Discover the fabulous story of Scabal since 1938 until our days
Founded in 1938 by Otto Hertz, Scabal was originally a cloth merchant and supplier of fabrics. His successor is JP Thissen, who is assisted by his son Gregor Thissen, the third generation of the family owned business. Through the aquisition of fabric brand Wainshiell, Scabal traces a history back to the 18th century.
Today Scabal employs almost 600 staff worldwide. Over the years Scabal has evolved into a producer of top quality fabrics to the most prestigious tailors and textile businesses around the world and as a manufacturor of the finest suits, jackets and shirts for the most demanding men. Since 2009 we opened several Scabal stores to be able to show the full range of apparel, including our accessories range.
Scabal moves to the location where it has been till today in Rue des Commerçants, initially at nbr 50 on the 1st floor and restarts the production of bunches based on the pre-war model, of which the most famous the Superlana VII. Marchandise was carried up and down the stairs to help out the growing amount of people interested.
As a passport of one of Scabal’s earliest employees shows (Mr. Norbert Nisen °1929), even more travelling to UK was done ever since.
With the continuously increasing demand for Scabal fabrics, more than once the doors had to be closed to be able to work in safe conditions, as customers came in big numbers.
Several accessories are made under the name “Scarab” to complete the fabrics range. In the eighties sweaters, shirts, belts, and lots more were added under the same name.
This area in England has been recognised for its production of the finest fabrics since the 16th century. The dissolution of the monastries broke the monopoly of milling in 1536, at which time the abundant energy of the millstream was harnessed to drive cloth fulling machines for the first time and the textile industry of the Holme Valley was born. The importance of the water in this area is crucial, the soft quality allows wool and other natural fibres to expand and soften, creating the luxurious handle synonymous with Yorkshire fabrics. Bower Roebuck hard work and relentless innovation of the experienced and dedicated workforce continues to impress, producing good honest cloth.
Scabal launches its first ready-to-wear range and supports it with the first advertising campaigns.
An iPad app is launched to read the Bespoken magazine digitally.