Since 1966 we have been developing equipment that stands for quality, reliability and innovation. Loved by everyone from weekend campers to polar explorers, we make gear that quite simply never fails to perform. Vango has been part of historic expeditions – such as the first successful British ascent of the South West Face of Everest.
The roots of our brand go back to canvas merchants Andrew Mitchell & Co, founded in 1847. Owned by the Moodie family since 1898, it passed through generations until it reached Alastair and Garry Moodie in 1955. Looking for further opportunities to diversify, Andrew Mitchell & Co acquired James Mcllwraith & Co, a tent maker based in Govan, Glasgow, in 1963.
By 1966, the company decided it could no longer continue as McIIwraith & Co as non-Scottish clients were unable to cope with the name. Therefore, Alastair scrambled the letters of Govan, home of the famous Glasgow shipyards and Vango was born.