Thomas Pink is a retail clothing business started in London in 1984, by three Irish brothers James, Peter and John Mullen. The company was named for an 18th century London tailor who was known for making much sought-after red ('pink') hunting jackets.
The first Thomas Pink shop was in the borough of Chelsea, London
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. In 1989, it acquired a store on Jermyn Street
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, a street notable for its resident shirtmakers. Thomas Pink now has shops all over the world, including the United States, where it opened its first store in 1997.
In 1999, the Mullen brothers sold their majority share to LVMH
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Originally produced in the U.K. and Ireland, the majority of Thomas Pink shirts are now however manufactured in China, Thailand and Vietnam.