It all began with jack murphy...
Born in 1922, Jack Murphy was the son of a fish merchant in one of Dublin’s busy markets – Capel St. He grew up in Dublin’s city centre during the 1930’s, which was a time of great change in Ireland.
Jack was only 17 at the outbreak of the Second World War and three years later he joined the RAF in Belfast. He was stationed in Hiroshima, Japan as a radar control officer. Having suffered a knee injury Jack was flown back to Britain in 1945.
Jack married Frances in 1950, they had 5 children and moved to the seaside village of Skerries, Co. Dublin. It was here that he launched his first business in the clothing industry. A small local factory, where he manufactured garments and delivered them around the capital. In those days, the whole process took place in the one factory, clothes were designed, cut, stitched, packaged and delivered.
Years later, he would see his second son Michael join him in the ‘rag trade’. Michael, who already ran a successful fruit and vegetable stall in Skerries town, was keen to learn the ropes in the Irish clothing industry. During his time there, Michael began selling surplus army gear around Ireland with his business partner. While on the road, often enduring four seasons in one day, they recognised a niche in the market for outdoor camping gear.
They then set up a business together which in time came to be known as Jack Murphy Clothing. Jack Murphy Clothing began to flourish in the 1980s selling outdoor clothing and camping gear and it has evolved immensely over the past 35 years. Expanding out from these roots, the well established town and country clothing brand today produces collections that are still designed in Ireland. The company remains true to its core values as a family business bringing quality, style and sophistication to functional clothing. This ethos is representative of the man who inspired it all; Jack Murphy.
Still, to this day, the managing director of Jack Murphy is his son Michael Murphy. Michael’s daughter Sarah has recently joined the family tradition and is learning the ropes just like her father before her.
26 years ago I received a present of a Jack Murphy full-length raincoat. In the intervening years not only has that coat protected me from our Irish weather but has travelled with me from the Northern Lights in Arctic Norway and to the monsoons of south-east Asia. After 26 years of hard-working, stylish service I recently 'retired' my beloved raincoat. But not for it a charity shop or recycle bin! It will remain in my wardrobe like a 'memory bank'........beside my new Jack Murphy!
This is my second ‘Cotswold” Coat, and I love it just as much as the one I bought over 15 years ago. It’s a longer jacket style with a great hood, and the styling makes it outerwear that often garners compliments. While I bought the first one while vacationing in Ireland, I must say that the online purchase was very easy with prompt product delivery. This is a great jacket!