Peregrine Clothing was established in 1956, but the British manufacturing company behind it, J G Glover and Co, have been producing quality knitwear and jackets for eight generations and more than two hundred years. All its clothing is made in England today, as it has always been, from either soft merino wool or durable and water-resistant British Millerain waxed cotton.
The Glover family created the brand that became Peregrine Clothing in 1796, when Thomas Glover began working as a hand frame knitter in Leicestershire. He and his son, also called Thomas, would buy spun wool and take it away to knit into jumpers. By the 1860s, Samuel Glover was employing 26 people in the family factory in Moat Street in Wigston Magma. By the end of the nineteenth century, the business had grown still further and was run by fourth-generation Joseph Glover, who established the company J G Glover and Company Ltd. Leicester was, of course, a specialist centre for woollen knitwear during the nineteenth and early twentieth century and by the 1950s J G Glover was employing more than 300 people and exporting woollen clothing all over the world.
In 1956 the company was rebranded as Peregrine Clothing. The late twentieth century was a difficult time for the brand as, like so many British clothing companies, it found itself unable to cope with cheaper products made in the Far East. However, in 2003 it underwent something of a renaissance as the market for quality products made in Britain developed and it was able to re-launch the brand once again.
The Peregrine brand today is run by the eighth generation of the Glover family and continues to produce high-quality classic knitwear. It has also diversified into jackets and specialises in waxed cotton and tweed jackets, all of which are beautifully cut and tailored and guaranteed to last.
Understandably, the Glover family is very proud of its history and expertise in manufacturing knitwear. They are also very proud to be making beautiful garments from the best natural fibres here in Britain. There are not many British manufacturing companies that can boast of a two-hundred-year history and are still successfully making quality goods here in England today. As the Glovers themselves will say: Peregrine - proud to be British.