Burberry is a quintessentially British fashion house founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry. It is famed for its iconic black, white, beige and red checked patterns; of which there are seven varieties.
Admirers of Burberry range from young movie stars to seasoned politicians, and everybody in between. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles both granted Burberry Royal Warrants. Today Burberry design items from sunglasses and unisex cashmere scarves, to handbags and fragrances. From their multiple lines of clothing, Burberry supply ready-to-wear tailoring, skirts, blouses, shirts, dresses, overcoats and various accessories.
Possibly the most iconic piece by Burberry is the trench coat. In 1914, The War Office commissioned the label to adapt their Officer's Coats to withstand war conditions. The resulting product came to be known as the 'trench coat' which is still in constant demand to this day by fashion lovers across the globe.
'Burberry Prorsum' is a popular collection by the label. First established in 1901, the coinciding 'Burberry Equestrian Knight' logo began to be used on labels. 'Prorsum' translates from Latin to 'forwards'. Today, Burberry Prorsum is a line which diverts slightly from the definitive, clean lines of the classic Burberry design.
Vintage shoppers often ask 'Are items labelled 'Burberry's' authentic?'ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ The short answer is 'yes'. In 1901, due to the public largely referring to Burberry as 'Burberry's of London', the brand switched its name to this and labels read 'Burberry's'. However the fashion house reverted back to the original 'Burberry' branding in the late 1990s.