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Signature Bunch by John Foster

Introducing our Signature Bunch a Super 160s Wool Fabric

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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 consideration and development, to compliment the other bunches within the range. This new Signature bunch provides something for everyone, with a large range of plains in twill, hopsack, sharkskin, and herringbone grounds. A truly varied collection of cloth.

Boasting a composition of 100% Super 160s Wool fabric, with a weight of 240/260gms, this Signature collection offers a beautiful all-season bunch, offering the perfect weight for a transitional cloth, that can be worn for any season.

John Foster Super 160s Wool Fabric Signature Bunch

A supremely soft touch wool fabric, with a light, fluid drape and luxurious handle. This elegant wool fabric is constructed with a fine 2-ply yarn in warp and weft to give the cloth stability and durability.

John Foster’s Signature Bunch, designed for tailors, executed for wear.

Manufactured to create the most exquisitely, elegant fabrics, which whisper sophistication. A bunch which offers tonal colouration for understated sartorial elegance.

Soft Ash, Smoke, and Charcoal Grey, Rich Cobalt Blue, Air Force, Navy, and midnight, all expected hues from a men’s tailoring bunch, incorporating Latte, and Coffee Brown for a more relaxed look.

Super 160s Wool Fabric swatches

Accent colours of soft Slate Blue, Delicate Lavender, Deep Gold, and Burnt Rust each craft the basis to accessorise with more flamboyant knits, ties, and colourful shirts.

This Super 160s Wool Fabric Signature bunch offers the ability to dress up for occasions or pair down for everyday wear.

Signature Bunch: CC901

To view our new Signature bunch, email [email protected].


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Autumn Winter 22

Introducing AW22/23

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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 range of colours including favourite Autumnal hues.

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A colour palette which highlights our suiting cloths, a perpetual staple for any season that never goes out of style.


Fresh and modern colour inspiration in complementary tones. Contemporary windowpanes interspersed with semi-plains using the beauty of woollen yarn and a double mill finish.

From the John Foster Autumn/Winter 22/23 collection. Presented at Milano Unica.


To view digitally, arrange an appointment or for more details contact [email protected]


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John Foster Milano Unica

John Foster at Milano Unica

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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 a bold decision and will be travelling over to Milan next week to take part in the Milano Unica (Idea Biella) tradeshow.


David Gallimore, Managing Director of John Foster, says: “With the decision to invest and participate in our first international tradeshow in almost 18 months, we wanted show a level of commitment to our global customers and the industry as a whole.


“As we adapt to new beginnings, we hope to provide customers with a well thought-out collection of capsule looks. The collection encompasses all our beautiful worsted suiting fabrics, but also jackets and blazering qualities as the market moves to a more relaxed dress code.


John Foster Milano Unica


“The styling is playful, focussed on colour and rooted in our nature and surroundings. A colour palette highlights our suiting cloths in black and white, the constant staple in fashion; eternal and traditional classics that never go out of style; and a combination of rich, deep jewel tones adding depth and warmth to our casual qualities.”


John Foster are proud members of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).


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ZQ Woollen

Stock Supported & Sustainable

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Stock supported and sustainable, fulfilling our customer requirements, we continue to regenerate our world-famous Stock Supported ranges using ZQ woollen yarns.


Sourced from farms with a progressive approach to Sustainability, Ethics and Traceability ensuring a better quality of life for the animals, the planet, our people and our customers.


Our signature Oxbridge Flannel classic Black and White Prince of Wales is currently weaving in our own mill for a globally renowned fashion brand.


F5022ZQ – Super 120’s all wool double milled flannel – 380g

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Our digitised Spring Summer 2022 Collection

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Innovation, design, technological investment, and entrepreneurial flair have defined our business for over 200 years, so it only seems logical that we carry on those qualities with the continued development of our digitised collections.


We would much rather be visiting our customers around the globe and we will again soon.


Our latest digitised John Foster Spring Summer 2022 Collection features not only Cool Wool, the perfect cloth for the season but Qualities that incorporate fine mohair and silks.

Spring Summer 2022

As the collection develops, we break free from traditional conformity to capture designs and colour in elegant sartorial styles as casual, comfort and relaxed dressing seems to become more sought after with an emphasis on contemporary colour.


For details of our Spring Summer 2022 Collection or to arrange a presentation please contact [email protected].


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John Foster Luxury Fabrics

A closer look at our most luxurious fabrics

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A closer look at some of our most luxurious fabrics:

Platinum – The most exclusive and luxurious bunch in our range, comprising of 100% Super 200’s ultra-fine wool cloths and 100% worsted cashmere in a selection of classic patterns.

Sourced from the Mongolian foothills and spun into 2-ply yarn gives our woven cashmere cloth strength whilst retaining its renowned softness.

The rarest Australian Merino sheep provide our Super 200’s wool before it’s spun into the finest yarns and woven in our Yorkshire mill by master craftsmen born from generations before.

Surely there is no finer fabric for a handmade bespoke suit.


Oxbridge Flannel – Inspired from our extensive archives and immersed in tradition, a luxurious Super 120’s worsted-woollen hybrid woven to the time-honoured double mill finishing process giving a super soft handle.

This stock supported vintage bunch blends classic shades with more vibrant hues and autumnal mixtures.

Chalk stripes, houndstooth, checks and a modern twist on the classic glen check make this an extensive stock supported range of coordinated plains and patterned cloths.


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John Foster Collaboration

Collaborating with UK Fashion Designer Danielle Elsener to celebrate Wool Week

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What an absolute pleasure to have collaborated with emerging UK fashion designer Danielle Elsener @decodecodecode to celebrate #woolweek.


Graduating from the Royal College of Art, Danielle showcased the versatility of our fabrics by creating a three piece contemporary wear outfit from traditional plain and pinstripe ultrafine Super 100’s wool and mohair Summerstrand suiting fabrics, naturally crease resistant and cooling in the Summer months.


Danielle’s unique Zero Waste Design System AO20 ensured the short sleeve button-down, pair of shorts and coaches jacket incorporated the famous John Foster selvedge at the forefront of the designs.

The collaboration is part of an innovative project for Wool Week led by Future Fashion Factory, bringing together emerging fashion designers from the Royal College of Art with Yorkshire mills from Future Fashion Factory’s community of over 250 manufacturers, fashion designers, brands and more.


Danielle’s outfit can also be found in Future Fashion Factory’s virtual Wool Week showroom, created in partnership with BrandLab Fashion at



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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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1937 John Foster Black Dyke Mill Workers with 50 years service

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.”

John Foster Grandmaster Landscape

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,

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

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

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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