In 1935 Wolsey was appointed to hold a royal warrant as hosiery manufacturers to his majesty King George V. This honour has been held through the reigns of consecutive monarchs and remains with the company to the present day. Wolsey has been privileged to supply products to her majesty queen Elizabeth II since 1953, and the company was further honoured when in 1959 a royal warrant was also granted to Wolsey by her majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother.
Viyella was a blend of wool and cotton first woven in 1893 in England, and soon to be the “first branded fabric in the world”. It was made of 55 percent merino wool and 45 percent cotton in a twill weave, developed by James and Robert Sissons of William Hollins & Company, spinners and hosiers. The brand name, first registered as a trademark in 1894, and registered in the United States in 1907, soon covered not only the original fabric, to be sold by the yard (piece goods), but also clothing. At first this was made by separate businesses, but it was not long before Hollins started producing their own clothes and offering franchises to manufacturers who would use the Viyella label. Following increasing emphasis on garment manufacture over the years, Viyella is now a fashion brand for clothes and home furnishings made of a variety of fabrics. The original wool/cotton blend is no longer on sale.