Yarmouth Oilskins: Workwear with Great British Heritage
December 05, 2018 - Product News, Dog of the Week
- We love workwear.
- We love great British design.
- And we love a brand with genuine heritage.
Introducing Yarmouth Oilskins, a company that emphatically ticks those three boxes.
Yarmouth Oilskins is a British-made heritage brand inspired by its archive collection of traditional coastal workwear. Established in 1898, Yarmouth Stores Ltd. remains one of the oldest manufacturing factories in East Anglia, crafting beautiful, quality garments that are designed to last, made in Britain and distributed the world over.
Over 100 years ago local businesses, Johnson & Sons and Yarmouth Stores Ltd partnered to form Yarmouth Stores Ltd., producing quality workwear garments for men working in the armed services, industrial workers and fishermen. Originally renowned for producing waterproofs and protective workwear over time the company grew and began exporting oilskins, knitwear and clothing to markets throughout the world. The company opened stores in ports throughout Britain and prior to the Second World War, employed more than 1,200 people. The majority being factory workers and sewing machinists who made overalls, uniforms, smocks as well as other workwear in its factories in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Between the 1930s and 1950s trading began to decline with the fishing industry having dramatically deteriorated during both World Wars. During the war the company closed many of its stores and were never to re-open again.
It wasn’t until the 1960s when gas was discovered off the Norfolk coast, which saw a new industry grow rapidly in the area, Yarmouth Stores Ltd. started supplying the vessels and crews with chandlery, equipment and -most importantly- workwear clothing.
It is many of these traditional workwear designs that inspired the brand, Yarmouth Oilskins. Still produced in the original Yarmouth Stores factory in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. They currently employ 20 machinists and pattern cutters whose skills encompass all aspects of garment production. The factory works closely with Great Yarmouth College to recruit students to draw inspiration from the brand’s iconic pieces to create contemporary designs as well as learning the traditional skills of the garment manufacturing industry.
Proud to have “Made in Great Britain” on the tag of every garment produced, Yarmouth Oilskins remains a British, family owned business. Their fabrics are sourced from Yorkshire and Lancashire and produced in the Norfolk factory. Details remain key and the company still uses potato sack bags, sourced from a local potato farm, to send out products to customers.
"Today we continue to grow and innovate with recent triumphs including the launch of our menswear Core Collection at Jacket Required in 2018 - the contemporary capsule collection made up of eleven pieces blends the gap between traditional apparel and contemporary design to deliver a timeless casual-collection for the discerning gentleman."
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After meeting the Yarmouth oilskins team at our festival, The Good Life Experience, in September 2018 we knew we had to work with them.
Simply put: they're one of the good guys, and they deserve your support.
THE CLASSIC SMOCK
The iconic traditional Fisherman’s Classic Smock has been refined sympathetically to suit today’s customer needs. Originally worn by seafarers and fishermen as a loose over garment to protect their knitted sweater, these garments were traditionally made from hardwearing cotton sailcloth.
The Classic Smock from Yarmouth Stores has an open neck and two pockets, made in 100% cotton twill and with contrast taped vents and cuffs treatment. Garment washing gives a preworn look and feel and a ‘lived in’ touch.
THE ENGINEERS JACKET
The original Yarmouth Stores Drill Jacket was available in white only with detachable buttons and 3 outside pockets. Today, The Engineer Jacket is an iconic yet versatile silhouette is a single breasted 3 button relaxed fit.
The jacket is unlined with French seams. It has traditional patch pockets with pen pocket detail and etched Corozo fisheye buttons. A laundered finish softens the garment giving a ‘lived in’ feel.
THE WORKERS SHIRT
In the 1930s Yarmouth Stores carried a range of shirts from the ‘Cruising Shirt, the Sports Shirt and the Tunic Shirt ‘in latest designs’. Today The Worker Shirt takes inspiration from the original tunic shirt.
The Worker Shirt is made with a differential back hem and deep side seam pockets. The double yoke detail with french seams and etched Corozo fisheye buttons finish the look. Garment washing treatment gives a relaxed pre-worn look and feel.
See the full collection, available to buy now, by clicking here.