There are a surprising a number of jeans made in the UK. Why not buy British made jeans next time? Here are the makers and suppliers I know of.
Freddie’s of Pinewood reproduction clothing, 1940s and 1950s jeans and casual wear for men and women, “…have all…their… jeans and tops made in the UK” as they were kind enough to tell me in December 2016. As well as all their men’s and women’s jeans and tops being made in England, they have a made in England jeans skirt and made in England jeans dungarees for women, some made in England motorcycle caps for men, a made in England men’s Sport Jacket, made in England Pedal Pushers for women, made in England women’s Cigarette Pants, made in England women’s jackets and shirt-jacs, made in England women’s Lounge Pants, and made in England ladies handbags. Most items are made in the UK. Country of origin is clearly stated on their website if a product is made in the UK. I assume where it does not say, other items on their website are foreign made. Products are available from their website, where other stockists worldwide are listed too – http://www.freddiesofpinewood.co.uk
Finisterre now sell a small selection of British made mens and ladies clothes, including occasionally, knitwear items (such as the Bowmont jumper), socks, corduroy trousers (made with Spanish material), denim jeans and a denim overshirt (made for them in in Blackburn at the Cookson and Clegg factory ), skirts, and shirts (often made using foreign sourced fabrics; some made in England for them by White Hart). They now have a store in London and stores in Cornwall and Devon. Most of their products are made in Portugal or elsewhere abroad still though – http://www.finisterreuk.com
Community Clothing is a new venture on Kickstarter intending on selling British made clothes. Initially they are offering men’s and women’s jeans, classic Harrington jackets and single-breasted raincoats and their intention is to sell at reasonable prices. The clothing will be made in Blackburn at the Cookson and Clegg factory and elsewhere and the garments will also source their suppliers for things like buttons and labels from other UK factories, making use of off-peak times when factories are quieter to manufacture and selling directly to consumers. The Kickstarter project was launched in February 2016 and was successful. The clothes are now available from their eBay shop. What’s good here is that they are selling British made basics such as knitwear (cardigans, crew necks, v-necks, hats, gloves, scarves, etc), t-shirts. jeans, socks and outerwear with many items at very reasonable prices – http://communityclothing.co.uk
Athlete Denim sell athletic fit jeans and apparel that complement a built physique. They say on their website “All of our clothes are made right here in the UK, with the exception of our underwear which is made in Turkey.” Looking at their website today (5/10/16) they are currently selling jeans, t-shirts and baseball caps. The company are based in Glasgow. This is what they had to tell me today (5/10/16) “we make athletic fit jeans specifically for muscular legs and people who don’t fit in to normal jeans. We decided that we wanted our jeans to be made here in the UK for a number of reasons and we stand by the decision. We have a wonderful manufacturer in the West Midlands, and whilst our fabric is sourced from Turkey, the entire design and manufacture process takes place in the UK. We launched Summer 2016 and are going really well so far. Keep up the great work everyone! ” – https://www.athletedenim.com
Hood Jeans are a small company based in Norfolk, England. Set up the company in 1998, the company manufacture British made motorcycle jeans for men and women (lined jeans with integral protective armour). Thanks to Rob for telling me about this company. He describes their jeans as “great kit”. Hood jeans also make non motorcycle jeans, hood 55 apparel. As far as I know their other clothing, such as their t-shirts, is foreign made, but their jeans are British made. They say on their website that “they still produce all the Jeans in the UK”. They do not say where their denim is sourced – update 18/9/18 according to the Hood Jeans website “The main production will now take place in China but the development, design, sales team and most importantly heart of the Hood products will remain in the UK, as will a small production capability.” Sadly then Hood Jeans are not made in the UK anymore.
Lee Cooper had a factory in Harold Wood, London. The Lee Cooper website fails to mention where Lee Cooper jeans are made today but they are probably made in Tunisia. I imagine the London factory has closed down.
Levi Strauss and Wrangler are the big names in Jeans from the USA. Whether they were ever made in the UK I don’t know but I don’t expect any of their jeans today are UK made.
Dress to Undress denim is “UK made” according to their twitter and pinterest sites. No country of origin information is given against individual products on the website. They have an Etsy shop. Dress to undress denim seems to be a new (as of November 2015) handmade Jeans brand based in Yorkshire and a fairly small brand. Thank you to Katie for bring this brand to my attention – http://dresstoundress-uk.com
Hiut Denim is a fairly new company founded in 2011 by the former owners of Howies. The denim itself is sourced from Japan and Turkey but the jeans are made in Cardigan, Wales. Cardigan used to have a jeans factory, Dewhirst, making jeans for Marks and Spencer but they moved production to Morocco 10 years ago. These are premium priced jeans. I have not tried them but they look very good. There’s a good article on the company here.
Company website – http://hiutdenim.co.uk
MECCANICA (Meccanica Coritani) mens clothing, which is inspired by racers of cycles and motorcycles from the 50s, 60s and 70s, is made entirely in Britain, suitable to wear on the bike or for casual, and includes UK made jeans – http://www.meccanicacycles.com
Albam Clothing mens jeans are all made in the UK (using Japanese denim). Albam also sell a wide range of other British made clothing, although please note quite a few of their products are foreign made – www.albamclothing.com
Gaolhouse Denim, who have a fascinating story, make all their jeans in the UK – http://www.gaolhousedenim.com – as of February 2015 unfortunately Goalhouse Denim have closed, “which is a pity since it looked like a brave and socially useful initiative” to quote Simon who kindly informed me of the companiy’s demise – https://www.facebook.com/gaolhousedenim
Wizard Jeans are bringing production back to the UK (well done Wizard Jeans). At the moment lots of their products are still made in Hong Kong and China, but those made in the UK are labelled as such on their website. Possibly the foreign made jeans are old stock, as they say on their website in May 2014 that “All our jeans are now made in the UK” – www.wizardjeans.com
The only thing I can’t find is British made Denim, most use Japanese, but I have read rumours that one of the Lancashire mills does. Thanks to Mike for much of the information on this page 🙂
Quantock Clothing have a range of jeans made in England for them. They are designed and made in England from Japanese selvedge denim woven on looms for a tighter and denser weave by the Kuroki Company in Okayama, Japan. There are two styles to chose from – rinse washed (or indigo jeans), or classic stonewashed finished. – http://www.quantockclothing.com
Japanese company Edwin have recently (November 2014) collaborated with English manufacturer Cookson & Clegg to produce their ’49 Pant’ jeans and their ’49 Jacket’, a 1940s inspired denim jacket, both hand crafted in Lancashire, England – http://edwin-europe.com/collaborations.php
Jack Wills have the vast majority of their products made aboard, On their website they do have a ‘made in the UK” section though and when I looked on 8th April 2015 they had a couple of UK made jeans for sale – http://www.jackwills.com
Alarleo sell a pair of men’s jeans which is made in England and a leather belt which is made in England. They also sell t-shirts which are printed on in England but presumably the t-shirts themselves are actually foreign made – http://www.alarleo.co.uk
London Cloth Company are a company in London, established in 2011, operating a “micro mill” that specialises in woven cloth, particularly woollens, produced on restored shuttle looms dating from the 1860s using traditional techniques. Some of their range is 100% British Wool Tweed, including some British wool from conservation flocks which is spun for them in Halifax. The majority of their work is weaving fabrics to order. However, they have some fabric meterage in stock, some of which you can find in their online shop, as well as made in England scarves, made in England mugs, and made in England cushions. They will also weave denim. They also sell a London Cloth Company enamel badge which I assume is foreign made as they don’t give country of origin on their website for this badge – http://www.londoncloth.com
Bysshe Partnership are “an independent textile company committed to reinvigorating the domestic textile industry, ensuring the highest quality at the lowest environmental cost, developing textiles within a local production network for a sustainable future.” Founded in 2013, they do weaving in Lancashire, and finishing in Yorkshire, using cotton warp yarns from within Europe, and hemp weft yarns from Romania and Cornwall. They will also have denim weaved. They do not process fabrics themselves. On their website they say “Here at Bysshe, we work with some of the last remaining textile mills in the UK. Most of our weaving takes place in Lancashire, before the rolls travel a short distance over the hill to be finished in Yorkshire.” Cloth is available directly from their website – https://www.bysshe.co
Are there any other British made jeans or denims?