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Increased demand for mohair benefits UK textile firm
Apr '12
William Halstead, UK-based weavers of luxury suiting fabrics for many of the top fashion houses, is doing great business following the leading Italian fashion house Prada's inclination for mohair suits and coats.

The firm, based in the historic textile city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, engages in designing and weaving some of the world's finest speciality mohairs and worsted fabrics.

The company stated that it received three-times more orders for fabrics from Prada during the current season.

As stated by the firm, Prada is very demanding and seeks delivery of goods within one to two weeks as against usual lead time of six to eight weeks.

Italy is also known to be a producer of mohair, but the mohair produced by William Halstead happens to be quite different. Against Italy's soft and lighter fabric, mohair produced at William Halstead is very dry and thick.

During the ongoing season, Prada procured un-dyed fabrics from the UK firm and printed its own design on the same, the firm said.

Established in 1875, William Halstead also caters to other designer labels such as Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Burberry, and also Savile Row tailors like Hawkes and Gieves.

Besides, actors Dev Patel, Zac Efron and Pierce Brosnan have all posed in suits prepared from the firm's fabric, and a costume prepared from mohair was also donned in a dance sequence in the 2009 film Nine.

The most expensive fabric that the firm produces is made from 100 percent mohair procured from Camdeboo in South Africa, and costs £110 per metre. This fabric is sold to luxury menswear label Dunhill.

Around 80 percent of the William Halstead's total overseas sales are in South Korea, Italy, Japan and the US.

South Korea is the biggest importer of the firm's fabric and it imported £800,000 worth of fabrics last year.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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