic check” of black, tan, and red. It was first used as a lining for the Burberry trenchcoat in 1924. It was not until 1967 that the Burberry Check, now a registered trademark, was widely used on its own for items including umbrellas, scarves and luggage.
Emma Watson, star of Harry Potter was the face of Burberry until the latter part of 2010 but at 20 years old she must be beingsee as a bit old. She has been replaced by Nina Porter a 16 year old schoolgirl who hopes to study fashion.
Its Spring/Summer 2010 collection is all about terribly chic, muted colours and no check apart from a couple of tiny clutch handbags.