Our Company History
Prior to 1976 school wear was retailed through major department stores and retail chains.Cowan & Lewis was established in
1976 and retailed school wear for GPS and CAS schools in
Peapes& Co. Ltd, tailors and shirtmakers, in George Street, Sydney, a listed public company specialised in providing clothing to
country clients and school wear to boarders at private schools sold its freehold premises In George Street and as a result of the
liquidation of its assets Mr John Cowan the head of the school wear department acquired the fixtures and fittings and commenced
business in Bathurst Street with Mr Andrew Rudas.
In 1976 Mr Herbert Lewis acquired the interest of Mr A Rudas and the business changed its name to Cowan & Lewis Pty Limited and
In 1986 the Welsh family acquired the interest of Mr H Lewis and under the guidance of Andrew Welsh transformed the business into
one of the last true stand-alone business’s catering exclusively to the school communities by manufacturing retailing wholesaling,
and managing on campus uniform shops, encompassing the design and supply of school wear and sportswear.