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Only a few fashion brands in the world have a cult status comparable to that of the British label Burberry. Founded in 1856, Burberry is still the epitome of a "very British" fashion style, which is wearable in every situation in life because of its classic-timeless elegance. Burberry is world-famous for its trademarked check check pattern. But the legendary Burberry trench coat also played a major role in ensuring that the brand has fans of all ages all over the world. Today, Burberry is a multi-billion dollar, publicly traded company that offers not only fashion but also leather goods, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, perfume and cosmetics.
In 1856, at the age of only 21, the textile merchant Thomas Burberry founded his first textile shop in Basingstoke in Hampshire, England. Burberry's ambition was to develop clothing that would provide people with optimum protection from all the caprices of British weather. In 1879 Burberry developed the Gabardine fabric, a breathable, water-repellent and at the same time extremely hard-wearing fabric, which was to revolutionise the previously heavy and uncomfortable rainwear. In 1888 Burberry patented Gabardine. In the following years he began to trade the fabric internationally. Three years later, Burberry opened what is probably the most famous branch of his label on Haymarket shopping street near Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London. Until 2007 it served as the fashion empire's flagship store and headquarters. The world-famous check pattern, the so-called Burberry Check, has been in existence since 1924. Initially only used as a pattern for the lining fabric, the check was later registered as a trademark and today adorns many of the Burberry products on the outside.
Burberry became known to an audience of millions through his trench coat. To this day the company is still synonymous with the classic British raincoat. The development of the trench coat was based on an order from the British military administration. During the First World War, the Burberry trench coat enjoyed great popularity among British officers. Burberry complemented the raincoat with additional epaulettes, belts and D-rings to secure military equipment for use in the army. A wind screen provided additional protection in adverse weather and the rain screen allowed water to drain away cleanly. The enthusiasm of the British Army was so great that over half a million trenchcoats were sold. Burberry jackets were also used on the Antarctic expeditions of Robert Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen, which made headlines around the world.
In the 1930s Burberry expanded its American business and inevitably found its way to Hollywood. Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Peter Sellers in "The Pink Panther" wore Burberry trench coats and made the brand famous in the USA and around the world. Since 1955, the House of Burberry has also been the Royal British purveyor to the court of Queen Elizabeth II and since 1989 to the Prince of Wales.
Here in the online shop of Vite EnVogue you can find selected designer second hand clothing, including many of the classics from the house of Burberry. The noble pieces of British elegance never go out of fashion, unlike other brands. With a coat or duffle coat from Burberry you will look great on any occasion. The elegant handbags of the British label are the perfect complement to the timeless coats. To round off your Burberry outfit, you can find numerous scarves, gloves and earrings in the Vite EnVogue online shop. And of course you can also get shoes from Burberry. Whether boots, pumps or ankle boots - they are all in top condition and have a top price. Order your favourite Burberry designer second hand piece now at Vite EnVogue!