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Posted 14 April 2009 - 12:18 AM

Cloth Mills and Merchants

Acorn Fabrics
http://www.acornfabrics.com/
A reknown merchant of quality shirting’s. They have their shirtings woven in the UK (their higher yarn cloths may be woven in Switzerland) although sometimes their cloths are finished in Europe.

Albini
Shirtings - including the English made Thomas Mason range
http://albinigroup.com/en

Ariston
Woollen cloth merchant based in Naples
http://www.aristonfabrics.com/
US representatives are Kemp and Hewitt: http://www.kempandhewitt.com/

Bateman Ogden & Co Ltd
Another English firm beloved of English bespoke tailors.
Argyll House,
918 Wakefield Road
BRADFORD,
West Yorkshire, BD4 7QQ
Phone: 01274 729103
Fax: 01274 720818

W. Bill
Founded in 1846. They are reknown on Savile Row as the tweed and cashmere specialists par excellence. They have the same owners as Smith Woollens.
13 New Burlington Street,
LONDON, W1S 3BG
02077341199
http://www.wbill.co.uk/

Bulmer and Lumb
http://www.bulmerandlumb.com/

Bonfanti - shirtings from a small, family owned firm
Giancarlo Bonfanti can be contacted by email:
bonfantifabrics@hotmail.it

H E Box Ltd
Another source of cloths highly respected by English tailors. Have good cavalry twills too.
Surrey Cl
Weymouth
Dorset DT4 9GD
Telephone:
01305 839123
Fax: 01305 839338
http://www.he-box.co.uk/
sales@he-box.co.uk

Breanish Tweed
http://www.breanishtweed.co.uk/
A small weaver of traditional hand woven tweeds

Butt of Lewis
http://www.buttoflew...o.uk/index.html
A home run company that weaves Harris Tweed and other tweeds from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Excellent prices.
callum9b@hotmail.com

Carnet
Como based cloth merchant stocking Italian and British cloths
http://www.carnet.it/ita/index.asp
via Vivaldi, 6 22071 Cadorago (CO)
tel. +39 031 8866111
fax +39 031 8866144
carnet@carnet.it

Carlo Barbera
http://www.carlobarbera.it/EN/home.asp
A weaver and seller of quality Italian woollen cloths

Cotswold Woollen Weavers
Filkins, Nr Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3JJ, UK
http://dspace.dial.p.../hk67/index.htm

Drapers
http://www.drapersitaly.it/

Dormeuil
http://www.dormeuil.com/

Dugdale Bros
Another source of cloth beloved of English tailors but sometimes less well known or represented internationally. An independent and family owned Huddersfield firm. Will sell short lengths to both tailors and home sewers. Excellent cloth at extremely competitive prices.
http://www.dugdalebros.com/

Fishmans Fabrics
http://www.fishmansfabrics.com/
1101 South Desplaines Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607 USA
tel: 312-922-7250 fax: 312-922-7402
email:info@fishmansfabrics.com

Fermo Fossati
Weavers of superb silk for ties
Via Urago 8, 22038 Tavernerio (Como)
Italy
Tel. +39 031 42 95 301
Fax +39 031 42 67 55
http://www.fermofossati1871.it/
info@fermofossati1871.it

Fintex of London
9/10 SAVILE ROW,
LONDON,
W1S 3PF,
UK
Japan:
5-2, 3CHOME SHINMACHI NISHI-KU, OSAKA, JAPAN
info@fintex.co.uk
http://fintex.co.uk/

Fox Flannels
Company Address: Tonedale Mill, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0BA, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0044 (1823) 662271
Fax: 0044 (1823) 666963
Email: info@foxflannel.com
Office Hours: 0900 - 1700 Monday to Friday
http://foxflannel.com/
A mill and direct seller of some of the finest flannels. Will sell directly to tailors as well as home sewers. Send swatches on request. Take bespoke orders with reasonable minimum volumes.

Dormeuil
http://www.dormeuil.com/

Hainsworth
http://www.hainsworth.co.uk
A source of some stouter cloths used for military uniforms also favoured by costumers

William Halstead
http://www.williamhalstead.co.uk/
The leading weaver of mohair fine suitings
PO BOX No. 239
Stanley Mills
Dudley Hill
Bradford
BD4 9RS
UNITED KINGDOM
Phone: +44-1274-682921
Fax: +44-1274-685698
Worldwide agents http://www.williamhalstead.co.uk/6.asp

Hwa Seng Textiles
http://www.hst.com.sg/
A Singapore based textile merchant with often competitive prices. Agents for H. Lesser with competitive prices.

Hardy Minnis
http://www.hfwltd.com/bunches.php
A weaver and merchant of quality English cloth.

Harrisons Burley
An excellent family owned Worsted Cloth Manufacturer based in Crosshills, Keighley, West Yorkshire England. Also sell cloth directly through eBay.
http://www.harrisonsburley.com/

Harrisons of Edinburgh
LBD House
Waterbridge Court
Matford Park Road
Exeter, EX2 8ED
United Kingdom
Tel: 00 44 (0)-1392 822 510
Fax: 00 44 (0)-1392 823 270
http://www.harrisonsofedinburgh.com
Contact: post@lbd-harrisons.com
One of the finest sellers of high end British cloth

Holland and Sherry
http://www.hollandan...ry.com/apparel/

Laycock International
Merchant and mill
http://www.laycockin...om/frames2.html
Stanley Mills
Whitley Street
Bingley
West Yorkshire
England
BD16 4JH
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 562563
Fax: +44 (0) 1274 562823

H. Lesser and Sons
http://www.harrisonsofedinburgh.com/
Sells some of the finest English cloth currently available. Now part of the Harrisons of Edinburgh group.

John Cavendish
http://www.john-cave...-cavendish.html

Lear Browne and Dunsford Ltd (part of Harrisons-LBD)
Offer the finest range of heavier weighted worsteds currently available and linings
http://www.harrisonsofedinburgh.com/
Contact: post@lbd-harrisons.com

Lochcarron
http://www.lochcarron.com/

Loro Piana
http://www.loropiana.com/
Legendary Italian mill

Lovat Mill
admin@lovatmill.com
Lovat Mill
Commercial Rd
Hawick
Scotland
TD9 7AQ
Phone 44(0)1450 373 231
Fax: 44(0) 1450 377 296
A Scottish mill offering excellent cloth. Take bespoke orders with reasonable minimum order lengths.

Marzotto Group
http://www.marzotto.it

Marling & Evans
http://dspace.dial.p...hk67/mehome.htm
West of England mill offering fine woollen cloth

Monti (Tessitura Monti SpA)
http://www.monti.it/eng/
Shirting. Also offer a high end Prince Rose line

Moxon
http://en.wikipedia....on_Huddersfield
sales@moxon.co.uk

North Highland Tweed Company
Audrey or Phil nhtc@keycs.com 44-186-376-6908

Carlo Riva
Some of the finest high-end shirtings available
Divisione Tessitura Serica CARLO RIVA
Via Barozza 8, 23852 Galbiate (Lecco)
Italy
Tel. +39 0341 54 01 31
Fax +39 031 54 11 36
http://www.fermofossati1871.it/
info@fermofossati1871.it

Sangdao
http://www.sangdao.com/store/
A source of Thai handwoven silks for ties and pocket squares etc run by David Hober

Scabal
http://www.scabal.com/
Their online searchable catalogue:
http://www.scabal.co...t_catalogue.php

SellFabric.com
US online seller of cloth
Shipping only to the US (no international shipping)
http://www.sellfabric.com

Smith & Co. (Woollens) Ltd
One of the best loved sources of woollen cloths amongst high class English tailors
16a Dufours Place
London
W1F 7SP
Tel: 020 74376226
Fax: 020 72875324
http://www.yell.com/...nd-Co-(Woollens)-Ltd/Textile-Services-and-Supplies

Taylor and Lodge
http://www.taylorandlodge.com/
A Hudderfield mill famous for its high-end cloths. Also sell directly through their website.
Taylor & Lodge (UK)
Rashcliffe Mills
Hudderfield
West Yorkshire
UK
HD1 3PE
Tel: +44 (0) 1484 423231
Fax: +44 (0) 1484 435313
headoffice@taylorandlodge.com


Tweed Shop UK
http://www.tweedshop...weed_Cloth.html
A source of some excellent tweed

United Silks & Woolens
5445 ave. De Gaspe Montreal QC H2T3B2
Tel. 514-276-2569

William Halstead
http://www.williamhalstead.co.uk/

Edwin Woodhouse
Another famous Yorkshire based mill and seller of quality English cloth highly respected by English tailors but sometimes less well advertised and available internationally.
Sunny Bank Mills
Farsley
Pudsey
W. Yorkshire
LS28 7XA
Now incorporated into Bulmer & Lumb

Zegna
http://www.zegna.com...nuSx=LIMenuSx19


Linings and Facings

Lear Browne and Dunsford (Harrisons of Edinburgh)
For linings (silk, ermazine, cupro, satins, twills and fancies) and silk facings (dinner jackets etc)
http://www.lbd-harri.../lbd_about.html
Contact: post@lbd-harrisons.com

Ezio Giringhelli S.P.A.
21040 Oggiona S.Stefano (VA) Italy- Via Ronchetti, 25
Tel. 39.0331.217082 Fax 39.0331.219532
http://www.ghiringhe...w/home-eng.html
home@ghiringhelliezio.it

D. Zinman Textiles
5445 ave. De Gaspe Montreal QC H2T3B2
Tel. 514-276-2597

Tessline
satin, grosgrain for facings - dinner jackets etc
Via S. Vincenzo, 8
22063 Cantu (Como) Italy
39.031.7073760 Fax 39.031.3516519

Vitale Barberis Canonico
The largest mill in Italy located in Biella. Make cloth for a lot of merchants such as Holland & Sherry, Smiths, Wain Shiell, Dormeuil
http://www.vitalebarberiscanonico.it/

Interlinings

Cervotessile s.P.a.
linings, pocketings, canvas, haircloth
Viao Olona 123
Gallarate (VA) Italy 21013
Tel 39.0331.268111 Fax 039.0331.776143
office@cervotessile.it

Gilt Edge Suiting
Tel: 01254 831311
79 Bolton Rd,
Abbey Village,
Chorley,
Lancashire PR6 8DP
UK
Antonio Argentino: a.argentino@zen.co.uk
A maker of high end canvas. Used by a number of renown high end garment makers worldwide, and by Savile Row tailors including Thomas Mahon. Also make Bemberg lining.

Interforme Interlinings
North American representative for Cervotessile, canvas, pocketing, lining, chest pieces, canvas fronts

Rovagnati Vincenzo s.p.a.
Canvas, haircloth, interlinings
Via S. Francesco 19
Mariano C. Se., Italy, 22066
Tel 39.031.740012 Fax 39.031.743246

If you know of any useful information missing from the list please share it with us so it can be added on.



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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:05 AM

Interforme is also known as ParaPad - they make canvas fronts, shoulder pads, sleeveheads, etc. to spec for the wholesale sector. I'm in conversation with them about buying lengths of canvas to store in my shop for development purposes. If you'd like to consider a group buy, let me know. I have spec sheets on their most popular styles of canvas.

I also like Block Bindings. They do pretty much the same, including die-cut pockets, waistband curtain, etc. Block Bindings is a licensee for the Hansel brand of canvas out of Germany. I have not, yet, been able to convince them to share spec sheets with me about the styles they carry. I can understand that it can get very wide, quickly. These things usually require a face-to-face meeting and showing of wares.

I don't know if you're aware of this. But, the Canadian Apparel Federation has assembled a searchable database of apparel-related businesse:. CAF Directories Some companies service the custom make sector and others service the wholesale sector. I wish the US Dept of Labor would consider something similar - at minimum, a list of businesses registered by SIC code would be nice.

I also don't see Fishman's Fabrics on here. They're a retailer/aggregator in Chicago servicing the custom make trade.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:32 AM

Interforme is also known as ParaPad - they make canvas fronts, shoulder pads, sleeveheads, etc. to spec for the wholesale sector. I'm in conversation with them about buying lengths of canvas to store in my shop for development purposes. If you'd like to consider a group buy, let me know. I have spec sheets on their most popular styles of canvas.


Little correction- Parapad and Interforme are two different companies. Interforme acquired Canada Pad when the proprietor of the mother company, Veratex, passed away, which is probably where the confusion is coming from. They also just moved whihc is why I didn't put their address up- I don't remember it. Interforme probably has the best quality canvas and pocketing in North America, and if you need help twisting arms there, I am quite close with the owner.

Shortly after Interforme acquired Canada Pad, the former president of Canada Pad, Marc Lalonde, left to work for Block and handle the Hansel business; Marc will be starting up a pre-made chest piece division for them, which they did not have before. He may do full fronts as well, but I think Interforme pretty much has a monopoly on that.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:25 AM

aha! I knew you had the skinny on the Montreal beat!

I access ParaPad and Interforme through an agent in Boston. Since I'm getting info several times removed (long chain network) I am prone to inaccuracies. Please know there is never malice intended with I give bad info - just be sure to let me know that it is bad so I can correct myself for future (in this case, my Rolodex).
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:42 AM

Post updated.

I've added the usual suspects (Lora Piana etc) but have also listed some more boutique names that may not be known to everyone outside of the UK. Some of these smaller firms are well worth investigating.

Some rumours of production problems have circulated of late regarding Bateman and Ogden:

http://www.desmerrio...eblog/20081015/

Anyone able to confirm this?

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 02:59 PM

Dont forget Moxon ( they make for Hield as well as under their own name) To the trade only:
sales@moxon.co.uk

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 04:47 PM

Dont forget Moxon ( they make for Hield as well as under their own name) To the trade only:
sales@moxon.co.uk

Thanks Yachtie. You seem to in on all the right contacts. I got the H.E. Box contact off you too, of course. I understand they are great to deal with.

I'll add Moxon to the list, though I must confess to knowing nothing about them myself. Someone has written a bit about them on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia....on_Huddersfield

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:18 PM

Thanks Yachtie. You seem to in on all the right contacts. I got the H.E. Box contact off you too, of course. I understand they are great to deal with.

I'll add Moxon to the list, though I must confess to knowing nothing about them myself. Someone has written a bit about them on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia....on_Huddersfield


the folks at Box are great. I'd recommend their meltons as well.

Moxon is worsteds mostly but they have some vintage flannels @ 430g/m which are nice as well. They have some "Altai" cashmeres for jackets and suitings up to Super 200's ( but I haven't asked for samples of those) "0"

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 11:36 PM

Yes, I really must check the Moxon offerings out. They also offer some Golden Fleece worsteds as well, IIRC. Any experience with those, Yachtie?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:04 AM

I picked up a made for Hield sportcoating which was very nice and am getting their vintage Super80's flannel as well as some very nice 900 gm Venetian for winter trousers. The Venetian is lot dyed so the color is very uniform and is very well made. Some of the very light mohair blends I looked at lack body- but that's hard to find in 7 oz cloths. Their 10oz+ worsted suitings ( and flannels) are top rate. I didn't look into Golden Bale as I had no needs at those weights.

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 01:38 AM

does any one have a dirrect contact for linen or cotton weavers or mill's, apart from brisbane moss?
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 10:17 AM

Any information on the 'other' Harrison's, a weaver of fine worsteds?

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 07:04 PM

The list provided have a very European feel.
Any word in the Japansese mills, they seem to be not as wide, but a little more interesting.
Thoughts or ideas or mill names?

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 02:55 AM

An additional cloth merchant:

www.carnet.it

They are located in Como, and have British and Italian cloths. They make an interesting all cotton Solaro, clearly milled by the same mill as Smith's Solaro. Unfortunately, the entire run has stains, so you need double the usual length to work with. See my photos on LL of this cloth.

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 11:43 PM

BTW please note I have been continually updating this list. Please continue to add to it and update it.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 12:37 AM

http://www.bblackandsons.com/ in LA

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 07:57 PM

http://www.hoefer-stoffe.de/

nice people to deal with. Especially for small quantities

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:29 AM

In USA there is not much unless blackandsons.com?
www.berlinbespokesuits.com




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