In 1925, a small woollen mill named as Raymond Woollen Mill was set up in Thane.
When Lala Kailashpat Singhania took over Raymond in 1944, the mill was used to manufacture coarse woollen blankets and modest quantities of low-priced woolen fabrics. Soon Raymond embarked upon a gradual phase of adapting new technology innovations which led to the production of superior quality fabrics.
Post-independence, in a quest to become self-reliant, production commenced at the company’s new manufacturing unit JK Files in 1950. The unit manufactured indigenous engineering files.
1952 - Gopalkrishna Singhania arrived to assist his uncle Lala Kailashpat Singhania at the Raymond Mills in Mumbai.
1958 - Raymond became the first company to blend polyester with wool and introduced Terool — a runaway success that was the forerunner in the series of superfine fabric blends that was launched later.
1958 – Raymond forayed into retail sector by opening the first exclusive retail showroom in King’s Corner – Ballard Estate in Mumbai.
1960s earmarked total replacement of machinery with sophisticated machinery and since then modernization has become a way of life at Raymond.Raymond was the first in the country to import most modern machinery which was ever available in the world at that time.
In 1967, the company launched Trovine — a first of its kind cool and comfortable fabric ideal for Indian summers.
In 1968, Set up of a readymade garments plant in Thane.
In 1979, a new manufacturing facility was set up at Jalgaon, to meet the increasing demand for worsted woollen fabrics.
In 1980, Dr Vijaypat Singhania, the son of Lala Kailashpat Singhania took over the reins as the Chairman of Raymond. An AMP Alumnus from Harvard and a high flier in spirit and deed, it was under his leadership that the group forayed into several new areas such as polyester filament yarn, indigo denim, cold rolled steel, prophylactics and charter air services
A new plant was set up in 1984, that enabled Raymond’s to upgrade the quality of its traditional product line of woollen blankets and produce a superior variety of shawls and blankets. Raymond was the pioneer in the development of machine washable wool and wool blended suiting with a variety of finishes to offer total easy care and stain proof fabric
Launched in 1986, Park Avenue provides stylish and innovative wardrobe solutions to well-dressed gentlemen. As India's premium lifestyle brand, its designs embody the latest in international fabric, styling, colour and fashion trends.
The first showroom abroad for Raymond in Oman in 1990.
In 1991, the company launched KamaSutra India’s premium condom brand. Within a year of the launch KamaSutra became the second largest condom selling brand in India.
In 1995, the company introduced a range of superfine pure wool collection under the lineage line (Super 100S to Super 140S).
Also, the group forayed into the aviation sector in 1996 with the launch of Raymond Aviation. Raymond Aviation provides air charter services to corporate travellers in India.
The company also forayed into manufacturing Denim 1996; focusing on quality, innovation and the creation of exclusive products & designs that have always caught the eye of some of the world's leading jeanswear brands as well as making it amongst the top producers of specialty ring denim in India with a 60% market share.
In 1999 Parx a premium casual wear brand was launched to offer customers a range of semi- formal and casual clothes.
"Mr. Gautam Singhania was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Raymond Limited in the year 2000."
The year 2002 witnessed the acquisition of ColorPlus
Silver Spark Apparel Limited was set up in 2003 for manufacturing suits and formal trousers catering largely to export markets.
In 2005, Raymond achieved a rare feat and a historical milestone with the creation of the world's finest worsted-suiting fabrics from the finest wool ever produced in the world- The Super 230s made up of 11.8 micron of wool.
A Greenfield unit was set up in Kolhapur in 2006 to produce high value cotton shirting.
World’s largest integrated composite Textile mill was set up Vapi in 2006 to produce finest quality worsted fabric
The year 2008 witnessed the launch of Readymade garments under the Raymond brand name now known as Raymond Ready to Wear.
In 2011, Raymond is the first textile company in the world to produce the Super 250s fabric. and the first in India to produce innovative fabrics from bamboo fibre, stain resistant and UV resistant fabrics and many such innovations.
In 2014, opened the first EBO for Raymond Ready to Wear
Launched Technosmart- Smartest fabric in the World
Setting up a new regional office in Dubai, Middle East
Laid the foundation Stone for setting up a greenfield Textile manufacturing Plant in Amravati
Construction begins for greenfield manufacturing/garmenting facility in Ethiopia
Garmenting Plant commissioned at Hawassa in Ethiopia
A new office established in New York, USA
Launch of Raymond Custom Tailoring with a view to create a strong ecosystem of one lakh tailors by 2020
Raymond crossed the landmark of 900 stores across 500+ towns and cities in India, making this the fastest ever retail expansion by any brand
Raymond’s foray into the real estate sector with its maiden venture of building a 3000(approx.)-unit Aspirational Housing in Thane
Consolidation of FMCG businesses into Raymond Consumer Care
Inauguration of Smt. Sunitidevi Singhania School, Thane to carry forward the legacy of high quality education
Launched Virasafe – a high performance anti-viral fabric in India. During the COVID 19 pandemic Raymond repurposed its garmenting factories to craft PPE offerings.