The golf clothing brand Galvin Green was founded in 1990 by Tomas Nilsson. Back then, the wet-weather apparel market was very different from what it is today. Golf waterproofs were heavy and unwieldy rain gear that was restricting the swing, came in just a few uninspiring colors, and didn’t always keep the rain out.
Together with chief designer Mats Lundquist, Nilsson saw a gap in the market for a new type of waterproof clothing, they wanted to combine style with performance. Galvin Green invested in the best waterproof technology, incorporating the famous GORE-TEX® laminate technology, and introduced garments in new bold colors – bright blues, reds, and greens.
In 1992 they made a bold impression with an unprecedented 39-page advertisement in a single edition of Sweden’s biggest golf magazine signaling that the brand had arrived. So too did the signing of the leading Swedish player at the time, Joakim Haeggman. In 1993 he was the first Swede to play in a European Ryder Cup team and he won the Volvo Scandinavian Masters in 1997 wearing Galvin Green clothing which propelled the premium-priced brand into the market.
In 1996 Galvin Green added the first 3-layer WINDSTOPPER® garment to our collection to prevent wind chill. Seven years later we introduced the GORE-TEX PACLITE® jacket. The jacket offered golfers a lighter and more packable alternative to traditional waterproof apparel. Pockets and inner lining were stripped away to streamline the styling and provide a functional, lightweight waterproof garment that minimized swing restriction and maximized performance.