With Christmas just around the corner and the looms already warming up for our new 2018 collections, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to look back on the past 12 months and celebrate Dugdale Bros’ highlights.
So, we sat down with chairman Robert Charnock to hear his reflections on 2017 and discover the hopes he has for the new year…
What have been Dugdale’s top 3 highlights from 2017?
A key highlight has to be our exhibition at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics event. We had a great reception and it’s exciting to see the popularity of our cloth continuing to grow China and the wider Far East market.
Another is our appointment of Atlas International Textiles in the USA – as with our presence in Asia, it’s brilliant to see our renown across the pond going from strength to strength. The fabric distributor has recently opened a new showroom in New York City, so we’re looking forward to working closely with them in 2018 and beyond.
Finally, we’ve brought some fantastic people on board this year in our sales and exports departments, and I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say they’ve injected a new lease of life into our team! We’re a close-knit bunch, so it’s essential for any new recruits to share the inherent Dugdale values, which Jack, Amit and Tanya certainly do.
What has been your favourite collection this year?
Without a doubt, it has to be Royal Classic Vantage. Embracing the past and tailoring it for the future is central to the Dugdale Bros ethos, which is what has made relaunching this iconic 1957 collection – 60 years on – so special.
Which collection are you most looking forward to launching in 2018?
We have a number of new releases on the horizon next year – make sure you watch this space! But the ones I’m most looking forward to are Cottonopolis and Tropicalair.
Who has really impressed you in the tailoring world in 2017?
Kathryn Sargent has really stood out for me this year. During her 15-year stint at Gieves & Hawkes, she became the first female head cutter on Savile Row, and just last year she became the first to open her own namesake store on the esteemed street. 2017 has been another great year for the Leeds-born tailor as she’s continued to excel in her field, and her illustrious career is a shining example of the talent Yorkshire has to offer!
And who should we be looking out for next year?
There haven’t been whisperings so much as exclamations surrounding Michael Browne’s flair over the past few years. The Chittleborough & Morgan tailor and cutter has been on our radar for a while, and we expect to see his star rising even further in 2018.
What other local companies do you think have had a great year?
Tailors in the nearby area seem to have had a busy year, and we’re lucky to have built strong relationships with them all. Owen Scott, for example, has hit the headlines on numerous occasions in 2017 and we’re not expecting the popularity of the risk-takers to dwindle anytime soon.
Apart from creating the world’s finest cloths, what does Huddersfield do better than any other town?
It has the best people around!
Can you describe 2017 for Dugdale in 3 words?
Thought-provoking, challenging and strong.
And Christmas Day at your house in one?
Which Dugdale cloth will you be wearing on Christmas Day and why?
I’ll be donning our Twist-Travel Flannel. It’s very comfortable and will still look its best for the races on Boxing Day!
We’ve certainly had a brilliant year here at The Towers, and we hope you’ve had a fantastic one too! So now, all there’s left to do is wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ll be closing our doors at midday on 22nd December and reopening them the morning of 2nd January, so enjoy the festivities and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.