In 1881 Mr Bateman and Mr Ogden came together to establish a brand new textile business in Bradford – the heart of the UK textile industry. Little could they have imagined that 130 years later, the name Bateman Ogden & Co Ltd would be renowned across the globe as one of the finest suppliers of luxury suit length fabrics. Today we supply high-quality fabrics to tailors across every continent; delivering an elegant range, a wide choice of fabrics and excellent customer service to our discerning customers.
The Brook Taverner story started in 1912 with Frank Brook and Walter Taverner on a boat to Calcutta. Their first business venture was selling buttons to tailors, but soon linings and then cloth were added to the range. It was cloth which propelled the business forward, and despite tricky times in between the two wars, one of the largest stock supported fabric ranges in the country was built up concentrating entirely on the menswear.
Dugdale Bros & Co are cloth merchants based in the very centre of Yorkshire's worsted industry despatching fine cloth from an imposing historic headquarters building in Huddersfield. The company offers an impressive collection of high quality cloth to the finest tailors, designers, couturiers and retailers throughout the world.
The Fox Brothers range consists of a wide variety of woven cloths; from lightweight worsteds, starting at 180 grams; to the classic West of England flannel at 400 grams; to heavy woollen coatings, weighing around 1000 grams. Fox Brothers is officially credited as the original creator of flannel. The range of flannels has developed over the last two centuries and now includes woollen flannels in rich mélange shades, as well as sophisticated lighter weight worsted flannels. These flannels are produced from the finest wool, woven and milled into cloth with a fabulous fluid hand-feel. Around the globe the quintessential Fox Brothers’ flannels are tailored into superb garments for the discerning wearer.
Harrisons of Edinburgh was founded in 1863 by Sir George Harrison who began his career as an apprentice with an Edinburgh tailor. His first business venture was with a partner in establishing a business of wool drapers, hatters and hosiers in 1838.
Porter & Harding was founded in 1947 by John Porter and Bill Harding, two lovers of country sports. George Harrison & Co became partners in Porter & Harding with shared warehousing in Edinburgh and shared offices in Paris and New York.
It's been over 150 years since William Bill started offering tweeds and woollen blankets from his little shop in Mold, North Wales. Over the many years 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. And so we are delighted to be opening a new chapter in the company's history, introducing new contemporary qualities alongside the classic Scottish Tweeds to a new and highly engaged generation.