FOOTBALLER David Beckham cut a dash in his Royal Wedding suit – made from Huddersfield cloth.
New Mill-based textile firm Bower Roebuck & Co supplied two lengths of its super-fine cloth to fashion label Polo Ralph Lauren, to be made up into a morning suit for the soccer star.
The firm, which has a long tradition of providing cloth for the rich and famous, was asked by Polo Ralph Lauren about six weeks before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to provide the suit lengths.
After several exchanges of emails, the Beckhams approved a plain barathea for the jacket and a “morning stripe” for the trousers.
Bower Roebuck designer Raymond Ellis said: “There was quite a bit of toing and froing before we got approval. We didn’t have much time to play with.
“We sent the cloth to Ralph Lauren in America, who had the suit tailored in Italy.”
Said Mr Ellis: “Bower Roebuck is the main supplier to Polo Ralph Lauren Purple Label Tailored men’s wear.
“Ralph Lauren personally selects the designs and fabrics and he personally chose the fabrics for David Beckham.
“The material is a special fabric we developed for Polo Ralph Laurent. The cloth has a particularly distinctive finish and we have been supplying it to them for a couple of years now.”
Beckham’s presence at the Westminster Abbey ceremony was caught by cameras and screened to many millions of viewers across the world.
Watching the wedding on television, employees at the Glendalde Mills textile firm recognised their cloth immediately.
Joked Mr Ellis: “David Beckham was the smartest-dressed guy there – apart from Prince William, of course!”
Beckham now joins an elite band of the wealthy and powerful to wear suits made from Bower Roebuck cloth.
The company, formed more than 100 years ago, has supplied cloth worn by figures including US president Barack Obama, actors Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Much of the cloth finds its way to leading fashion labels such as Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada and Tom Ford.
Savile Row tailors, including Bower Roebuck parent company Scabal, use the cloth and it has also been made into suits for Bond films and other Hollywood blockbusters, including Titanic and The Aviator.