Wakefield Shirt Group – Double Two & Wm. Sugden & Sons continue to weave their magic into Wakefield and Worldwide

07 January 2019

Well known shirt brand Double Two was founded in Wakefield in 1940 when Isaac Donner arrived in the city as a refugee and was welcomed to the city with the idea that he provide employment for local women.  The company grew rapidly became a leading independent shirt brand.  By 1968 the company needed extra manufacturing capacity and bought the 100 year old Wm. Sugden & Sons.   This added a career and workwear business as well extra shirt manufacturing capacity to the Wakefield Shirt Group.  The group now produces 3 million garments a year.

Whilst manufacturing is no longer in the UK, the company still designs all its own products in Wakefield.  The in house design team are able to bring the latest in fashion from the Double Two and Bar Harbour ranges and the latest fabrics and technology from the uniform market to provide bespoke designs of the latest uniforms for blue chip clients such as the Police, Fire Services, Bp and St John Ambulance.

Wm. Sugdens and its sister company ThreadNeedle provide a full uniform service from design to delivery and from underwear to outerwear.  Bespoke uniforms are designed, stocked, delivered and a full suite of management reports provided to ensure the optimum uniform service. In house finishing allows us to add embroidery and badging to stock garments to customise our garments to the customer’s needs.

With 150 years of history, the group has the experience and skills to provide the very best garments and service both for uniforms and for fashion garments provided to the public through our websites and shops.  The group is still run by 2nd generation Ricky Donner and 3rd generation John Donner.

“Wakefield has provided us with the perfect base to grow our business over a great many years and we look forward to many more years of working with Wakefield Council and local businesses to support our growth.” Said John Donner now managing director.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It is great news that this well-established Wakefield company is continuing to make its mark in the highly competitive design and fashion industry. They are providing employment opportunities and boosting growth in the district and we wish them every success with their businesses.”