From Scrap Metal to Fabrics

The Story of Pacific Fabrics and Its Enduring Legacy





Scrap Metal & Rags

Pacific Fabrics has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s when it was founded as Pacific Iron & Metal by Jules Glant in Seattle. At that time, the company focused on recycling scrap metal and rags, which Jules would collect using his horse-drawn wagon. This commitment to recycling and repurposing materials provided opportunities for the company’s future success in the fabric industry.

For Pennies on the Pound

During the beginning of World War 2, there was a high demand for fabrics as women were searching for materials to sew blankets and jackets. As a result, the rags were sold for a few pennies per pound.

In 1959, “Pacific Iron’s Fabric World” was established. The company began selling valuable cottons and upholstery remnants from the loft above Pacific Iron & Metal.

The original flagship store, now known as Pacific Fabrics, has grown to an impressive 13,000 square feet. It offers a wide range of high-quality fabrics, including quilting cottons, indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics, knits, wool, linens, notions, yarns, and a full bridal center. Despite its expansion, Pacific Fabrics remains a beloved fabric shop in Seattle and is still located on 4th Avenue South in downtown Seattle, where the company’s journey began.