A BRADFORD textile house producing fabric for some of the world’s leading fashion labels from Louis Vuitton to Prada and Christian Dior welcomes a royal visitor later this month, marking a new £1.2m investment in weaving machinery.

HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting Stanley Mills Weavers and Luxury Fabrics Ltd in Edwards Street, off Tong Street on Wednesday, June 28.

Princess Anne will be keeping a triple date in the city that day also officially opening the £1.9m underground shopping scheme at Sunbridge Wells and the new £28m wing at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

During her visit to Stanley Mills, the princess will be unveiling a plaque celebrating the textile house’s export achievement and investment.

The two companies, which are part of SIL Holdings and employ 75 people, have reported 30 per cent growth since 2015 exporting 92 per cent of their textile manufacturing output producing luxurious pure wool, cashmere and mohair apparel fabric.

David Gallimore, Managing Director of Luxury Fabrics, says they are regarded as world leaders in the key markets of Europe, Japan and the United States.

Meryl Birch, Managing Director of Stanley Mills Weavers, said the latest investment in weaving machinery would help secure the future of the historic mill and its export trade as well as safeguarding and creating new jobs in the area.

“Through ongoing improvements in facilities and training we are reinforcing our strong reputation in international markets and keeping Yorkshire and its regional textile heritage on the global fashion map,” she said.

And Mr Gallimore added: ““This latest investment in weaving technology allows us to keep pace with developments in quality and design whilst retaining the knowledge and skills that have built up within our business over many generations.

“As a growing business with global sales it is essential that we maintain a strong focus on innovation and quality to ensure that the business remains competitive around the world, this is particularly important with changes expected in how we trade with Europe.”

The Princess Royal is President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association and will also be meeting staff at Stanley Mills during her visit.

Luxury Fabrics Ltd trades under the famous mill names of William Halstead, John Foster, Charles Clayton and Kynoch and in 2014 was awarded the NATWEST UKFT Export Award.

The last royal visitor to Stanley Mills was the Duke of Kent in 1988 to open its refurbished officers but there have been many others spanning its long history in the city.

“We are extremely excited about The Princess Royal’s visit as it recognises the business has developed and been successful internationally around the world.

“Princess Anne has always supported the UK fashion and textile industry and we are looking forward to her coming to look at our business and to meeting our staff,” said Mr Gallimore.