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John Foster for British Textile Week


In 1819, the John Foster story of producing the world’s finest worsted cloths from luxurious merino wool, mohair, alpaca, cashmere and silk began. At the age of 21 he started to revolutionise the textile industry. In 1835, Mr. Foster erected a mill in Black Dyke, Queensbury, on the site of a family farmstead. This mill became known as Black Dyke Mills and was the foundation upon which John Foster’s immense empire was built.

John Foster cloths have been at the centre of world fashion since they won their first awards at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Today John Foster continues to weave worsted, mohair and cashmere made from the highest quality Merino wool, as well as other noble fibres, into luxury fabric for the finest couturiers, fashion houses, designers, tailors and retailers across the globe.

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Renowned for fine fabrics and quality cloth making since 1819, the John Foster name is a pinnacle for premium suit fabric and apparels.

The company’s worsted mill in Bradford is ideally located in the heart of Yorkshire’s textile industry, capturing centuries of British weaving skills, tradition and heritage.

Innovation, design, technological investment, the highest quality standards and entrepreneurial flair combined with hundreds of years of craftsmanship define our business. These qualities are the essence of the John Foster name and will continue to maintain our benchmark position in the textile manufacturing industry.

Inspiration for the collection

John Foster collection inspiration

Beautiful worsted wool cloths, which tailor for a well-cut suit are always going to feature in the John Foster collection. The focus of the collection is classic suiting designs that are subtle and sophisticated, following the heritage trend. The collection is evolving to create a range of fabrics to respond to the ever-changing marketplace. Casual, comfort and relaxed dressing seems to be becoming more sought-after, so an additional element of the collection, introduces fabrics for blazers and jacketing where the focus is on contemporary colour.

John Foster collection for AW21

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UKFT’s British Textile Week is a digital showcase of the craftsmanship, imagination and innovation of the UK textile industry.