According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post on 8 October, Yorkshire textile companies are once again at the forefront of global fashion trends.
Many struggling textile mills have been bought out of administration by SIL Holdings, a company based in Bradford. In the Yorkshire Evening Post report David Gallimore, managing director of SIL’s Luxury Fabrics division explained: “Yorkshire’s textile companies are trend-setters in the global fashion industry,” adding that over the last couple of years there has been a huge global rise in the popularity of ‘Made in England’ as a brand and not just in textiles.
SIL Holding’s textiles are a regular feature of the world’s catwalks, however the UK textiles market accounts for less than 10 per cent of their sales. SIL Holding’s is a family-run textiles group and their customers include Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada to name just a few. Founded in the 1970s, SIL Holdings has gone from strength-to-strength to become one of the biggest speciality fibre manufacturers and merchants in the world.
Wool Yorkshire is a campaign being organised by SIL Holdings to raise awareness of the excellent reputation that the West Yorkshire textile industry enjoys around the world. The Wool Yorkshire campaign coincides with Campaign for Wool’s ‘Wool Week.’
The cloth manufactured by businesses in the group is exported to a variety of markets around the world including Europe, the Middle East and Far East. SIL Holding’s managing director Andrew Seal the Yorkshire Evening Post that mill towns in Yorkshire are: “at the heart of a global fashion business which recognises the value of craftsmanship, quality, expertise and consistency – all things which derive from our textile manufacturing heritage.”