Shops like M&S no longer sell British made underwear and it is hard to find underwear that is made in the UK. However there is still some great British made underwear made. Here are a few possibilities (in no particular order):
*Kiniki – http://www.kiniki.com – make very good quality underwear and swimwear for men and women at a good price and come highly recommended. They are perhaps most famous for making tan though swimwear. Designed, manufactured and dispatched from their factory in Staffordshire, England. Each and every pair of their mens underwear & mens & womens Tan Through swimwear is made in England. However, currently all their ladies (bamboo) underwear is made in Turkey. Kinki plans that in future their womens underwear will once again be made in their factory in England, so keep an eye out for that. The Bolin razors they sell are made in England. However the socks, bags and suncare cream they sell are foreign made.
http://cockandbullmenswear.co.uk – reasonably priced cotton boxer shorts for men – their website boxer shorts and more are available at London Sunday UpMarket where they have a stall. Cock and Bull menswear is 100% made in the UK.*
I bought some light blue made in the UK boxer shorts in Jacksons of Reading today – possibly old stock? It says on the MGQ (or possibly MCQ) styled by Somax on the label. 35% cotton, 65% polyester. Nice boxer shorts but I am not sure if they are still made in the UK.
bum-chums (ACM Trading Ltd.) mens cotton underwear is made in the UK. They also make swimming trunks and mens vests.
http://burtonwode.com/product/classic-baby-blue/ – mens boxer shorts. Burtonwode print and make all their underwear in England.
http://www.sirplus.co.uk/products/boxers,53442019?sizeidx=0&nocache=232519 – ladies boxer shorts.
http://www.madeinbritainltd.com/unjaboshsla.html – Union Jack boxer shorts.
http://www.sulis.co.uk/silk/Mens-silk-shorts.html – silk boxer shorts.
http://www.sulis.co.uk/silk/Silk-Lingerie.html – silk lingerie for women.
http://www.fusion4clothes.co.uk/fine-check-big-mens-boxer-shorts-4xl-xxxxl-54-to-56-waist-made-in-england-p-446.html – larger sized boxer shorts for men.
http://www.emmawillis.com/collection/accessories/boxer-shorts/cPath/17_29 – luxury boxer shorts, nightwear and swimming trunks for men (and women).
http://www.focx.co.uk – women’s boxer shorts.
http://www.sizedwell.co.uk/store/shopexd.asp?id=122 – boxer shorts for the larger man.
http://store.turnbullandasser.co.uk/Boxer_Shorts/View_all_Boxer_Shorts – premium men’s boxers.
Kinky Knickers – Made in Britain with authentic Nottingham lace, ‘Kinky Knickers’ by Mary Portas were featured in Channel 4’s Mary’s Bottom Line – available at M&S, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Boots. The packaging and fabric is from abroad but at least they are being made in the UK, at the Headen and Quarmby site in Middleton on the outskirts of Manchester I understand. The factory, founded in 1935, had moved production abroad to make it more competitive – but now skilled local machinists are back working at the site thanks to this project. As far as I know production is continuing in the UK. I assume the rest of Headen and Quarmby products are made abroad. See this article – http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/the-next-brief-mary-portas-wants-685639
http://www.britishthermals.com – Thermal underwear for men, women and children manufactured in Leicester (England, UK) – note you need to select the British made thermals (some of the products they sell are not British made).
http://www.palmunderwear.co.uk/index.php – Palm Underwear (Manchester Hosiery) – Thermals, underwear, vests (singlets), long-johns, pants, briefs, traditional undershirts, trunks, t-shirts and hosiery for all age groups; men, women and children – All their products are manufactured in England – suppliers are listed via the mail order tab, or try Fogey Unlimited! (http://www.fogeyunlimited.co.uk) or Williams Bazaar Ltd (http://www.wegotitall.co.uk) or just search online or look on eBay. Manchester Hosiery trades under the brand names Palm, White Swan, Guardian and High Cross. Owned by a company in Hong Kong these days.
http://www.luxluxltd.com – women’s thermal underwear and nightwear made in England.
Sub Zero Technology Ltd. manufacture thermal underwear, thermal baselayers, thermal midlayers, merino wool base layers, and childrens’ thermal underwear in England at their Leicester factory. Not everything they sell is made in England, but mostly they do label which items are UK made on their website so you can easily find their UK made stuff. If it does not say made in the UK then it is probably made abroad.
Available at the Sub Zero online store – http://www.subzerostore.co.uk
DAP Squared, a wholesale supply company (an importer, not a manufacturer) intend to sell British made Boxer shorts from August 2013. I’ll update if I find out more. Links below. As they say on their website “Buying British Boxers means that you are helping us fight for British manufacturing providing British jobs and regenerating our towns and cities”. These are now available and look fab.
Daniel Jenkins sells a range of British made mens boxer shorts under their Purposeful Activity label. These ‘Marlowe’ boxers are constructed in London using British made fabrics, buttons, and labels [ http://www.danieljenkins.co.uk/index.php?dispatch=news.view&news_id=61 ]. Their Purposeful Activity range of jacket and shirts are also made in the UK.
Bosom Galore lingerie is designed & manufactured within Great Britain. Luxury, UK manufactured lingerie & nightwear in small band and large cup sizes, from 26E. Launching autumn 2014 – http://bosomgalore.com
Red Box Lingerie have a made in Britain ladies lingerie section on their website.
Udeshi boxers are made in London.
Legwear International are manufacturers and importers of ladies tights, hold ups and stockings. Legwear International have their own UK manufacturing plant. I’m not sure how many of their products or which of their products are made in the UK, so you’ll have to ask them. Available via their website and in stores – http://www.legwearinternational.com
Ussen – According to their website, every Ussen thermal product is manufactured in the United Kingdom, but I am not sure if that means all their products are made in the UK so you’ll have to check. Stockists are listed on their website – http://www.ussen.co.uk
Dick Winters “quintessentially British” mens boxer shorts are made in Great Britain. Their underwear factory was established in 1935 and still make quality lingerie and underwear for the UK market. What I like about their website is the clear detailing about their British supply chain, from their factory, to fabric suppliers and label makers – http://www.dickwinters.co.uk
Do you know of any other suppliers of British made underwear?
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