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About us

Beautiful silks for daywear, eveningwear, bridalwear and interiors

Pongees is the first choice for beautiful silks, including tulles, chiffons, crepes, douppions and organzas.
The company was established 90 years ago in the UK to sell mainly greige fabric to the printing industry for silk ties and scarves.
Today, it offers a collection that comprises an extensive range of plain dyed, embroidered and jacquard silks to meet the exacting demands of couturiers, fashion, bridal and lingerie designers and manufacturers, luxury retail brands, costumiers, event organisers and interiors specialists.
Fabrics are available from stock, with a 1 metre minimum order.

THE HISTORY - HOW PONGEES BEGAN

The origins of the present day Pongees Ltd lie in Switzerland, a country that has historical connections with silk trading with China stretching back over many hundreds of years. In the mid 19th century Ostertag Hausamann Faes was established and quickly became a leading silk trader.

In 1931 a branch office was opened in London under the name Pongees Ltd - pongee being a generic term for a group of Chinese silks that were especially popular at that time.

The company retains its historical links with its Swiss founders through its chairman Christian Hausamann, grandson of one of the founders, who is resident in Zurich.

Headquarters in Kent
Pongees London showroom
Cutting room

THE CUSTOMERS OF TOMORROW

Pongees takes pride in meeting the creative and educational requirements of the "customers of tomorrow". It regularly hosts visits from students from fashion and design colleges from throughout the UK.

 

"We consider it an essential and particularly important part of our business to nurture the leading designers of tomorrow"
- Nick Moore, Managing Director, Pongees