Holland and Sherry – the best textiles in the World


We now stock Holland and Sherry textiles for your bespoke tailoring. Why have we partnered with this Savile Row global exporter? History - both of the company itself, and the history of British tailoring. Both subjects offer a compelling story that has resulted in the very best material you can buy for your tailored suits, jackets, and shirts. Elite? Yes, and classy, luxurious, and hard-wearing at the same time.

In 1836 Stephen George Holland & Frederick Sherry began the business as woolen merchants at 10 Old Bond Street, London, specializing in both woolen and silk cloths. 1886 saw Holland & Sherry moved premises to Golden Square, at the time the epicentre of the woolen merchant trade. However, by 1900 the firm was exporting to many countries so sales offices were established in New York, Europe and South America. Among other distribution arrangements, there was a Holland & Sherry warehouse in St. Petersburg, Russia, a successful market prior to the revolution and now being successfully renewed.

By 1982 the business moved to Savile Row, which remains as our registered head office. Of all the cloth merchants of Golden Square which were established in the late 1800’s, only Holland & Sherry remains. Over the decades they have purchased nearly twenty other wool companies. Their customer base covers a wide spectrum, from providing cloth for films such as Mission Impossible and Moulin Rouge and the cast of the English National Opera, to several past and present members of Britain’s Royal Family.

So what makes Holland and Sherry so respected in global tailoring? For more than 200 years British menswear has produced original and authentic fabric and garments, including tartan, tweed and fine woolen and worsted cloths. Holland & Sherry is proud of its British heritage and continues to source cloth from textile manufacturers in Yorkshire and Scotland.

Focusing on the manufacture of wool fabrics for men’s tailoring, the West Yorkshire textile industry benefits from a damp climate and Pennine water are particularly well-suited to the spinning and finishing of cotton and wool. Yorkshire mills are proud companies of tradition, whose history and expertise often stretch back over generations. Yorkshire textiles enjoy a reputation for high quality, based on tradition and history but also on the quality of raw materials and a high standard of finish.

Tartan and Tweed are synonymous with Scotland and have helped build an international identity and reputation for Scottish textiles. Tweed, woven from carded short wool, using rough fibres and warm rustic colours, has come to evoke the countryside and outdoor pursuits. In fact, the word tweed itself is an English variant on the Scottish word “tweel” which referred to the wool cloth woven by hand by Scottish highlanders and island dwellers. The term has come to be associated with the tweed river, which runs through Peebles, where Holland & Sherry’s distribution warehouse is based, later becoming a description for all carded home spun wool.

The cloth Harris Tweed itself originates from the beautiful remote islands of the Outer Hebrides – off the west coast of Scotland and has become one of the most famous wool textiles in the world, used predominantly in the menswear market. The unique selling point of Harris Tweed is its use of local materials and hand crafted techniques. The finished cloth is inspected and stamped on the reverse side with its trademark Orb, as certification and to promote and protect the name of Harris Tweed.

History, respect, natural fibers – the Holland and Sherry material book has to be seen and felt to be believed. Come and choose your new wardrobe’s material today.

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