Corgi was founded in 1892 by Carmarthenshire draper Rhys Jones who, having purchased some second-hand knitting machines, began to produce thigh-high woollen stockings for the local colliers. He then began to produce a range of finer quality socks, ideal for men to wear to chapel on Sundays. From the beginning, Rhys paid very close attention to detail and quality and as the reputation of his products grew, demand spread across the whole of South Wales and beyond.
Now, some 120 years and four generations later, the company is managed by Rhys’ great, great grandchildren Chris Jones and Lisa Wood. Corgi continues to design and produce hand-knitted wool, cotton and cashmere socks and knitwear for men and women of the very highest quality in the same Carmarthenshire town it was established, Ammanford. However, joining forces with its sister company Dents in 2008 allowed Corgi to drastically expand its export market and the company’s products are now sold all over the world. Despite its dramatic growth, Corgi maintains the uncompromising commitment to quality that has always been at the heart of the brand.
In 1989, Corgi was awarded a Royal Warrant by HRH The Prince of Wales. The company has a long-standing relationship with the Prince, having supplied him with its finest cashmere socks for a number of years. He has also visited the Corgi factory, located just a short distance from the Welsh home at Llwynywermod he shares with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.