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.

John Foster Spring Summer 2021 Collection Group Shot News
6th January 2020

John Foster’s Spring Summer 2021 Collection: Exhibition List

John Foster's Spring Summer 2021 collection and exclusive cloths will be on display at the following exhibitions; 4th - 6th February 2020:Idea Biella at Milano Unica, Milan, ItalyHall 20, Stand…
Oxbridge Flannel Groupshot News
8th October 2019

A Contemporary Take On A Classic: New Cloth ‘Oxbridge Flannel’

Our new cloth ‘Oxbridge Flannel’ is perfect for Autumn Winter and is available now   ‘Oxbridge Flannel’ combines John Foster heritage with modern trends, bringing you a collection of traditional…
22nd August 2019

Join our team – We are recruiting for a Sales Manager

The opportunity has arisen to join our team. We are recruiting for a Sales Manager to be based at our Bradford Head Office, in the heart of Yorkshire's textile industry.…