FOX BROTHERS & CO LTD
The Fox Brothers & Co. Mill in Wellington, Somerset was established in 1772 when a local Quaker family brought together the different cottage industries of spinning, weaving and dyeing. Since then the company has gone through many changes but continues to produce fabrics in Wellington. Fox used to supply a hardwearing woollen serge that was sold around the globe. The cloth was despatched by horse drawn cart locally and worldwide by sail via Topsham in East Devon. Later production consisted largely of a variety of military uniform fabrics and patented puttees. Today Fox Brothers produces a wide range of high quality woollen and worsted fabrics including their world famous ‘Fox Flannel’ for the top fashion houses and Savile Row. Many Fox fabrics are and styles are inspired by the extensive Fox archives.
HOLLAND & SHERRY
Holland & Sherry’s international headquarters in Scotland nestles between the rolling hills and winding rivers of the Scottish Borders. Holland & Sherry offer a vast range of fabrics – from traditional suiting, woven from 100% worsted wool to contemporary linens and cottons. A myriad of colour has been achieved in their range through twisting yarns of complimentary colours together to produce blends of opulence, complexity and depth. Although a very large firm today, Holland & Sherry still offers a very personable service and comes highly recommended.
Established in 1885, the Standeven name continues to be synonymous with the finest worsted weaving. Their extensive ranges of subtle, elegant and modern designs provide options for every style, occasion and taste. Standeven fabrics are chosen around the world to deliver the quintessential British look. Weaving unique designs in their own mill located in the birthplace and spiritual heart of the textile industry allows them to ensure quality control and consistency. A garment skilfully tailored from a Standeven fabric is a delight to own and a pleasure to wear.
The British Classic collection uses two fold merino yarns in both the warp and the weft to give excellent strength and performance. The British classics seen throughout Savile Row in both clear cut and flannel designs will be both comfortable and durable providing the wearer with years of enjoyment. This prestigious fabric is manufactured by the finest craftsmen in England at Stanley Mills in West Yorkshire – a region famous around the world for its tradition and quality.
Dashing Tweeds design modern urban woven textiles, bringing technology, colour and texture into tailored menswear. Originally a fabric for rural sportswear and camouflage, Dashing Tweeds are evolving tweed and woven woollen textiles into fabrics that are relevant to life today. As a result of everyday living becoming increasingly more urban, Dashing Tweeds have pioneered tweeds for town. Dashing Tweeds look into the questions of travel through the city, the function of clothing, personal expression and technology. Two seasonal collections are launched each year, with a specific focus exploring a new aspect of what to wear for today’s multifarious demands. The ‘Lumatwill’ reflective tweeds are woven with 3M reflective yarns and are suitable for wearing on bicycles and scooters as well as for nights out on the town. Other collections use wools from Britain as well as Antipodean Merinos in combination with technical yarns such as Lurex and Japanese spaced dyed cottons. Dashing Tweeds is at the forefront of creative cloth design for original bespoke tailoring.
DUGDALE BROS & CO, Huddersfield
True to their heritage, Dugdale fabrics could not be any more English. Dugdales have been producing cloth for over 100 years and their range still remains one of our most popular. Slight re-working of our finishing routines has allowed us to produce a smoother handle many of their cloths without compromising their fullness. A robust cloth and a design classic, Dugdales offer cloth with real integrity and inspired by a strong heritage.
Celebrating 100 years in Tailoring, Brook Taverner offer a beautifully crafted collection of jacketing and suiting cloths cloths produced in the finest mills in the United Kingdom. Their suiting fabric is amongst some of the most robust that can be found and yet stil offers a natural, soft finish. Of particular note is their wool, cotton and cashmere blend fabrics which have been developed to create a luxurious and durable cloth with designs suitable for both ladies and gentlemen. The Lightweight Pure New Wool Jacketing is a cloth with a proven track record. They have created new designs for this collection along with a range of plain herringbones to suit all tastes. Their selection of Tweed designs has been made from collections created in the two finest mills in Scotland and traditional designs have been chosen that can be worn in the field or casually with trousers, kilts and skirts.
TAYLOR & LODGE
The name Taylor and Lodge is synonymous with fine Worsteds. Its reputation for excellent quality and fine designing is renowned the world over. Skills, passed down for generations, have given the town of Huddersfield the distinction of being undisputed leader in the production of some of the finest cloths in the world. The company still designs, manufactures and finishes its cloths in Huddersfield to this day, as it did in 1883 when Taylor and Lodge was first established. Anyone who has the privilege of owning a garment made from its cloth not only has the guarantee that they will be wearing something very special, but also a garment made from the very highest quality of fabric woven in England.
With over 150 years since William Bill started offering tweeds and woollen blankets from his little shop in Mold, North Wales, the company today offers a huge range of fabrics including: pure cashmeres, pure Irish linens, Shetland Tweeds, Super Fleeces, Tattersall Vestings, Donegals and wools. Over the last century, W Bill became famous for its wide and varied collection of tweeds and cashmeres, helping to cement its reputation as one of the world’s premier cloth merchants.
Over half a century of British heritage fabrics has earned Hardy Minnis, a Huddersfield fine worsted brands, a Royal Warrant By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen. One of their bunches of fabrics is particularly popular with both customers and cutters alike – the Fresco range – a cool blended fabric, easy for a cutter to style on a customer and enjoyable and breathable for the customer to have a suit made from.