Our History

The Dewhirst story dates back to the nineteenth century yet speaks of constant innovation. In 1880, one Michael Marks began his commercial journey when he borrowed just £5 from a wholesaler, Isaac Dewhirst, to launch a chain of penny bazaars across Leeds.

As well as providing seed funding Mr Dewhirst introduced Mr Marks to a cashier working within Dewhirst's wholesale business – Tom Spencer. The result was one of the most enduring success stories in the apparel industry's history. That first £5 now has pride of place on the wall of our central headquarters – an evocative reminder of our roots as a company.
Isaac Dewhirst quickly became a preferential and significant supplier for the Marks and Spencer chain, but always retained the independence of his own business. Even today his pioneering outlook and determined spirit continue to influence the deeply embedded values of the Dewhirst brand.
Today Dewhirst honours our history with a commitment to creative and technical advancement, coupled with competitive quality and value. More than a century's experience in innovation drives our ability to deliver value adding solutions for the modern apparel industry.
We have proven our capacity to flex to a fast moving market via a global infrastructure, a highly responsive portfolio of services and a growing number of specialist divisions. Whilst our responsibility to enduring client relationships remains as strong as it has always been, we are constantly moving forward with an expanding client base of high street fashion retailers who depend on us to meet the demands of today's marketplace.

Our Values

Dewhirst has achieved superior standards of service for our clients for more than a century. Since our story began, we have consistently evolved to meet modern market demands. The inherent driver behind our performance is a passion for the key values that define our business and your success.

Our mission is to achieve globally responsive design and supply solutions that combine technical excellence, competitive costing, exemplary social compliance and diversity of service. This is underpinned by our commitment to delivering innovation, response and value for every client.

Innovation is embedded in every aspect of our business, from pioneering directional garment design to progressing a business model that anticipates and adapts to tomorrow's challenges.
Response reflects our globally adaptable supply chain, with a manufacturing and sourcing network that is able to achieve efficient delivery even in unpredictable conditions.
Value is delivered via our expertise in product interrogation, rigorous negotiation, responsive production techniques and logistical expertise.
These values go hand in hand with our strong commitment to social compliance, ensuring that we benefit communities and minimise our impact on the environments in which we operate.

Our Lean strategy drives us to strive for continuous improvement in all our operations to deliver greater consistency with less waste. We track our performance and build collective responsibility through a shared vision, the engagement of our people & the promotion of teamwork to serve our customers.

Cutting edge design and garment development
A global network of sourcing and manufacturing expertise
Total quality control from prototyping to bulk shipment
Transparent communication and pro-active problem solving
Exemplary ethical and environmental standards