What is Moon Tweed?
Abraham Moon has stood for tweed and best quality since 1837. Today, Moon is one of the last Mills in the UK to take all the process steps from the processing of pure virgin wool to dyeing, spinning and weaving, to the final finish completely on its own.
Abraham Moon & Sons likes to decorate himself with new, innovative designs with consistently high quality standards. So even Prince Charles is a confessed Moon Tweed lover. Jackets, waistocats and coats made of Moon Tweed always provide a special wearing experience: a luxurious feel is particularly important there!
The Moon Tweed Story
1868, Moon built a 3-story factory building in the middle of the town on Netherfield Road. The newly built Leeds railway line ran directly behind the factory, which was an incredible advantage for the supply of wool for further processing into tweed fabric and for the supply of energy in the form of coal. Thanks to the railways, the tweed quickly reached Leeds, London and Southampton, from where they were transported by ship throughout the world. Already 1890, the Moon Tweed was shipped to Japan.
In August 1877, Abraham Moon lost his life when his horse was panicking and threw Moon against a wall. The local newspaper reported that the horse was surviving the tragic accident.
Now the son of Isaac took over the business of Tweed mill. In 1902, the factory burned down to the foundation walls and Isaak took the opportunity to completely restructure the Tweed production. He built a significantly larger, single-storey Tweed factory, in which all the production processes for the production of tweed, such as dyeing, mixing, spinning, weaving and washing, were carried out immediately in succession. This tweed factory is still standing today.
The fabric books, in which each woven fabric is documented, date back to 1904, when after the fire the new Tweed mill resumed its business. These fabric books are a time document and show not only the changing fashion, but also the tweed designs that were delivered to the army during the wars. Even today, these books serve as inspiration for tweed designs. In the Heritage Collection of Moon, you find not only Tweed from Lambswool and Shetland, but also fabrics such as Airforce Blue, British Army Greatcoat, Cavalry Twill and cricket Striped Blazers.
On 2 July 1909, one day after the devastating defeat of the British against the Australians in the Cricket, Isaak Moon fell ill and died little later. The press claimed that his death was caused by this defeat. The Moon family then sold the tweed mill to their tweed designer and manager, Charles Walsh, who recorded the incredible sum of 33,000.00 pounds at the time and, due to the rapid development of the tweed mill, was able to repay the sum within four years. The Walsh dynasty is now leading the Tweed mill successfully in the fourth generation and it is the last of seven tweed mills in the city of Guiseley.