Our Group History
The oldest part of our Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655 which makes us older than the Bank of England. We have touched history in a way few companies of our type have. Our products were present at the Battles of The Nile, Trafalgar, Waterloo and Gettysburg. Our uniform and insignia products are still used today supplied to service personnel and deployed around the world.
Early references to the company name came with the reference to Thomas Firmin, the button maker; in the "List of Names of Merchants in London" for the year 1677. Even earlier is the establishment date known to be 1655 from records in the accounts of the Girdlers Company (belt makers) that survived the Great Fire of London 1666.
By 1754, the Company's ledgers and order books recorded purchases by King George II and various other members of the British Royal Family. The first known Royal Warrant as a button maker was granted by King George III in 1796. Thereafter Firmin has held Warrants for every successive British Sovereign to the present day.
From modest beginnings as button makers, Firmin became the leading supplier of every form of uniform, livery or badge, and the accessories and accoutrements to go with them. This achievement was recognised when Firmin exhibited at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. Firmin's renown was international: in the American Civil War both sides wore Firmin buttons.
The expertise Firmin has gained over the centuries perfecting the highest quality of manufacture and service is now applied to providing the requirements of overseas clients. Firmin aims to fulfil these requirements in the national style, to a standard reflecting international protocol.
During the latter half of the 20th Century and to date Kashket & Partners have become the household name in fine uniform tailoring. In 2006 all of these very specialist and unique companies came together in a single Group, known today as the Kashket Group.
Firmin & Sons, and Kashket & Partners each have the honour to be appointed to the Royal Household.
- Firmin & Sons are appointed Insignia, Buttons and Accessories manufacturers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
- Kashket & Partners are appointed manufacturers of coats and uniforms to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Firmin House, the name of this website embodies and enshrines our collective tradition and history.