Burberry may rank high in the fashion world today, but the company's roots come from kitting up soldiers and adventurers. Take our quiz to learn more about Burberry, past and present.
While it's unclear if Burberry actually invented the first trench coat, the garment has been synonymous with the Burberry brand for a century.
Thomas Burberry revolutionized rainwear when he created gabardine in 1879. By coating individual fibers rather than the entire garment at once, he created a material that was both breathable and waterproof.
While Burberry eventually became the brand of soldiers, it started as the brand for explorers, who used the gear in early explorations of Antarctica, the South Pole and the Artic Circle.
The Tielocken, a khaki coat with broad lapels and a belt, was one of the earliest examples of the trench coat and was patented in 1912.
The Burberry trench became popular among World War I officers, but an average solider would have had to work 60-80 days to afford a basic model.
Born in 1835 in England, Thomas Burberry became a draper's assistant to get his foot in the door of the fashion industry.
Burberry launched his clothing company in 1856 in Basingstoke, England. The small town had a population of just 4,500 at the time.
It took more than three decades for Burberry to expand to London, opening a store at 30 Haymarket in 1891. The first Paris location didn't open until 1909.
"<i>Prorsum</i>" in the company logo is Latin for "forward." The logo, with its equestrian knight, was first used in 1901.
Burberry founder Thomas Burberry retired in 1917. The company went public on the London Stock Exchange just three years later.
The company trademarked its classic checked lining back in the 1920s and uses the same pattern to this day.
The Scottish Register of Tartans officially recognizes that iconic plaid by the name "Burberry" and classifies it as a corporate, rather than family, tartan.
From the 1920s through the '60s, the company stuck to what it knew best: raingear and tailored menswear.
To catch the eye of savvy shoppers, a Paris shopkeeper turned down the collar of a Burberry trench, revealing the plaid lining. This simple act inspired the company's iconic scarf.
As interest in Burberry plaid grew, the company first released a line of umbrellas. After selling hundreds of umbrellas, the company put the same pattern on a scarf in 1967, and the rest is history.
The Burberry scarf was so successful that the company released the garment in six different colors by the 1990s.
Burberry was hot overseas in the '80s, with two-thirds of companies sales due to exports.
A full 25 percent of all Burberry sales took place in Japan in the '80s, with another 15 percent taking place in the U.S.
It took more than a century for Burberry to create the Thomas Burberry Collection, a line of womenswear released in 1988.
By 1999, around 70 percent of all Burberry sales were purchases from the women's line.
Burberry named its 1999 ready-to-wear line "Prorsum" in honor of the company's logo.
In 2013, the Chinese government revoked Burberry's trademark, claiming that the company was monopolizing Scottish culture.
Celebrities and fashion fans went wild for the monogrammed Burberry poncho in 2014.
Inspired by the trench coat, My Burberry smells like a London garden after the rain, according to the company website.
It takes 100 different processes over a three-week period to make a Burberry trench.
At the Burberry Scarf Bar, which was introduced in 2015, customers can create custom scarves.
In 2011, the company introduced Burberry Bespoke, which allows customers to create customized trench coats, with more than 12 million possible design combinations.
Burberry had $2.5 billion in annual sales through March 2016, up from $1.86 billion just four years earlier.
Burberry offers its famous jacket right off the shelf in a wide variety of colors, including wild patterns and animal prints.
The classic Burberry plaid includes camel, ivory, red and black but never blue.