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Reinvigorating the Royal Classic collection

 We believe that good things come to those who wait…

That’s why, 60 years on, we’re injecting a new lease of life into our most popular cloth collection.

Royal Classic was originally launched in 1957 and remained unchanged until 1987, when its weight was reduced from 14oz/390g to 13oz/370g. Times were changing, imperial measures were giving way to metric, and what had once been considered a ‘lightweight’ fabric was recategorized as a ‘midweight’.

Fast forward another 30 years, and we’re shaking things up once more – this time with a further reduction in weight to 12oz/340g and the addition of some never-before-used patterns. To enable the bunch to stay within the modern-day definition of ‘midweight’, we set the dornier looms at a slower pick rate. This allows the weft yarns to compact more in weaving, achieving a close, tight handle without adding extra weight.

Heritage is at the heart of all that we do, which is why the new patterns we’re adding to our classic collection have been inspired and directly drawn from the original 1957 archive. There will be around thirty new cloths to choose from, all in keeping with our signature style.

The production of the reinvigorated patterns is now well underway, and the bunches will be ready for despatch in August/September this year. Watch this space…

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