I was reminded the other day when reading the Chap Manifesto of the long established Corby Trouser Press, which is a sort of gentleman’s valet stand with an electrically heated trouser press incorporated in it. They are commonly found in hotel rooms and homes. Corby are still making them in the UK. According to their UK website (6/1/15) “We continue to manufacture the world famous trouser press at home in the United Kingdom…” and according to their US website (6/1/15) “Corby of Windsor continues to make our pants presses, and many other products, at our UK headquarters in Huddersfield”.
The original John Corby Company (Corbys Ltd) was established by John Corby in Windsor in 1930. Production has taken place in various locations, including Peterlee, County Durham and in Andover, Hampshire. In 2009 John Corby Limited became part of Fired Up Corporation Ltd and the company relocated to Huddersfield and and re-branded Corby of Windsor. Corby of Windsor have a factory in Huddersfield, UK and a factory in China. Unfortunately Corby do not bother to give country of origin information alongside individual products on their website.
So, it appears that, whilst most Corby of Windsor products are made in China, the Corby Trouser Press is still made in Britain. It’s good to read that.