About Dalston Mill Fabrics

Established in 1982, Dalston Mill Fabrics has earned it's reputation as the place to come for high-quality fabrics at budget-friendly prices. We are valued by customers for our wide variety of fabrics from all over the world, as well as our reliability and commitment to fulfilling your requirements.

Situated in the heart of one of London's most vibrant and up and coming areas at the end of Ridley Road Market in Dalston, we have been described by our loyal customers as an 'Aladdin's Cave' for fabrics and haberdashery. You have to see it to believe our huge range of fabric, which is as rich as it is diverse; from evening silks to woollens and everyday fabrics, including supplies such as knitting wool, embroidery material and beading. We're also noted for our large range of bridal lace and wide range of dressmaking fabrics, so your special occasions will be safe in our hands. Dalston Mill Fabrics' friendly team of knowledgeable staff are renowned for their helpfulness, and if you can't find what you are looking for on our website, please get in touch and we will do our utmost to assist. We've only managed to get a fraction of our collection onto our site so far, so do check back regularly for our latest picks or get in touch if you'd like something special.

The owner of Dalston Mill Fabrics, Edward "Edi" Kogan, came to London over 40 years ago as a young man from Lithuania. His first job was carrying rolls in a large textiles warehouse in the nearby London Fields and this is where he developed his love for textiles. It didn't take long for Edward to set his sights on running his own business, which eventually began selling fabrics from the boot of his car and at the various London markets, including Ridley Road Market. After some time he found a permanent unit on Ridley Road, opposite today's location of the Dalston Mill Fabrics shop. Together with his mother, father and brother, Edward built an fantastic reputation in the then burgeoning East London garment manufacture trade as well as local DIY sewers, designers and students. Having outgrown the location, they soon began eyeing the recently closed down paper bag mill on the other side of Ridley Road, and purchased it in 1982 - which is when Dalston Mill Fabrics was born. The building has since been renamed Rachel and Gregory House in honour of his parents.

Today, Dalston Mill Fabrics is a realisation of the hard-working immigrant's dream, embodied by our staff themselves. The Dalston Mill Fabrics team speak a total of 12 languages between them and represent countries from Ghana to Albania, Malta and Ireland. Our fabrics themselves come from far and wide - from Europe to the Far East - and the shop has become a magnet for a diverse customer base of designers, artists, architects and other young professionals that make this area of East London the place to be in the capital. Now a happy father to four and grandfather to nine, Edward Kogan is a lover of life; and Dalston Mill Fabrics allows him to project a lifelong passion into his everyday work. There are very few one time visitors to Dalston Mill Fabrics, as most customers keep coming back. If you haven't been to Aladdin's Cave yet, discover it for yourself!

Dalston Mill Fabrics Shop front with Edward

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