20th Century Cloth
Hi, I’m Helen, a textile designer by profession and a vintage clothing enthusiast, collector and keen amateur dressmaker.
I live in North London with my graphic designer, photographer husband and two daughters.
Having completed a printed fashion textiles degree course at Winchester School of Art, I went on to work for several years in the fashion textile industry both employed and freelance. I have supplied several well known high street names with designs for printed textiles.
Now that original vintage clothing is becoming increasingly hard to find, and often too delicate for everyday wear, I have found myself making more of my clothes from vintage patterns and fabrics. Since good quality, well designed, original fabrics are scarce I have often wished I could find a wider range of fabrics that looked the part to use for my dressmaking.
After much deliberation I made the decision to use my skills and experience to design and print my own range of vintage inspired fabrics and make them available to fellow enthusiasts.
I mostly use traditional hand drawn techniques to craft the look and feel of a vintage print. I then combine this with digital image manipulation and modern printing techniques to produce a range of fabrics with a retro look, but suitable for everyday use.
Bronte by Moon
Established in 1837 by Abraham Moon in Guiseley, West Yorkshire, the year Queen Victoria ascended to the British throne. By April 1868, he had a three storey mill built on Netherfield Road, bringing the towns dyers, spinners, and weavers together under one roof for the first time.
During the 1890s, company records show that fabrics were already being exported to much of Western Europe, and even as far East as Japan.
During WW1 fabric production shifted from fashion to supplying the British army. Design archives reveal army shirting, trousering, and greatcoat cloths used in this period.
In 1920, the Moon family sold their shares in the company to Charles Walsh, who was both designer and mill manager at the time. He paid £33,000, the equivalent of £1.5m today.
In 1996, Abraham Moon won the Queen's Award for Export Achievement, presented by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
178 years later they are still going strong. The Bronte by Moon name has become synonymous with luxury wool accessories, and we look forward to creating yet more chapters in this proud history.