At the start of the First World War Brown & Sons (Bramley) Ltd was formed. The fledgling company wove fabrics for the military, police and fire services.
From modest beginnings the company soon profited from the heyday of British textile manufacturing. With sales of the “off the peg suit” growing in British retail stores, cloth orders were large and the need for mix and match quality became all important.
Our mill became known in the trade for exemplary consistency and reliability and in 1952 was re-named Alfred Brown (Worsted Mills) Ltd.
We are a family run mill; weavers of fine worsted cloth since 1915. From our humble beginnings in the early 20th century to supplying some of the top fashion houses of the 21st, we are an example of true British craftsmanship.
"Our success has come from our unrivalled quality and consistency."
Today, Joint Managing Directors Ian and Nigel Brown are managing a highly efficient and flexible weaving mill, being proud to employ skilled people from the local community, just as a generation of Brown family have done before.
"We are global in our reach, exporting all over the world."
We are committed to quality and service. We hold stocks of yarn to service our Stock Supported Range of over 200 fabrics, running now for over 10 years.
We believe in developing new and exciting fabrics each season, researched and designed by our talented team of designers, produced by technicians with advanced technical knowhow.
Our response to sales enquiries is quick and our service is personal, with each account having its own dedicated salesperson.
We are local in our commitment to the environment. Since 2016 our factory has been powered by electricity supplied by wind farms.
We invest in state of the art machinery and maintain a highly skilled workforce, so we are equipped to face the challenges of the future.
The key to the success of the business has always been the Brown family, who add their passion and determination into the business to drive the company forward. The next generation of the Brown family, Ben and Sam Brown are no exception to this, bringing a modern approach and their design and production skills to all aspects of the business.
"We all have a commitment to consistency, quality and performance that drives us forward." Ben Brown
Our latest development has been the release of our digital range allowing customers to view our collection online at their leisure.
We are a family run mill, weavers of fine worsted cloth since 1915. From our humble beginnings in the early 19th century, to supplying some of the top fashion houses of the 21st, we are an example of true British craftsmanship.
We are proud to manufacture in England.
Alfred Brown fabric has and always will be, woven in England. At the start of World War One the fledgling company sold uniform fabrics to the military, police and fire services. Then followed the heyday of British textile manufacturing. Large orders from major British retail customers who sold suits off the peg, meant we had to excel at mix and match, we became known in the trade for our exemplary consistency and reliability.
The down turn in the UK’s textile industry during the 90s forced many of our competitors out of business. We persevered, worked hard and kept investing in state of the art machinery and found our niche.
Alfred Brown fabric has and always will be, woven in England. At the start of World War One the fledgling company sold uniform fabrics to the military, police and fire services and today our fabric is still used by prestigious establishments including the Royal Household Guard.
Through the 1960s third generation Browns Alfred and David led the company towards the heyday of British textile manufacturing. We embraced modern technology and built strong relationships with iconic department stores and world leading garment manufacturers.
British retail customers placed large orders for off the peg suits, demanding excellence in consistency for shade and finish. Allowing the consumer to mix and match jacket and trouser sizes and still guarantee a perfectly matching suit. Our excellence in this area means that our fabrics are still sold on the high-end British high-street 60 years on.
During the 90s there was a down turn in the UK’s textile industry forcing many mills out of business. Perseverance to refine our quality standards and investment in technology and efficient machinery allowed us to manufacture fabric at a fair price. Meaning Alfred Brown thrived during this difficult period.
4th and 5th generations of the Brown family now run the mill.
Today, the company is still 100% family owned, headed by joint Managing Directors Ian and Nigel Brown and Sales Director, Roger McArdle, supported by Ian’s two son’s Ben, Innovation Director and Sam, Creative and Product Manager. “We employ 85 people from the local community with many generations of the same family working for us, which gives the company a real feel of ‘family’ as skills and traditions are passed down through the generations."
Our product lines fall into two categories, the stock supported range which is held in stock and available to buy immediately and our seasonal collection which is made to order.
Our archive of ‘made to order’ fabrics is vast and we add new designs to this every year, keeping up to date with colour trends and developing new and exciting fabric bases. Our latest collection is available to view digitally ,please get in touch for access.
Our stock supported range has been running for over 10 years.
Our highly successful stock supported range has been running for over 10 years and is used by brands and tailors around the world. Our range consists of Classic British cloths, woven selvedge range, wool linen and piece dye. No matter if you are looking for something formal or a little bit more casual we will have something of interest. For more information please see below or ask to see our collections.
We work closely with many world leading garment manufactures and retail suppliers. We know how important a close working relationship is, and are flexible so that we can meet your needs.
We work with many merchants and garment makers.