Gaynors is the largest independent retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment in the UK. Gaynors delivers unbeatable prices and unparalleled choice and depth of product, from all the major outdoor brands. Gaynors is in the heart of the Lake District, with a 25,000 sq ft distribution centre in Lancashire, but remains a family business that puts customer service first.
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The story of Helly Hansen started in 1877. After many years at sea, norwegian captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Maren Margarethe began producing oilskin jackets, trousers, sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil. They certainly struck a nerve in the market, because over the first five years they sold approximately 10,000 pieces. In 1878 the company won a diploma for excellence at the Paris Expo, and began exporting its products.
The heritage from Helly Juell Hansen is still Helly Hansens cornerstone. Today their gear is used by world-class sailors, skiers and adventurers who spend their time between human will and nature’s forces, and demand full protection and performance when the conditions are at their worst.