The Crombie story begins over 200 years ago, in the year of the epic Battle of Trafalgar. It was at this time that John Crombie - son to a family of Scottish weavers - established his first woollen mill at Cothal Mills in Aberdeen.
Using only the finest natural fibres, John Crombie quickly established a reputation throughout Britain for the quality of his luxury cloth. Each year, he would set out on horseback to sell his prized fabrics - not only to cloth merchants, but also direct to London tailors eager for the richest offerings to present to their noble clients
By the mid-nineteenth century, the Crombie business has established its reputation amongst the fashionable drapers of London and Paris.
Crombie's fine wools, tweeds, cashmeres and merinos became the fabric of choice for Savile Row tailors and gentlemen of taste.
When the legendary British tailor Tommy Nutter sought to return to Savile Row with his own ready-to-wear range, he approached Crombie for support. A partnership was formed, and for many years Crombie and Tommy Nutter products were sold alongside each other from the same shop.
During this time our joint store at 19 Savile Row had clients including Elton John, John Lennon, and Mick Jagger. Tommy Nutter produced a variety of eye-catching designs - including Jack Nicholson's Joker costumes for the 1989 Batman movie - while Crombie supplied him with the cloth.
Since Tommy Nutter's sad death in 1992, Crombie has continued to release respectfully commemorative Tommy Nutter products derived from his original designs.