Stub-tex

For the bacterium with a similar name, see spirillum.


Spirella was a company which manufactured made-to-measure corsets. It was founded on a patent of dressbone,[1] for bustles (Spirella 1 and Spirella 2), but started corset manufacture in 1904.

Its most popular corset was the Model 305. Spirella products were not sold in shops. Instead, female staff called corsetiers were sent to customer's homes.

After an ill-fated attempt to market garments of "Stub-tex", a form of Gore-Tex being used under licence from W. L. Gore & Associates, the company was sold in 1985 to the rival Spencers of Banbury and finally closed in July 1989.

Locations

At its height the company had factories in the USA (New Haven, Connecticut, Meadville, Pennsylvania), the UK (the Spirella Building in Letchworth) and Sweden (Malmö). Their flagship location was Spirella House on Oxford Circus, London.


The Spirella Building was created between 1912 and 1920 . Kincaid commissioned architect Cecil Hignett to design a state-of-the art factory of great beauty. The factory was completed in 1920, Kincaid had achieved his goal; The Spirella Building provided the perfect environment for his workers to be happy, contented and highly productive, and was worthy of being called "The Factory of Beauty". In 1979 it was Grade ll* listed.[2]

References

External links

  • Photograph of Spirella workers in Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • Spirella's factory in Letchworth, England (now offices)
  • History of Spirella
  • Women’s Corsetry 1850-1989: A Case Study into the Spirella Corset Company of Great Britain. Note: 3mb
  • Spirella House


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