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‘Henri Lloyd’ co-founder Henri Strzelecki dies aged 87

Polish-British textile tycoon Henri Strzelecki, the founder of the ‘Henri Lloyd’ line of yachting and golf clothes, has died aged 87.

Born in Brodnica Strzelecki in northern Poland, Henri Strzelecki – known as ‘Mr Henry’ or ‘Waterproof Henry’ – founded the Henri Lloyd company with Angus Lioyd in Manchester, England in 1963 after emigrating to the UK after fighting in the Polish army in World War 2.

The brand specialized in using advances in textile technology for the emerging sports market, utilising new fabrics such as Bri-Nylon, Velcro and Gore-Tex.

The clothing line was used by notable explorers such as Sir Francis Chichester – the first man to circumnavigate the world single-handed – and adventurer Ranulph Fiennes, and Henri Strzelecki was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1985 for services to British exports after his sportswear became a fashion item.

Henri Lloyd signed a commercial partnership contract in 2009 with Brawn GP Formula One Team as Official Supplier of Clothing and Footwear Technology.

December 28, 2012 - Posted by | News |

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