A Yorkshire Clothmaking Legacy

Here at Dugdale Bros, we’re extremely proud of our clothmaking heritage. So much so, we recently contributed to Selvedge Magazine’s blog, sharing insight into our historic beginnings and some of the charming collections we have created over the years…

Dugdale Bros is a luxury brand that has been steeped in sartorial history since it was first established in 1896, by brothers Henry Percy and Frederick Herbert Dugdale. Today, our firm is the last independently-owned cloth merchant that remains rooted in central Huddersfield – a well-known epicentre of clothmaking – with a second office in Mayfair, London. Our enduring reputation as one of the textile industry’s most prestigious providers has seen us supply locally sourced, high-quality worsted cloth to tailors, designers, fashion houses and retailers throughout the world, for decades.

Throughout our 122-year history, we have demonstrated an innovative approach to clothmaking – reviving legacy collections from the early 20th century with new patterns and colourways – whilst paying homage to our rich textile heritage. We place a weighted focus on preserving our localised approach, collaborating with spinners, weavers, dyers and finishers within a 20-mile radius of our Northumberland Street base – such as Lightowlers Yarns. This not only illustrates our penchant for provenance, but also the pride we hold for our ‘Made in Huddersfield’ selvedge, and the true hallmark of quality that it represents throughout the industry today.

Our collections are at the heart of what we do, many of which are widely celebrated for their bespoke qualities and unique back-story. For example, the Cottonopolis range – as the first 100% British-made cotton cloth collection for tailors in over 50 years, to have been spun, dyed, woven and finished in England – presents a true milestone in UK clothmaking. While our White Rose Sporting Tweed and Tattersall tweed selection was first woven after the mid-1960s – as a response to the growing demand for what was then regarded as casual wear.

Today, the revamped bunch uses specially commissioned yarn spun by Meltham-based Lightowlers and stays reminiscent of its Yorkshire roots. It features a spectrum of colours such as forest greens, moorland browns and warming hues – all of which mirror the surrounding landscape.

Our illustrious history within the textile sphere has not only seen us become one of the most widely-recognised names on Savile Row, but across iconic tailoring streets throughout the world too.