Yorkshire was once home to thousands of woollen and worsted mills, but today there are very few survivors. What does it take to battle the odds in an ageing industry and to come out on top?
This talk by Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk examines the history of design and innovation at Abraham Moon and Sons of Guiseley, which is the only extant vertically integrated tweed mill in England. It is an exciting story of two families—the Moons and the Walshes—who started as clothiers selling their wares in the Leeds Coloured Cloth Hall and then created one of Yorkshire’s longest living woollen mills that today serves global brands such as Ralph Lauren, Purple Label and Burberry.
Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk joined the School of History, University of Leeds, as Chair in the History of Business and Society in 2013, and is the Project Leader for The Enterprise of Culture.
This event is part of the Cultural Institute's autumn public lectures series, which showcases new research with partners at the University of Leeds.