If it’s a cheap, shiny suit you are after then Firas Chamsi-Pasha is not your man.

On the other hand if you want to impress that special person in your life then his scarves featuring peacocks might be just the thing – provided you have a spare £6,000 or so to throw around.

Or perhaps a gorgeously designed jacket with a gold stripe running through it might suit you better, sir?

Mr Chamsi-Pasha arrived in Huddersfield from Syria in 1981 and his merchant father acquired Hield Brothers, an old family-run weaving business based in Bradford when it ran into difficulties and was under threat of a hostile takeover.

They cut its middle-market cloth production and decided instead to concentrate on the top end of the market. Ties, shirts, socks and shoes were added to create a Hield range of expensive menswear, which he sold in London and cities across the US.

His talent lay in making a strategic judgment of where the market was heading. He said: “A lot of people sat and waited for the good old days to come back when the first financial tsunami hit them.”

Moxon worsted manufacturer, Holmbridge. Managing Director, Firas Chamse-Paska.
Moxon worsted manufacturer, Holmbridge. Managing Director, Firas Chamse-Paska.
 

Fortunately he was not one of them. The business went from strength to strength and in 1993, he bought another Yorkshire company, Moxon, a serious bit of textile history. As Mr Chamsi-Pasha said a few years ago it was a real prize “because you cannot buy history.”

But you would need to be seriously well off to buy a single suit as they sell for up to more than £10,000 in America.

Cashmere socks are available too for a snip at £500 but beware. The owner will only be able to enjoy wearing them no more than a dozen times.

At the company’s headquarters in Yew Tree Mills, Holmbridge, managing director Mr Chamsi-Pasha, who spends much of the week at his home in London, exudes a relaxed charm in his special library.

The term is largely a misnomer as there are few books but you can understand why he prefers it, though Aladdin’s Cave might be more appropriate.

A guest could easily spend many happy hours combing through the fascinating archive of miscellaneous items ranging from a copper bath to a picture of former US president Jimmy Carter wearing a monogrammed pinstripe suit.

On one wall hangs a picture of every reigning monarch since the founding of Moxon Huddersfield. That’s right, 20 portraits starting from Queen Mary in 1556 to our current monarch.

Kings and Queens of England who have reigned during Moxon production of fabrics.
Kings and Queens of England who have reigned during Moxon production of fabrics.
 

So nowadays he spends much of his time flying around the world taking care of their often billionaire clients. Japan is a big market for the company but China is emerging too and the Middle East and of course, Italy are good earners.

He says: “I was once summoned to fly eight or nine hours to meet someone and eight or nine hours back for a meeting that lasted only 15 minutes. That was four or five years ago.”

Using only the finest materials and exceptional attention to detail is the secret of his success. His business does its work in an incredibly rarefied world. Sales are typically to top designers, royal families and billionaires. And thanks to Moxons’ unbelievably rich archive there is no end of inspiration.

He says: “A lot of these people want to wear things no-one else is wearing.” In satisfying that global demand for luxury there are few competitors.

And although Mr Chamsi-Pasha is an exceedingly modest and urbane man he is simply stating a fact when he says: “There’s no-one else like us in the world. When I say we are the best in the world we are because we don’t run on a commercial basis.

Menders finish some of the exclusive cloth made by the company.
Menders finish some of the exclusive cloth made by the company.
 

“Being part of the Hield group means we can look at things differently. If we were part of a public group we would have to show bigger profits etc. Every step we make has got to relate to the bigger picture.”

And he never misses the hum of the fascinating range of machinery which populates this mill from antique to modern.

Asked about the problem of obtaining spares, he points to a warehouse filled with dozens of machines. A clever man and always one step ahead.

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