Cohen & Wilks Ltd.

Cohen & Wilks Ltd.

At the end of the 19th Century, a Jewish refugee from Tsarist Russia named PM Quas-Cohen settled in Manchester. With finance from a short-lived partner called Wilks, Quas-Cohen began a company to manufacture men’s clothing under under the brand name Aquatite.

As the company grew, manufacturing operations were also established in Bradford and Galashiels.

During the First World War, Cohen & Wilks were seconded to manufacture uniforms for The British Expeditionary Force.

From the 1980s, casual wear and children’s wear began to form the mainstay of Cohen & Wilk’s manufacturing business.

Today the firm is one of the main names in the character licensed apparel market, supplying a wide range of retailers including Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, Next, Debenhams and John Lewis.