Designed by golfers for golfers, Galvin Green clothing reflects our passion to inspire golfers to play more golf. We want the golfer to feel at ease and perform at their best at all times. Every garment and layer has been developed to be compatible – providing exceptional comfort, freedom of movement and protection from the elements. Each detail exists because the game demands it and there is never any compromise on the quality of materials, the fit or the functional design.
When Galvin Green made the decision to concentrate exclusively on the game of golf in 1990, the wet-weather apparel market it entered was very different to today’s. Waterproofs were heavy and unwieldy rain suits that restricted your swing, came in just a few uninspiring colours - mostly black and navy - and didn’t always keep out the rain! Founder Tomas Nilsson saw a gap in the market for a new type of waterproof clothing combining style with performance. He invested in the best waterproof technology, incorporating the famous GORE-TEX® laminate and created smart, colorful and technically advanced outerwear that utilized the latest fabrics and components.
Today we have a broad range of high performance golfwear designed for golfers who do not compromise on style or comfort. The key to comfort is layering, breathability and moisture managment. Our design philosophy is based on the Multi-Layer Concept. By combining the right materials in the right way, it helps the golfer to increase comfort and performance regardless of the weather conditions.
We believe that well-designed garments create a relationship with the wearer that can last for decades.
Inspire golfers to play more golf any time, place or weather conditions.
Designed by golfers for golfers, our passion has always been to inspire golfers to play more golf. We want the golfer to feel at ease and perform at their best at all times. Every garment and layer has been developed to be compatible – providing exceptional comfort, freedom of movement and protection from the elements. Each detail exists because the game demands it and there is never any compromise on the quality of materials, the fit or the functional design.
When Galvin Green made the decision to concentrate exclusively on the game of golf in 1990, the wet-weather apparel market it entered was very different to today’s. Waterproofs were heavy and unwieldy rain suits that restricted your swing, came in just a few uninspiring colours - mostly black and navy - and didn’t always keep out the rain!
Company founder Tomas Nilsson and chief designer Mats Lundqvist saw a gap in the market for a new type of waterproof clothing combining style with performance. So in 1992, they introduced garments in bold new colours - brighter blues, reds and greens - and invested in the best waterproof technology, incorporating the famous GORE-TEX® laminate (which is waterproof, but lets out sweat). Taking an unprecedented 39 pages of advertising in a single edition of Sweden’s biggest golf magazine signaled that the brand had arrived. So too did the signing of the leading Swedish player at the time, Joakim Haeggman. The first Swede to play in a European Ryder Cup team in 1993, he won the Volvo Scandinavian Masters in 1997 wearing Galvin Green clothing to propel the premium priced brand into the market. The brand then added the first 3-layer WINDSTOPPER® garment to prevent wind chill in 1996.
A further advance came seven years later with the radical GORE-TEX® PACLITE® jacket that offered golfers a lighter and more packable alternative to traditional waterproofs. Pockets and an inner lining were stripped away to streamline the styling and provide a more functional, lightweight waterproof garment that minimised swing restriction and maximised performance.
Another industry milestone came in 2004 with its MULTI-LAYER CONCEPT (MLC). Before MLC, golfers had limited options for wet weather apparel - usually a polo and a bulky waterproof jacket without breathability. Galvin created a new range of complementary products designed to be worn and work as a set. Starting with a range of SKINTIGHT™ Compression base layers shirts that would trap heat and increase the blood flow, golfers could add a cool, moisture-wicking shirt and a warm layer as required, often replacing uncomfortable garments that had retained moisture. Finally, a Shell layer provided an outer shield to ward off the wind and rain. As the weather conditions changed during your round, you simply added or removed suitable layers as appropriate to maintain a consistent performance level. Over the last 15 years the brand has continued to push the boundaries in golf apparel. The first half-zip waterproofs were introduced in 1998; followed by fly-zip trousers; adjustable chest tabs; rain-channeled cuffs; and stretch fabric inserts. The brand’s first GORE-TEX® waterproofs and trousers made from full stretch material came in 2008, while four-way stretch fabrics were introduced three years later. The revolutionary VENTIL8™ fabric was applied to shirts and trousers from 2010, while the company entered the US market in 2013. The brand became an Official Supplier of Weatherwear to the European Ryder Cup teams in 2016 and 2018, the later benefitting from a new Super Stretch fabric. More recently, the EDGE range targeted towards younger players, was released in 2018 with bold military and camo themes combining performance with contemporary fashion.
1990 High performance clothing company founded and dedicated solely to golf
1992 The brand’s first GORE-TEX® & WINDSTOPPER® garments are launched Galvin introduces bright reds, blues and other colors to its waterproof collection
1996 The first 3-layer WINDSTOPPER® garments was added into the line
1998 Half-zipped waterproof jackets are introduced, increasing the range of available styles
2003 Lightweight GORE-TEX® PACLITE® garments without pockets are aimed at serious golfers
2004 The MULTI-LAYER CONCEPT is pioneered with INSULA™ (warm layer) and SKINTIGHT™ (base layer) options
2007 First waterproof jackets & trousers made from full stretch material are released, resulting in less swing restriction
2008 Rain suits with stretch inserts are added to the collection for the first time
2010 The highly breathable and exclusive VENTIL8™ shirts, trousers and shorts/skorts are launched
2011 Four-way stretch fabric is introduced to flagship waterproof jackets and trousers for greater performance levels
2014-16 Ryder Cup Collection followed by Official Weatherwear Supplier to the European Team (2016 & 2018)
2018 EDGE is introduced, combining style and performance for the next generation of serious golfers A revolutionary Superstretch waterproof jacket is launched for The Ryder Cup, plus and INTERFACE-1™ hybric jacket
2019 SHAKEDRY™ brings a new level of advanced waterproof technology to the market
Sustainability to us is also defined by long-lasting comfort. Durable, well-designed quality garments that create a relationship with the player, that will last the test of time.
The game of golf is one with nature. So, with respect for nature, we strive constantly to introduce new, cutting-edge technologies to maximize the golfer’s performance while at the same time seeking to minimize social and environmental impact. Whenever possible we choose sustainable textile production methods, fabrics and labels. Already in 2013 we started working with Bluesign® approved GORE-TEX fabrics. This means that the garments are made using eco-friendly textile production methods, fabrics and labels. Today, more than 60% of our garments are made from eco-friendly fabrics licensed by the reputable bluesign® scheme.
Our first bluesign collaboration was with W.L Gore & Associates, with whom we have a long standing relationship incorporating the unrivalled GORE-TEX® laminate across our line of waterproof jackets and trousers. The difficulty is to find fabric suppliers who can apply the demanding principles of the system that is obviously good for the environment, while providing us with materials of the necessary quality to make our premium garments. The criteria is very stringent in terms of the amount of water and electricity used in the process of manufacturing fabrics, plus the addition of chemicals approved in the European Union and even worldwide. Authorised inspectors carry out audits at every factory to verify compliance and award sought-after certificates.
We are gradually expanding our range made from Bluesign® approved materials to improve environmental footprint throughout the supply chain. Happily we find more and more materials that stand the test.
All GORE-TEX products are made from Bluesign® approved materials.
All INSULA™ products are made from Bluesign® approved materials and feature garments made from recycled PET bottles.
All VENTIL-8™ PLUS pants are made from Bluesign® approved materials.
All garment labels are made from Bluesign® approved materials.
All hangers and plastic bags are made from recycled plastic.