Founder: Thomas Burberry establishes Burberry in Basingstoke at just 21 years old, founded on the principle that clothing should be designed to protect people from the British weather.
1901: Public competition leads to a new logo inspired by 14th century armour, the equestrian knight.
1912: The Tielocken coat, designed by Thomas Burberry, is patented. Considered the predecessor to the trench coat, the Tielocken closes with a single strap and buckle fastening and only features a button at the collar.
1913: Having had a presence in London since 1891, Burberry moves to a larger London premises in Haymarket, designed by the noted architect Walter Cave.
1934: Burberry offers same day delivery.
1955: HM Queen Elizabeth II grants Burberry a Royal Warrant as a Weatherproofer.
1965: One in five coats exported from Britain is a Burberry product.
1972: Burberry formally acquires the factory in Castleford, the home of the Burberry trench coat, building on our manufacturing presence in the UK – a legacy that continues today.
1999: Burberry’s becomes Burberry and a new logo is designed by art director Fabien Baron.
2000: Burberry opens its first store on Bond Street.
2001: Christopher Bailey is appointed Design Director.
2009: The Spring/Summer 2010 womenswear show relocates to London from Milan, marking the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week.
2016: Burberry is recognised as industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in the ‘Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods’ sector.
2018: Burberry celebrates diversity and inclusivity with the Rainbow Vintage check throughout its February collection and makes donations to three leading organisations – the Albert Kennedy Trust, the Trevor Project and ILGA – all dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world.