Alfred Dunhill, Ltd. is a British luxury goods brand, specialising in ready-to-wear, custom and bespoke menswear, leather goods, and accessories. The company is based in London, where it also owns and operates a leather workshop. The company is currently owned by Richemont.
The business was developed by Alfred Dunhill after he inherited his father's saddlery business on London's Euston Road. Alfred Dunhill, responding to the growing demand for automobiles, developed a line of accessories called "Dunhill's Motorities". This first collection included car horns and lamps, leather overcoats, goggles, picnic sets and timepieces. Alfred Dunhill pitched the company under the slogan “Everything But The Motor”. In the 1920s, Alfred Dunhill, the founder, retired from the business.
Developed in the mid-1950s, Dunhill produced one of the first butane gas lighters. This iconic design has remained relatively unchanged since and was regularly used by James Bond in both print and on the screen.
Sought after the world over, Dunhill lighters combine true innovation and craftsmanship with sophisticated design.
The Unique and the Rollagas, launched in 1924 and in 1956 respectively, are design icons which remain practically unchanged since their debut. Available in a range of finishes, they are the definitive luxury lighters.
Developed in the mid 1950s, Dunhill produced one of the first butane gas lighters. This iconic design has remained relatively unchanged since and was regularly used by James Bond in both print and on the screen.
1893 – Aged 21, Alfred Dunhill takes over his father’s saddlery business and converts it into Dunhill’s Motorities, providing ‘Everything for the car but the motor’.
1903 – Alfred Dunhill’s first dashboard clock marks their entry into the timepiece arena.
1905 – Alfred Dunhill patents his Windshield Pipe, designed to allow comfortable smoking while driving or cycling.
1907 – Having retired from running the Motorities business, Alfred Dunhill opens a pipe, cigar and tobacco store among the men’s clubs of Duke Street, St. James’s, London SW1.
1910 – Alfred Dunhill opens a pipe factory near the store.
1915 – The trademark White Spot marking is added to Alfred Dunhill’s pipes.
1921 – Store opens in New York; Paris store opens three years later.
1927 – Alfred Dunhill launches the revolutionary Unique lighter, the first to be operated using just one hand.
1928 – Alfred Dunhill begins distributing the Namiki pen company’s maki-e lacquered pens.
1936 – The iconic Facet timepiece, based on Alfred Dunhill’s car head-lamp designs, is launched.
1941 – Alfred Dunhill’s Duke Street store is bombed during World War II; it was extended and rebuilt in the 1950s and recently renovated.
1956 – The Rollagas butane lighter is launched.
1963 – Manufacture of Dunhill brand cigarettes starts.
1985 – First annual Dunhill Cup golf tournament.
2001 – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship supersedes Alfred Dunhill Cup.
2005 - Savile Row tailor Richard James, watchmaker Tom Bolt, casual-wear designer Nick Ashley and leather-smith Bill Amberg are brought on board to help revitalise the brand.
2007 - First Home of Alfred Dunhill opens in Tokyo, Japan.
2008 - Alfred Dunhill announces the appointment of menswear designer Kim Jones as Creative Director, a role Alfred Dunhill has not offered before. Second Home of Alfred Dunhill opens in London, UK, in Bourdon House.
Third Home of Alfred Dunhill opens in Shanghai, China, in The Twin Villas.
2010 - Fourth Home of Alfred Dunhill' opens in Hong Kong, China, in Prince's Landmark.
2011 - First Voice campaign launched.