Trespass: Our Story

Trespass is one of the UK’s most successful outdoor clothing retailers. We currently have more than 150 stores, a network of wholesale clients across the world and a thriving e-commerce website. Scroll down and read our story and see how our history has helped make us the international brand we are today.

1938: Jacobs & Turner Ltd.

Our company was first established in 1938 in Glasgow, Scotland. At the time, we had just 12 machinists, a 1200 sqft warehouse, and we provided uniforms and other items of clothing to large organisations, including the local police. As our success grew, we started to manufacture a new product that would come to shape our business for the next 70 years. That product, was anoraks and other waterproof jackets.

1977: We move into a new 10,000 sqft home

As our business grew, so did our surroundings. We moved from our small warehouse to a new location on Glasgow’s Argyll Street. We had more than 10,000 sqft of office and warehouse space, from which we continued to design and manufacture outdoor clothing.

Early 1980: Exporting into Europe and Beyond

During the affluent 1980s, our business rapidly expanded. We started an import and export branch of the company, which sold our specialist outdoor clothing to countries around the world. This was an exciting time for us, and we saw our production rates increase and our staff levels grow.

1984: Trespass the brand is born

As our client list expanded, we decided to create a dedicated brand that would provide only the finest, high performance, quality outdoor clothing; Trespass was born. We started to focus on affordable skiwear and other specialist outdoor clothing and equipment, such as waterproof jackets and walking boots. We have a huge passion for the outdoors and we wanted to show that through our product line.

1990s: The Trespass retail stores are opened

During the 1990s, we decided to open retail stores, which would sell our Trespass branded clothing and accessories. While we started with just a few select stores, we now have more than 150 stores across the UK. In addition to this, we are in the process of opening stores in mainland Europe and even further afield in the likes of America and Asia.

Late 1990s: Research and development into our own specialist fabrics

As our product line expanded, we started to develop our own trademarked fabric technology. We are particularly proud of our Tres-tex® fabric, which provides an effective waterproof barrier against wet weather. Our other specially designed fabrics include: Softshell®, Coldheat®, AirTrap®, Duoskin®, and Moskitophobia®.

2000: We find a new home

In 2000, we moved to a brand new, custom built Head Quarters in the Southside of Glasgow. Vermont house was opened by the then First Minister of Scotland, Donald Dewar. It houses two large warehouses and an office for more than 100 employees. We do everything here, from designing our new lines, to dispatching orders placed on our website.

2002: Our sponsorship of the BRITS begins

We have always had a passion for encouraging grassroots development, so our partnership with the BRITS Snow Tour was a natural one. This sponsorship was the start of our partnerships with a variety of charities and organisations throughout the years.

2002: We win our 3rd British Apparel Export Award

Having won in 2000 and 2001, 2002 saw our third consecutive British Apparel Export Award, In Recognition of Outstanding Export Achievements.

2013: Announced as the Official Providers of Casual Uniforms for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

As the Official Casual Uniform Provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, we put our considerable experience to good use by designing and manufacturing the clothing for the Clyde-sider volunteers, technical and security officials, and the Queen’s Baton Relay batonbearers. We are incredibly proud to be Official Partners with Glasgow 2014, and it will be exciting to see our specially-designed uniforms on more than 15,000 volunteers come Game Time.

2013: 150th UK Store

Our Wembley Outlet store in London was officially our 150th UK Store. This was a huge achievement for us, and we are looking forward to opening more stores throughout 2014.