“Be the best, make the best, and the rest will follow.”
Before Paul and Paul, our two co-founders, set off to start Ledbury, this was the advice that we received from their mentor, London shirtmaker Robert Emmett. He taught them nearly everything that they needed to know about shirtmaking and his words on the fundamentals of launching a successful menswear brand became a guiding principle for our company.
In order for Ledbury to be the best and make the best, we needed to surround ourselves with the finest artisans and craftsmen in the world. That search led us to hundred-year-old textile mills and small European factories with generational masteries of quality and craftsmanship.
This fall, we traveled over 9,000 miles to Italy and Poland in 6 days with a small film crew to document and celebrate the men and women of the factories that make Ledbury clothing so exceptional. Their processes are modernized, but their attention to detail and commitment to quality is timeless.
The first stretch of our journey led us to Silvio Albini. Paul Trible first met Silvio in 2008 at a fabric fair in Paris. He’s a fourth-generation fabric maker from Bergamo, Italy and his fabric mill, Albini, is one of the most prestigious in Italy and arguably the world. There is a passion for quality and innovation at Albini, as well as all of the other fabric mills that we work with, whether it is Canclini, Tessitura Monti, or Profilio. This passion for textiles is at their cores and it leads to a fabric that looks and feels like no other.
Over the years, we have developed deep relationships with the men and women who help bring Ledbury products to life. They have become not only partners, but also colleagues and friends. Throughout the week we will be sharing their stories, because after all, their stories shape the Ledbury story.
Follow us on our journey here.