Today Scabal employs almost 600 staff worldwide. Over the years Scabal has evolved into a producer of top quality fabrics to the most prestigious tailors and textile businesses around the world and as a manufacturor of the finest suits, jackets and shirts for the most demanding men. Since 2009 we opened several Scabal stores to be able to show the full range of apparel, including our accessories range.
Scabal’s mill in historic Huddersfield, the cradle of English cloth, stopped grinding wheat, and began to work with cloth. This was in response to rising taxes on grain, and a large amount of weavers arriving in Yorkshire during the Hundred Years War.
Initially working as fullers, a job that involved stretching the woolen fibres by hand, looms were soon installed. Nearly 500 years later, we are still making the world’s finest fabrics at the same location.
With the Industrial Revolution in England gathering pace, Scabal’s Huddersfield mill moved with technological change, and started to mechanise some of the weaving process.
This allowed for finer cloths to be crafted, but required constant monitoring and human judgment. Our process in this regard remains largely unchanged, with expert weavers guiding every step of the process.
With so many international clients, Mr. Hertz realized he needed an easier way to transport his cloths across the globe. The solution was to invent the now ubiquitous fabric “bunch”, which soon became the industry standard for both tailors, and merchants.
The most famous of these early cloths was our Superlana collection, and all the original bunches can still be viewed in our archives today.