Moon factory

History of the company is not the only one, what makes Moon production special, but the factory can be proud of it.

All activity of the factory, from providing sewing classrooms in Leeds with material in the 19th century till cooperation with the biggest fashion houses of our time, makes history of Moon now. All the way of the company over the past 175 years is below.

1837 — is a memorable year, at least because of 2 events: Queen Victoria came to the throne and in the same year the company Abraham Moon & Sons was founded. Many households in Leeds bought production of the factory, wove fabrics from it, and then got money for the work. The fabric was washed and dried then. Abraham personally transported it in the cart and sold at the market.

1868 — Abraham owned a three-storied mill not far from his house, in the beginning of Oxford Avenue. The mill had a rich source of water, which was good for scouring and other production processes. These days Moon factory use clean flow water as before because it is considered to be a part and parcel of producing of high-quality goods. A railway, which was built near the mill, accelerated transportation of coal and wool and taking away ready-made material. The company began to export its production in Japan and West Europe in the 1890s.

1877 — Abraham died in August of this year. He ran a cart, when horses began to panic and broke into run. Two passengers had time to leap out but Abraham stayed in the cart trying to stop it. At full speed it rammed into a wall and partly wrecked it. Abraham died soon of serious injury of head. His son Isaac inherited business and continued to develop it.

1902 — the mill, where all the work was carried out, burnt totally. Isaac built another vertical mill, and it meant that all production processes occurred here, from scouring process till dyeing. It is one of a few vertical mills, which remained in Great Britain up to now. Isaac ran the company until he died in the 1909.

1920 — to turn a hand to another business, the Moon family sold their company share to Charles Walsh, who developed design and worked at the mill. Purchase of business cost him 33 thousand pounds, what is roughly equivalent 1,25 millions today. After death of Charles Walsh in the 1924 his son Frank, who had already worked with his father, took the control of the company.

1954 — Frank’s nephew Arthur headed the company and stayed its director until the 2010. John Walsh inherited his post, he was a representative of the fourth generation of the family.

1990 — in the end of the 20th century wool faced a competition with other materials. Many factories tried to survive by means of reducing the price and ruined. Moon factory put emphasis on quality and concentrated on the premium class of the market taking priority of its production, which guaranteed stability of quality. Clients of Moon factory are such brands as Burberry, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren.

2009  Abraham Moon & Sons bought the company Bronte Tweeds, which is famous for its tartans and plaids. As a result, assortment of products was significantly expanded. Bronte Tweed was renamed into Bronte by Moon in the 2013.

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