The Fabric District’s history

Although the Islington area of central Liverpool has a rich history at the heart of the city’s textiles industry, in more recent history it had fallen into decline.

High crime levels, few open green spaces and a transient student population led to a lack of a coherent community, with the area previously becoming Liverpool’s notorious red light district.

But the Fabric District has always had an undercurrent of fiercely local, independent and creative commerce, which still exists today. 

Where are we

Monument Place holds a traditional street market four days a week outside the doors of the UK’s first TJ Hughes department store. The nearby tree-lined Stafford Street boasts a bounty of independent fabric and haberdashery shops.

Meanwhile, the Fabric District’s criss-cross of gritty industrial backstreets play host to a plethora of independent businesses and craftspeople new and old. A 150-year-old garment manufacturer mixes with an eco-friendly fashion label, photography studio, digital maker space, radio station, artists’ studios and a secret whiskey bar.

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