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The Origins of Knickerbocker

11.07.17

Knickerbocker has been around since 2013. In the fours years since our humble beginnings, we have created a lot of pieces that we continue to produce today and some that we decided to retire. We’ve collaborated with some amazing brands and have made friends across the world who appreciate craftsmanship and timeless style as much as we do.

So where did Knickerbocker come from? The word Knickerbocker resonates with New York City, a place we proudly call home. Though the New York Knicks may be wider known than Knickerbocker, both companies took their name from the historical Big Apple nickname.

In the middle of the 19th century, Diedrich Knickerbocker was the rumoured name of the Dutch author who wrote Washington Irving’s “History of New York”. Soon after, New York Dutch residents were referred to as “Knickerbockers” and due to the large population of Dutch in the area, the term eventually was given to anyone living in New York.

Additionally, Dutch men were keen to wearing a specific type of loose fitting trouser that often bunched at the knee or calf. These, surprisingly enough, also started to be called Knickerbockers or “ Knickers” for short.  The same style of pant that became saw a resurgence after the late Payne Stewart began wearing them on the golf course.

Today, Knickerbocker, makes its home in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, where we design and manufacture a majority of our goods. If you’re in the area, come check out our showroom and say hello  at our 18-52 address.