Our heritage

For over 150 years, we’ve been supplying high quality garments to people and schools across the world.


Our company was founded in 1865, in a small village in Lancashire called Grindleton. Originally named the Clitheroe Shirting Company, in the early 1920s we began operating as Trutex and have remained as the brand ever since. We’ve grown to become the UK’s foremost school uniform supplier, with customers across the globe and stretching the length and breadth of the UK.

Trutex’s long history means we truly understand what it’s like for students, parents, schools and uniform shops. We’ve got insight into what schools need and when they need it, whatever social or cultural changes might come their way. From state schools to private, grammar to academies, we understand what pressures schools are under, and how getting their uniform right can help their students, parents and staff. We also know what school uniform shops need to win over their customers, whether they’re an online school uniform shop or a local store that’s been operating for nearly as long as us. This deep knowledge makes us ideally placed to help you choose and purchase the uniform that’s right for your needs, whether plain, badged, traditional or contemporary.


And of course, we know school uniforms. We’ve been supplying high quality, professional standard uniforms to schools of all sizes for more than one hundred years, always with the same commitment to style, comfort and innovation. We’ve always been one step ahead, designing ways to nurture the future with garments that have less impact on our planet while still withstanding the rough and tumble of daily school life. That means developing a blazer fabric created entirely from recycled plastic bottles, choosing sustainable and recycled materials, promoting ethical sourcing and transparency of manufacturing, and becoming the world’s first carbon neutral specialist school uniform supplier.


Most of all, it means designing uniforms that are made to last, for children, schools and stockists in the UK and across the globe.