Snugpak® is a true, pioneering British company, starting out as an original cottage industry founded by Brett Harris in the 1970s. While doing high risk repair work on oil rigs, Brett saw his American co-workers wearing body warmers, and knew there would be a great market for them in the UK. He set to work on the designs, making patterns on his kitchen table and learning to sew. He used his free weekends to sell his products on local markets whilst paying the mortgage with his day job.
As demand grew, he started to take on sewing staff, rented a small unit in Silsden and started to advertise his products nationally at outdoor exhibitions. The range had expanded further into clothing and was about to leap into the pack size sleeping bags that have made the company famous. Before long, he approached a local engineer to produce bespoke machinery to reduce costs and save time, bringing a new level of automation to the industry. These unique techniques allowed him to competitively bring his ideas of low weight and low pack size sleeping bags to a market that would be forever changed by this kind of innovation.
eturning to their roots in the 1990s, Snugpak® developed a synthetic fill, deep sea diving insulated suit (for another Great British company, Weezle™) which demonstrated that, along with the sleeping bags and jackets, the insulation continues to protect the user if they accidently get wet. The suit went on to win the Millennium Product Award for its design.
The 2000s have seen the company grow from a strong British manufacturing company into an internationally recognised brand, twice winning the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
2006 saw the retirement of the original company
owner, but it was business as usual, with the long term
company directors seamlessly carrying on the legacy
and commitment to affordable,