In house dying and finishing

As innovators in waxed cotton, our first patent was awarded in 1910 for 'cleaning and water-proofing textiles'.

With over a 150 years of innovation, we continue to create new and unique textiles.​ Continue reading to discover how we use conscious innovation to bring these products through low-impact manufacturing.


Innovators in waxed cotton

Innovation is the life blood of our business past and present. Soon after our inception in 1864, owner Francis Stevensons diversified and through innovative thinking, developed the leading dyed and finished textile products of the time.

For nearly 200 years, Dundee’s prosperity was dependent on the textile industry and was the largest jute manufacturer in the world. Our textile journey began in 1864, originating as a jute weaving mill as part of the industrial revolution.

The early 1900’s saw our company direct its energies towards the war effort. Numerous experiments were carried out to find a way to clean, preserve and water-proof textile equipment.

The novel approach was to use a pigment (khaki green), a soap and Potash Alum to form a waterproof barrier which was approved by the Army Council in 1910. It remained standard for many years, at one time during World War 1, it was the only fabric renovator allowed to be used. Patent no. 24593 was applied for in 1910 and awarded in 1911. By the late 1970’s, Francis Stevensons and George Halleys (Kirkaldy, Fife) amalgamated to form Halley Stevensons.

Halley Stevensons are innovators in waxed cotton

Environmental responsibility

A commitment to sustainability

Environmental responsibility is at the forefront of our latest developments and products. As innovators in waxed cotton, our cottons are sustainably sourced with long term industry partners and controlling organisations such as OCS (Organic Content Standard) and BCI (Better Cotton Initiative).

The high tradition of skills and fabric innovation imposed by our original guildsmen is still our benchmark standard of honest workmanship today.

We use processes that are gentle to the product and low impact to the environment. Our dyeing methods use very low levels of water and our waxes are simply heated up for application and cooled down to store when not in use, meaning no waste discharges. 

We are also certified bluesign® system partners are chemical suppliers, manufacturers, and brands committed to applying the bluesign® system.


Halley Stevensons, bluesign® System Partners
Halley Stevensons sanforiser

Innovators in waxed cotton

Where science meets art

Technology is evolving at a rapid rate and sustainable manufacturing requires the latest equipment to improve efficiency.

With this in mind, we design and build our own bespoke machines that allow us to process our unique fabrics and be adaptable to innovative thinking.

Our team use time served experience and evolving technology to make improved new products that are designed to last a lifetime.

Innovators in waxed cotton jackets


Annual Summer Shutdown

Please note that our factory will be temporarily closed from Friday 19th July, reopening Monday 6th August.

Due to the temporary break in production, the following deadlines apply when processing sample orders.

The last date for sample length and swatch orders is Tuesday 16th July — anything placed after this date will be processed upon our reopening.

Stock availability explained

The ‘HS Collection’ is a range of fabrics that are in continuous production and offered on an “off the shelf” basis in a choice of colours. Ideal for express developments and orders we hold substantial stocks of these articles and are committed to replenishing the fabrics within a 8 weeks (if not available at the time of order).

Please note, The HS Collection includes all articles previously available as ‘Stock Supported’ or ‘Regular Running’ lines.

Bespoke manufacturing allows you to fully customise our fabric. We can colour match to any pantone or colour of your choice which can be dyed onto any fabric in our collection with any finish we offer.

*Lab work is required to be processed (Leadtime 2 weeks) and approved prior to production.

**Minimum order quantities apply and production lead-times of (8weeks) applies.

This product is suitable for luggage

Can be made in styles such as backpacks, satchels, laptop cases, cabin bags and suitcases.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for luggage
In house dying and finishing

This product is suitable for accessories

Can be made into accessories such as gloves, hats, caps and belts.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for accessories
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This product is suitable for footwear

Can be made into styles such as trainers, tennis shoes, hi-tops, boots and brogues.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for footwear
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This product is suitable for apparel

Can be made into garments such as overshirts, jackets, coats and trousers.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for apparel
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