Dugdale x The Rake x Kit Blake

Well-established cloth merchants Dugdale Bros & Co. and trouser specialists Kit Blake have joined forces to produce an exquisite cream gabardine trouser exclusively for The Rake.

The role of the cloth merchant is often under-rated in the fashion world. At their most basic function, they provide a vital service for the bespoke tailors as they will sell “cut lengths” for bespoke suits or for smaller brands who do not have the capacity to buy full pieces direct from mills. But a proper merchant is much more than that. They will work with and manage the whole supply chain from yarn to finished cloth with a freedom to select the best raw materials and processes from start to finish.

Dugdale Bros & Co. are definitely a proper merchant. Founded in 1896, Henry Percy and Frederick Herbert Dugdale established their cloth merchant’s business in Huddersfield, the centre of Britain’s fine worsted industry. Dugdale remained in the family for two generations, through prosperous times and perilous war years until it was later acquired by Keith Charnock and now chairman Rob Charnock.

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July 2020

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