Jim Murphy and Harry Nye Jr
Murphy&Nye and sailing share a bond that goes back to the early 20th century when, in 1933, Jim Murphy and Harry Nye Jr founded in Chicago Murphy&Nye as specialised sailmakers for pleasure craft. They soon became renowned as makers of sails for Great Lakes scows and battened sails for the ice boats that would glide over the frozen lakes during the winter. Lynn Williams, owner of the yacht Elizabeth, was Murphy&Nye's first customer for large-size sails, which indeed proved to be so effective that Elizabeth won the Mackinac Race the very same year.
In 1937 Murphy&Nye became increasingly involved in the racing world; four years later, Milton Wagerfurth wins the Star World Championship with Murphy&Nye sails.
By the sixties, Murphy&Nye has become one of the most important names in sailmaking in the United States. In 1975, the European branch, based in Italy, opens. Its success is so big that in 1980 Murphy&Nye Europe purchases the brand from the parent company in the US. The expertise acquired in racing sail manufacture leads Murphy&Nye to tailor clothing items that are worn exclusively by crews on yachts that use their sails. The clothes, designed to meet the demands for toughness and functionality required by their use, are made in the workshop with the very same techniques and materials used for the sails. They become so popular that a line of clothing Murphy&Nye Sailwear is created, and the classic trousers made from tough Reps cotton is named 'Newport', the home town of the world's oldest and most prestigious race, the America's Cup.
Il Moro di Venezia choosed Murphy&Nye as official clothing supplier for its America's Cup campaign in 1992. The impressive performance of the Italian boat helped to draw public attention to the brand.
In 1993 Murphy&Nye becomes part of SIXTY and the same love for research and innovation marking the brand since its very beginning is still present today in the sailing and sportswear collections.
In 1998, the company launched the retail program with the opening of its own store in Rome. In just three years, Murphy&Nye has opened over 100 retail stores in major European cities and exclusive tourist resorts, including Alassio, Athens, Bologna, Cannes, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Florence, Lanzarote, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Porto Cervo, Rome, Sylt, Taormina, Torbole sul G arda and Venice
Murphy&Nye was official sponsor of Swiss Challenge Team at 30th America's Cup in 2000.
In March 2005, M&N has acquired an exclusive world licence to design and produce official men's, women's and junior's collections for the '32nd America's Cup'. In June, debuts the first Pershing-Murphy&Nye Power collection, designed exclusively for Pershing, as a result of a co-markeitng agreement with Pershing (Ferretti Group).
Having obtained the worldwide exclusive license to produce the event's OfficialCollection in 2006, using the "32nd America's Cup" Logo, Murphy&Nye also climbed on board Emirates Team New Zealand (Exclusive Supplier) and United Internet Team Germany (Official Supplier).
Murphy&Nye today represents an international company undergoing constant development thanks to its extreme dynamism and to its products, the result of a constant technological and quality research getting more and more popular with both professional and amateur sailors and end users.
High quality and versatility are the dominant elements of garments designed to ensure comfort both in extreme conditions and in everyday life.