Daniel Gurteen was a master weaver who established his own company in Haverhill. Suffolk, in 1784. Garteen specialised in weaving a material called “drabbett”, which was used for making smocks and worn by the agricultural workers of the time.
The business grew and expanded into the manufacture of men’s clothing and silk smocks and by 1900 the company was employing around 2,500 people in the Haverhill area. During the Second World War, the Gurteen factory in Haverhill, named Chauntry Mills, was fully occupied making uniforms and clothing for the military.
Today, Gurteen remains a family run company, with a large private label business for household names and a branded business with stockists throughout the UK.