Hield was established in 1922 during the reign of His Majesty King George V of the United Kingdom, a year which saw the British Empire at its largest ever, covering one-quarter of the world's population. The company was founded by entrepreneurs David and Hugh Hield as Hield Brothers in West Yorkshire, England as a manufacturer of fine worsted cloth. Based in Briggella Mills, West Yorkshire, the company quickly gained a reputation for fine quality production. Hield began to use its knowledge of cloth to produce its own suits, using its own world-renowned cloth in the process.
Hield's range of products includes cloth for both apparel and furniture, suits, shirts, neckties, knitwear, scarves and throws, shoes, luggage, small leather goods and accessories. Hield's suits and jackets are made using all the various qualities and patterns of its cloth, which is manufactured in-house in Hield's illustrious mill, Briggella Mills.
Upon request, Hield Brothers manufactured the Lambswool Sateen cloth to be used for the upholstery of the rear seats of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's custom 6.22 metre long Bentley State Limousine on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The car is a one-off design, conceived by a Bentley-led consortium of British motor industry manufacturers and suppliers, and was created with input from Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty's Head Chauffeur.