The History of Croft Mill - The Original Mail Order Fabric Company
The Early Years
Croft Mill UK Ltd comprises all the good old names of mail order fabrics. J. W Coates, Bradley Textiles and of course Croft Mill itself. We go way back to when a good night out cost less than 10 ‘bob’ and fabric remnants were sold in bundles. When there was a mill at the end of each street in this part of Lancashire and tripe and onions were part of the everyday diet; not on a Michelin starred menu.
Bradley textiles started in 1927 so that gives you an idea of how old this business is. Croft Mill is the original mail order fabric supplier. A family business run by 2 brothers, Alan and Trevor. Long before the age of the internet we supplied tens of thousands of home sewers and businesses sending out all manner of fabrics, chosen from Alan's much-loved catalogue.
The Digital Age
In April 2008 after 35 years at Croft Mill, Alan retired and Croft Mill closed its doors. By chance and not long after, Alan’s daughter Caroline decided to revive Croft Mill when she lost her job on maternity leave after the birth of her first child. No stranger to the industry and with over 10 years experience either designing fabrics or travelling extensively to oversee fabric production, she thought there was an exciting opportunity. So, with babe in arms the new chapter of Croft Mill began and its virtual doors opened in May 2009.
We have grown steadily and organically since then. We have a small and dedicated team and our aim remains the same. To give you the best service we can. To be friendly and helpful. To supply you with interesting and beautiful fabrics. To give you clear and honest descriptions of the fabrics. To give you the best price.
You can now come and visit us, we have over 2500 fabrics in stock for you to choose from but at the moment you need to make an appointment, just so we can serve you best. This is because we are not set up as a shop. We would be delighted to see you though so please get in touch.
We source from both local and international designers and manufacturers to bring you amazing and unique stock. A lot of our fabric is manufacturing ends and sampling lengths. This comes from both the top end and high street designers so our stock changes all the time. You will find something on our website one week, that may be gone the next.
The country of origin is diverse, Wool from the UK and Italy. Cotton trousering from Germany and Portugal. Dress fabric from the above plus France and Spain and of course, the Far East. Craft Fabric from Japan and Indonesia. Cotton dress fabric from Thailand. The list goes on.......
Thank you for reading and please enjoy looking through the website. Please email us or give is a call if you need to. We will be happy to help.