Thomas Burberry was an English gentlemen’s outfitter and the founder of international chain Burberry. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.He was born on August 27 1835 and died at April 4 1926.
2. Born at Brockham Green near Dorking in Surrey, and educated at Brockham Green Village School.
3. Thomas Burberry was apprenticed to a local draper’s shop before he opened his outfitting business in Basingstoke in 1856.
4. Burberry recognised the need for promotion and publicity and ensured that Lord Kitchener and Lord Baden-Powell both wore his weatherproofs.
5. By these means he expanded his business into one of the United Kingdom’s largest branded clothing businesses.
6. He retired to Abbot’s Court near Weymouth, Dorset in 1917.
7. He was a teetotaler and campaigned against tobacco smoking.
8. He was also a devout Baptist who liked to hold prayer meetings every morning.
9. He died at his home at Hook near Basingstoke in 1926, aged 90, of unspecified causes.
10. He married twice, first to Catherine Hannah Newman and second to Mary Marshall.
11. He had two sons and four daughters by his first marriage
12. On 1 November 2016, Burberry released The Tale of Thomas Burberry, a short film inspired by Thomas Burberry’s life and achievements, reimagining key events from the brand’s history.
13. Filmed in the style of a cinematic trailer by Academy Award-winning director Asif Kapadia and written by Academy Award-nominee Matt Charman, it starred actor Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas Burberry.
14. Thomas Burberry is considered as the inventor of the garbadine.
15. In 1901, the Burberry Equestrian Knight Logo was developed containing the Latin word “Prorsum”, meaning forwards, and registered as a trademark.
16. In 1914 Burberry was commissioned by the War Office to adapt its officer’s coat to suit the conditions of contemporary warfare, resulting in the “trench coat”. After the war, the trench coat became popular with civilians.
17. Burberry was the outfitter of choice for several polar explorers, as the gabardine fabric’s protective and lightweight qualities made it well-suited to cope with inhospitable conditions.
18. The acclaimed polar explorer wore Burberry gabardine for three expeditions in the early 20th century, and is portrayed by Dominic West in The Tale of Thomas Burberry.
19. In 1901, the Burberry Equestrian Knight Logo was developed containing the Latin word “Prorsum”, meaning forwards, and registered as a trademark.
20. The store that Thomas Burberry opened still exists and and until recently was the site of Burberry’s corporate headquarters.