Ventile® was developed by a dedicated team of scientists from the Shirley Institute in Manchester with the original intention of being a substitute material for the construction of fire-hoses.
1939 to 1943
Wartime England was in full swing, with pilots flying over the Atlantic in need of a garment that was both comfortable in the cockpit, but also protective should they hit the water. That’s where Ventile® fabric was born.
Ventile® went into mass production and was woven on huge wooden looms by Talbot Weaving in Chorley on the outskirts of Manchester, England.
Sir Edmund Hillary reached the world’s highest point on the first summit of Everest in a garment made of Ventile® fabric.
1979 to 1982
Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes crossed the Arctic clothed in Ventile®.
1980 and 90s
As dyeing houses go out of business, Talbot Weaving, the owners of Ventile, are no longer able to dye and finish Ventile® Fabrics in the UK. Eastern Switzerland has a reputation for quality finishing and Talbot Weaving sends the loom state fabric to Switzerland for final treatment. This arrangement works well but when the Swiss dye house closes, severe quality problems begin. Talbot Weaving tries two further Swiss dye mills but neither of them can achieve effective dyeing and finishing of Ventile®’s dense weave.
1994 – 1995
Stotz & Co. attempt to dye and finish Ventile® fabric, whilst also manufacturing their own equivalent. The company partners with Switzerland’s leading textile finishing expert and, after considerable research, acquires the dyeing and finishing know-how. During the trialling period Stotz & Co. received huge support from the Birkenhead based manufacturer of immersion suits for the Royal Airforce.
The British MoD confirms that Ventile equivalent immersion suits made from Stotz & Co. fabric are of an outstanding quality never seen before. Stotz & Co. decides to extend its supply of performance fabrics to non-military garment manufacturers. With the support of Karol Marketing, a UK based marketing consultancy, the brand EtaProof is created and launched.
Talbot Weaving begins buying white label fabrics from Stotz & Co. and brands these as Ventile.
The owners of Talbot Weaving retire and Stotz & Co. acquires the Ventile® brand.
Stotz & Co. builds upon their keen interest in advanced sustainable textile solutions and invests heavily in developing a range of Ventile Eco fabrics. Initially, the Eco product portfolio consists only of the Ventile Organic fabrics made from organic extra-long-staple cotton but the range expands over the coming years.
Ventile continues to champion the sustainable agenda with their campaign “Join the movement. Love the environment. Choose slow fashion.” The pioneering Ventile Eco range grows to offer 3 completely unique sustainable fabric solutions; Eco Organic, Eco Recycled and Eco Hemp. Ventile Eco Recycled is made entirely from pre-consumer cotton waste, Ventile Eco Hemp is made from a combination of premium extra-long-staple cotton and hemp fibres, and Ventile Organic is made from organic extra long-staple cotton which accounts for only 0.04% of overall cotton production worldwide.