Cordings is firmly established as a foremost supplier of country clothing. The ability to combine practicality and style has made Cordings the go-to place for gentlemen and ladies who are firmly established in the country while still wanting to cut a dash in town.
Waterproofing was the raison d’etre of the original Cordings business, and John Charles Cording opened his first shop as an outfitter and waterproofer in 1839 at 231 The Strand. He recognised his coats were useful both for riding and daily life, but also for the burgeoning motor era.
These coats were considered as essential in the hunting field as they were by early motorists in their open top cars – whose hoods were made from the same material – and are still one of the bedrocks of the Cordings range.
In 1877, the business transferred to 19 Piccadilly, and in 1902 was incorporated into a Limited Company - J.C. Cording & Co Limited. In 1909, JC Cording & Company was granted the Prince of Wales warrant as waterproofers to the future King George V. In 1922, the young Prince of Wales adopted Cordings as one of his outfitters, as had his father before him.
Cordings was quickly becoming synonymous with outdoor living and was an important shop for all city gentlemen to call at before venturing into the countryside.
During the twentieth century, Cordings expanded its collection to include accessories. Their British and Italian silk ties, with country motifs, are an essential ingredient in a gentleman’s wardrobe. Tweed epitomises British country style and Cordings is proud to work with the finest British mills each season to create a collection that takes you from town to the peg in style!
*Images taken exclusively for TLMB at Cordings