GG History

1858

 
 
 

Before it all began

 

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Greenlees & Sons (Easiephit) footwear Ltd founded by Mr James Greenlees. 300 retail shops.
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First use of fingerprints as a means of identification is made by Sir William James Herschel of the Indian Civil Service
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1906

 
 
 

The beginning of something beautiful

 

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Grahames Schoolwear is founded by James Gardner Grahame and James Greenlees on London Road, Leicester, supplying daywear and Gymphlex PE clothing to local schools. This was the start of a British Sportswear Manufacturing Institution.
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Finland in the First European country to give women the vote.
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1930

 
 
 

Supplying the Scotland Rugby team

 

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The Scotland rugby team choose us as their official kit supplier. Pictured here the Scottish rugby team have a team photo at Twickenham following a successful year, with the founders son, Harry Greenlees, playing at fly-half.
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"Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears
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1933

 
 
 

Gymphlex (Part of Grahame Gardner) family appear at Wimbledon

 

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Bobby Meredith, England Tennis Captain chooses Gymphlex.
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1st solo flight round the world 7d 19hrs (Wiley Post)
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1936

 
 
 

Grahame Gardner and Gymphlex become sister companies

 

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Grahame Gardner and Gymphlex divide to become 2 separate companies. Prior to this the Gymphlex product lines were manufactured and sold under the Grahame Gardner brand.
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Jesse Owens wins 4 Gold medals at the 1936 Olympics.
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1940

 
 
 

War time efforts

 

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100 outdoor workers used to produce war requirements.
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Churchill was appointed Prime Minister and formed an all-party coalition government.
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1947

 
 
 

The British Swimming Association turn to us

 

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The British Swimming team choose Grahame Gardner for the Monte Carlo championships. Great Britain came 5th in the medal table winning 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.
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World News

Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth marries the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, London.
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1950

 
 
 

Grahame Gardner appears at the FA Cup Final for the second year running - Wembley

 

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Grahame Gardner supplied the training suits at the FA cup final at Wembley.

The match was contested between Arsenal and Liverpool, where Arsenal went on to win the match 2-0 courtesy of two goals by Reg Lewis.
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World News

First TV remote control, Zenith Radio's Lazy Bones is marketed.
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1953

 
 
 

Grahame Gardner provides uniforms for the RAF Royal Tournament

 

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Grahame Gardner provide sportswear to the Military tattoo and the Royal Tournament London.
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The first colour television sets go on sale for about $1,175 in the US
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2003

 
 
 

The start of a new Era

 

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James Greenless our current Managing Director and the founders great grandson becomes a Director.
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World News

Apple launches ITunes which becomes a major success selling 10 million songs within 4 months of launch.
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2006

 
 
 

Graham Gardner celebrates 100 years

 

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2006 marks an auspicious celebration for Grahame Gardner. It's 100 years since we were founded and begain this long and successful journey.
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World News

Google purchases YouTube for US$1.65 billion in stock.
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2014

 
 
 

A new era for Gymphlex and Grahame Gardner

 

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After over 70 years at Stamford Street Leicester, Gymphlex and Grahame Gardner relocate to Woodside House, 218 London Road, Leicester.
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World News

Scotland voted no to independence with 55% of the vote and chose not to break up the relationship which has been established since 1707.
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