5 Things You Didn't Know About Burberry
- Queen Elizabeth the II gave Burberry a Royal Warrant, which means that the company can create designs just for the Royal Family.
- Its tartan pattern, also called the Burberry Check pattern, is one of the most recreated and counterfeited patterns in the world today.
- The iconic Burberry trench coat now comes in multiple designs that are available for both men and women as well as children.
- Burberry Brit is one of the newer lines introduced by the company and includes casual outfits and pieces designed for weekend or everyday wear.
- Supermodel Naomi Campbell starred in one of the company's top advertising campaigns of all time with Romeo Beckham, the son of David and Victoria Beckham.
Burberry is a British fashion company that sells clothing, accessories and fragrances for men, women and children. As a designer fashion house, it credits companies like Louis Vuitton and Hermes International among its competitors. Founded by Thomas Burberry in 1856, the company originally sold a line of clothing designed for outdoor wear. Within two decades of opening his first shop, Burberry had thousands of shoppers turning to him every year for the waterproof and durable clothing he sold. Later called Burberrys of London, the company even sold clothing to outdoor adventurists and enthusiasts who traveled the world and climbed Mount Everest.
Though many know the company for its line of iconic trench coats, many of those fans do not know that the company didn't make its first trench until the 1910s. British soldiers fighting in World War I wore those coats to stay warm and dry in the field. The tartan pattern associated with the company came about in the 1920s and served as the first type of decorative lining used inside its coats. The growth that occurred during the 1960s and 1970s led to Burberry becoming one of the top fashion design houses in the world.
Even if you know Burberry because of its trench coat, you may not realize just how many designs of that coat that the company now sells. Burberry uses Heritage to describe its iconic coats for men, women and children. These coats now come in multiple colors, including the classic honey color and a brighter red shade. Women can shop for the Westminster, which softens the shoulder lines for females and features a classic fit, but they can also shop for the Kensington, which is a little lighter weight. The coat also comes in different fits and lengths. You can buy an extra-long coat that falls to the ankles, one that reaches to your knees or a shorter length that stops around your waist. Burberry makes just as many options for men, including the slim fit Chelsea design and the modern fit Kensington coat.
In addition to clothing, Burberry now makes a range of fragrances and beauty products. Many of its perfumes and colognes come in bottles that use its trademark plaid pattern on the glass bottle. While you can find these scents in stores ranging from Target to department stores, the website offers exclusive bottles that you cannot buy from any other retailer. Burberry lets you customize the bottle and engrave your name or your favorite saying across the glass.
The beauty section of the site also includes some of the makeup products the company now makes. Its eye shadow line comes packaged inside sleek metal boxes that have the tartan pattern printed across the top. You can shop for eyeliner and lip liner that comes in metal tubes with the Burberry name on the outside too. The Burberry Kisses Sheer line is a line of lipsticks that have a sheer finish that are perfect for everyday wear. Each lipstick comes in a modern metal tube that has the tartan print along the outside.
Though Burberry offers a number of makeup and even skincare products, the fashions keep shoppers coming back. Watching one of the company's runway shows can help you stay up to date on its newest fashions. If you can't attend one of those shows in person, watching a video like the Highlights from the Burberry February 2016 Womenswear Show 'A Patchwork’ video can make you feel like you're right there with all the celebrities.
Burberry works hard to continue its reputation as a top design house. When its brand became known as an inferior brand in the early 2000s, the company withdrew some of the contracts it had with manufacturers and limited the number of stores where shoppers could find its products. Burberry also goes after those accused of counterfeiting some of its trench coats and other items. Though you may not have thousands of dollars to spend on clothing from the website, you can keep an eye out for limited edition sales. Burberry offers a few sales every year that drop the price on nearly every item available on its site. Check the company's official social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to learn about upcoming limited time sales.
Burberry Social Media Links
Burberry on Instagram: Burberry encourages its shoppers to tag the company in all images they share to Instagram of their new purchases. Some of its more popular images, including those featuring its trademark scarves and iconic trench coats, have more than 50,000 likes and shares on Instagram too.
Burberry on Pinterest: The Burberry Pinterest page is one of the best places to see the company's iconic line of fashions and accessories outside of its official website. The boards have different themes that include dresses for women, scarves and shoes, but you'll also see great images taken of recent and past Burberry runway shows.
Burberry on Twitter: Burberry created a media sensation after encouraging users to share images taken at runway shows that featured the Burberry hash tag. Its official Twitter account now has more than six million followers. Many of those followers check back daily to see new products and hear news from the forefront of the fashion world.
Burberry on Facebook: One of the best places to find new products, accessories and even fragrances from this iconic British brand is on Facebook. Burberry often shares images of new products that will soon be available online and shares posts about limited edition products and sales.
Burberry on YouTube: Though Burberry doesn't really need to advertise, you can see some of its commercials and videos featuring famous celebrities who love the company on its YouTube channel, which also has videos of its runway shows too.
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