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Chadwick's
History


Chadwick Textiles has had a rich heritage in the Manchester and North West area since the sixties.

First established by group chairman David Chadwick, the company has grown ever since and is recognised to be one of the UK's leading fabric suppliers to the garment industry and Europe. Manchester itself was a hive of activity back then, made famous by the many sewing factories and buying houses that set up in the North West.

Manchester, well known as the Rainy City due to its proximity to the Peak District in the south and the Pennines to the north, had a large percentage of factories producing rainwear in abundance.

Chadwick Textiles was a leading supplier of rainwear fabrics and linings during this period, importing from all over Europe and the Far East. The business grew steadily and was able to forge a reputation for having the right fabrics just in time, something we have built our reputation on over the years. 

An ever changing market place and customer type means that the business has been able to use the knowledge gained to grow and adapt, later starting to manufacture a wide range of finished textile products along side the core fabric business.

 

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est 1967

D J Chadwick Ltd – Textile Merchants – Strangeways – Manchester – England

The 70s

Textile merchants specialising in the supply of rainwear fabrics throughout the UK.  Typical customers included Burberry and Aquascutum.

The 80s

Continuing to expand and develop our fabric range into sportswear, workwear and countrywear fabrics - supplying the likes of Barbour, Belstaff, Nike, Adidas, Dickies and many other top brands and manufacturers.

1985

Chadwick acquires Pakamac (Middleton, Manchester) - manufacturing rainwear garments and sportwear under licence for Nike in the U.K. and Portugal.

1986

Chadwick secures the licence to manufacture and distribute U.S.A. surf brand clothing Ocean Pacific (outerwear) in Europe.

The 90s

Fabric sales continue to go from strength to strength, expanding the range into cottons, denims and corduroy, exporting to 20 countries globally as the demand for offshore garment production accelerates.

50% of all fabrics sold now being sourced in Taiwan, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Korea and China.

2001

Chadwick agree to manufacture bedding items on behalf of existing customers – end users Mothercare, John Lewis and Benetton.

2002

Chadwick acquires Design Company manufacturing a variety of licensed nursery bedding ranges and furniture sets.  

2003

Launch of sister company Izziwotnot nursery bedding and furniture ranges – opens first China sourcing office in Guangzhou.

2007

First garment production in Middle East: uniforms on behalf of the Co-operative Group.

2008

We offer a bespoke offshore garment manufacturing service to brands.

2009

Launch our first unbranded sportswear garment product available from stock and open a new China office for the sole purpose of managing garment production, whilst also manufacturing a variety of sportswear garments for different brands such as Canterbury Europe and tog24.

2010 - present

2010 – garment sales exceed 100,000 units sold

2011 – garment sales exceed 150,000 units sold

2012 – garment sales exceed 200,000 units sold