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Brilliantly British clothing - since 1839
Brilliantly British clothing - since 1839

Brilliantly British clothing - since 1839

Heritage and history

Learn about the stories behind 180 years of history, and the heritage of the collections.

When Clapton met Cordings

It took a certain type of entrepreneur to step in when a shop as unique and special as Cordings was in need of support. Someone with a passion for clothing, an eye for detail and an understanding of the importance of preserving British heritage. Step forward Eric Clapton. Aware of the country clothing store in … Continued

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The Cordings Covert Coat

Given its well-documented history and enduring popularity since its conception by Cordings in the 1900’s, the iconic covert coat has a lot to live up to. But live up to it, it certainly does. This is one of those classic British style pieces that reaches across the generations and speaks both of fine quality and … Continued

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Cordings in Harrogate

Since 1839 Cordings have clothed explorers, rock stars and royalty in understated British clothing, all from our iconic store in Piccadilly. Part owned by Eric Clapton, the store has, in the last decade gone from strength to strength, proving that its core values of quality, value and service are as relevant today, with a global … Continued

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These Boots were made for walking……..

…..and riding, exploring continents, going off to war, the list is endless. Cordings boots were worn by the great and good for over a century, famously both the Queen Mother and Mrs Simpson commissioned a pair, and Mr Stanley confidently strode off to find Dr Livingstone wearing leather Cordings boots. The canvas and leather ‘Newmarket’ … Continued

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The origins of the Tattersall

Tattersall, now synonymous with country style, has an interesting pedigree. These immediately recognisable, simple two or three colour over checks started life as lowly horse blankets. First commissioned by Richard Tattersall in 1766, for use on the race horses auctioned at his eponymous auction house, near Hyde Park, in what was at the time on the … Continued

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The Cordings Mackintosh: Hand made since 1843

Waterproofers to the King is the headline in a Cordings advertisement in 1916 referring to “nautical and sporting waterproofers and tailors”, and lists such items as “the new dreadnought coat – warranted to resist the effects of any climate” and “sheet India rubber fishing boots”. The Birth of the Cordings Mackintosh Cordings were one of … Continued

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Harris Tweed: An artisan, luxury cloth.

Each season, Cordings work with Mills throughout the United Kingdom, and Ireland to create our new tweed ranges, and each season, without fail, we will include at least two Harris Tweed cloths. What makes Harris so distinctive? Harris Tweed is the only fabric produced in commercial quantities that is hand woven anywhere in the world, … Continued

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Early Cordings adverts

A source of inspiration, for the design team each season, is the long heritage of Cordings. We are blessed to still have an archive of Cordings old adverts, some from the Victorian era, which show early outerwear pieces, including an depiction of the Covert Coat. In our modern era, with the luxury of enclosed transport … Continued

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Fox Brothers and Cordings

In the late 1800’s, Cordings, already famed for their outerwear collection, noted that a less cumbersome coat would be a useful addition to the country gents’ wardrobe. It would need to withstand the rigours of daily life and yet retain its appearance, in a cloth that wouldn’t show dirt or horse hairs and be both … Continued

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