RainwearIt is more than 125 years since Helly Juell Hansen first made waterproof clothing for sea workers. In 1877 he took his work clothes and daubed linseed oil on the outside to provide weather protection. It worked - the jackets, trousers, and sou-wester hats became waterproof. The clothing was better than the traditional garments, and sailors rushed to buy from Helly Hansen. It was simple, functional and a truly meaningful innovation - and the company has continued the trend ever since.