In our quest to find interesting places to shoot, we took some clobber by You Must Create, Carhartt and Scotch and Soda to Brazier Coffee roasters in Wellington. Situated in the former Puttee House on the site of the former Fox Brothers Mill.
Officially founded by Thomas Fox in Wellington. During the Industrial Revolution the company brought wool sorting, spinning, drying and weaving under one roof. It once owned nine mills, including Tonedale Mills, and employed nearly 5,000 workers.
During the Second World War Fox Brother’s had a contract with the military to supply these to their soldiers. During the First World War, 8,000 miles of khaki cloth were produced for clothing alongside 70,000 pairs of Puttees per week, and production of Puttees both straight and spiral, (worn by both mounted and dismounted soldiers, generally taking the place of the leather or cloth gaiter).
Fox Brothers makes wool, worsted, cashmere and was the original creator of flannel for use in suit making and held the Trademark for ‘Flannel’ up to the 1950s. The company uses looms which are 50 years old and maintains a pattern archive dating back to its foundation, said to be ‘one of the most significant textile (company) archives in the British Isles’. Fox Brothers has made cloth for the suits of several famous people including flannel for Bob Hope, chalkstripe for Winston Churchill and Pow check for the Duke of Windsor. Hollywood legend Cary Grant was often photographed wearing Fox Flannel.
Fox Brothers still produce the finest cloth today and supply some of the best designers and tailoring houses around.
Here are some photos from the day’s shoot….