William Halstead Blue Heritage Plaque Unveiled

Whilst we are constantly looking to the future, new collections, the next sales trip, new cloth developments; we also appreciate our unique position in the continuum of British textile industrial achievement, represented by the span of time that we have been manufacturing in the same location for over 150 years. Arguably there were bigger factories, more recognised names in the past; however the fact that we have maintained continuity of textile weaving on the same site from the boom time of the industrial revolution to the present day; spearheading the future of textiles in Bradford is to be celebrated. As part of the celebration of our unique place in contemporary British textiles we are proud to announce the recent unveiling of a blue textile heritage plaque to our founder William Halstead. As a tribute to William Halstead and his entrepreneurship during a time of unprecedented opportunity in Bradford when those with bravery and vision could make huge leaps in upward mobility, we reproduce here a eulogy at the time of his death. “Bradford has lost a citizen who has played a prominent part in the spheres of industry and public life by the death of Wm Halstead, Head of the […]

Woolmark focus on manufacturing at Luxury Fabrics

Woolmark got an insight into the manufacture and production of Luxury Fabrics at our Mill in Bradford, West Yorkshire – Stanley Mills. Read what David Gallimore, our Managing Director had to say. “Now that is the sound of a very, very busy weaving schedule,” says David Gallimore, the managing director of The Luxury Fabrics Group, as he flings open the door of what is effectively the Bradford company’s engine room, causing a tsunami of sound like the clackity-clacking of a thousand old-fashioned typewriters to wash over those present. “Nearly all the machines are running as this is a particularly busy time in terms of batches of cloth going to the Middle-East, which is our third biggest market after Italy and Japan.” It’s no surprise that the machinery in these cavernous rooms – much of it, incidentally, made by former German warplane manufacturer Dornier – is in overdrive throughout Luxury Fabrics’ 6am-10pm operating schedule, given how many brands, all boasting impressive heritage and cache, operate under its umbrella. The John Foster Brand, founded in 1819, took plaudits for its alpaca and mohair fabrics at the Great Exhibition of 1851, while William Halstead, which moved here in 1877, is a weaver of […]

LUXURY FABRICS: Export growth leads to red carpet success

Luxury Fabrics has been named top fashion and textile exporter at the UK Fashion and Textile Awards 2014.

Strong international sales at Bradford-based textile group Luxury Fabrics resulted in the company being presented with the Exporter Award at a red carpet ceremony at East London’s Tobacco Dock, hosted by ITV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Susanna Reid.

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