Who makes our clothes?

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And we know you care about the same things. These values led us to a close working relationship with Montreux Marketing in Leicester.

Montreux was founded in March 1973 by Michael Mulligan and Sharan Marsh. In February 1974 they were married and shortly afterwards rented their first premises on Fosse Road Central, Leicester for the princely sum of £10 per week.  Although both their backgrounds were in ladies fashions (Sharan as a designer and Michael with fabric sales to garment manufacturers) the initial direction of the business was in supplying fabric retailers across the UK. At first all fabric unrolling, measuring, cutting and folding onto boards, to form bolts of cloth, was done by hand. Their first child, a boy named Michael, was born in January 1975 and could often be found in his bouncy chair at the end of the work bench, whilst Sharan cut, measured and folded mountains of fabric.

Business activity continued to increase and in December 1975 they purchased the freehold 17-19 Olphin Street, Leicester. Investments were made in rolling, measuring and folding equipment, and Michael and Sharan also engaged their first staff with the appointment of a bookkeeper and warehouseman. Business continued to expand as garment manufacturers were added to the client list, and in autumn 1987, Montreux moved to their present 7,000 square feet premises where it increased its business with clothing manufacturers to compensate for the decline in home sewing which affected its retail clients. They are currently undergoing extensive building work to extend, amongst other things, their manufacturing capacity.

Montreux’s services include yarn development, fabric development, fabric manufacturing and grading and pattern development. In addition to their work for Attune, Montreux have developed good working relationships with retailers, such as Karen Millen, Laura Ashley, and Burberry, by introducing their buyers directly to Montreux’s key fabric qualities. Montreux have also succeeded in winning export business to the European Union.

Attune and Montreux have worked hard to gain knowledge from each other to achieve an innovative garment range that works and meets the highest level possible in terms of quality, design and performance.


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