HISTORY & HERITAGE

Today

The Byford tradition in quality Menswear has now been extended to embrace a full range of clothing and accessories. Today, the brand has more than 1,500 sales points across the world with Premium Depa ...

2012

A brand new Byford store image was developed by famous Design Consultant rpa: vision, the design has combined the brand’s unique DNA and contemporary image. The Byford retail concept was proud to be n ...

1990

Throughout the 1990s, Byford extends its footprint across the Middle East, and Asia, pioneering the way forward for British brands in China.

1985

Worldwide exposure is secured when Sandy Lyle wins the British Open at Royal St. George’s wearing Byford sweaters whilst a natonal campaign at House of Fraser’s in excess of 100 Department Stores conf ...

1980

Initially in Singapore and Malaysian the early 1980’s, through licensing the brand to leading international partners well-placed to tailor it to the increasingly exacting standards of a global market- ...

1974

Byford Man was born, a top-to-toe expression of the brand’s style and quality, and successfully introduced into the hundreds of Department Stores and Independents where the brand featured prominently ...

1969

The International Wool Secretariat Award for pre-eminence in the manufacture of Woolmark Sweaters is secured – no mean achievement given that the company had not manufacturd its first pullover until l ...

1965

As a premier exponent of classic British products, Byford wins The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in recognition of sustained growth in its export business.

1959

Byford linked up with Aquascutum, Chester Barrie, Church Shoes and DAKS to launch the British Menswear Guild of Premium Exporters, formed to promote the the creativity and quality of British goods aro ...

1954

The desire to innovate now extended beyond socks alone so that, to capitalise on the company’s knowledge of the menswear trade and its expertise in fine knitted goods, the Maltby plant was re-engineer ...

1951

The BYFLEX line in Wool-and-Nylon was introduced to deliver greater flexibility for the retailer and speed in production whilst in 1951 the first All-Nylon style – eventually to be christened the BYFO ...

1948

With victory in Europe and the Pacific, DB was again able to unleash on the market what he and his designers had been working on, most notably the BYFORD 98. This All-Wool, Shrink-Resistant, Hand-fini ...

1935

Whilst this was a difficult decade around the world, Byford continued to punch above its weight, allowing Senior Managers to relax, on occasion, in style.

1924

1924 Five years of solid growth led DB to purchase a tract of land outside the then Leicester, at the crossroads of Blackbird Road and Abbey Lane. A year later, a brand new state-of-the-art, 10,000 sq ...

1922

Despite the recession of the early 1920’s, business flourished almost immediately and by 1922 all eight rooms were operating to full capacity.

1919

1919 In this year, DB began his own business. With a modest gift of capital, he bought an eight-roomed building in Bedford Street and so laid laid the foundations of an enterprise that was to become t ...

1914

1914 The international brand that is Byford today has its roots in Leicester, England. In 1914, Donald Byford – or DB as he came to be known – began his training there, right in the the heart of the B ...