In 1915 Herbert Brown founded a weaving company called Brown& Sons (Bramley) Ltd. The company started to weave fabrics for the military, police and fire services.
From modest beginnings, the company soon profited from the revolution in bulk garment manufacturing in Leeds, Yorkshire. The company began to supply the factories with large amounts of cloth and became well-known for worsted fabrics of a mix-and-match standard for the ready-made suit market.
In 1952 the company was re-named Alfred Brown (WorstedMills) Ltd and had an office in London’s West End at Golden House. Selling with an agent in London, Alfred Brown became established among London tailors and retailers. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s third generation Alfred, Peter and David Brown firmly embedded the name in the UK High-Street stores and began to export worldwide.
We are a family-run mill, weavers of fine worsted cloth since 1915. From our humble beginnings in the early 20th century to supplying the top fashion houses today, we are an example of true British craftsmanship.
“Our success has come from driving efficiencies in our production and consistently supplying a quality product.”
“The Alfred Brown mill has a reputation for producing genuinely British fabrics in handle, design and performance. Our customers at home and abroad come to us for these qualities.”
Fifth-generation Ben and Sam Brown add their passion and determination to the business and are skilled in bringing a fresh and modern approach to sourcing new markets and servicing customers.
We respect our rich textile-weaving heritage and pride ourselves on continuing and promoting the cachet of fabrics Woven in England.
We provide our customers with over 200 fabrics deliverable from stock. We are committed to providing this service and hold yarn stocks to ensure our offer is consistent and reliable.
Our customers come to us expecting traditional British design, and our design-led research keeps our seasonal collections fresh, reflecting current tastes and new interpretations.
Our strategy has always been to invest in new machinery, empower the next generation and actively provide an environment that encourages excellence and creativity. We work hard to establish respectful relationships with our manufacturing partners and suppliers. From these solid foundations and values, we can sell our products wider and improve our service.
We supply the garment industry with a product made to last. Wool fibre has many unique, sustainable attributes, and together with the industry, we can soften our impact on the environment and herald the value of slow fashion.
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.