Just in time for the temperature after a mild autumn has now crept down towards zero, so has the need for good outerwear. A trend in recent years has been producing stylish, functional clothing in order to be able to combine style and function. Today’s text will be about something else entirely, quite the contrary actually. We would like today to highlight the classic and ingrained with core British ytterplaggsföretaget Crombie. This company has been manufacturing outerwear in the first instance for about 200 years and has even received a model named after him in the form of Crombie-coaten which is a kind of classic paletå.
The company called J & J Crombie Ltd. operates under the brand name Crombie and was founded in the Scottish Aberdeen for about 200 years ago. The beginning was the only wool producers and weaving, but also relatively soon began to sew up the garment. However, it is the sale of wool fabric which through the years has been the company’s main business. The company quickly gained a very good reputation and became well known for the extremely good quality as their fabrics. Among other things, received the prize from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1851. They even got a couple of years later when Napoleon III gave them a recognition in Paris.
American civil war in 1861 led to new markets for Crombie who provided the Confederacy with “rebel grey fabrics” for their fashion topcoats. This is because the South had no functioning mills in the blocked State.
A similar story that is interesting from a historical perspective was that Crombie a few years later, around 1870 in occupied Paris provided the city with wool fabrics that came with hot air balloon! Crombie was instructed to pull 1000 pounds from Parisarnas account with the Bank of England for the inconvenience. A considerable amount of this time.
Very early also began to export to the countries Crombie as Japan, Canada and Russia. Just the link with Russia was always and still is very strong. Crombie took out rough coats for the grim and cold Russian climate and named a model for “the Russian coat”. Quickly came to be from Tsar Crombie coats families ‘ favorite garments. Much later, when the Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev in december 1984 for the first time would set foot on British soil as he stepped out of the plane at Heathrow in just an overcoat from Crombie.
British armeinspirerad overcoat from Crombie.
Throughout the 1900 ‘s increased interest in Crombie also on the European continent and the developed a bit thinner and lighter fabrics and more jackets and suits. When World War I broke out, however, they lost a lot of turnovers and got during this period, instead focusing on the production of garments for the army to relatively low margins. Crombie custom, however, and it is estimated today that about 10% of all the coats worn by the British army during the war came from Crombie.
The postwar period was, however, once again, good times for the company as demand grew tremendously as the economy took off. In 1928, however, there was no one left in the family of origin which could run the business and the company was sold to the family of Salt from West Yorkshire, an important textile family during this period. If you look in your company’s file shows that shortly after sale so visit The Duke of York, later King George VI and they manufacture a unique coat for him. This rock was later to be called “King’s Coat” and re-launched by Crombie again 2009.
When World War II came, it was once again time for the Crombie to set up for the country and produce military clothing and fabric intended for war. As an interesting curiosities, including a 1942 they wove fabric in dark gray that would be used by the Norwegian resistance movement.
Years pass, and during the 1960 ‘s was very famous and that Trademark Crombie you could see everything from Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower to The Beatles wearing the cult the outer layer. During the late 60 ‘s and a bit until the 80 ‘s cult status in subcultures that Crombie mods and their skinhead roots in England.
They also had a long collaboration with the legendary London tailor Tommy Nutter. When he returned to Savile Row # 19 in 1982 with a shop with clothing, it was with this manufacturer and Crombie customers as Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger to name a few.
From the 90 ‘s and until today it has opened a few stores o Edinburgh, London and Manchester as well as a well-functioning webshop that supplies the world with the classic garments.
Double-breasted in camel.
Grey herringbone coat with generous length.
The company’s history and sense of “made in Britain” has been important to them and runs like a red thread today through everything they do. Many of the models sold today have been around a long time and they’re working all the time to dust off old classics in an updated version. When it comes to materials and production as they strive, wherever possible, after that it should be made in the United Kingdom which they for the most part also is capable of.
The price level is high on the Crombies garments. On the other hand, it is the quality and the design too. Considering how incredibly classic style is, it feels relatively good level of investment money because a garment from Crombie learn to feel with in style and quality for many years. A perfect option for those who are tired of art materials and dunfoder. This is for real!