1905

The Oakes family opened a department store in Oldbury, Birmingham.

1943

Aged seven, John Franklyn Oakes, known as Lyn, helped customers in the shop and his retail career began.

1960s

Lyn Oakes married Gill. Gill's father was a Funeral Director, who was struggling to find an outfit for work. Lyn saw an opportunity to help him find a tailor made formal suit.

1980s

Lyn Oakes Limited was founded, supplying tailored uniforms to the Funeral industry.

The business began to supply independent Funeral Directors locally with work-wear, seeing the gap in the market to connect the Funeral trade with bespoke tailoring.

Lyn curated a capsule collection, with patterns and designs crafted by Gill. These garments became their core uniform range, many of which are still worn and sold today.

Simon, son of Lyn and Gill joined the family business, expanding national and international sales.

1990s

The company expanded, reaching their supply of uniforms to nation wide corporate companies, as well as independent Funeral Directors.

2000s & 2010s

Lyn Oakes developed the first fully sustainable funeral wear uniform made from eco fabrics and trims.

Upon demand, the company began to supply uniforms to a handful of rural and seaside hotels.

Colourful jackets became a Lyn Oakes hit, favored by many Welsh male voice choirs.

The company bought rival company Brook York.

Our recent achievements 

Lyn Oakes have seen an increase in demand for their bespoke uniforms, with a rise in Funeral Directors wanting to define themselves by iconic uniforms.

Propelled by exhibiting at The Independent Hotel Show, Lyn Oakes have gained contracts to supply uniforms to luxury 5* hotels in London. These started as boutique independent hotels, and have outreached to iconic hotel groups.

Arabella, Gill and Lyn’s granddaughter and Simon’s niece, has started working at her family business to head up marketing, and assisting with hotel designs.

Last year Lyn Oakes delivered sixty black jackets to Pinewood Studios for costumes to be worn in an upcoming blockbuster film.

Worcester Warriors rugby team selected Lyn Oakes uniforms to wear after matches and events for the winter season 2019-2020.

Lyn Oakes merged with Brook York, to operate as one.

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