Finest English Silk

Perched in the foothills of the Pennines sits the picturesque town of Macclesfield. This Cheshire town was renowned for being the country’s biggest producer of finished silk, and was bestowed the nickname, the “Silk Town” in the 1850’s.

 
Adamley Silk Mill Reservoir Lake - Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
River Bollin nr Adamley Silk Mill, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

Although silk had been processed in England for centuries, it was the banning of silk in France by the revolutionaries that allowed mill towns such as Macclesfield to flourish. Halfway through the 19th Century, this Cheshire town had firmly established itself as the nation’s silk powerhouse.

Many of the old weavers’ cottages remain, but almost all of the once 70 strong mills that dominated the landscape here have now gone. However, the striking Adamley mill on the edge of the town remains, it’s longevity a symbol of craftsmanship and tradition.

 
Adamley Washing luxury silk process

There has been a silk mill on the site for over 400 years, by virtue of the unique water quality that exists here. The water from Adamley’s own lake has been naturally filtered through the Pennines’ limestone hills for centuries, and when used to wash luxury silk, produces a distinctively soft lustre.

 
Hector Powe luxury silk pocket square, made in England

All Hector Powe pocket squares are crafted at the Adamley Mill, whilst our printed tie silks are hand-finished in Kent before finishing their journey in London.