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 and trousers for the rough conditions out at sea. In 1878 the company won a diploma for excellence at the Paris Expo, and began exporting its products. In the 20th century, Helly Hansen made several breakthroughs in product development to complete the layering principle, today making them renowned for the best in outdoor wear. Helly Hansen is the choice of world class sailors, skiers, adventurers and even the royal family.