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

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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 flannels, as well as some unique and contemporary cloths, inspired directly from our extensive archives.

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Our new collection encompasses timeless colours and patterns, such as plains, checks and stripes in grey, black and navy; but ‘Oxbridge Flannel’ offers much more than this. We have brought a contemporary twist to classic cloths, featuring traditional designs in a range of vibrant shades such as lilac, tobacco, wine and aquamarine.

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Containing a wide range of colours and patterns the collection boasts 75 cohesive cloths. Chalk stripes, houndstooth, checks and a modern twist on the classic glen check in harmonious colours, maintain an element of co-ordination throughout.

New cloth ‘Oxbridge Flannel’ gives wearers the scope to be creative and playful when designing garments; creating a plain suit with checked waistcoat, a houndstooth jacket with plain trousers or a brightly coloured blazer with tonal trousers. The combinations are endless, leaving room for individual style and imaginative nods to trends.

Crafted using a Super 120’s worsted-woollen hybrid yarn, the handle is ultra-soft as a result of the traditional double mill finishing technique. The luxurious cloth weight of 370gms/ 13oz, lends itself perfectly to Autumn/ Winter garments.

Woven in our Bradford mill, in the heart of Yorkshire’s textile industry, the cloth is washed and pressed using only the purest and softest water, straight from the Pennine Hills. These processes have remained the same for the last two hundred years; this history ensures that all the skills of yesterday are used in our cloths of tomorrow.

All 75 ‘Oxbridge Flannel’ cloths are stock-supported and available now.

For further details contact us on +44 (0)1274 655900 or [email protected]

 

 

Article written by Beth Gallimore.

 

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Join our team – We are recruiting for a Sales Manager

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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.

The position will suit someone with a background in textile sales, a high achiever with ambition, or someone who wants to convert their design experience into a sales role.

John Foster cloths are exported to haute couture designers, major fashion houses and prestigious organisations worldwide. Experience of selling to international markets including Europe and USA would be an advantage, but what we really want is someone who can understand customers requirements, build strong relationships, identify opportunities and execute strategies to drive business in new and existing markets.

We need a motivated, well-organized individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills. The role will involve international travel and regular attendance at trade shows.

What we can offer is the opportunity to be part of a ‘Made in Britain’ brand with over 200 years of heritage, great potential for the right person to develop as part of our passionate team, a competitive salary, 25 days holiday plus statutory and a healthcare plan.

Discover more about our cloth collections, John Foster’s 200 years of heritage and follow our Instagram or Facebook pages to keep up to date with our latest activities.

Applicants seeking either a Full-time or Part-time position will be considered. To apply please email your CV to [email protected]

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Drapers Pays Tribute To John Foster’s 200 Year Anniversary

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As 2019 marks 200 years since John Foster began trading, our Managing Director David Gallimore
spoke to Drapers about our success:

 

John Foster: two centuries of export strength

Two centuries since textile tycoon John Foster launched his eponymous mill, this Bradford-based mohair and merino wool specialist is still going strong.

A willingness to differentiate and experiment helped John Foster survive when other British mills were forced to close as retailers shifted production offshore, Managing Director of John Foster David Gallimore tells Drapers.

“We’ve been around since the early days of the British textile industry. As a business, we have longevity and momentum in international markets and that’s the difference between John Foster and some of the other British mills,” he explains.

“From World War II onwards, we’ve been exporting to Europe, the Far East and the US, whereas many textile companies that ended up closing in the 1980s were very focused on home trade. Around 95% of what we make now is exported.”

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Gallimore, who joined in 1988, adds that although it has not always been an easy path – the business went into administration in 2001 – sustained investment in the mill has helped it to weather the ups and downs.

“When I first joined, the business was shrinking each year. That was reversed when we came under new ownership and were bought by SIL Holdings in 2009. The new ownership, which brought with it investment, support and expertise, made a huge difference. That investment has continued and every year we’re investing in new machinery.”

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He concludes: “If you’d asked John Foster what the future looked like 200 years ago, he’d never have been able to foresee where we are now. What I do know is that flexibility and being able to adapt are absolutely critical.”

(words taken from an online Drapers article published 5 August 2019)

 

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John Foster’s Autumn Winter 2020 Collection: Exhibition List

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John Foster’s Autumn Winter 2020 collection, exclusive cloths and 200th anniversary specials will be on display at the following exhibitions;

9th – 11th July 2019: Idea Biella at Milano Unica, Milan, Italy
Hall 20, Stand E11/13,
www.milanounica.it

3rd – 5th September 2019: Munich Fabric Start, Munich, Germany
Hall S2, Stand E216,
www.munichfabricstart.com

17th – 19th September 2019: Premiere Vision, Paris, France
Hall 6, Stand P10,
www.premierevision.com

Our luxurious Autumn Winter collection includes;
– A 100% wool separates range featuring bold and large scale checks for beautiful blazers and striking suits,
– Extra fine 100% Merino Wool business suiting in contemporary and timeless designs,
– Executive check twist suiting in a choice of 2 finishes; a clear cut finish with a crisp performance handle or a crushed finish achieving a softer, warmer winter touch,

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– Oxbridge, our signature flannel cloth collection woven with a nostalgic reflection of John Foster heritage. Crafted using a worsted-woollen hybrid and a traditional double mill finish, achieving a beautifully soft handle,

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– Soft Alpaca flannel, combined with wool and cashmere creates a cloth of true elegance,
– Luxurious Cavalry Twill Super 130’s
– A Super 160’s Story featuring both clear cut and flannel cloths in 2-ply and 4-ply. A luxury touch with a durable construction and unique handle is achieved from fine micron woven in heavier weight cloth,
plus more to see at the shows!!!

To book an appointment with a member of our sales team at any of the above, contact us on tel: +44 (0)1274 655900 or email [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you.

 

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John Foster’s Spring Summer 2020 Collection: Exhibition List

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John Foster’s Spring Summer 2020 collection, exclusive cloths and 200th anniversary specials will be on display at the following exhibitions;

29th – 31st January 2019:
Munich Fabric Start, Munich, Germany
Hall S2, Stand E216
www.munichfabricstart.com

5th – 7th February 2019:
Idea Biella at Milano Unica, Milan, Italy
Hall 20, Stand E11/E13
www.milanounica.it

12th – 14th February 2019:
Premiere Vision, Paris, France
Hall 6, Stand P10
www.premierevision.com

A few teasers of our fresh, new and luxurious Spring Summer cloths include;
– ’Summerstrand 1819’, a supported Wool/Mohair Panama containing all the classic elements with a sprinkle of flair,
– Inspirational cloths for separates and spring blazers with a splash of colour,
– Super 160’s with silk in subtle and intricate designs,
– Alpaca clean crisp cloth innovations incorporated with wool and mohair, plus more to see at the shows!!!

To book an appointment with a member of our sales team at any of the above, contact us on tel: +44 (0)1274 655900 or email [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you.

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New Super 120’s Wool Park Lane Bunch is now in stock!

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Our new Super 120’s Wool Park Lane Bunch is now in stock!

With innovative new designs and elegant colours in classic stripes and checks, Park Lane is suitable for any business environment or special occasion. Our extensive supply of stock is fully supported to provide immediate sampling or bulk order.

Our Park Lane Bunch uses only the finest Australian Merino wool which has been manufactured at our very own Stanley Mills in Bradford, in the heart of the textile industry. It uses a guaranteed two-fold yarn in both the warp and weft to give the cloth excellent strength and performance. This means that the cloth is both luxurious and durable, providing the wearer with a beautiful suit which is perfect for all four seasons.

Manufactured using the latest technology, we do not forget to lavish every metre with two centuries of experience and craftsmanship. Each suit length has 31 kilometers of fine merino yarn and then the cloth is washed and pressed using only the purest of water straight from the Yorkshire Dales.

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John Foster’s heritage dates back to 1819, and we are proud to say that we have been producing nothing but the highest quality luxury suitings ever since.

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50th Edition of Filo Exhibition

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It’s the 50th edition of Filo which opened at Palazzo delle Stelline (Corso Magenta 61) in Milan, a two-day event which opened on the 26th September. In celebration of its 25th birthday and its 50th edition, Filo has chosen to be present across popular social media platforms in order to integrate and widen both interaction and communication which can be seen on www.filo.it, and through the Filo newsletter.

Throughout the two day event, there is a delegation of buyers who visit from overseas who have been invited and hosted by Filo in cooperation with ITA-Agency (Office of Rome). With great excitement, our John Foster designer Samantha Hellewell visited the event In Milan which has enabled her to research the new yarns and trends for Summer 2020. A crucial task where an informed guide to not only trends but where care and attention are key in order to create each John Foster collection.

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