Quintessentially British and utterly enduring, the perfect tweed pieces instantly conjure up effortless style and covetible chic
Inspired by Boden’s ongoing collaboration with heritage manufacturer Abraham Moon & Sons, Sasha Wilkins AKA Liberty London Girl reveals her favourite tweed looks – and travels to Guiseley in Yorkshire to discover how Boden’s instantly recognisable tweed fabrics are created…
Meeting Abraham Moon & Sons
Chic dresses, skirts and jackets in soft tweeds and beautiful muted tones, this season some of Boden’s most exciting wool pieces (see the gallery below) have come about thanks to their longstanding relationship with Abraham Moon & Sons. Boden has even created a special Abraham Moon & Sons label for the collection.
On a grey day last month, my colleague Remy and I made the journey north from London to Guiseley, a small town just outside Leeds on the southern fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, to visit the premises of Abraham Moon & Sons, who have been making sought-after fabrics since 1837.
Although it was cold and wet outside, I was toasty warm thanks to my lovely skirt created by this very mill especially for Boden. Built in 1868, the three-storey mill originally had an abundant source of local water which was soft and ideal for the processes necessary in wool manufacturing. Today, they still use the pure water springs underneath the mill for scouring – techniques that have continued to make their fabrics so desirable.
Unusually, the mill is fully vertical, meaning that all manufacturing processes happen on one site – taking the raw wool through dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, warping, weaving, and finally finishing of the fabrics. (This was definitely the first time I had seen anyone use a hairbrush to straighten the nap on a shawl!)
Abraham Moon & Sons still reference their old pattern books for inspiration – both for the in-house line and for the fabrics created in conjunction with fashion houses including Boden, Ralph Lauren and Burberry. The pleasure of an Abraham Moon & Sons piece for Boden is in knowing that not only has it been made from one of the best fabric mills in the world, but that you’re wearing a little piece of British history too.