The phrase 'Heritage Brand' has become commonplace in recent years amongst the fashion industry, as seemingly any company formed before the 1970's tries to make the most of it in the marketing of their products.
Well, there are heritage brands, and then there's John Smedley, the daddy of heritage clothing, not just in Great Britain, but throughout the world.
Every discerning male's wardrobe should have these John Smedley items in it:
John Smedley dates right back to 1784, and can make claim to be the oldest manufacturing factory in the entire world ! Back then the John Smedley factory was spinning cotton and producing muslin fabric, but by the mid 1820's the site was making use of one of the world's first industrial-scale knitting machines to create more complex products, including the legendary Long Johns.