Burberry (estb. 1856) is a British fashion house founded in 1856 by dressmaker Thomas Burberry with the goal of creating inventive and functional outerwear. Heritage design icons of the house include the trench coat, the trademark plaid Nova Check, and the Prorsum knight. As a specialist in outdoor sportswear, Burberry established a wealthy clientele who dedicated themselves to hunting and fishing. Ten years later he invented gabardine, which was the only waterproof material known at the time. The brand was at its height in the 1950s and in the 1960s developed a full line of accessories, including bags, umbrellas, scarves, and luggage featuring the Nova Check.