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British Made Shoe Laces, Boot Laces, Insoles, Shoe Brushes, Shoe Protectors and Shoe Polish

UK Made Shoe Laces, Boot Laces, Insoles and Shoe Polish

Fabmania: Quality British made shoelaces and bootlaces

Fabmania –  http://www.fabmania.com – The largest manufacturer of laces in the UK – Order shoe, boot and trainer laces direct from their website.

They also sell round elastic cord online and (in minimum quantities) made to order braid and cord, tape, ribbon, woven tape, elastic and webbing, piping, treasury tags (India tags), etc. – all made at their factory in Leicester.  Fabmania were previously named Hancock and Roberts Ltd.

Fabmania 4mm laces for boots and trainers, 31.12.12

Fabmania 4mm laces for boots and trainers, 31.12.12

Fabmania 3-4mm round laces for trainers and shoes, 31.12.12

Fabmania 3-4mm round laces for trainers and shoes, 31.12.12

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James Aubrey – Made in Britain (well most of it!)

James Aubrey – Made in Britain.

“Made in Britain using the best of British fabrics & manufacturing wherever possible” according to their website.  Everything I have seen from James Aubrey is made in the UK, but their website is clear about the fact that some of their products (for example their shirts) are not made in the UK, so as always please select carefully only those things that are really made in the UK.

http://www.jamesaubrey.co.uk

http://pinterest.com/jamesaubreyuk/

https://twitter.com/JamesAubreyUK

I was looking at their reasonably priced British wool made in Britain men’s jumpers yesterday (December 29th 2012) in Daniel of Windsor Department Store and they look fab.

James Aubrey make and sell very nice men’s duffle coats, reefer coats, overcoats, tweed sports jackets, wax jackets, knitwear, shirts, trousers and accessories.  Their waxed jackets uses fabric made by The British Millerain Co. Ltd and they use Abraham Moon fabric in their tweed jackets.

Additional – Their products are available in “in a number of leading independent stores around the country.” Their website went “informational only” in September last (although strangely most of the information on it has been removed!) and their products are no longer available online.  Further additional – Unfortunately James Aubrey is no longer trading (as of 5/10/16 when I looked at their website).

JAMES AUBREY WOOL BLEND DUFFLE COAT

JAMES AUBREY WOOL BLEND DUFFLE COAT

JAMES AUBRAY BRITISH WOOL SHAWL PULLOVER

JAMES AUBRAY BRITISH WOOL SHAWL PULLOVER

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Pants and Knickers – British Made Underwear for men and women (and British made swimwear)

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) for British made underpants and swimwear:

Kiniki Franco Boxer Black

Kiniki Franco Boxer Black. Made in England.

*Kiniki – http://www.kiniki.com – make very good quality underwear for men 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.

Kiniki tan through women's and men's swimwear. Made in England.

Kiniki tan through women’s and men’s swimwear. Made in England.

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British Made Soft Furnishings, Furnishing Fabrics, Haberdashery, Antimacassars, Chair Arm Covers, and Cushions

The Tube seat fabric is known as moquette, a mix of wool with a small percentage of polyester, and well known for its hard wearing, durable, fire resistant and not-showing-the-dirt qualities, is still woven in Yorkshire. You can buy dog collars and coats using the fabric at the London Transport Museum, as well as furniture, cushions, technology cases, bags, handbags, key rings, wash bags, etc made using moquette. These are made in England by Matt Fothergill using moquette fabric. Whilst a lot of stuff in the London Transport Museum Shop is made in China, they do stock a very good range of UK made products too – http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/moquette.html

The Cluny Lace Company Limited (Cluny Lace Co Ltdis a long established, independent lace making company. Their purposely designed factory, built around the turn of the century to hold the specialised lace machines, is situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the heart of the United Kingdom. Minimum order quantities apply. All production takes place in Great Britain – http://www.clunylace.com

Aidan Sweeney, a traditional gentlemen’s outfitters shop in Brecon’s historic Market Arcade founded in 1986, sell British made antimacassars (chair backs) and chair arm covers in lace or tapestry. Also available online from their website. You may also find a few other British made items on their website such as braces, belts, gloves, handkerchiefs, and caps, although looking around their website most products appear to be foreign made – http://www.aidansweeney.co.uk

Decorative tapestry chair back, or antimacassar, made in England, available at Aidan Sweeney. 26 April 2017

Decorative tapestry chair back, or antimacassar, made in England, available at Aidan Sweeney. 26 April 2017. Label view.

Connollys of York (Connollys Homestyle Ltd) sell a wide range of British made antimacassars (chair backs) and chair arm covers in a variety of fabrics. Connollys is a shop in York and website selling soft furnishings, curtains, net curtains, bedding, hardware, china, glassware, electrical goods, clocks, (including alarm clocks), and a variety of gifts and collectables. You may also find a few other British made items in their shop such as saucepans, food containers, cookware such as roasting tins, and cushions – http://www.connollysonline.co.uk

ODD make their garden furniture, in England. All ODD’s Fabrics are available by the metre and are printed in England and woven in Scotland. They clothes and bags are made in England., as are their blankets, throws, cushions and pouffes. Their tribal rugs are foreign made – http://www.oddlimited.com

Cushions Online cushions are made in the UK and they say on their website “All our products are made to the same exacting standards in our Lancaster workshops”. They have a wide range of cushions available online and have been manufacturing cushions since 1985 – http://www.cushionsonline.co.uk

Cambrian Woollen Mill British wool woollen socks are fabulous. Medium weight (to heavy weight) I would say and plenty long enough, they are perfect for everyday wear with boots. Being 90% British wool they are as close as you can get to 100% wool and still retain some wear resistance. I got my green ones from Bison Bushcraft (see above). Based in Wales, Cambrian Mill design, weave and manufacture wool products, such as socks, purses, ties, dog coats, scarves, shawls, cushions, picnic blankets, blankets, throws, baby blankets, and Welsh tartan scarves – all made at their mill in Wales. Cambrian Woollen Mill is located just north of Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys. There is or at least was a Cambrian Mill Gift Shop & Heritage Centre and it seems at least part of the mill was up for sale during 2016. Very little information about the mill or the company is given on their website – http://www.cambrianmill.co.uk

Avalon Home say on their twitter tagline “We offer uniquely designed luxury floor and scatter cushions made in Great Britain. We pride ourselves on creating modern bright designs for adults & children” – avalohome.com

Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap. Available from their website and elsewhere (for example in the London Transport Museum Shop) – http://www.victoriaeggs.com

The National Trust sell some British made cushions. You may also find a few more British made items in National Trust shops, including diaries, calendars, oven gloves, greetings cards, and foodstuffs – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

The London Cloth Company sell a range of British made cushions, made in London at a factory near their mill and using their own milled cloth – http://www.londoncloth.com/store-3/#!/Homewares/c/9998006/offset=0&sort=normal

Bertie and Jack framed prints and cushions are made in England. No information is given on their website about where the materials they use are made. They have a market stall in Bath and are one of my twitter followers – http://www.bertieandjack.co.uk

The Pattern Guild make their products in England. They say on their website “Our products are made in England using the best materials in order to guarantee quality in every single product.
Our fabric is also printed and woven in England.” They sell made in England sweatshirts, canvas weekend bags, tote bags, pouches, pencil cases, scarves, cushions, card holders, and greetings cards. They also sell t-shirts which are screen printed in London, although the t-shirts themselves are foreign made. They have a stall on London’s Covent Garden market, which is where I first saw this company on 20/1/16 and the products look really good – http://thepatternguild.co.uk

Vintage Cushions bespoke and off-the shelf range of cushions are made “using a marvellous and eclectic range of vintage fabrics and trimmings. All are British-made, designed and lovingly hand sewn by fabric devotee Nichollette Yardley-Moore” – http://www.vintagecushions.com

VERITY Truly British say on their twitter tagline “Luxury limited edition attire and exclusive homeware collections. Truly British- Made in Great Britain.” They say on their website “The ethos of the company is simple; quality British made clothing made from quality British fabrics.” No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, so I would check before buying. Ladies neck-wraps, corsets, and waistcoats, plus cushions, AGA Chef’s Pads, oven gloves, and aprons – http://www.veritytrulybritish.co.uk

Nicholson and Walcot scarves, tote bags, cushions and toy bags are made in England – http://nicholsonandwalcot.co.uk

Just Wool Textiles are an artisan hand-weaver using British Wool and British Falkland Islands Wool to produce dog coats, scarves, cushions, and blankets. Located in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, I get the impression everything is made in England, but do check – http://justwooltextiles.co.uk

I saw some Voyage Maison (Voyage Decoration) cushions in Daniel Department Store in Windsor yesterday (29.12.12).  Nice products and I note from their website that Voyage Maison only manufacture their cushions and accessories in the UK – http://voyagemaison.co.uk/about-voyage-maison.php

Voyage Maison Alva Linen Cushion

Voyage Maison Alva Linen Cushion

I also saw cushions featuring VW T2s, British Bulldogs and the like in  Daniel Department Store in Windsor yesterday (29.12.12) which are made in England by Evans Lichfield (Trade Only).

Evans Lichfiled Cushion 3, 29.12.12, in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled Churchill Cushion, 29.12.12, in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled Cushion 1, 29.12.12 in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Evans Lichfiled VW Cushion, 29.12.12 in Daniel of Windsor Department Store

Emma Burningham are a textile and paper design company, producing fabrics suitable for upholstery, soft furnishings and dressmaking and also make greeting cards and wrapping paper, as well as wash bags, cushions and other accessories – all manufactured in the UK – http://www.emilyburningham.com

Lily Matthews cushions and garden cushions look nice.  From their facebook page it appears everything is British designed and made, but do check before buying as I have no experience of this company.

https://www.facebook.com/LilyMatthewsHome/info

Lily Matthews British made velvet scatter cushions

Lily Matthews British made velvet scatter cushions

British Passport Cushion – Made in England at notonthehighstreet.com

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/goodwinandgoodwin/product/british-passport-cushion

British Passport Cushion. Made in England.

British Passport Cushion. Made in England.

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe. £45.95

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe.

British Made jute cushion. Barbara Coupe. Made in England. £45.95

http://www.huttonsdirect.com/shop/gift_ideas/celebrating_britain/british_made_jute_cushion

From a range of made in England cushions and the like by Barbara Coupe.

http://www.barbaracoupe.co.uk/shop/home.php?cat=48&sort=orderby&sort_direction=0&page=1

Pet N Home are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Pet Bedding, including vet bed, dog cushions, pads and blankets. They have a factory in Somerset and many of the products they sell are British made. They also sell excellent household cushions. It says on their website which products are British made.

http://www.petnhome.co.uk

Pet N Home Black Faux Suede Cushion (Large 65cm x 65cm) - COMPLETE WITH HOLLOW FIBRE FILLED INNER. Removable inner. British made.

Pet N Home Black Faux Suede Cushion (Large 65cm x 65cm) – COMPLETE WITH HOLLOW FIBRE FILLED INNER. Removable inner. British made.

For cushion inners Woolsoft make 100% British wool filled insert pads for cushions, floor cushions, dog beds etc.

http://www.woolsoft.co.uk

Yo Kawaii make cute cushion. 100% made in the UK, inspired by Japan ^-^

http://www.cushionfriends.co.uk

Osoroshii cushion, made in the UK

Yo Kawaii Osoroshii cushion, made in the UK

Sara Norwood dog (and cat) themed cushion covers are presumably made in the UK as her website says they are handmade in Brighton – http://www.saranorwood.co.uk

L&S Prints are a printing company in Yorkshire specialising in printed fabrics including custom printed fabrics, cushions, bar runners and, introduced in 2015, their new Caseskinz suitcase covers. Some of their cushions are designed, printed and made in England; others are printed in England and I assume foreign made. They do not say where their machine washable bar runners are made and printed, so you will want to check before buying as they may be foreign made. Their scarves and snoods are made and printed in England. On their website they say “Every Caseskin is made to order.. Buy British..”. The origin of the fabrics they use is not stated on their website. Cushions include seasonal designs, anniversary designs, personalised designs, travel cushions, and cushions for the home and prices are very reasonable – http://www.lsprints.co.uk

London iconic places design cotton feel cushion. Made in Yorkshire and it says “Made in Yorshire” on the label bottom right.

London iconic places design cotton feel cushion. Made in Yorkshire and it says “Made in Yorshire” on the label bottom right.

3 On The Shelf cushions are made in Great Britain and come with British made filling – http://3ontheshelf.co.uk

Tomato Catshop design and sell British made cushions with cats, donkeys and dogs on them, as well as British made animal themed mugs, tea towels and so on – http://tomatocatshop.co.uk

ABO London sells made in England cushions (featuring scenes from London parks), as well as greetings cards and silk scarves – http://www.abolondon.com

The Little Button Co soft furnishings range is made in the UK in Yorkshire. They also sell a few imported items but UK made goods are labelled as such on their website. Online or they have a shop in Leeds. Cushions, ceramics, memo boards, and lampshades – https://www.thelittlebuttonco.co.uk

Click for Art / This is a Limited Edition do a range of English made cushions.

http://www.thisisalimitededition.com

http://www.clickforart.com

Simon C Page - Cuben Array pillow. Made in England. Various sizes available.

Simon C Page – Cuben Array pillow. Made in England. Various sizes available.

Evans Lichfield Ltd are Manufacturer, Wholesaler and Distributor of Scatter Cushions, Seat Pads, Draught Excluders and Throws. They only supply to the trade, supplying directly to high street stores and small independent retailers. They manufacture some products in Lichfield and import others from China. UK made products are labeled as such on their website. Fabrics are sourced from the UK, Europe and the Far East, but it does not say where fabrics are from for individual products on their website. Some products are filled at their Lichfield factory, but it does not say which or where the filling is sourced from on their website. They do not say where their care labelling, zips and any other trimmings are made. They do not say where their swing tags and packaging is made. Looking around the website on 1st September 2015, most products are imported but it is possible to select from a good range of British made products still and the following ranges are made in the UK – cats draught excluder, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady cushions, a tapestry seat pad, Stag Party cushions and a draft excluders, Sea Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Scooter Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Paddington Bear cushions, Nautical cushions, a Martini Ladies draft excluder, Flags cushions and draft excluders, a Crowns cushion, Ann Edwards cushions, and a Yoga Dogs draft excluder. They no longer seem to make bean bags. They also do a bespoke service with a minimum order quantity of 50 – http://www.evanslichfield.co.uk

Evans Lichfield Flags LB362 18"X13" UNION JACK CUSHION. Belgian tapestry with cotton reverse. Manufactured in Great Britain.

Evans Lichfield Flags LB362 18″X13″ UNION JACK CUSHION. Belgian tapestry with cotton reverse. Manufactured in Great Britain.

Anthony Hughes cushions are made in Britain, as is their collection of digitally printed wallpapers and drum light shades – http://anthony-hughes.co.uk

Hotter Shoes

Hotter HAZE XS Ladies walking Boot.  Made in England

Hotter HAZE XS Ladies walking Boot. Made in England

Hotter Shoes – http://www.hottershoes.com – have a factory in Lancashire, England but some of their products are made abroad.  The company state a desire to increase production in the UK, so let’s hope they do that.  Their shoes are reasonably priced, but regrettably on their website they do not say which shoes are made in England.  You can ask or visit one of their shops and the shoes themselves state the country of origin.  I was in their Windsor shop yesterday (29.12.12) and every pair of shoes I picked up was made in England. They have a very impressive range of ladies and mens shoes, boots and slippers. They all look super comfortable and the prices are very reasonable.  This is a shoe brand that is well worth checking out and I will be back in their shop soon to buy some shoes I am sure.  Highly recommended.  Hotter are now (26.3.13) saying “all our shoes are designed and produced here in the UK”, however I understand some use Italian leather and some, despite this statement, are actually made in Italy. Hotter is now the UK’s biggest shoe manufacturer.

My new Hotter Cutlass shoes arrived today (14.2.13) – made in England – the box they came in is made in England too.  They even came with a free shoe horn.  Super comfy, very lightweight, great quality.  Fab.

https://www.facebook.com/HotterShoes

https://twitter.com/hottershoes

Hotter TOWN SHOE BLACK.  Made in England

Hotter Mens TOWN SHOE BLACK. Made in England

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John Arbon Textiles and Fibre Harvest

John Arbon Textiles, based in Devon, England – http://www.jarbon.com – make and sell British-made socks for men, women and children.  They also sell yarns.  Fibre and yarn is produced at their sister company Fibre Harvest – http://www.fibreharvest.co.uk – where it is processed and spun in their Mill based within Coldharbour Mill.  John Arbon Textiles socks are unisex and are made from various percentages of wool, alpaca and nylon.  They also sell cotton socks.  For example, their Shetland wool socks are 90% wool and their traditional Icelandic patterned merino wool socks are 100% wool.  John Arbon also sell tea and egg cosies, rugs, scarves and knitted ties, as well as yarns, yarns from Falkland Islands Merino, 100% British Wool, alpaca yarns and fibre tops.  They have a shop in Lynton.  You can also visit Coldharbour Mill – http://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk.  All John Arbon textiles and yarns are made in Britain.  I love this company’s philosophy and customer service.  I have some of their British wool socks and they are fab.

John Arbon Textiles merino-icelandic-2012 - 100% merino wool

John Arbon Textiles merino-icelandic-2012 – 100% merino wool

John Arbon Textiles shetland-wool-socks-2012 - 90% Shetland wool / 10% nylon

John Arbon Textiles shetland-wool-socks-2012 – 90% Shetland wool / 10% nylon

John Arbon Textiles stripy-socks-2012 - 54% UK Alpaca / 18% merino / 28% nylon

John Arbon Textiles stripy-socks-2012 – 54% UK Alpaca / 18% merino / 28% nylon

John Arbon Textiles welly-boot-socks-2012 - 80% British wool /20% nylon

John Arbon Textiles welly-boot-socks-2012 – 80% British wool /20% nylon

John Arbon Textiles organically-farmed-merino-100% Merino wool

John Arbon Textiles organically-farmed-merino-100% Merino wool

John Arbon Textiles wool-shooting-hose-2012 - 90% wool / 10% nylon

John Arbon Textiles wool-shooting-hose-2012 – 90% wool / 10% nylon

John Arbon Textiles persion-grey - 100% pure new British Wool - 70% Exmoor Blueface / 30% British Bluefaced Leicester.

John Arbon Textiles persion-grey – 100% pure new British Wool – 70% Exmoor Blueface / 30% British Bluefaced Leicester.

Alpacas in Devon, c.2012
Alpacas in Devon, c.2012

 

Exmoor Horn, c.2011

Exmoor Horn, c.2011

Exmoor Blueface sheep on the hills above Lynmouth, Devon, c.2011

Exmoor Blueface sheep on the hills above Lynmouth, Devon, c.2011

 

 

 

Acme Whistles [J Hudson and Co (Whistles) Ltd] – Made in Birmingham, England

The finest whistles in the world.

http://www.acmewhistles.co.uk

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