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In 1856 Thomas Burberry founded Burberry in Basingstoke at the age of 21 based on the idea that clothing should be designed to defend against English weather conditions. So in 1879 he invented gabardine, a fabric that turned out to be a true revolution for clothing thanks to its versatility that will allow Burberry to dress explorers, uniforms of the army up to the royalty. The same designer should be given credit for creating the iconic trench and the Burberry tartan pattern that will initially be used as a lining.