Back in 1877, Captain Helly Juell Hansen was a cold and wet Norwegian sailor. To keep dry and warm, he decided to make oilskins.
At the age of 35, he and his wife started making "oilies": by soaking thick linen trousers and coveralls in linseed oil - to make them waterproof. They made and sold sou'westers, jackets, tarpaulins: within 5 years they sold over 10,000 garments. HH wetwear and workwear has since grown to be used by recreational and professional sailors worldwide. Users respect the protection HH gives in the wildest weather - remember The Perfect Storm?: Wouldn’t you want Helly Hansen protecting you against the elements, not matter how mild or wild?