Grahames Schoolwear is founded by James Gardner Grahame and James Greenlees on London Road, Leicester, supplying daywear and Gymphlex PE clothing to local schools. This was the start of a British Sportswear Manufacturing Institution.
Leicestershire Gentlemen's vs Public Schoolboys cricket match.
Sports Ltd was a part of the family's business, selling specialist sports equipment and clothing.
The Scotland Rugby team choose Gymphlex as their official kit supplier. This team photograph taken at Twickenham following a successful year with our founders son, Harry Greenlees playing at fly-half.
In 1933 Bobby Meredith England Tennis Captain chooses Gymphlex. He competed at every Wimbledon held between 1933 and 1950 and was Leicestershire County champion from 1942-1946 and 1948-1951. Bobby is also the grandfather of our Executive Chairman - James Greenlees.
The Scottish Rugby team continue to wear Gymphlex as their official kit supplier and are greeted by the King.
For the 1934/35 season Leicester Tigers choose Gymphlex as their official kit supplier.Harry Greenlees captained the side. During this period there was the first BBC radio broadcast from Welford Road when Leicester beat Waterloo 21-5.
From our archive this Gymnastics team chose to wear Gymphlex.
Grahame Gardner and Gymphlex divide to become 2 separate companies. Prior to this Gymphlex manucatured the product lines and they were sold by Grahame Gardner Ltd.
From our archive this Football team chose to wear Gymphlex.
All England Netball Association adopted a special outfit exclusively designed and made by Gymphlex.
Gymphlex relocate from Leicester to Horncastle, Lincolnshire. This decision was made after Horncastle was identified as one of the areas in a post-war Britain with the greatest need for employment.
The British Swim team chose Gymphlex for teh Monte Carlo Championships. Great Britian came 5th in the medal table winning 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.
Dennis Compton chose Gymphlex for his Cricket whites whilst playing for England. In 1947 Compton thrilled the war-weary English public with his cavalier batting, he scored five centuries, one for Middlesex and four for England, accumulating 1,056 runs at an average of 88.
Mahmoud El Karim the World Champion Squash player chooses Gymphlex.
Gymphlex supplied both the British and USA Ryder cup teams with Wincheater Jackets. This prestigious event was held at the Ganton Golf Club in Scarborough. The United States team won the competition by a score of 7 to 5 points.
Gymphlex supplied the training suits at the FA Cup final at Wembley. The match was between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City. Wolverhampton went on to win the match 3-1.
Gymphlex again supplied the training suits for the FA Cup Final at Wembley. The match was between Arsenal and Liverpool. Arsenal went on to win the match 2-0 courtesy of two goals by Reg Lewis.
Gymphlex provides sportswear to the Military Tattoo and the RAF Royal Tournament.
Ladies wearing Gymphlex at the RAF Royal Tournament.
Gymphlex began supplying Ladybird Childrenswear, a household name sold through Woolworths Ltd.
More of a fabulous archive brochures and price lists, this time from the 70's.
In 1973 Gymphlex moved to a purpose built single-storey factory on Boston Road, Horncastle. This factory shows the way in which the County of Lindsey was setting an example to the rest of the Country for development in rural areas.
A fire leaves the Horncastle factory devastated. With a British Stiff-upper-lip Gymphlex move back to their old factory building and carry on whilst Boston Road is rebuilt again.
From the Gymphlex archive one of our Sales Boards that presented the Leisurewear range on the counter in Leicester
Margaret Thatcher visited our Leiceste Factory and meets our current Executive Chairman James Greenless (aged 10).
Prince Charles and the rest of his Polo team choose Gymphlex for their polo-shirt.
Another great photogaph from our archive of the Queen congratulating Prince Charles on a win at Polo.
Gymphlex celebrates 50 years as a brand. Mr George Greenlees starts the birthday celebrations by opening gifts from staff and friends.
Are fabulous archive of Brochures, Price lists and Marketing material still inspires items we make today, it could be a button, colour palette or a re-invension of a sporting garment.
Gymphlex first exports to Japan and the USA.
Gymphlex wins £500,000 order from Japan.
Gymphlex began manufacturing for iconic brands Burberry and Barbour.
Gymphlex began manucaturing for Margaret Howell, an iconic brand in Japan and the UK.
Grahame Gardner Ltd and Gymphlex Ltd celebrate 100 years of manufacturing sporting garments. Although the public didn't see the brand Gymphlex until 1936 its products had been sold by its sister company Grahame Gardner Ltd since 1906.
Executive Chairman James Greenlees took a trip to our factories in Japan and visited B-Shop which were also selling the Gymphlex products.
Our Executive Chairman James Greenless working hard again whilst visitng our Japanese manufacturers.
The GFORCE Sportswear brand was launched in 2008 by Gymphlex utilising the latest in technical fabrics and designs. This range is ideal for Teams, Clubs, Universities and Schools. You can find us at www.gforcesportswear.co.uk
A luxury menswear collection, all made in England and based on 100 years of sportswear manufacture.
Launch of Gymphlex originals a collection of everyday leisurewear inspired by Gymphlex sporting catalogue. This collection had already been selling exclusively in Japan, but from June 2013 it was sold to other Countries around the world.
In discussion for the next seasons collection our Japanese Manufacturers visit our Executive Chairman and Head Designer here in the UK.
After over 70 years at Stamford Street, Leicester - Gymphlex and Grahame Gardner Ltd relocate to Woodside House, 218 London Road, Leicester. With a beautiful view of Victoria Park.
Gymphlex appear in Coach Magazine
Gymphlex appears on the front cover of Japans Cluel Magazine
George Ezra wears Gymphlex in FHM Magazine.
Ed Sheran chooses Gymphlex
Jacket Required is a trade show that you have to be invited to attend.
Mari Taylor became one of our Gymphlex Heroes. Read her story on our journal page.
A mini brochure, swing ticket, business card and a sweat band ready for the upcoming exhibitions.
Lyon Woodstock becomes a Gymphlex Hero, read his story here on our journal.
Gymphlex are once again invitied to exhibit at the trade show - Jacket required.