About the designer
Iconic British label Burberry was founded in 1856 in rural Hampshire, England by draper Thomas Burberry. The eponymous brand initially focussed on outerwear only, leading it to establish quite the history over the years. Thomas Burberry invented gabardine, a lightweight and weatherproof fabric that quickly proved to be a cult favourite. The tried and trusted material was in high demand with the British Army, resulting in Thomas Burberry constructing the Tielocken: a fully-equipped coat made for the trenches, which was the official ancestor to the label’s iconic trench coat that is known and celebrated worldwide today.
With quite a few name changes throughout the years, ranging from Burberrys to Burberrys of London and Burberry London, Burberry has brought the house back to its core identity. Current creative officer and president is Christopher Bailey, who graduated from the Royal College of Art and swiftly landed a job as designer at Donna Karen, only to transfer to Gucci two years later. As he has been with Burberry since 2001, he truly knows the house by heart. In October 2017, it was announced that Bailey will be resigning from the label in December 2018. Renowned for its peculiar runway model that showcases new collections, only to sell them in store just a few hours later – the brand shaped an instant craze for all that is Burberry.