The latest news, events and industry knowledge from the team at Joshua Ellis
28th September 2018
Lesley Stead has worked for Joshua Ellis for 33 years joining us in the scarf processing …Read More
24th August 2018
Preparation for an Autumn 2019 scarf accessories collection follows a slightly different time frame compared to …Read More
22nd August 2018
We are pleased to welcome our latest team member, introducing Robert McQuillan our new Escorial Sales …Read More
19th July 2018
July marks the time of year when we embark on selling fabrics for the next winter …Read More
29th June 2018
As part of its commitment to securing a strong and sustainable future for another 250 years, …Read More
8th June 2018
For 250 years Joshua Ellis has been an important employer within the Batley area and an …Read More
24th May 2018
Over recent months, Joshua Ellis has been delighted to collaborate with renowned Savile Row tailor, Huntsman …Read More
27th April 2018
VICASH ‘10% Vicuna & 90% Baby Cashmere’, a truly luxurious coating fabric with exquisite drape, sheen …Read More
22nd January 2018
We are delighted to announce that Joshua Ellis will be exhibiting this year in Ideabiella at …Read More
4th January 2018
At this time of year, the mill here at Joshua Ellis is filled with buzz and …Read More
14th December 2017
As 2017 draws to an end, we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the year’s …Read More
4th December 2017
All rather ‘alien’ words, but common everyday parlance in Grange Valley Road mill! It’s an extremely …Read More
29th November 2017
Joshua Ellis Competition #JoshuaEllis250thCompetition Love your Joshua Ellis scarf? Do you want the chance to win …Read More
20th October 2017
As part of their 250th anniversary year, Joshua Ellis collaborated with Huntsman on a special project. …Read More
29th September 2017
We welcomed a group of fabric enthusiasts from London: Chris Moodo, David Evans, Jamie Ferguson, Jonathan …Read More
19th July 2017
Joshua Ellis, established in 1767, celebrates this year its 250th anniversary and a heritage of British …Read More
7th March 2017
HRH The Princess Royal visits Joshua Ellis & Co. as part of 250th anniversary celebrations The …Read More
19th January 2017
Joshua Ellis is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury cashmere, woollen cloth and accessories and in 2017 we are proud to be celebrating our 250th anniversary.
Our journey began in the mill towns of Yorkshire during Britain’s textile heyday where we carry on the tradition, supplying high quality cloth and accessories to an international market. Artisan skills have been passed down through the generations and our thriving apprenticeship scheme, which covers all aspects of manufacture, design and sales, is bringing new talent into the industry to keep Britain at the forefront of global designer fashion.Read More
22nd August 2016
We had a wonderful visit last Friday from Sheila (above left) and Margaret Watson, who had inherited two Joshua Ellis mill photographs from a relative. They kindly got in touch to ask if we would like to not only see the photos, but keep them for our archives. We enjoyed hearing their memories of their father, aunts’ and grandfather’s roles within the mill and their own visits to the former Batley Carr site as children.
After Joshua Ellis moved to its current location in 2003, the historic buildings at Batley Carr were converted into living accommodation, and the two mill chimneys remain on the site today as landmarks to its former use.Read More
12th May 2016
Joshua Ellis & Co Ltd has been weaving cashmere and fine animal fibre fabrics and accessories since 1767, almost 250 years.
Situated in the heartland of the Yorkshire textile industry, a region with a longstanding textile manufacturing heritage supplying the global fashion industry, Joshua Ellis prides itself on its traditional craftsmanship, quality, expertise and consistency.Read More
17th March 2016
Joshua Ellis is a proud participant in the Worshipful Company of Weavers’ Entry to Work scheme. Having previously had great success in employing Design & Sales Assistant Charlotte Knowles, the company was keen to take up this opportunity again.
Managing Director Jayne Woodthorpe and this year’s entry to work graduates Nicola Costello and Towera Ridley were invited to speak about their experience of the scheme at the Worshipful Company of Weavers’ prestigious annual Awards Lunch at Saddler’s Hall in London.Read More
29th February 2016
The past three years have seen a successful, growing partnership between SIL Holdings and The Escorial Company to distribute Escorial cut length fabric to tailors and other ‘made to measure’ customers. Building on this, the two companies are now pleased to announce that from February 1st 2016 the exclusive partnership will be extended to woven cloth developments – both seasonal collections and bespoke; worsted and woollen.
The Escorial Company markets its exclusive Escorial fibre – a rare and luxurious wool from the small Escorial sheep found in small numbers in Australia and New Zealand. Possessing unique performance characteristics, Escorial fibre creates fabrics with superior drape and resilience with a distinctive soft handle.Read More
18th February 2016
Visitors to our showroom often do not realise that this jar standing proudly next to our bunch books and swatch cards contains one of our most important tools: the humble teasel, responsible for adding the distinctive finishing touch to our luxurious cashmere.
The teasel plant, or Dipsacus sativus, bears resemblance to the thistle with its spiked crown at the end of a long stalk. The spikes protect the seeds, and the dried seed heads have been used in Europe since medieval times to brush woollen fabrics to create a raised finish .Read More
15th January 2016
We are delighted to announce that our Autumn/Winter 16/17 Cashmere Scarf Collection has launched and is now available for sampling. After a very warm reception in Japan, our scarf collection travels to New York this coming week with Sales and Design Director Kristie Reeves.
This collection is a modern interpretation of traditional English woven designs. Inspired by our heritage and infused with modern production innovation, the quality and originality of our product speaks for itself.Read More
1st June 2015
Working hard to create modern urban woven textiles is Dashing Tweeds who take the best from the past and make it modern, interesting and relevant to life today.
Within their studio in East London they design and develop seasonal cloth collections using new woven structures on our hand loom. These are then produced by an appropriate British mill and released twice a year.Read More
29th May 2015
Joshua Ellis is extremely proud to have won the Textile Business Award at the 2015 UK Fashion and Textile Awards, held at the prestigious Tobacco Dock in London.
Managing Director Jayne Woodthorpe said: “Britain’s fashion and textile industry is thriving and we faced extremely tough competition in our category. This award highlights the fact that a continuing emphasis on innovation and excellence is ensuring that our business continues to be relevant today, exporting Yorkshire cloth around the world. It is a tribute to the skill and dedication of our local workforce, our high quality standards and the mix of traditional and new manufacturing techniques we use to create our pioneering luxury textile products.”Read More
21st May 2015
One of West Yorkshire’s oldest textile mills has been shortlisted for two national awards recognising its contribution to British manufacturing excellence.
Batley-based Joshua Ellis, which has been weaving luxury cashmere and fine fabrics for almost 250 years, has reached the finals of the UK Fashion and Textile Awards in two categories, the Textile Business Award and the Make it Here Award.Read More
24th April 2014
As the roads of Yorkshire prepare to provide a stunning catwalk for France’s premiere sporting spectacle, the Tour de France, regional manufacturers including Joshua Ellis are gearing up for a special showcase across the Channel at the British Embassy in Paris.
We are taking part in a two-day visit (29/30 April) organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to celebrate Yorkshire’s world-renowned heritage and lifestyle products.Read More
26th July 2013
This luxurious baby blanket has been made from the finest and softest of cashmeres. Called ‘Royal Cashmere’ this baby cashmere is the ‘first clip’ of the cashmere goat and as such is the whitest and softest available. It is highly prized and a fitting ingredient of the Joshua Ellis product range. Embroidered as a memento of this very royal year, this Royal blanket is soft, tactile and very protective. It’s next-to-the-skin softness will cocoon baby to keep them naturally snug and safe, whilst preventing overheating.
“The birth of the heir to the Royal throne is a very special occasion”, says Jayne Woodthorpe, Managing Director, “and such a precious baby deserves the most precious of fibres. We are proud to represent the best of Yorkshire manufacturing with our lovely gift.”Read More
27th March 2012
English luxury fabrics and accessories company Joshua Ellis, and the internationally renowned UK-based interior designer Carolyn Parker, have collaborated on the design and manufacture of a range of cashmere soft furnishings to be sold under the name ‘Carolyn Parker for Joshua Ellis’.
The lifestyle range comprising fabric, throws, serapes and cushions has been designed in conjunction with Carolyn and manufactured at the Joshua Ellis mill in Batley, West Yorkshire. The cashmere has been given the exquisite finish for which Joshua Ellis is renowned which uses natural teasels to tease out the soft surface fibres.Read More
9th February 2006
Joshua Ellis is the hidden name behind many a leading lady. Seen here wearing a beautiful pale pink suit by the leading New York designer Peggy Jennings, Laura Bush was unknowingly supporting the English weaver of luxury fabrics and accessories, Joshua Ellis.
Joshua Ellis has produced fine quality coatings, suitings and accessories in their mill in Batley, West Yorkshire since 1787. Today Joshua Ellis continues to supply many leading design houses around the world; working in conjunction with their design teams to produce new colours, structures and finishes for their luxury ranges. Cashmere is often the preferred choice of fibre, but Joshua Ellis also specialise in fine wools, silk and cotton.Read More
19th June 2003
Joshua Ellis has been manufacturing at this site since the latter part of the 18th century following moving part of the business from the other side of Dewsbury to consolidate onto the one site in the 19th century. It is this historical connection, and our skilled staff, who in the main live in close proximity to the Mill, and in particular within the area of Batley Carr, that we began discussions in the boardroom as to the best way we may now serve our customers in the 21st century.
To provide the best possible service we have been considering the production options to enable us to meet the new demands for our exclusive products into current and future bespoke customers, and which can be better managed from design concept to final cloth or accessory delivery.Read More