Yorkshire firm manufactures suits for British tailors

STEP aside, Savile Row.

Jobs are being created at a weaving firm which shows that Yorkshire suit-making can match the very best.

Huddersfield-based fine cloth weavers C&J Antich & Sons has announced a new venture which includes an outsourced manufacturing facility. Operating under the English Tailoring Company brand, the company is offering a commissioned suit-making service for British tailors. The business has an end-to-end production line, which allows the company to weave fine worsted cloth from sheep’s wool. It can then manufacture fine suits on behalf of British tailors.

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Chris Antich, the company’s chairman, said the new venture had already created eight jobs.

Family-owned C & J Antich has 90 staff and a turnover of £2.8m.

Mr Antich added: “We’re very proud to be able to offer this service to the tailors of Britain. Sending production overseas is becoming less attractive, and now we can provide independent tailors with an alternative to foreign manufacture that carries many benefits. Our lead times are quicker for one, our cloth is superior, our production line is ‘greener’ for the environment, and let’s not forget the positive implications that domestic production has for the UK economy. Domestic garment and textile manufacture was something that Britain was built on, but sadly it declined. However, our new venture is a positive step in the reinvigoration of British manufacturing. And we hope to see other businesses trying to do the same”.