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Crowson announces closure


Crowson Fabrics founder Derek Crowson has revealed he is to close the group on 17 April.

Crowson, who is termanilly ill, founded the company in 1978 together with its brands, including Monkwell, Charterhouse, Dovedale, Design Archives and Hill and Knowles, which were distributed throughout the world.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed creating and leading Crowson Fabrics, a company I founded in 1978 and one which has been synonymous with designer quality furnishings. During the 1980s and 1990s we were producing approximately 10m metres of fabric annually at our own print works partnership factories worldwide, supplying more than 8,000 independent retailers and most of the major high street stores and furniture manufacturers in the UK and around the world. Our studios created our own in-house designs, with a team of designers based in the UK and worldwide," says Crowson.

"It gave me much satisfaction and pride that our unique apprenticeship scheme led to the launch of so many careers within the textile industry. I?d like to thank, with deep gratitude, my loyal and supportive customers and suppliers, both at home and overseas who have shown me so much kindness over the years, it has been my privilege to have made so many strong friends within this industry."

The company has built one of the largest archives of fabric designs and a substantial number of these will be available to print under licence.

The company has and will honour all its suppliers, staff and other creditors in full as well as giving continued support to all its loyal customers for a period of time as there are substantial stocks still available. After that date some products will still be available for some time through its appointed selling subsidiary company Charterhouse Fabrics, the company adds.