Monthly Archives: June 2013

Retro Football Shirts | Vintage Classic Kits, Old Fashioned Historical Soccer Jerseys

Retro Football Shirts | Vintage Classic Kits, Old Fashioned Historical Soccer Jerseys.

TOFFS is The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company.  They manufacture retro football shirts from the UK and all over the world in Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. I’ve not seen their shirts, except perhaps on Gavin and Stacey, but they look good. Whether all their football shirts and accessories are made in the UK I am not sure, so please check before buying.  It says on their twitter page “We manufacture retro football shirts from over 100 years of history, here in the UK” which implies that at least their football shirts are made in the UK. 

https://twitter.com/toffsretro

I asked Toffs about where their products were made via twitter – “@toffsretro Are all your football shirts made in the UK? What about the other stuff you sell? Thanks”

Their prompt reply was as follows – “@BritishGoods They are yes! Everything except the England & Liverpool shirts (which we buy in) is handmade here in Gateshead!”

Great stuff 🙂 but take note about the England and Liverpool shirts.

TOFFS  Hull City 1975-1980 Retro Football Shirt.  Made in England.

TOFFS Hull City 1975-1980 Retro Football Shirt. Made in England.

Alfred Brown (Worsted Mills) Ltd – weavers of fine quality worsted cloth in Leeds, West Yorkshire. England

Alfred Brown (Worsted Mills) Ltd – weavers of fine quality worsted cloth in Leeds, West Yorkshire. England.

Alfred Brown (Worsted Mills) Ltd.

Alfred Brown are weavers of fine quality worsted cloth at Empire Mills in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Established in 1915 they are one of the few remaining Yorkshire Mills with bulk production. Alfred Brown weave and supply fabrics for menswear and ladieswear to retailers, tailors and cloth merchants worldwide, in Pure New Wool, Wool with Cashmere, Wool with Mohair, Lycra and Polyester Wool Blends.

Here is an article about them in Yorkshire Life. I came across Alfred Brown being used in suiting and blazer material at Fields Menswear.

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D R Harris – Chemists and Perfumers, established 1790

D R Harris – Chemists and Perfumers, established 1790.

D.R. Harris and Co. opened in 1790 and is London’s oldest pharmacy, specialising in shaving products, aftershaves and colognes, and skincare items for men and women. Alongside this impressive range there is also a fully functioning pharmacy for which they hold the Royal Warrants to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales. Their shop has many original old items of furniture and it is simply a pleasure to shop here. The vast majority of their own brand products are made and packed in England.  They state on their website that “the majority of our products are still produced by traditional methods, being hand-made and packed in our own premises in London.”

Located at 29 St James’s Street, London.  Also available in the D.R. Harris online shop.

http://www.drharris.co.uk

https://twitter.com/DRHarrisLondon

D.R. Harris and Co. shop front, London

D.R. Harris and Co. shop front, London

Firmin Group – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, Patey Hats / Hand and Lock

Royal Warrant holders the Firmin Group make and sell uniforms, ceremonial uniforms, metal badges and buttons, epaulets, horse furniture, medals, headdress, swords, uniforms, caps, gloves, clothing for films and theatre, civilian suits, and civilian hats. The oldest part of the Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655. The Firmin Group has factories in London and Birmingham, producing the majority of their products. The Firmin Group incorporates – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, and Patey Hats.

http://www.firminhouse.com

Patey Hats – http://www.pateyhats.com – Royal Warrant holders – Riding hats, top hats, bowler hats, military hats and caps, peaked caps, ceremonial hats, trilby hats, fedora hats, hat boxes / bags and so on – Patey Hats also offer monogrammed initials embroidered either inside, or on the back of the velvet lining by Hand and Lock, and hat repairs. Prices are not given on their website, but you can see prices of some military items on their E.C Snaith and Sons website.  They have a store in London (and no other stores) near Oxford Circus and sometimes visit shows. I am not sure if all their hats are made in England – you will need to ask. I hope to visit their store sometime.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 - Princes William and Harry.  Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 – Princes William and Harry. Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

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Hand and Lock – http://www.handembroidery.com – fine hand embroidery since 1767 – M Hand and S Lock merged in 2001 to form Hand and Lock – Civilian and Military Regalia and fashion embroidery – Hand embroidered badges for clubs, institutions, societies, liveries, and masons; military laces and accoutrements; bespoke hand embroidery – They have a store and workshop in London – I am not sure how much they use British made materials or if all their items are made in the UK.

Coat of Arms - British Royal Family - embroidered by Hand and Lock

Coat of Arms – British Royal Family – embroidered by Hand and Lock

British Made Blankets and Throws – Hainsworth Textiles and Scarlet and Argent / John Lewis Blankets / Melin Tregwynt Mill / Witney Blankets / etc.

Founded in 1783 Royal Warrant holders A.W. Hainsworth & Sons Ltd. manufacture a wide range of wool and textile products for both home and international markets. Best known for manufacturing the scarlet cloth from which the Queen’s guards uniform is made, Hainsworth manufacturers – protective fabric for fire services and military personnel; snooker and pool cloth; woollen coffins; car headlining cloth for the likes of Jaguar, Austin and Bentley; blankets; Newmarket horse blankets; interior fabrics; curtain fabric; military uniform cloth; ceremonial uniform dress cloth; tribal blankets; textiles for the theatre and cinema industries; specialised industrial cloth such as biscuit cloth, a woollen baize used for conveying biscuits; academic scarf cloth; blazer fabric; fabric for clothes making; fabric for making into re-enactment clothing; uniform caps; hats and badges; hot air balloon fabric; table coverings; floor coverings, hotel blankets; laundry textile products; piano baize for companies like Steinway and Renner; gaming and card table cloth; cabinet linings; etc. As far I can tell all their fabrics are made at their mill in West Yorkshire. Trade but they also have a retail site selling finished products. Hainsworth also manufactures the historic Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket, which has iconic status in Canada. I am not sure how much Hainsworth use British wool.

Hainsworth is one of the few companies still making blankets in the UK.

Hainsworth also make Newmarket Horse Blankets in England.

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

http://hainsworth.co.uk/

Hainsworth’s retail site is Scarlet and Argent – http://www.scarletandargent.co.uk

Each Scarlet and Argent piece is created exclusively and entirely in their specialist Yorkshire mill.  Woollen blankets, throws and accessories (cushions, teddy bears and hot water bottle covers) made in England.

What’s the link between one of the oldest textile mills in the UK and the Royal baby? – See more at: http://makeitbritish.co.uk/gifts/what-is-the-connection-between-one-of-the-oldest-textile-mills-in-the-uk-and-the-soon-to-arrive-royal-baby/#sthash.TvXYBwfy.dpuf

Scarlet and Argent Chamber Blanket - grey. Made in England.

Scarlet and Argent Chamber Blanket – grey. Made in England.

John Lewis blankets

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain. 2

John Lewis wool holey (cellular) blanket. Made in Britain. 2. Photo by author.

John Lewis pure new wool blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis pure new wool blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

John Lewis merino wool blanket. Made in Britain.

John Lewis merino wool blanket. Made in Britain. Photo by author.

Some John Lewis blankets are made in Britain. John Lewis is one of the few retailers still selling British made blankets. John Lewis UK made blankets are excellent quality and reasonably priced.

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Turnbull and Asser – Made in England

Sartorial Icon: James Bond [1962 Dr No]. Notice those cuffs: Turnbull & Asser turnback button closure.

Sartorial Icon: James Bond [1962 Dr No]. Notice those cuffs: Turnbull & Asser turnback button closure.

Turnbull & Asser.

Turnbull and Asser is a shirtmaker and clothier and Royal Warrant holder established in 1885, with a beautiful flagship store on Jermyn Street in London. Now owned by Ali Al-Fayed, younger brother of Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods. They have their own factory in Gloucester, as well as using other manufacturers. An exclusive traditional outfitters, selling off-the-peg and custom made shirts, knitwear, braces, boxer shorts, scarves, pyjamas, socks, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, bow ties and ties; with the majority of items made in Britain. Note that not all their items are made in the UK, but country of origin is given on their website. Turnbull and Asser remains, quite simply, one of the best shops in London and online.

http://www.turnbullandasser.co.uk

Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, London, March 2010

Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, London, March 2010

Sainsbury’s Supermarket

Sainsbury’s – Sainsbury’s do have a policy relating to provenance and traceability of the food that is on their shelves and make a general commitment to buy British (they do not talk about buying locally on their website).   They say they want to work more closely with British farmers and that by 2020, they will double the amount of British food they sell.  There is no commitment to buy British in their non-food areas.  At least they are trying. I suggest you check where the things you buy are sourced and packaged. It is particularly good that on the Sainsbury’s website they give the country of origin for their own brand products (mostly only applies to their own brand products but that’s a good start) and they even sell British made kitchen pans. Well done Sainsbury’s.

Sainbury's tomato sauce.  Made in the UK.

Sainbury’s tomato sauce. Made in the UK.

Sainsbury's Aluminium Stir Fry Pan.  Made in the UK.

Sainsbury’s Aluminium Stir Fry Pan. Made in the UK.

Sainsbury's Aluminium 14cm Milk Pan.  Made in the UK

Sainsbury’s Aluminium 14cm Milk Pan. Made in the UK

British Made Cotton Wool and British Made Cotton Buds – Robinson Healthcare

Baby Care – Robinson Healthcare.

I’ve not been able to find UK made cotton wool balls, cotton wool pads or cotton buds in any of the major supermarkets for ages. Salvation is at hand though in the form of Robinson Healthcare.

http://www.robinsonhealthcare.com/Personal-Healthcare/Cotton-Wool/Baby-Care

Most Robinson Healthcare products are produced in their factory in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Robinson Healthcare’s “Cottontails” and “Soft and Pure” ranges of cotton wool is made in the UK. The range includes:

  • Cotton Pads
  • Cotton Wool Balls
  • Cotton Wool Pleat and Roll
  • Cotton Buds.

Available in local chemists, at Amazon and elsewhere online, via the Robinson Healthcare Telephone Mail Order Service and via their website (in bulk).

No more buying cotton buds made in Greece or wherever from Tesco’s or Waitrose. Will now be buying English made cotton buds 🙂

Robinson foam earplugs are manufactured in China and packed in the UK. Robinson Silicone earplugs are manufactured and packed in the UK.

Robinson Healthcare Hush Plugz Silicone Earplugs. Made in the UK.

Robinson Healthcare Hush Plugz Silicone Earplugs. Made in the UK.

Robinson Healthcare’s Cottontails Cotton Buds. Made in England.

Robinson Healthcare’s Cottontails Cotton Wool Balls. Made in England.

Robinson Healthcare's Soft and Pure Cosmetic Pads. Made in England.

Robinson Healthcare’s Soft and Pure Cosmetic Pads. Made in England.

British Made First Aid and Survival Kits – Survival Gear – Medical Kits – Medical Supplies – Face Masks – Ropes and String – Military Equipment

If you’re buying or putting together a first aid kit for home or work, buying first aid supplies or putting together a survival kit, do try to buy British.

If you are ordering a first aid kit for your workplace, ask your supplier about the provenance of both the container and the contents and insist on getting British made for both.

It may take a bit of research to find British made.  Here is what I have found so far.  If you find more manufacturers and supplies please let me know.

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British Made Pens and Pencils – British Made Ink – British Made Crayons and Chalk – British Made Pencil Cases – British Made Rulers

Makers and suppliers of British Made Pens and Pencils, British Made Ink, British Made Crayons and Chalk, British Made Pencil Cases, and British Made Rulers:-

Derwent Pencils have been making pencils in Cumbria since 1832. Not everything they sell is made in the UK, for example their metal pencil sharpener is made in Germany. Individual Derwent Pencils that say “England” or “Made in Britain'” on them are UK made. Multi-packs of pencils will say made in the UK on the packaging if they are made in the UK or look for the Union Flag on the packaging. Some of their Academy Sketching eraser tipped pencils and their Lakeland Jumbo pencils are made in Thailand or PRC. None of their sketch pads and accessories are made in the UK. Basically on their pencils if it does not say England or “Made in Britain” or if it does not say made in the UK on the pack, then it is not UK made; best to go by what it says on the tin. The tins themselves by the way are not made in the UK. The Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent Pencils) is a division of ACCO Brands (Rexel) and so is now American owned. Lovely pencils for you to sketch, colour, illustrate and create!  See the video below for some history of pencils and pencil making at Derwent Pencils today. They also have a pencil museum and shop and cafe in Keswick in the Lake District.

http://www.pencils.co.uk

https://twitter.com/derwentpencils

https://www.facebook.com/welovepencils

http://www.accobrands.com/acco/en/gb/home.aspx

Video – How pencils are made today – Derwent Pencil Factory, Cumbria, UK.

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