200 years of weaving fine cloth since 1819


World famous for quality worsted and mohair apparel fabrics

Today our business continues to weave iconic British cloths in our Yorkshire mill with time-honoured skills passed down through generations.

“If we are to do justice to the company that still bears the John Foster name, we have to constantly be looking for ways to improve and innovate through raw materials, weaving techniques and the use of finishing, whilst still providing you with the quality of product you deserve.”

– David Gallimore, Managing Director

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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 business was built.

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Discover iconic cloths with over 200 years of John Foster history, heritage and tradition, in stock supported bunches and seasonal collections.

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The latest news, features and product launches from John Foster throughout the year.

Signature Bunch by John Foster News
27th July 2022

Introducing our Signature Bunch a Super 160s Wool Fabric

Introducing our Signature bunch. After months of design, and development, we are thrilled to be launching our brand-new fabric collection, Signature. The styling of our Signature bunch has taken great…
Autumn Winter 22 News
5th August 2021

Introducing AW22/23

Chalk Stripes, Windowpanes, Twills, and a modern twist on the classic Glen Check all make John Foster’s AW22/23 collection a comprehensive selection of coordinated plains and patterned cloths in a…
John Foster Milano Unica News
2nd July 2021

John Foster at Milano Unica

Milano Unica • John Foster at Milano Unica, Proud to be flying the flag for British textiles.   Hall 20 Stand D12 •   The John Foster team has taken…