Lyle & Scott is a globally recognised brand within the realms of golfing and fashion alike. But where did it all start? Let’s take a look at the history of Lyle & Scott.
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So the story goes with most well-known, reputable clothing labels, the beginnings of such are usually quiet and humble. Lyle & Scott is no exception to this. We go back to their roots of the world renowned British brand to discover how it all started.
The History of Lyle & Scott
1874 – 1926
In 1874, founders William Lyle and Walter Scott were granted a meagre £800 loan and founded a knitwear company, distributing from a small factory in Hawick, nestled in the Scottish borders. Believe it or not, they started out producing underwear during the Victorian era.
1926 – 1960
By 1926, the company had rapidly expanded and they were now producing knitted outerwear too. The company took a massive step up in 1954, when managing director Charles Oliver negotiated a partnership with designer fashion house Christian Dior to produce joint branded Cashmere. He would later go on to sign deals with other designer brands including Chanel and YSL, cementing Lyle & Scott as a high quality clothing label.
1960 – Present
The Lyle & Scott golden eagle motif is derivative of the labels golfing heritage (more about that later) which has a lot to do with the brands identity today. During the 60s, Lyle & Scott launched a golfing range that was and still is loyally adopted by professional golfers as the go-to sports apparel.
As a direct result, the brand became popular with golfers and their fans. For those keen golfers among you, ‘Eagle’ is a term referring to a score of 2 under par for any given hole (for those of you like me this doesn’t even sound like English, but the fact remains). Since its inception during the 60s, the golden eagle has graced every label or item of Lyle & Scott clothing right down to their skivvies.
Today Lyle & Scott are a favourite among the indie scene with the likes of The Arctic Monkeys and Dave Berry both fans of the label. The brand has also been awarded a Royal Warrant by appointment to The Duke of Edinburgh cementing its status as a premium quality line.
Your Quick Guide to The History of Lyle & Scott
- In 1874, founders William Lyle and Walter Scott were granted a £800 loan and founded the company.
- By 1926, the company had rapidly expanded and they were producing knitted outerwear.
- in 1954, when managing director Charles Oliver negotiated a partnership with designer fashion house Christian Dior to produce joint branded Cashmere.
- During the 60s, Lyle & Scott launched their iconic golfing range.
When it comes to Lyle & Scott, it’s all about versatile simplicity. Oxford shirts, polos, t-shirts, jackets and jumpers are a classic L&S pieces you can wear at home, the office or at the pub. The colours and designs are minimalist and tasteful, and all the while Lyle & Scott’s superior quality resonates.
Moving into 2016, Lyle & Scott now encompasses the Vintage Collection, the newly launched London Collection & Fitness Range, Men’s and Women’s golf and a Junior Collection.