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Sheep To Shears with Dugdale Bros. and Benson & Clegg: Weaving

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Continuing the tour of Huddersfield, the epicenter of Britain’s fine woolens industry with Dugdale Bros. I spent the afternoon touring Taylor and Lodge Weavers.

Edward Waterhouse, general manager of Taylor and Lodge, guided me through the facilities beginning with the boardroom, shelved with leather-bound swatch books that catalogued more than 100 years of the company’s production; volumes of burly tweeds, fine suiting woolens, both slubby and sleek, and cashmere blends that could have draped Bond’s shoulders from Connery to Craig (and in Craig’s case they did). 

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Sheep to Shears with Dugdale Bro’s and Benson and Clegg

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Training on Savile Row for the better part of a year gave me an even deeper appreciation for the high craft of bespoke tailoring, immersed in the minutia of stitching, cutting, re-marking and fittings I saw an opportunity to illustrate the bespoke process from a different angle all together.

With the help of Dugdale Bro’s Woollen Merchants and Benson and Clegg tailors I set out to photograph the incredible process raw wool goes through, from dying and weaving into a finished bespoke garment.

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