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The story of Helly Hansen started in 1877. After many years at sea, Norwegian captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Maren Margarethe began producing oilskin jackets, trousers, sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil. They certainly struck a nerve in the market, because over the first five years they sold approximately 10,000 pieces. In 1878, the company won a diploma for excellence at the Paris Expo and began exporting its products. The heritage from Helly Juell Hansen is still our cornerstone. Today, world-class sailors, skiers, and adventurers who spend their time between human will and nature’s forces, and demand full protection and performance when the conditions are at their worst, use our gear.