The Henry Cotton's brand is named after one of the most important golfers of the last century, Sir Henry Cotton, who was also known for his style and elegance.
Henry Cotton was born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, to an English bourgeois family.
In 1920, two schoolboys from Alleyn’s School started golfing at the Aquarius Golf Club in London. They were brothers L. T. (Leslie) and T. H. (Henry) Cotton. In 1923, Henry Cotton won the Pilling Cup, the men’s knockout, the Club Championship and the Hutchings Trophy. Both brothers turned professional in January 1924.
At age 19, Henry Cotton went to Langley Park to become the youngest Head Golf Professional in the history of British golf.
Henry Cotton’s victory at the 1934 British Open at Royal St. George’s not only confirmed the promise of Britain’s 27-year-old at the very highest level, but also was a landmark in British golfing history to see the Claret Jug recaptured after a decade of American domination. Over the course of five days that summer, Henry Cotton smashed the 18, 36 and 54-hole open records in a performance which, in the words of Golfing Magazine at the time, “Eclipsed anything that has ever been done since golf began.” The sight of Henry Cotton being carried off the 18th green remains a lasting image in the history of the Open.
The Ryder Cup was played in England in 1937, just prior to the Open Championship, which meant that the 1937 British Open was one of the few of the era with a strong American presence. U.S. Ryder Cup players made the trek north to Scotland to play the Open. Although they had won the Ryder Cup by a score of 8-4, Henry Cotton inflicted two of those four losses on the Americans.
At the 1937 British Open, he beat them once again to destroy the strong American contingent.
Henry Cotton joined the Royal Air Force at the beginning of the Second World War and was involved in organizing a number of golfing charity exhibitions in favour of the Red Cross. His humanitarian activity during WWII won him the sought-after title of Member of the British Empire (MBE).
Henry Cotton won the last of his three Open titles at the 1948 British Open. He also won three of the 13 British Open tournaments played from 1930 to 1948, finishing in the Top 7 nine times. At this Open, Henry Cotton seized control with a second round 66, earning a four-stroke advantage heading into the 36-hole final day. He won by five strokes, shooting 75 and 72 on that last day. Henry Cotton’s third Open Championship at Muirfield in 1948 completed his transformation from anti-establishment rebel to international sport legend and celebrity.
This was the year that Henry Cotton retired from his professional career. He spent the following years successfully working in journalism, writing and designing golf courses. Henry Cotton designed Penina Hotel & Golf Resort in Algarve, Portugal, where he spent the last part of his life with his trusted caddy "Pacifico" the donkey.
Sir Henry Cotton adored his luxurious lifestyle with great cars, exceptional food and tailored Italian clothing. He frequently visited Italy, capturing and transferring the Italian experience to his look.
The first Henry Cotton's collection is presented; its taste is Anglo-American. Two years later, the Henry Cotton's brand will be registered for the first time; in 1983, the current three fishermen brand logo will be added as the main logo.
The Henry Cotton’s brand reached instant fame during the 1980s, crossing national borders to expand throughout Europe, and open numerous flagship stores.
Henry Cotton's launched its first womenswear line.
The Henry Cotton's brand conquered the Japanese and Korean markets and reached immediate success. The first flagship store was opened in Tokyo, soon followed by over 100 more openings.
During the new decade, Henry Cotton's strengthened its national and international presence with new flagship stores opening in Venice, Paris, Moscow and Shanghai.
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