Mercers and weavers 8. May 2016 – Posted in: Blog, General
Where does the material for your next bespoke suit come from? Here, we present you traditional weavers and cloth merchants who’ve acquired renown with quality and aspiration. Come to one of our branches and convince yourself of grip and appearance of the fabric collections of these providers.
In 1920, the Italian weaving mill of Fernando Imparato was founded – today it is managed by the family Imparato, now in its fourth generation. Based on the outskirts of Naples, Ariston weaves all fabrics in Italy. Unlike the great Italian competitors, the materials from wool, mohair, silk, cashmere, cotton and linen are produced in rather small editions. Individuality, passion, expertise and tradition characterizes the collections of Ariston.
In the 19th century, the place Bradford in the English county of Yorkshire was numbered among the major textile cities, next to Hudders.eld and Halifax. It’s this location, where in 1881, the Sto.commercial enterprise Bateman Ogden was founded, which exclusively offers fabrics made in England and of the best qualities. This company’s speciality, then and now, after more than 130 years of experience: luxurious worsted fabrics for men’s suits and coats. Customers around the world are using the fine materials from Bateman Ogden.
The first mention of the weaving mill Vitale Barberis Canonico dates back to 1663, whereas the current corporate name was established in 1936. Located in Biella, the heart of the Italian textile production, the company is one of the first Italian fabric addresses. The best quality in all areas is the motto – from the finest raw wool to the finished precious cloth. The emphasis is on classic elegant fabrics for the day and evening attire. As one of only a few materials’ manufacturer, Barberis manufactures no own ready-to-wear clothing.
The small family business is based on the island of Lewis and weaves by hand on a loom, which is more than 90 years old. The two weavers who produce the fabrics besides father and son, look back upon over a hundred years web experience. To weave a bale of 60 meters, they will need four entire days when using the traditional way of weaving. The rich fabrics do show the quality though: lambswool, Shetland wool, cashmere and vicuna are woven into lightweight tweeds, which find their lovers all over the world.
No weaving mill, but a cloth merchant: Drapers Italy specializes in exclusive fabrics for men. All materials are made of natural raw materials and originate from renowned weaving mills from Italy and the United Kingdom that manufacture the fabrics exclusively for Drapers Italy. The family business was founded in the heart of Bologna in 1956 by the experienced cloth merchant Arturo Lolli. His son Domenico now leads the shops in the new headquarters on the outskirts of Bologna.
It all began with fabrics – now the family business manufactures a wide range of products in the fashion sector. In 1910, Ermenegildo Zegna entered into his father’s weaving mill, renamed the company Lanificio Zegna, thus laying the foundation for the famous luxury brand. Since 1968, they offer men’s clothing, four years tailored suits were added to the collection. In the fabric range Zegna has specialized in high quality wool, mohair and cashmere, whereby particularly the cashmere fabrics are of superior quality.
The brand was created in the late 1960s through the incorporation of the two renowned English wool merchant J & J Minnis and John G. Hardy. The latter founded his company in the capital of the British textile industry Huddersfield in 1890 and is considered the first Englishman who made Scottish wool presentable in the south. His speciality, the Alsport Tweed, delighted the Royal Family so much that already in 1929, the Guard Division was wearing his tweed and only a short time later, the brand was allowed to call itself the of purveyor to the court.
Harrisons of Edinburgh
Sir George Harrison has started his career as a tailor’s apprentice in Edinburgh, until he founded his fabric business Harrisons of Edinburgh in 1863. Today, three more companies unite under the name: Porter & Harding, H Lesser and Lear Browne & Dunsford. The headquarter is located in Exeter, the center of the English wool industry. Thanks to the incorporation, there is a wide range of choice: from elegant suit fabrics to rustic tweeds .
Holland & Sherry
The history of the British cloth merchants Holland & Sherry goes back until the year of 1836. Back then, George Holland and Frederick Sherry opened their first shop in London’s Bond Street. Since 1982, the head office is located in Savile Row, the famous street of tailors; there are now more than 20 material manufacturers combined on their behalf. Wool and silk are their specialities. When looking for throughout fine qualities, you will make a find at Holland & Sherry where you can also find rarities such as Super 200 and vicuna worsted fabric.
John G. Hardy
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The northern Italian company Loro Piana holds the world record for the finest spun wool fibre. Every year the “Record Bales” which are the finest wools from Australia and New Zealand are bought up and weaved into exquisite scarves. Founded in Biella in 1924, Loro Piana is today considered the largest cashmere manufacturer and the main distributor of the finest wool. Also the range of fine vicuna fabrics is outstanding. In the 1990s, apparel and accessories were added to the range. Since 2013, the company belongs to the French luxury group LMVH.
Magee of Donegal
In 1866 John Magee opened a fabric store in the Northern Ireland town of Donegal. There he sold hand-woven tweeds produced in homework by fishermen and farmers of the surrounding area. From 1900 on, weavers were employed who produced the now classic materials: herringbone, salt-and-pepper optics – all dyed with vegetable dyes, which offer the Irish land and are still used in production today. After World War II, Magee of Donegal also started with the production of clothing.
Porter & Harding
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