Celebrating 250 years at Joshua Ellis

Joshua Ellis is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury cashmere, woollen cloth and accessories and in 2017 we are proud to be celebrating our 250th anniversary.

Our journey began in the mill towns of Yorkshire during Britain’s textile heyday where we carry on the tradition, supplying high quality cloth and accessories to an international market. Artisan skills have been passed down through the generations and our thriving apprenticeship scheme, which covers all aspects of manufacture, design and sales, is bringing new talent into the industry to keep Britain at the forefront of global designer fashion.

Mill Memories

We had a wonderful visit last Friday from Sheila (above left) and Margaret Watson, who had inherited two Joshua Ellis mill photographs from a relative. They kindly got in touch to ask if we would like to not only see the photos, but keep them for our archives. We enjoyed hearing their memories of their father, aunts’ and grandfather’s roles within the mill and their own visits to the former Batley Carr site as children.

After Joshua Ellis moved to its current location in 2003, the historic buildings at Batley Carr were converted into living accommodation, and the two mill chimneys remain on the site today as landmarks to its former use.

New Stock Supported Camelhair Qualities

Joshua Ellis & Co Ltd has been weaving cashmere and fine animal fibre fabrics and accessories since 1767, almost 250 years.

Situated in the heartland of the Yorkshire textile industry, a region with a longstanding textile manufacturing heritage supplying the global fashion industry, Joshua Ellis prides itself on its traditional craftsmanship, quality, expertise and consistency.

Worshipful Company of Weavers Annual Awards Lunch

Joshua Ellis is a proud participant in the Worshipful Company of Weavers’ Entry to Work scheme. Having previously had great success in employing Design & Sales Assistant Charlotte Knowles, the company was keen to take up this opportunity again.

Managing Director Jayne Woodthorpe and this year’s entry to work graduates Nicola Costello and Towera Ridley were invited to speak about their experience of the scheme at the Worshipful Company of Weavers’ prestigious annual Awards Lunch at Saddler’s Hall in London.

Luxury Fibre Brands Strengthen Partnership with Escorial

The past three years have seen a successful, growing partnership between SIL Holdings and The Escorial Company to distribute Escorial cut length fabric to tailors and other ‘made to measure’ customers. Building on this, the two companies are now pleased to announce that from February 1st 2016 the exclusive partnership will be extended to woven cloth developments – both seasonal collections and bespoke; worsted and woollen.

The Escorial Company markets its exclusive Escorial fibre – a rare and luxurious wool from the small Escorial sheep found in small numbers in Australia and New Zealand. Possessing unique performance characteristics, Escorial fibre creates fabrics with superior drape and resilience with a distinctive soft handle.

Teasels – the finishing touch

Visitors to our showroom often do not realise that this jar standing proudly next to our bunch books and swatch cards contains one of our most important tools: the humble teasel, responsible for adding the distinctive finishing touch to our luxurious cashmere.

The teasel plant, or Dipsacus sativus, bears resemblance to the thistle with its spiked crown at the end of a long stalk. The spikes protect the seeds, and the dried seed heads have been used in Europe since medieval times to brush woollen fabrics to create a raised finish [1].

Our new A/W 16/17 Cashmere Scarf Collection has launched!

We are delighted to announce that our Autumn/Winter 16/17 Cashmere Scarf Collection has launched and is now available for sampling. After a very warm reception in Japan, our scarf collection travels to New York this coming week with Sales and Design Director Kristie Reeves.

This collection is a modern interpretation of traditional English woven designs. Inspired by our heritage and infused with modern production innovation, the quality and originality of our product speaks for itself.

Dashing Tweeds

Working hard to create modern urban woven textiles is Dashing Tweeds who take the best from the past and make it modern, interesting and relevant to life today.

Within their studio in East London they design and develop seasonal cloth collections using new woven structures on our hand loom. These are then produced by an appropriate British mill and released twice a year.

Joshua Ellis Named Top UK Textile Business

Joshua Ellis is extremely proud to have won the Textile Business Award at the 2015 UK Fashion and Textile Awards, held at the prestigious Tobacco Dock in London.

Managing Director Jayne Woodthorpe said: “Britain’s fashion and textile industry is thriving and we faced extremely tough competition in our category. This award highlights the fact that a continuing emphasis on innovation and excellence is ensuring that our business continues to be relevant today, exporting Yorkshire cloth around the world. It is a tribute to the skill and dedication of our local workforce, our high quality standards and the mix of traditional and new manufacturing techniques we use to create our pioneering luxury textile products.”

Joshua Ellis shortlisted amongst the British textile elite

One of West Yorkshire's oldest textile mills has been shortlisted for two national awards recognising its contribution to British manufacturing excellence.

Batley-based Joshua Ellis, which has been weaving luxury cashmere and fine fabrics for almost 250 years, has reached the finals of the UK Fashion and Textile Awards in two categories, the Textile Business Award and the Make it Here Award.

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