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As part of our commitment to making the finest custom clothing available, La Rukico Tailors uses only the highest-quality fabrics. Supplying many of our shirting fabrics, British manufacturer Thomas Mason has left an indelible mark on England’s history.

Thomas Mason has played an integral role in both the history of British textiles and that of Britain itself. From the very day of its foundation, the company was groundbreaking. Mason, both man and brand, set a new paradigm for a burgeoning fabric industry set reeling by technological innovation. As part of the British war effort, Thomas Mason literally saved lives. And as clothier to the aristocracy, Thomas Mason’s designs introduced stylistic trends that swept Britain’s cognoscenti along in their wake.

CROSSROADS OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

At the dawn of Britain's Industrial Revolution, two lines of technological innovation converged in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The first was the invention of the power loom by Edmund Cartwright, an English clergyman, in 1785. Cartwright's loom used hydraulic power to automate the task of weaving, which became both exponentially quicker and infinitely more precise. The second was the construction of a waterway connecting Liverpool, a major port, and Leeds which, at the time, was England's textile hub. Like most great entrepreneurs, Thomas Mason stood at this point of convergence, gambled on the course of future events, and was rewarded for his wager.

THROWING THE DICE

Predicting the world-changing effects of mechanized production, Thomas Mason staked his claim in Leeds, opening one of the first factories dedicated to fabric production in 1796. Using hydraulic power provided by the newly-built Liverpool Canal, Mason's factory was soon supplying the tailors of London with what quickly became recognized as the highest quality fabric produced in England.

CALL TO ACTION

During the 19th century, a period of growth and economic prosperity in England, the Thomas Mason Company made its mark with bold stylistic innovation. But the dire circumstances of World War I required practical genius, and Thomas Mason came to its country's aid. In 1914, the British military commissioned the company to create experimental fabrics for use in combat. Mason developed a densely-woven cotton that became virtually waterproof when wet. This fabric was used to construct immersion suits for pilots, who would have died from exposure otherwise.

CLOTHING NOBILITY

Always a favorite among the aristocracy, Thomas Mason became the exclusive fabric supplier to clothier Turnbull and Asser in 1936. This much coveted contract was won on the urging of the former King of England, Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor. Commonly considered the "most elegant man of the 20th century" (Vogue Italy), Edward popularized many fashions still in style, including the smoking jacket and the Windsor knot which bears his title. Turnbull and Asser now holds a Royal Warrant of Appointment, awarded in 1981 by Charles, Prince of Wales, who wears only suits made of Thomas Mason fabrics.

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