Our History

1980s, Music Merchandise, Studio 69

Our Managing Director, Gary M. Holley, started out back in the 1980s working as a music promoter in the rock industry, working with up-and-coming bands who had cracked the UK Top 40 and were being paid by their record label to go on tour. He seized the opportunity to supply t-shirts for some of the gigs, and acquired a screen printing company Studio 69 based in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Studio 69 rapidly expanded its merchandise offering, and was one of very few companies in the country that had expertise across a range of print and embroidery techniques.

1990s, Singapore Partnership, Cotton Planet

By the 1990s Holley had become very disillusioned with the quality of polo shirts and t-shirts in the UK market and, after years of research, founded Cotton Planet in partnership with a sister company in Singapore. The partnership enabled Cotton Planet to manufacture clothing from our overseas factory to such a high quality that it became recognised as one of the best manufacturers of polo shirts and t-shirts in the country.

Cotton Planet grew to supply customers from across Europe, with its partners supplying all of Asia from their base in Singapore.

2000s, Foundation of Cotton World UK and India

In the 2000s Cotton Planet eventually dissolved the Singapore partnership, restructuring its manufacture and distribution and the name Cotton World was born. With hubs in the UK and India, Holley was able to establish 100% control of manufacturing, brand name and commercial marketing.

Since, Cotton World has grown significantly and thanks to a strong international trading network, we are able to offer full textile product origination at high-volume, alongside established print and embroidery services on to readymade products.