Huddersfield’s Dugdale Bros & Co. has had its most successful year to date after significant expansion in its fast-growing international markets.
With a 122-year history, the heritage brand has become renowned within the textiles world for supplying worsted fabrics to Savile Row tailors and iconic fashion houses.
Its international reach has been pivotal in making 2017 the most successful year on record for the brand.
With a fast-growing presence in overseas markets, including China, South Korea, Japan and Australia, the company saw a 22% uplift in turnover from exports alone, compared to the previous 12 months.
Domestic growth has followed a similar trajectory, with overall company turnover up 14% on the previous year.
Recently appointed sales managers Amit Karia and Jack Rowan have been key to this expansion, enabling the brand to build its customer base and enhance its visibility in the UK market.
Commenting on the record year of sales, Robert said: “2017 was intended to be a year of consolidation for us, following significant internal restructuring initiated by our managing director Simon Glendenning.
“However, increased activity with a number of notable luxury brands has helped to bolster our figures during this period.
“Dugdale Bros is undoubtedly a company with a significant legacy behind it, which we are dedicated to preserving as we take the business forward.
“And it is precisely this balance between celebrating our heritage – both in relation to the brand and our town – and strategically targeting new overseas markets, that has enabled us to flourish.”
Building on last year’s success, 2018 will see the cloth brand launching five new lightweight collections – specifically designed with the burgeoning Asian markets in mind.
In addition, core lines will be refreshed with the introduction of new designs, colours and patterns.
Robert continued: “The expansion of our collections will further boost our market presence, and we’re expecting to see an additional 12% growth this year.
“The Dugdale Bros brand has truly come of age, and we’re looking forward to more people recognising the value of cloth that has been proudly made in Huddersfield.”
Based in Huddersfield since its establishment in 1896, the brand was taken on by Chairman Robert Charnock in 2001 and is the last independently-owned cloth merchant remaining in the centre of the town.
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