V.I.P. Guests visit Charles Clayton at Stanley Mills

Charles Clayton, based at Stanley Mills in Bradford, West Yorkshire – welcomed a group of V.I.P. guests from London: Chris Moodo, David Evans, Jamie Ferguson, Jonathan Edwards, Hannah Rigby, James Girdwood and Daisy Knatchbull. The fabric enthusiasts, from all walks of life: from blogging about style, fabrics and tailoring, a photographer who captures street style tailoring of luxurious fabrics to a 3rd year fashion design student who is setting up their own business upon graduating, visited our mill to see the production and manufacturing processes for themselves. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for fine tailoring, they were eager to see the machines in action and the work which goes into making our luxurious fabric.

David Gallimore – Managing Director of Charles Clayton and Luxury Fabrics, presented our guests with a detailed tour of the mill describing each production process and getting a sneak peak of just how vigorous our quality control checks are on each fabric.

Everyone at Charles Clayton had a wonderful day meeting our guests, telling our stories of the rich British heritage and showing them exactly how the fabric is made. We welcome you back and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thank you all for coming!





Export Growth Leads to Red Carpet Success for Yorkshire Textile Manufacturer

Charles Clayton has been named top fashion and textile exporter at the UK Fashion and Textile Awards 2014.

UKFTStrong international sales at Bradford-based textile group Luxury Fabrics resulted in the company being presented with the Exporter Award at a red carpet ceremony at East London’s Tobacco Dock, hosted by ITV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Susanna Reid.

The UK market accounts for less than five per cent of sales with the company’s fabric consistently appearing on the catwalks of Paris, New York and Milan.

David Gallimore, managing director of Luxury Fabrics, said: “Our businesses benefit from the craftsmanship, quality and expertise that has developed during generations of textile manufacturing in Yorkshire and this award recognises the fact that our continued commitment to innovation, training and excellence is keeping us at the forefront of global fashion manufacturing.”

Mr Gallimore said ongoing investment coupled with a global reputation for excellence had resulted in record overseas sales in recent years, something the judges commented on when acknowledging the award.

“Our success in this incredibly competitive market is down to an ability to consistently produce innovative designs and to reliably exceed our clients’ quality and delivery requirements,” he said.

“We are extremely proud that Yorkshire cloth from our factory is now exported to 23 different countries, with our main markets being in the Japan Far East, Italy and the United States and we are delighted to be showcasing Yorkshire’s textile heritage and the UK’s excellence in quality and design worldwide.

“We are also now trading actively in emerging markets across South America and China,” he added.

Luxury Fabrics was one of three British brands up for the Exporter of the Year Award. The other finalists were Ariella and Penrose London.

John Miln, CEO of UKFT said: “We were inundated with entries for this year’s awards and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate with so many worthy winners. From young businesses just starting out on their journey, to iconic British fashion brands that have shaped the face of the industry, they’re all a testament to the fact that the UK is leading the way in fashion, textiles and design across the globe.”

Charles Clayton nominated for Award

As part of the Luxury Fabrics business we have been shortlisted for the NatWest UK Textile Awards 2014.

We have been nominated in the Smart Currency UK FT exporter category.  There are just three nominees in this category and the judging takes place on 22nd May 14 at East London Tobacco Docks steered by Hilary Alexander OBE.


Come and meet us in July and September ’14

We have registered our participation in two export shows for later in 2014.

Why not come  and see our new full Winter collection at Esseve Preview on 17th July in Milan.  This exhibition takes place in the famous Villa Torretta, a palatial Roman Villa in Milan.

We have also registered to attend Premiere Vision in September between the 16th and 18th. That show will be held at Parc d’Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte