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The fabric of Britain
The fabric of Britain

The fabric of Britain

Cut from a different cloth

Learn about the fabrics that make the collections so unique

Magee of Donegal

Magee, a fifth-generation Irish family business, boasts an impressive legacy spanning over 150 years in the art of crafting exquisite fabrics and clothing in the heart of Donegal. The journey began over a century and a half ago when John Magee laid the foundation for this enduring enterprise. In the 1860s, he embarked on a…

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The Follifoot Coat

This heritage full-length Raglan sleeved coat was introduced to the Cordings collection several years ago to fulfil a need for a less formal coat that has the flexibility to be worn both in the town and the country. The shoulder construction takes its name from Baron Raglan who adopted this diagonally cut sleeve during the…

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Liberty London

LIBERTY LONDON One of the highlights of the Cordings ladies buying calendar is meeting with Liberty to see their new collection of prints. Their global reputation for iconic designs, carefully printed on superior cloths is second to none. With an archive that encompasses many instantly recognisable designs they are quintessentially British – producing often playful,…

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A Trip to Adamley Silk Printers

A visit to Adamley Textiles is the best way to experience the exquisite art and craftmanship of serigraphy. The Silk Town of England As you step off the train in Macclesfield, the unassuming spires divulge little of the remarkable history of this humble town famous not only for Hovis’ bread, but for England’s silk manufacturing…

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Knitwear Guide

All great knitwear stories start with a good yarn… Cordings have always been trusted to create quality garments from our tweed jackets to our Mackintosh coats, and our knitwear collection is no different. Working with small makers and mills in Scotland, England and Wales using time honoured techniques, the seasonal and core ranges are created…

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A Guide to the Best British Suits

A GUIDE TO THE BEST SUIT FABRICS AND CLOTHS For much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Britain dominated the world’s textile manufacturing. Whilst Lancashire mills focused on cotton, Scottish mills on tweed, and Cotswold mills on woollens, the mills in Yorkshire specialised in weaving worsted cloths that were unrivalled in their quality and durability,…

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In Praise of: Fair Isle Knitwear

ORIGINS OF FAIRISLE KNITWEAR The traditional technique of Fair Isle knitting is named after the tiny island it originates from, part of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. Its exact history is unknown; but there are strong similarities in design with the bold patterns found on traditional Icelandic and Scandinavian knitwear, which were historically strong trading…

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Colourful Characters: the Cordings Trouser Collection

The famous trouser rail at Cordings boasts almost all the colours of the spectrum. In more chivalrous times Lords would be preceded by their heralds proudly displaying their standards. In modern times our cords have been adopted by some equally colourful characters. Barristers and Baronets, Lords and Lairds, Royalty and Rockstars set off their understated…

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How To Wear Linen: The Best Summer Cloth

Linen is one of the first fibres that people made into string and cloth. It is derived from the flax plant, which has naturally long fibres that can be separated and spun together to create yarn. Linen cloth has been found in archaeological sites proving it was woven by humans as early as thirty-six thousand…

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