Haddow Group: A Potted History
In 1988, a collection of textile companies merged to establish The Haddow Group, the brainchild of Alan Haddow and a group of companies devoted to keeping clothing and textiles part of the Bradford industrial landscape for generations to come. Although the global textiles landscape has transformed beyond recognition over the last 40 years, the group maintains a strong reputation for textiles and clothing as well as its dedication to the design, manufacturing and delivery of innovative, fashion-led products to a diverse variety of brands, retailers, online influencers and beyond.
The family business continues to operate from the Lister Mills in Bradford, once the largest velvet and silk mill in the world and its history boasts the supply of velvet to both the White House and Buckingham Palace.
Today, the highly skilled UK team of Textile and Fashion Designers, Garment and Fabric Technologists, Product and Supply-chain Merchandisers and Logistics Coordinators manage the end-to-end lifecycle of our products, from conception through to delivery. The team are supported by in-country quality management experts and our Asia support hub based in Southern India.
A Global Enterprise
We manufacture across the globe, sourcing each range in the locality best suited to the make-up, speed and technicality of the textile design and trims. We form lasting partnerships with all our mills, workshops, and logistics suppliers to ensure that wherever in the world we source from, our core values of sustainability, integrity and innovation are at the forefront of everything we do. We align ourselves with our customers to strengthen and deepen our commercial understanding of their business and the challenges that they face in a forever evolving market so we can use our expertise to keep them at the forefront of textiles and fashion evolution.
The Lister Cartwright brand, established in 1889 and once the largest textiles manufacturer in the world, remains the face of our blinds, curtains, and home textiles division.
The Haddow Trademark
Kestrel is our window poles and accessories trademark, and Olivia Bard represents our premium textiles offering. Our in-house clothing brands Seaspray, Silhouette and Turtle continue to offer premium swim and nightwear ranges across ladies, men and kids sizes and can be discovered across multiple retailers.
Much of Listers Mill that once housed our weaving, dying, and finishing machines is now used for printing, production and warehousing. Our production team, although now down to a fraction of the historical workforce is responsible for the printing, sewing and make-up of our UK textiles production. Our dedicated logistics team manages the dispatch of goods worldwide, from container deliveries to individual dispatches for households across the country. We dropship customer products and make and sew individual customer products on demand from our warehouse.
History Of Our Mill
Lister Mills, Haddow Group’s Headquarters was once the largest textiles factory in the world. It was built by Samuel Cunliffe Lister to replace the original Manningham Mills that were destroyed by fire in 1871. The mill is a Grade II* listed building, built in the Italianate style of Victorian architecture.
At its height, Lister Mills employed 11,000 workers, manufacturing high-quality textiles such as velvet and silk. The mill was completed in 1873 with a chimney that elevates 78 m above the ground, and can still to this day be seen from just about anywhere in Bradford. The site was built as two adjacent mills, and Haddow operates from the South site. The North mill has been converted into residential apartments although much of the site still requires development.
Today, fabric production no longer takes place in the Mills, but we continue the rich tradition of textile creation and sewing, with a modern and sustainable approach through Digital Printing which came to life in 2015.
A substantial investment and restoration programme in recent years has meant the open-plan office space is now flooded with natural light to support our creative efforts. In our offices, we have an ever-evolving ‘Inspiration Wall’ with framed images selected by each team member to represent their creativity and inspiration at work.
Our workspaces have been developed to inspire our customers to use the space to develop and design their ranges, with easy access to our back catalogue of fabrics, shapes, trims, and prints.
The team uses our breakout and lounge space for anything from daily lunchtime breaks and informal meetings to festive Christmas meals and our team events.
Get in touch for more information or to arrange a call with one of our Account Managers.
(for sat nav, use BD9 4RY which brings you to Lister Food Stores opposite our main entrance on Heaton Road)