Fashion Fabrics

Established in 1865, James Hare is now the UKs leading silk specialist, with a stunning Fashion Collection. Silks & Crystals offers you they're entire range.

One of the finest Silk Dress Collections in the World. James Hare, Britain’s leading Silk Specialist, set up in a cottage in Leeds with nothing but experience and an understanding of the tailoring trade. Interestingly, during 1910-20 they were also the world’s largest stockist of Harris Tweed.

Many qualities are 100% pure Silk. Seen regularly on the catwalks around the World, there is a silk suitable for every occasion. Pure Silk is the most hypo-allergenic fabric of all; cool in summer and warm in winter.

Silk or Soie in French, is one of the oldest textile fibres known to man, used by the Chinese since the 27th century BC. Mentioned too by Aristotle, becoming an extremely valuable commodity in both Rome and Greece. Silk was sold for its weight in gold during the Roman Empire. No other fabric generates quite the same reaction when mentioned. Pure Silk remains the strongest natural fibre; a steel filament of the same diameter, will break before the equivalent in silk will.

Silk is always in fashion. For that special occasion outfit there is a wide range of fabrics available. From Velvets and Sheers to Embroidered and plain Dupion.