Alfred Dunhill, Ltd.
British-based company, specializing in men's luxury
leather goods, writing implements, lighters, timepieces, fragrances and
clothing. The business was developed by Alfred Dunhill after he inherited his
father's saddlery business on
Euston Road. Dunhill, responding to the growing demand
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. Dunhill pitched the
company under the slogan “Everything For The Car But The Motor”.
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
1903 – Dunhill’s first dashboard clock marks their entry into the timepiece
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 – Dunhill opens a pipe factory near the store.
1915 – The trademark White Spot marking is added to Dunhill’s pipes.
1921 – Store opens in New York; Paris store opens three years later.
1927 – Dunhill launches the revolutionary Unique lighter, the first to be
operated using just one hand.
1928 – Dunhill begins distributing the Namiki pen company’s maki-e lacquered
1936 – The iconic Facet timepiece, based on Dunhill’s car head-lamp designs, is
1941 – 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 Alfred Dunhill Cup golf tournament.
2000 – Dunhill Links golf championship supersedes 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.
Rare and classic car event the Alfred Dunhill Motorities Tour is inaugurated.
Dunhill Pipes truly
are among the finest pipes made today! Called "The Rolls Royce of Pipes", these
flawless briars are perfect. That means no fills, pits, or flaws are found in or
on these well crafted and select pipes. Of the highest collectability, these
pipes are highly sought for their sweet smoke and the prestige of knowing that
you are smoking the best!
Alfred Dunhill started his company in 1893 & his first pipe shop opened in 1907
in London. Dunhill uses the finest quality briar in all their pipes which go
through over 100 different steps from start to finish. The famous trademark
"white dot" on every Dunhill pipe was designed by necessity enabling workers to
tell which end of the stem was up. Needless to say, the quality of craftsmanship
has come a long way since those days. By the end of the Great War, Dunhill was
established as THE smoking pipe of choice, an opinion that thousands, if not
hundreds of thousands of pipe smokers adhere to today.