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A TEXTILE firm was given a ‘licence to mill’ by the makers of the new James Bond film.
Taylor and Lodge, in Lockwood, produced the fabric for a suit worn by Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace.
Sales director Robert McQuillan said: “I’ve always been a Bond fan so this was absolutely fantastic news. We’re all delighted.”
Designer Tom Ford bought cashmere and mohair from the Albert Street mill 18 months ago to produce a dinner suit for the film. Robert said: “I think it suited them because it’s a very traditional English fabric which photographs well. It’s similar to the suits worn by Sean Connery in the 1960s.”
But dressing like Bond comes at a price.
Robert said: “The fabric costs £125 a metre and you need about three-and-a-half metres to make a suit. An off-the-peg Tom Ford suit would set you back about £4,000 while a bespoke one costs about £8,000.”
The mill, which employs 45 people, specialises in expensive material including cashmere and alpaca.