Addressing the Skills Shortage

For 250 years Joshua Ellis has been an important employer within the Batley area and an integral part of the community. When the business was growing significantly in the 19th and early 20th centuries finding new employees from the local area was easy. Sons and daughters would often follow their parents into work in the mill on the promise of good working conditions and a steady wage. In the 1980s the UK Textile Industry started a period of decline due in part to the major retailers looking to cheaper alternatives in Europe and the Far East. Mills and factories shut down all too frequently so in key Textile centres such as Huddersfield, Bradford, Manchester and Nottingham it meant that skills were in an abundance. There were many more skilled people looking for work than there were jobs to offer them. As a result, many thousands of older workers took retirement while younger members of the workforce re-trained in industry sectors that were doing relatively well compared to the textile industry. Fast forward 30 years and now the UK textile industry is back in growth and prospering. An ever-increasing global community of luxury and couture fashion labels all appreciate the ‘Made […]

Huntsman Collaboration : A first for Sotheby’s

Over recent months, Joshua Ellis has been delighted to collaborate with renowned Savile Row tailor, Huntsman in weaving a special cashmere tweed fabric. This has found its way into beautiful tailored jackets, slippers, throws and cushions. In May 2018, Huntsman is to partner with auction house Sotheby’s to stage its first online-only luxury lifestyle sale.  Featuring an array of bespoke pieces from the private collection of Huntsman owner and financier, Pierre Lagrange, alongside commissioned new works that exemplify the Huntsman lifestyle, this collection reflects Lagrange’s expert knowledge and appreciation of exquisite objects. Amassed over several years and continents, each item has been hand-picked from some of the world’s leading companies and artisans to reflect the ultimate Huntsman lifestyle. Joshua Ellis are delighted to see their products included in the online auction.                  

Vicuna and Cashmere, the exclusive Joshua Ellis blend

VICASH ‘10% Vicuna & 90% Baby Cashmere’, a truly luxurious coating fabric with exquisite drape, sheen & handle. The Vicash quality exclusive to Joshua Ellis, is designed & crafted by a team of highly skilled experts and blends together two of the world’s most sought-after fibres. The vicuna, native of the high Andean plateaus, produces the rarest and most expensive fibre in the world.  This small, wild and untamed graceful camelid produces an incredibly fine, light, soft and luxurious fleece to keep it warm in the freezing altitudes. For centuries it was poached almost to the level of extinction, until the 1960s when steps were taken to protect the animal and the animals are now carefully shorn every three years. Joshua Ellis has been weaving cashmere and noble fibres for over 250 years, into the most luxurious fabrics and accessories. Designed and manufactured in West Yorkshire, the company has an enviable reputation for handcrafting qualities for leading international fashion brands and design houses.   Vicuna is the finest hair on the planet with a diameter of 12.5-13 microns. Joshua Ellis expertly combines this rare fibre with the finest baby Chinese Cashmere to produce their quality VICASH. Fully stock supported and available […]

Showcasing the New Spring/Summer 2019 Fabrics from Joshua Ellis

We are delighted to announce that Joshua Ellis will be exhibiting this year in Ideabiella at Milano Unica, and Première Vision where we will be presenting our wonderful new Spring/Summer 2019 fabrics. Joshua Ellis’ 251 years of skill and expertise is reflected in a luxurious collection of superfine cashmere and cashmere/silk jacketings and fine coatings for Spring 2019. Worsted cashmere Panama, cashmere and cashmere/silk for jackets have been styled with weave textures and twills in subtle vegetable dye shades. Riviera-inspired designs are injected with vegetable dye overchecks; and lightweight cashmere double face feature for transitional coatings. These beautiful lightweight qualities all complement the existing stock supported cashmere, camel hair and lambswool ranges. We would like to invite you to our stand to see what we have to offer in our new collection. If you would like to book an appointment with our sales team at either of the shows, please contact us by phone: +44 (0)1924 350 070, or email: [email protected] We look forward to seeing you there.

Celebrating our distinguished heritage – New Autumn 2018 Accessories Collection

At this time of year, the mill here at Joshua Ellis is filled with buzz and excitement; it’s all hands on deck to launch the new Accessories Collection for Autumn 2018. The largest Joshua Ellis Collection for many years, products include classic plain scarves and stoles supplemented by a myriad of plaids in a new and interesting range of colours including rust, burnt orange, powder blue, cobalt and bright red.  New developments include double face stoles to boost our womenswear in tonal soft and classic shades. Inspiration has been taken from the iconic heritage of British design, and updated for today’s discerning customer with a blend of international influences. The Collection is centred around classic designs such as windowpanes, Prince of Wales checks in regimental colour combinations. There is a nod to Savile Row and our sartorial history, with the inclusion of chalk stripes, tattersalls and houndstooth. Exploded plaids, tartans and checks have been designed with a modern twist using bold collegiate colours, taking inspiration from our outerwear shirting fabrics while subtle plains and weft stripe stoles exude chic Parisian simplicity. The new Home Interiors element brings together tonal greys and biscuit shades with pops of muscat and teal in […]

A Year of Celebrations at Joshua Ellis

As 2017 draws to an end, we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the year’s events in the celebration of our 250th anniversary. Throughout the year, we have gathered with clients, agents and employees across the world to appreciate the success of Joshua Ellis over the past 250 years. From trade shows in Milan at Milano Unica, and Première Vision in Paris, to a very special Royal visit from HRH The Princess Royal, President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association. The 250th year anniversary has brought our partners within the textile industry together and as part of the celebrations, we collaborated with Huntsman. Fabrics and throws were manufactured in our Batley mill and proudly displayed in Huntsman’s window, on the iconic Savile Row, London. Joshua Ellis Cashmere has grown from strength to strength throughout the year, continuing to produce some of the most luxurious fabrics and accessories of the finest quality. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and hard work  –  We will raise our glass to 2018 and another successful year.   

Brushing & Steaming, Fringing, Slitting, Cross-cutting….

All rather ‘alien’ words, but common everyday parlance in Grange Valley Road mill! It’s an extremely busy time of year here at Joshua Ellis as we fulfil Christmas scarf orders at the same time as finishing the new Autumn 2018 Accessories Collection, launching in December in Japan. All hands are frantically putting the new products through their paces- some 21 different processes from yarn to finished product.  This season sees the launch of Joshua Ellis’ largest collection in many years – including cashmere scarves, stoles, serapes and throws plus a large range of Escorial scarves and stoles. New are a beautiful, soft featherweight range in 12 plain shades and 9 designs; the most sumptuous and luxurious double-face stole in 4 subtle tonal variations. With inspiration taken from the iconic heritage of British design, and a blend of international influences, our inspired Autumn Winter 2018/19 collection is perfect for the modern, discerning customer.  We look forward to showing you our work!    

Joshua Ellis 250th Anniversary Competition

Joshua Ellis Competition #JoshuaEllis250thCompetition   Love your Joshua Ellis scarf?   Do you want the chance to win a Joshua Ellis 250th Anniversary Limited Edition Cashmere Stole? (as presented to HRH The Princess Royal earlier this year) How to enter our competition   All you need to do is either email us a photo of yourself wearing your Joshua Ellis Scarf/Stole or use the #JoshuaEllis250thCompetition on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook post.  All photos of vintage or new Joshua Ellis scarves are welcome, it’s that simple. The lucky winner will receive a Joshua Ellis 250th Anniversary Limited Edition Cashmere Stole, 2nd & 3rd place entrants will receive a 250th Anniversary Mug. The competition winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday 19th December and announced through our social media pages; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and published in the news section on joshuaellis.com and joshuaellis.jp. The closing date for entries is Sunday 17th December. Please send all competition entry emails to [email protected] (please include a telephone contact number) We look forward to seeing your pictures, and good luck!       Competition Terms & Conditions To enter a photo of yourself wearing your JE scarf to the JE250 competition please use one of […]

Joshua Ellis are Standing Proud on Savile Row

As part of their 250th anniversary year, Joshua Ellis collaborated with Huntsman on a special project. Huntsman, a bespoke tailor of the highest tradition, with a history that stretches back over 167 years, are situated on the iconic Savile Row in London. Like Joshua Ellis, Huntsman has always prided itself on its rich heritage, holding a reputation as one of the finest and most long-standing yet often innovative bespoke houses on Savile Row. Likewise, their extraordinary story serves as a reminder of the integrity, excellence and attention to quality that defines their product. Thus, united by a shared passion for detail and commitment to quality, Joshua Ellis has created a pure cashmere ‘tweed’ inspired by the Huntsman archives. The fabric and throws were manufactured in our Yorkshire mill in Batley, using specialist weaving and finishing techniques. Proudly showcased in the window display of the store: Huntsman & Sons, 11 Savile Row, Mayfair, London, W1S 3PS.  

Inspiring V.I.P. visit to Joshua Ellis

We welcomed a group of fabric enthusiasts from London:  Chris Moodo, David Evans, Jamie Ferguson, Jonathan Edwards, Hannah Rigby, James Girdwood and Daisy Knatchbull. to visit our busy mill here in Batley, West Yorkshire. Our V.I.P. guests were from all walks of life: from blogging about style, fabrics and tailoring, a photographer who captures street style tailoring of luxurious fabrics to a 3rd year fashion design student who is setting up their own business upon graduating. Each guest, successful in their own rights, was eager to understand the manufacturing and production process behind the exclusive fabrics we make. Kristie Reeves – design director, presented our guests with a well-informed tour of the mill, describing each production process and showing the machines in action. Everyone at Joshua Ellis had a wonderful day, we enjoyed meeting our guests and learning about them, while informing them about Joshua Ellis Cashmere and the background of our rich heritage. Thank you for coming, we hope to see you all again soon!      

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