Since its founding in 1856, Burberry has become defined by its outerwear heritage and its iconic trench coat. When Thomas Burberry invented gabardine, the Burberry brand became synonymous with the passionate adventurers, aviators, cartographers and mountain climbers who wore his coats while pushing the boundaries of human experience. In 2008 The Burberry Foundation launched, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to helping young people realise their dreams and potential through the power of their creativity. 1% of group profit before tax is donated to charitable causes, the majority to the Burberry Foundation. Burberry currently designs and distributes ready to wear trench coats (for which it is most famous), leather goods, footwear, fashion accessories, eyewear, fragrances, and cosmetics.