• 1539

    Scabal’s mill in historic Huddersfield, the cradle of English cloth, stopped grinding wheat, and began to work with cloth. This was in...

    Scabal’s mill in historic Huddersfield, the cradle of English cloth, stopped grinding wheat, and began to
    work with cloth. This was in response to rising taxes on grain, and a large amount of weavers arriving
    in Yorkshire during the Hundred Years War.

    Initially working as fullers, a job that involved stretching the woolen fibres by hand, looms were soon installed.
    Nearly 500 years later, we are still making the world’s finest fabrics at the same location.

  • 1799

    With the Industrial Revolution in England gathering pace, Scabal’s Huddersfield mill moved with technological change, and started to...

    With the Industrial Revolution in England gathering pace, Scabal’s Huddersfield mill moved with technological
    change, and started to mechanise some of the weaving process.

    This allowed for finer cloths to be crafted, but required constant monitoring and human judgment. Our
    process in this regard remains largely unchanged, with expert weavers guiding every step of the process.

  • 1907

    Wain Shiell open their store at No.2 Savile Row, in an elegant house originally built in 1735. The company had existed since 1807, and is still...

    Wain Shiell open their store at No.2 Savile Row, in an elegant house originally built in 1735.

    The company had existed since 1807, and is still a name synonymous with sartorial British style.

  • 1937

    Our workshop began to craft made-to-measure menswear; shortly becoming renowned across Europe as one of the premiere sartorial studios. It is...

    Our workshop began to craft made-to-measure menswear; shortly becoming renowned across Europe
    as one of the premiere sartorial studios.

    It is here at this family-owned atelier that we still make our superior garments today.

  • 1938

    De Duitse ondernemer Otto Hertz (1903 – 1991) start een zaak op in Brussel, in de Koningsstraat, de straat die het Koninklijk Paleis van...

    De Duitse ondernemer Otto Hertz (1903 – 1991) start een zaak op in Brussel, in de Koningsstraat, de straat die het Koninklijk Paleis van Brussel met het kantoor verbindt. In de 20e eeuw worden daar veel herenhuizen gebouwd, waaronder ook vijfsterrenhotel Astoria Hotel van Henri Van Dievoet. De vader van Otto Hertz heeft al een stoffenfabriek in het Duitse Essen. Hij heeft dus al vóór de start van zijn zaak ervaring met de stoffenhandel. Dagelijkse leveringen worden met de fiets naar de kleermakers gebracht, of gaan met de trein naar andere steden.

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