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The Burberry company officially started in 1856 when a young Thomas Burberry, formerly a draper’s apprentice, opened his own store in Basingstoke, Hampshire England. He was 21 years old. The store’s reputation for providing quality outdoor attire grew over the next several years. The year 1880 saw the company’s introduction of gabardine, a water-resistant yet breathable fabric that Burberry began incorporating into his designs. It was also around this time when the store began to be known, not simply as “Burberry,” but “Burberrys of London” (a name that can be found on some vintage items from the time). This change in designation was a result of customers from all over world referring to this increasingly popular store. In 1891, another store was opened in Haymarket, London. The official Burberry logo was designed in 1901 and featured an equestrian knight and the Latin word “prorsum” (or “forward”). In 1911, Burberry provided coats and tents for outdoorsman Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole, and also for his expedition across the frozen tundra of Antarctica in 1914. British mountaineer George Mallory wore a Burberry gabardine jacket when climbing Mount Everest in 1924. In that same year, Burberry was commissioned by the United Kingdom War Office to design a raincoat suitable for battle, and the “trench coat” was born. First worn only by military personnel, the coats became popular with the general public in the late 1920s. The signature Burberry check design became the standard lining for the trench coat. Christopher Bailey joined the company as creative director decades later, in 2001. In July 2002, Burberry Group plc was floated on the London Stock Exchange. By late 2005, the UK retailing group GUS had handed over its remaining interest in Burberry to its shareholders. That same year, Sanyo Shokai was the license holder in Japan for Burberry’s ready-to-wear line. Rose Marie Bravo, Burberry’s Chief Executive, retired in 2006. During her tenure at Burberry, Bravo had been responsible for the brand’s mass market success as a result of licensing. American businesswoman Angela Ahrendts took Bravo’s place, and was named as the company’s CEO in 2006. Formerly a VP at Liz Claiborne, Ahrendts brought her exceptional business acumen over to the Burberry brand and, along with creative director Bailey, changed the brand’s “chav-like” (or ruffian-like) reputation back to a more refined status. The two executives achieved this by removing the signature Burberry check pattern from 90% of the company’s products. They also bought out the Spanish franchise worth 20% of group revenues. These and other decisions were made as a result of a business approach modeled after iconic design brands that included Apple Inc. In 2014, Christopher Bailey took Ahrendts’ place as Burberry’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer. The success of the Burberry brand is further underlined by the fact that Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales granted Royal Warrants to the company, an honor that remains in effect despite closure of the Burberry factory in Wales. The company’s viability is shown in its listing on the London Stock Exchange, as well as its place as a constituent in the FTSE 100 Index. Ranked 73rd in Interbrand’s “Best Global Brands” list in 2014, Burberry has proven to be one of the world’s most lucrative brands. The company has stores and franchises across the globe, and also sells through concessions in third-party stores. As one of Britain’s most famous fashion houses, Burberry continues to distribute outerwear, accessories, fragrances, sunglasses and cosmetics. The tartan pattern that characterizes the brand is one of the most frequently copied trademarks. The brand’s iconic designs include the famous Burberry handbags, which often sport the brand’s distinctive check-mark pattern. Celebrities who wear Burberry include Victoria Beckham, Kate Bosworth, Sandra Bullock, Naomi Campbell, Alexa Chung, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michelle Williams.

427 items total

Burberry

Haymarket Check Small Canterbury Tote Chocolate

Condition: Excellent

$695

Burberry

Haymarket Check Halton Wallet Dark Sand

Condition: Very Good

$295

Burberry

Marais Calfskin Medium Belt Bag Pale Ash Rose

Condition: Very Good

$699

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House Check Small Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$395

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Calfskin Alvington Continental Wallet Peony Rose

Condition: Very Good

$225

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Calfskin Ziggy Zip Around Wallet Red

Condition: Very Good

$95

Burberry

Cashmere Classic Check Fringe Scarf Grey

Condition: Excellent

$295

Burberry

Cashmere House Check Fringe Scarf Camel

Condition: Giftable

$325

Burberry

House Check Papillon Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$350

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Haymarket Check Small Canterbury Tote Burgundy

Condition: Very Good

$645

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Lambskin Quilted Medium Lola Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

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Lambskin Quilted Small Lola Bag Soft Violet

Condition: Excellent

$1,595

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Smoked Check Tote Bag Brown

Condition: Very Good

$325

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Grainy Calfskin House Check Small Maidstone Red

Condition: Very Good

$450

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Vintage Check Calfskin Tote Bag Beige Brown

Condition: Excellent

$1,150

Burberry

Haymarket Check Buckle Crossbody Bag Chocolate

Condition: Very Good

$550

Burberry

Patent Trim Smoked Check Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$350

Burberry

E Canvas Calfskin Summer Tote Graphite

Condition: Excellent

$895

Burberry

Canvas Mega Check Medium Ashby Hobo Cadmium Red

Condition: Very Good

$550

Burberry

London Grainy Calfskin Medium Baynard Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

Burberry

Nylon Medium Rucksack Backpack Mauve Pink

Condition: Very Good

$550

Burberry

Calfskin Large Bridle Saddle Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$550

Burberry

House Check Compact Wallet Black

Condition: Very Good

$225

Burberry

Calfskin Vintage Check Note Crossbody Bag Tan

Condition: Excellent

$1,250

Burberry

Silk Monogram Print Skinny Scarf Bright Orange

Condition: Excellent

$250

Burberry

Canvas House Check Small Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$350

Burberry

Prorsum Grainy Calfskin Medium Bloomsbury Gold

Condition: Excellent

$450

Burberry

Calfskin Monogram TB Bum Bag Bright Orange

Condition: Excellent

$425

Burberry

Nova Check Small Canterbury Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$350

Burberry

Nylon Medium Rucksack Backpack Black

Condition: Excellent

$850

Burberry

Calfskin Monogram TB Bum Bag Bright Orange

Condition: Excellent

$425

Burberry

Calfskin Monogram TB Bum Bag Bright Orange

Condition: Excellent

$425

Burberry

Suede Small Square Buckle Belt Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$525

Burberry

Haymarket Check Small Canterbury Tote Chocolate

Condition: Very Good

$615

Burberry

Vintage Check Henley Wallet On Chain Black

Condition: Very Good

$575

Burberry

Tartan Mini Olympia Shoulder Bag Bright Red

Condition: Excellent

$325

Burberry

Haymarket Check Small Canterbury Tote Chocolate

Condition: Very Good

$595

Burberry

Canvas Mega Check Messenger Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$650

Burberry

Jacquard Logo TB Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$825

Burberry

Haymarket Check Small Gladstone Chocolate

Condition: Very Good

$695

Burberry

Nylon Puffer Medium Rucksack Backpack Burgundy

Condition: Excellent

$650

Burberry

Nylon Monogram Small Camera Bag Vermillion

Condition: Very Good

$540

Burberry

Nylon Monogram Bum Bag Beige

Condition: Very Good

$750

Burberry

Soft Grain Calfskin Small Belt Bag Brown

Condition: Excellent

$795

Burberry

Lambskin Quilted Mini Lola Bag Honey

Condition: Excellent

$580

Burberry

Suede Calfskin Medium Whipstitch Tote

Condition: Very Good

$345

Burberry

Nylon Logo Print Medium Rucksack Backpack Black

Condition: Very Good

$795

Burberry

Lambskin Nylon Medium Leo Sling Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$650

Burberry

London Grainy Calfskin Tuffley iPad Sleeve Black

Condition: Excellent

$250

Burberry

Calfskin Small TB Bag Ink Navy

Condition: Excellent

$950

Burberry

Calfskin Leopard Small Grace Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Burberry

Suede Fringe Peyton Crossbody Clutch Bag Blue

Condition: Excellent

$325

Burberry

Vintage Check Calfskin Barrel Bag Beige Black

Condition: Excellent

$850

Burberry

Calfskin TB Motif Embossed Medium Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$850

Burberry

House Check Continental Wallet Dark Brown

Condition: Excellent

$295

Burberry

Nylon Horseferry Print Bucket Hat L Black

Condition: Excellent

$325

Burberry

Cashmere Check Thomas Bear Bag Charm Parade Red

Condition: Excellent

$225

Burberry

Wool Cashmere Mega Check Cape Scarf Scarf Navy

Condition: Excellent

$575

Burberry

House Check Boston Black

Condition: Very Good

$325

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Patent House Check Ruffled Small Lowry White

Condition: Excellent

$595

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Soft Grain Calfskin Small Buckle Tote Steel Blue

Condition: Very Good

$595

Burberry

Silk Gauze Giant Check Scarf Claret

Condition: Very Good

$250

Burberry

Canvas Mega Check Everson Crossbody Black

Condition: Very Good

$375

Burberry

House Check Small Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$450

Burberry

Calfskin Medium TB Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

Burberry

Calfskin Small TB Bag Dark Crimson

Condition: Excellent

$975

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