Coats of Crombie – a Timeless Classic

Just in time for the temperature after a mild autumn has now crept down to zero, so the need for good outerwear increased. A trend in recent years has been to produce elegant functional clothing in order to be able to combine style and function. Today’s text will be about something else entirely, quite the opposite actually. We want today to highlight the classic and urbrittiska outerwear company Crombie. This company has manufactured primarily outerwear for about 200 years and has even been a model named after him in the form of Crombie-coaten which is a kind of classic overcoat.

The company called J & J Crombie Ltd. operating under the brand Crombie  and were thus in Scottish Aberdeen for about 200 years ago. In the beginning they were only ulltillverkare and weaving but began relatively soon to even sew garments. However, sales of wool fabric which through the years has been the company’s major operations. The company quickly gained a very good reputation and became well known for the extremely high quality of their fabrics kept. Among other things, received the award from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1851. Something they even got a couple of years later when Napoleon III gave them recognition in Paris.

American Civil War in 1861 led to new markets for Crombie which provided the Confederacy with the “rebel gray fabrics” for their overcoats. This is because the South had no functioning weaving mills in the blocked States.

A similar story is interesting from a historical perspective was that Crombie few years later, around 1870 in occupied Paris supplied the city with wool fabrics supplied with hot air balloon! Crombie was asked to pull 1000 pounds from Paris Arna’s account with the Bank of England for the inconvenience. A considerable amount of the time.

Very early on began Crombie also export to countries like Japan, Canada and Russia. Just link with Russia has always been and is still very strong. Crombie took out rough coats for the harsh and cold Russian climate and also named a model to precisely “the Russian coat”. Quickly came from Crombie coats to become Tsar families favorite pieces. Much later, when the Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1984 for the first time would enter British soil as he stepped off the plane at Heathrow in just one overcoat from Crombie.

Throughout the 1900s increased interest in Crombie also on the European continent and the developed bit thinner and lighter fabrics and more jackets and suits. When World War I broke out, however, they lost a lot of turnover and received during this period instead focus on producing garments for the army to the relatively low margins. Crombie custom, however, and it is estimated today that about 10% of all the gowns worn by the British Army during the war came from Crombie.

The postwar period was again good times for the company as demand increased enormously as the economy picked up. In 1928, there was no one left in the origin of the family who could run the business and the company was sold to the family Salt from West Yorkshire, a major textile family during this period. If you look in the company archives so apparent that shortly after the sale so visit The Duke of York, later King George VI factory and manufactures a unique overcoat for him. This rock was later called the “King Coat” and re-launched by Crombie again in 2009.

When World War II came, it was again time for Crombie to set up the country and produce military garments and fabric intended for war. As an interesting curiosity is that the including 1942 wove a fabric in dark gray that would be used by the Norwegian resistance movement.

Years go by, and in the 1960s was Crombie as a brand is very famous and you could see everything from presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower to The Beatles wearing the cult outer garments. During the late 60’s and a bit until the 80s were Crombie cult status within subcultures mods- and skinhead movement in England.

They had long even a collaboration with the legendary London tailor Tommy Nutter. When he returned to Savile Row No. 19 in 1982 with a store of ready-made-it was Crombie who made this and with customers like Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger to name a few.

From the 90’s and today it has opened a few own stores o Edinburgh, London and Manchester and a well-functioning web shop that supplies the world with the classic garments.

Company history and sense of “made in Britain” have been important to them and runs like a thread today through everything they do. Many of the models sold today have been around a long time and they are constantly working to dust off old classics in an updated version. When it comes to materials and production as they strive as far as possible for it to be manufactured in the UK, which they mostly also capable of.

The price level is high Crombies garments. It is on the other hand also the quality and structure. Given the incredible classic style so it feels relatively well invested money as a garment from Crombie learn to empathize with the style and quality for many years. A perfect alternative for those tired of the art materials and dunfoder. This is for real!

 

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