Peter Corby Wiki – Peter Corby Biography
Peter Corby, the man who invented the trouser press, has died.
Launched in the 1960s, the Corby Trouser Press was described as “a man’s best friend” in adverts.
The inventor patented the revolutionary design, which included an electrical heating pad, and it sold millions.
His product would “produce a better appearance of the trousers than known presses”, the patent said.
He was 97 years old.
Inventor Corby patented the revolutionary design, which included an electrical heating pad and sold millions.
He became a household name, and in 1977, after selling millions of presses, he sold his business to Jourdan plc, which is now owned by Huddersfield firm Fired Up Corporation.
Born in Leamington Spa in July 1924, Mr Corby joined the Royal Air Force’s Volunteer Reserve in September 1943 and was mobilised in February 1944, according to the Telegraph.
After training as a flight engineer, he flew in the Halifax bomber as part of the 78 Squadron in the final weeks of the war in Europe.
He went on to join his dad’s family business after the war, and a chance meeting with the Concorde aeronautical engineer would inspire his next move.
He learnt how the engineer had managed to prevent the plane’s nose cone from freezing – inspiring him to develop the electrical heating pad which transformed the effectiveness of the trouser press.
After revolutionising the product, Corby began a leasing arrangement with hotels in the early 1970s.
The trouser press soon became a fixture in hotel rooms across the globe.
Corby is survived by his second wife, Gail Clifford-Marshall and their son and two children from his first marriage.
Today, tributes poured in for the designer on Twitter, with one person writing: “RIP Peter Corby. His trouser presses were like an old friend”.
He has been described as a “remarkable businessman” who “managed to keep selling a product (mainly to hotels) even though most guests never used it”.
Someone else declared his product a “fantastic British invention”.