Heritage cloth brand Dugdale Bros & Co is celebrating its most successful year to date following significant expansion into fast-growing international markets.
Through its 122-year history, the company has been known for supplying fine worsted fabrics to Savile Row tailors and iconic fashion houses alike.
And, with a fast-growing presence in overseas markets, the company has reported a 22 per cent uplift in turnover from exports alone, compared with the previous 12 months.
Chairman Robert Charnock said: “2017 was intended to be a year of consolidation for us, however increased activity with a number of notable luxury brands has helped to bolster our figures during this period. Dugdale Bros is undoubtedly a company with a significant legacy behind it, which we are dedicated to preserving as we take the business forward. And it is precisely this balance between celebrating our heritage – both in relation to the brand and our town – and strategically targeting new overseas markets that has enabled us to flourish.”
This year, the company will launch five new lightweight collections specifically aimed at the burgeoning Asian markets. In addition, core lines will be refreshed with the introduction of new designs, colours and patterns. “The expansion of our collections will further boost our market presence, and we’re expecting to see an additional 12% growth this year,” added Charnock.