8 December 2010
According to the Yorkshire Post, clothing manufacturer Skopes plans to grow its exports into the Chinese market. The third generation family-owned company, based at Cross Green in Leeds, plans to double its business in the next three years, helped by the export of suits with 24 carat gold and platinum woven into the pinstripe, already being bought by Chinese businessmen at £10,000 a time. The firm hopes to double turnover to more than £15m with a major push into China’s luxury market.
This follows recent news of Leeds textile manufacturer Hainsworth racking up a £1 million order for China’s booming piano manufacturing industry and expanding pool and snooker markets.
And possibly a little tongue in cheek, Skopes’ commercial manager Malcolm Campbell is considering a fabric with a small amount of wolf hair, branded: “A wolf in sheep’s clothing: Are you man enough?”
He believes macho young Americans would beat a path to Leeds for this sort of gear!