Established in Newlyn in 1976, we were originally called A-Z smocks, soon changing to Shipmates.
We relocated to a workshop in Causewayhead, Penzance, in 1978.
Opening our first shop at the Barbican, Penzance, in 1979, George retired from sea (commercial fishing ) and developed the practical and decorative rope work aspect of the company.
In 1982, we opened a shop in St Ives, at the Harbour Craft Market, where we stayed for three years before moving to our present location. We also relocated our home and workshop to Gulval.
In 1986, Riviera Displays at Marazion was purchased and printing and embroidery was added to the portfolio.
We gave up the Barbican workshop to concentrate on the printing workshop and our new site , The Old Harbour Master’s Weighbridge Office on the wharf, adjacent to the famous Sloop Inn, in St Ives. In 2022, we left our shop in St Ives to spend more time in the workshop, concentrating on online sales and local outlets.
With the addition of the printing facility, personalised smocks took off. One of our first customers being The Sail Training Association of Great Britain – The STA. Hundreds of smocks were produced for The Malcolm Millar and Sir Winston Churchill.