“I believe it is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown.”
– Ernest Shackleton
Our story starts with Ernest Shackleton, the greatest polar explorer of all time. He embodied the Heroic Age of Exploration, when men fuelled by a thirst for discovery pushed the boundaries of mental and physical achievement. Shackleton ensured his team had access to the very best kit when venturing into unforgiving environments – in turn, our mission is to inspire and equip a new age of explorers and pioneers.
Launched in 2016, and supported by Ernest Shackleton’s grand-daughter The Hon. Alexandra, we engineer extreme-weather performance apparel that combines advanced technologies with only the very best materials. And we don’t use the word ‘performance’ lightly – our parkas and jackets undergo extensive field-testing and have been proven in Antarctica and the Arctic. In recent years we have equipped a number of record-breaking polar explorers; scientists researching the effects of melting sea ice; and photographers and film crews operating in sub-zero temperatures.
Saying that, we understand that not every Shackleton jacket and sweater will venture to the South Pole, and while we are a function-first brand, we appreciate the need for genuine everyday comfort.
Our products are designed in London and made in Britain and Italy. Shackleton is a fur-free brand and the goose down in all of our jackets is RDS-certified.
NINE-POINTED STAR EMBLEM
On 4 January 1922, while onboard Quest in South Georgia, Sir Ernest Shackleton wrote in his expedition journal:
“In the darkening twilight I saw a lone star hover, gem-like above the bay.”
The next morning he died of a heart attack. He was 48 years old. He was buried in the Grytviken Cemetery, near the abandoned whaling station in King Edward Cove, and his gravestone bears a nine-pointed star; a personal motif that Ernest Shackleton used throughout his life as a guide and inspiration.