Mitchell and Ness
Beginning in 1904 with a collaboration between two friends with sporting backgrounds, Mitchell & Ness originally specialised in handcrafted Tennis Rackets, golf clubs and other such items.
1925 saw a venture into clothing manufacture and in 1933, the company went professional when they became the official field outfitters of the Philadelphia Eagles. During 1938-55 Mitchell & Ness began to develop their clothing on and off field with a high level of success.
At the end of a near disastrous year in 1983, a customer entered the Mitchell & Ness store in Philadelphia and requested that they repaired two vintage jerseys. Upon realising that they had the skills and there were rolls of discarded yarn in the factory, Mitchell & Ness came to the decision to begin manufacturing vintage sportswear. The vintage jerseys proved popular with entertainers and athletes, with huge stars such as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson signed with Mitchell & Ness at its peak.
Research has been an instrumental part of Mitchell & Ness’ history, with extensive research being undertaken before the garments reach manufacture. Staff frequently visit sport museums and have a full time historian as part of the staff. At IL2L, we have a great range of Mitchell & Ness hats – so you too can be part of the action.