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Wolsey is one of the oldest European companies still active in the textile industry, and has a unique pedigree. Wolsey’s long history began in 1755 - over two hundred and fifty years ago - in the Friar Lane area of Leicester, England. It was here than Henry Wood became established in a business manufacturing hosiery. The business, which thrived, would remain in family hands for many generations, until becoming a public company in 1920.

The Wolsey trademark was not actually registered until 1807, and was inspired by the ecclesiatical statesman Cardinal Wolsey, who was buried in Leicester Abbey, close to the original company headquarters; 250 years later Leicester is still home to the Wolsey brand. However, the Wolsey brand has rarely stood still, and has continued to innovate.

Wolsey’s "Unshrinkable Wool" in the early 20th century is a great example, with much advertising being done of this remarkable new material. By the 1920’s Wolsey was able to advertise for the first time in colour by taking advantage of the new colour lithographs. Wolsey commisioned talented, well-known artists of the time such as Mabel Lucy Artwell to illustrate its numerous advertising campaigns.

By the 1960’s man-made fibres were the order of the day and, in line with these advances, Wolsey produced many new ranges with the Courtelle fibre, as well as daring new knitwear and underwear designs. It was also in the 1960’s that the Wolsey logo which is seen today was first developed.

Having been a public company for most of the twentieth century, in 1996 Wolsey became a private company again, following a management buyout, and it continues to be held privately today.

Today Wolsey trades in over 2000 independent retail locations, through wholesale and export channels of distribution and employs over 100 people across the UK. More recently, in 2006, Wolsey have complemented their menswear range with its first womenswear collection for more than two decades.

The Wolsey company of today is very different to the Wolsey of two hundred years ago, and now trades online, via catalogue, and in Europe, North America, Australasia and the Far East. However, the same fine garments, fabrics and innovation which have defined Wolsey for 250 years are still evident today, and we can highly recommend the Wolsey website to you. Your free Wolsey catalogue may also be requested from the Wolsey website.

Wolsey is operated independently. See other independently operated catalogues, or catalogues from other UK mail-order companies.

You may find similar UK catalogues to Wolsey, or similar products, within the catalogue categories defined for Wolsey.

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Wolsey can easily be contacted via e-mail, telephone or by post, with free-phone lines open for customer enquiries from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Post ››CorporateWolsey Limited, 2 New Star Rd, Leicester, LE4 9JD
Telephone ››Corporate0808 100 6755
Telephone ››Customer Services (Free-phone)0808-141-0303

Wolsey Credit Terms:
Wolsey does not currently offer credit facilities, and neither does it currently accept American Express. However, once you have browsed Wolsey Online and decided which items you wish to buy, you can choose from a range of credit and debit card payment options, including Visa, Visa Electron, Delta, JCB, Mastercard, Switch and Solo.
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