Om James Hare
1865The founder, James Hare, sets up as a merchant of woollens and worsteds from a cottage in Leeds.
1891The company grows into one of the largest fabric wholesalers in Britain specializing in woollens and worsteds for the tailoring trade. The founder, James Hare, travels each day into work in a horse and carriage. His wife and daughter would regularly accompany him to go shopping in Leeds. This symbol became the companies' famous horse and carriage logo.
1908James Hare the founder dies, his sons Arthur and Clifford continue the business.
1913The company starts to manufacture cloth with 7 looms.
1922James Hare is the first company outside London to install a teleprinter link.
19352,000,000 metres of fabric is despatched from James Hare warehouse in this year.
1937Record number of orders despatched, 1,168 parcels by 12 noon on the Wednesday following Easter holiday.
James Hare is the only english fabric manufacturer to guarantee their dyewares during the Second World War.
Queen Mary and the Duchess of Gloucester posed for a photograph on the James Hare stand in White City, London
1939-1945During wartime, James Hare offers the entire fleet of cars at the disposal of candidates supporting the national government, along with the services of their chauffeurs and department managers.
1951The company concentrates on the export trade, opening offices in Canada and Germany.
1953James Hare, the founder's great grandson joins the company.
1984James Hare becomes the leading supplier of silk fabric to the bridal trade.
The company moves into the interior design trade, exhibiting at Design Interiors, Birmingham.
Charlie & Saffron Hare, the founder's great great grandson and daughter join the company.
New colour card of handwoven dupion launched comprising of 160 colours.
Team of interior agents is established to cover the UK
2002Exhibit at Decorex, London for the first time.
2004A range of cushions and throws is introduced
2006Launch the Secret Garden and Venetian Silks collections.
2007Launch the Pergola collection. New Orissa dupion colour card introduced comprising of 73 colours at 140 cms wide. James Hare sponsors the Nutcracker by the Northern Ballet Company.
James Hare opens in the dress fabric department of John Lewis, Oxford Street, London.
Launch the Chinon Silks and Plains collections.
James Hare launch their new interior fabrics at Maison et Objet, Paris for the first time.
The company introduces silk wallcoverings and fire retardant services.
2010Distribution established in the Far East including representation in China, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.
2011James Hare opens 2 showrooms in Beijing.
James Hare are proud to continue their sponsorship of Royal Ballet.
Launch Halkin Silks, Shagreen Silk & Soho Silk.
James Hare are excited to be represented by Pierre Frey in New York. The launch event was held in early March at their beautiful showroom on the 16th floor of New York's D&D building. The event was attended by many interior designers.
Opened new London fashion showroom with Bradshaw & Bradshaw.