Fairfield Yarns is a traditional, family run, yarn merchanting business, based in Lancashire, the home of the cotton textile industry.
In 1987, after 8 years working as a sales representative for one of the largest yarn merchants in the UK, I decided to start my own business more able to focus on the needs of the smaller yarn user. Fairfield Yarns was born, and is now celebrating more than 30 years of service to the textile industry.
There is a long family connection with the textile industry; my maternal grandfather was the M.D. of the DURA cotton doubling mill in Whitworth (above), and my father’s family ran a woollen weaving mill on Whitehall Road in Leeds, William Fox and Company. In fact the famous "mill chimney" logo of Fairfield Yarns is from a photo I took immediately prior to demolition. Sadly I never did recover the gold sovereign my grandfather said had been placed on the letter F of Fox!
I graduated from Leeds University, way back in 1979, with a BA degree in Textiles and Management Studies and, as an Associate Member of the Textile Institute, I am entitled to practise as a Chartered Textile Technologist. Technical advice is all part of the service.
Whilst we still supply yarns to industry, increasingly the demand is from fashion designers, educational establishments and the home/craft sector.