To regard Helly Hansen as a pure lifestyle company in the upper price segment would be a real misunderstanding. The Norwegian company originally specialised in high-quality work and sailing clothing. In the course of time, many experiences with these special requirements for weather suitability have also been transferred to winter sports and leisure wear. In a Helly Hansen rain jacket, people have always defied storms and wetness levels. Company founder Helly Juell Hansen started producing weatherproof sailing clothing as early as 1877. The then company name "Helly J. Hansens Oljeklædefabrik" indicates that these were oil jackets and trousers. Helly Hansen is even considered the inventor of weatherproof oil clothing. His particular inventiveness still lives on today and explains the company's continuing success story.