The name Kearsley, like the wool trade itself, is endemic to the north of England, particularly Yorkshire and Lancashire. It has thrived since the late middle ages. The name evolved through various different spellings during that time. Even as far back as 1262, the fabric of Kersey, which was first made in Andover, Hampshire, is recorded as an exclusively English wool product.
Heather Kearsley's direct ancestors owned a number of textile mills in Lancashire and Yorkshire, mainly around the Bolton area before emigrating to America in the late 19th century. While the industry was notorious for its poor working conditions, Heather was struck by her discovery of one of her great, great grandfather’s efforts to improve and standardize conditions for the workers in his mill. This legacy continues to inform Kearsley’s emphasis on artisanship and sustainability. Kearsley linens are created by paying fair wages to a small group we care about greatly.
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