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I sense a revival of British clothes manufacturing. Much has gone, but there is still a fantastic choice of British made clothes out there, whether you want to spend a lot or not very much money.
Here you can find links and information, in no particular order, about British made clothes, for men, women and children. This article is ongoing and I will add to it when I discover more British clothes manufacturers and suppliers. Only companies that actually make or supply clothes made in the UK will be featured here, not simply companies that used to make clothes in the UK or are just selling clothes in the UK. The products I list here are genuinely made in the UK, not simply labelled to imply British heritage or manufacture.
Many of the companies listed here also sell products made outside of the UK, so you should check the origin of individual products direct with the manufacturer. I make no guarantee as the the accuracy of what is written here, but if you see any inaccuracies or spot any omissions please let me know.
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I encourage suppliers to provide accurate and detailed country of origin information and labelling on individual products and on their websites.
Provenance of course can be a complex issue and mapping the provenance of a product from raw material to manufacture is at times difficult for the consumer. What exactly constitutes a company being allowed to label their clothes as being “made in the UK“? For example is a pair of jeans cut and stitched in the UK from Portuguese milled cotton using cotton grown in Egypt made in the UK? If a product is assembled in the UK using foreign made parts is it made in the UK? This might depend on how you define the word ‘assembled’? If a jacket is cut and stitched in the UK using British wool but has foreign made buttons stitched onto it using foreign made thread is it made in the UK? I am not attempting to answer these questions, but I think manufacturers and suppliers should make the provenance of all aspects of a product clear.
I have listed Tailors I am aware of too. While its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the decades, Savile Row tailoring has, for the most part, stood its ground and it is here that is most famous for its tailors in all the world. If the tailor actually makes the clothes themselves, then that would be made in England, but I some tailors contract manufacturing out abroad so do ask, and ask for fabric that is not only sourced but actually made in the UK, and buttons, lining, thread that are made in the UK and so on. For example Scabal tailors have a shop on Savile Row and used to say ‘made in England’ on their twitter page but their website states manufacture is in Germany or Italy (possibly they use English cloth sometimes; they have their own mill in Huddersfield – see Bower Roebuck below).
The Grey Fox, writing in the Guardian, discusses the exciting rebirth of British menswear manufacturing in this article from October 2013 and he writes about “how would the James Bond of 2015 live and dress?” and he provides the “Grey Fox list of suppliers/designers of UK-made menswear and accessories“. His list is only menswear. It is a long list and I have not yet had the chance to go through it and make sure these companies are featured here too.
FashionBeans have an interesting article in which they interview Patrick Grant from Norton & Sons / E. Tautz, James Eden from Private White V.C., and Tom Kay from Finisterre; “Made in Britain’ is menswear’s new major movement – here’s everything you need to know: http://buff.ly/21tWo87“.
UK clothing manufacturing has shrunk considerably, particularly since Marks and Spencer decided in 1999 to move all their clothes manufacturing to suppliers abroad. You may be pleasantly surprised though to learn from this article that there is still a strong clothing manufacturing industry in the UK and that there are a wide variety of great UK made clothes available. One of the greatest challenges facing local production, is a skills shortage resulting from the decades-long decline in the manufacturing industry. Fashion Enter (together with Fashion Capital, an information resource) is a non-profit organisation helping to develop skills in the fashion and textiles industry with its Stitching Academy and Factory in North London.
Companies like John Lewis and Marks and Spencer and Top Shop are now including some items made in Britain in their collections. JLP for example have have set themselves a target of increasing sales of UK-made products by 15% by 2015. This is a good start, but they can do more. As one of the largest buyers in the country, Marks and Spencer were of course almost single handedly responsible for the decline in British clothes manufacturing, having decided in 1999 to move all their clothes manufacture to suppliers abroad. M&S quality is much worse than it used to be when clothes were British made and prices relatively have not fallen.
It should be possible to find British made clothes in independent stores such as Fields Menswear in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (I see Fields Menswear stock woven in England suits and jackets – does this mean the fabric is English cloth but the suits and jackets are foreign made? Much of what they stock is foreign made), Walters and Shepherd and Woodward in Oxford, Ede and Ravenscroft and the like. Sadly many independent menswear shops and department stores have closed down in recent years. British made clothes are very hard to find to find on your average high street these days, but British made clothes can be found in parts of central London, in some department stores, some small shops, and on the internet, and prices are not always excessive.
Also please see British made scarves and hats, British made gloves, British made jeans, British made underwear and vests, British made pyjamas, nightshirts and dressing gowns, British made socks and British made umbrellas.
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Also please see Insignia, Regalia and Military Uniform made in the UK.
For British made watches (not that there are no mass produced watches still made in Britain) and British made watch straps, please see watches.
For name tags to put in clothes, Cash’s (or J. J. Cash Ltd or more recently Cash’s Apparel Solutions (UK) Ltd) are still making some of their products in England I think. In an email of 8/8/13 Cash’s told me “we still make the name tapes , bookmarks and cards in Coventry”. Just their name tapes , bookmarks and cards are made in England and their other items are foreign made. I am not sure if this has changed since they went into Administration in January 2014 and then came back again in April 2014. I have not heard that manufacturing has moved from the UK but it would be advisable to check. I note they were moving to new premises during December 2014 – http://jjcash.co.uk
Elite Labels Ltd, established in 1987, say on their website “All our labels and swing tickets are produced at our Leicester-based site”. Other products are possibly imported, so please check. They are one of my twitter followers – https://www.elitelabelsltd.co.uk
Jacquard Weaving Company Limited will produce your club or corporate design woven in the finest detail. 100% manufactured in the UK woven badges, labels, epaulettes, pennants, ties (traditional or “Clip On”, bows and ruffles) plus they can customise polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and the like and uniform clothing with woven badges permanently attached, or fully embroidered designs. They also have eBay shop stocking many “off the shelf” badges etc at http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Badges-Patches-and-Things – http://www.jacquard.co.uk
Sock Shop sell more than just socks and they highlight which of the socks, tights, gloves, scarves, hats, knitwear, etc they sell are made in the UK on their website – http://www.sockshop.co.uk – not all the products they sell are made in the UK. Look for their British made sections and for their clear British made labelling. Their brands include Welsh brand Corgi, Leicester brand Pantherella, Derbyshire brand John Smedley, Pretty Polly, ELLE, Aristoc, Kinky Knickers, Sealskinz, Ussen, etc.and their own brand SockShop of London –https://www.sockshop.co.uk/
Studio British was established in 2016 and intends to sell British made fashion. They say on their website “Our promise to you is that everything you find on the site is made in Britain”. Not up and running yet (as of 19/2/17) but watch this space. Sadly by November 2018 Studio British are already having a closing down sale.
Birdsong London make skirts, dresses, trousers, knickers, blouses, jumpers, t-shirts and so on. They work with women’s organisations and charities in London and most, if not all, of their clothes seem to be made in London – https://birdsong.london/
Rapanui sell a few rather nice looking British made wool mens and ladies jumpers and cardigans. The wool they use is Marino and not British wool. Their other non-wool knitwear is foreign made. They also sell a rather nice British made British wool wooly hat. Most of the products Rapanui sell are foreign made. They have an information page about British wool, despite not really using it much themselves – https://rapanuiclothing.com
Supernova Scarves, established 2010, make mod styled retro neckwear and pocket handkerchiefs using reproduction and vintage fabrics. All are handmade in Britain by the site’s owner. A bespoke service is also offered. The owner, Belinda, says on the website “I am incredibly proud of being British. Great Britain has a great reputation for both music and fashion. We have uniqueness and this is to be celebrated. Supernova Scarves is unique in that all my accessories are designed and handmade by myself. I source as far as possible materials manufactured in the UK to create a truly British product” – http://www.supernovascarves.co.uk
20th Century Cloth say on their website “All my products are designed in London and manufactured in the UK”. They sell interior fabrics (printed in the UK; it does not say where the fabrics are from or where they are milled), lampshades, fashion fabrics (printed in the UK; it does not say where the fabrics are from or where they are milled), make up bags, wash bags, and pocket mirrors – https://20thcenturycloth.com
Oscar Millennium are a new brand hoping to sell a men’s bamboo fabric mix sweatshirt and a men’s cotton t-shirt that they intend to have made for them in the UK. They are currently (as of November 2016) crowd sourcing funds through kickstarter. Only available in small, medium and large sizes currently – https://www.oscarmillennium.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
The Cotton London menswear say on their website “Most of our products are currently being made in Britain…”. Their t-shirts, crew and V neck, short and long sleeved, are made in England, as are their polo shirts, belts, boxer shorts, and socks. Their shirts, scarves, ties, trousers, shorts, bath sheets, and bath robes though are foreign made – https://www.thecottonlondon.com
Elgar Shirts, founded in 2015, have the words “Handmade in the UK” at the top of their website front page and describe themselves as making “a range of individual garments in the UK.” They do not tell us where the fabrics, threads, buttons and so on they use are processed. Based around historical clothing they sell shirts, chemises, nightshirts, robes (smoking jackets), and waistcoats for men and women. Their products are sold are various events, on their etsy site and on their website – https://www.elgarshirts.com
Balmoral Knitwear manufacture in the UK and abroad. Trade, but they have a Mill Shop in Scotland. They make corporate and workwear, sports and teamwear, and schoolwear, including school scarves. The manufacture of larger orders and some styles is outsourced to Eastern Europe. Minimum order quantities apply for many items. Unfortunately country of origin is not stated against individual products on their website, but I suppose you could specify the items you want are UK made – http://www.balmoralknitwear.co.uk
Byford give little information about their company on their website and no information whatsoever about manufacturing or country of origin. I did see a British made Byford men’s jumper in a charity shop (on 13th September 2017) but I don’t know how old that was. If you are in London or one of their stores abroad you might like to have a look and see if anything they sell is made in the UK.
Dee Kay Knitwear of Leicester, established in 1992, manufactures and supplies high quality wholesale knitwear to schools, retail chains, independent and online retailers…” They have a factory in Leicester and make jumpers and cardigans for school uniforms, men’s knitwear, ladies knitwear, children’s knitwear, and seasonal knitwear (scarfs, Christmas jumpers etc). As they are a wholesaler as well as a maker, some of their garments may be imported so please specify you want British made before buying. Of their school uniforms they say “We manufacture all our school knitwear in our factory based in Leicester.” – http://www.deekayknitwear.com
Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd is the UK’s largest producer of military and workwear fabrics, as well as producing workwear and technical fabrics (such as flame retardant fabric). Their fabric is manufactured in the United Kingdom and they supply garment manufacturers worldwide. They are part of the Rochdale Textile Supplies Ltd group of companies which comprises Cookson and Clegg Ltd (although I have heard that Cookson and Clegg was sold to E Tautz during 2015; see below), Pincroft Dyeing & Printing Co. Ltd and Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd, all of whom manufacture some products in the United Kingdom – http://www.carrington.uk.com
WSC Workwear sell some British made work clothing. They have a factory in West Midlands from where they produce some of the items they sell including some of their food industry coats, food industry jackets, aprons, chefs skull caps, chefs trousers, chefs jackets, chefs neckerchiefs, tabards, warehouse coats, removal man coats, carpentry coats, ‘Open All Hours’ shopkeepers coats, storeman’s dust jackets, warehouse jackets, bib and brace dungarees, coveralls, overalls, work trousers, healthcare coats, lab coats, hospital jackets, scrubs, hospital trousers, and nurses tunics. UK made items are labelled as such on their website. WSC Workwear also have an Amazon store – http://www.wscworkwear.com
For Chefs Whites, Oliver Harvey Chef Whites are designed and manufactured in Great Britain. British made chef’s aprons, chef’s trousers, chef’s jackets, chef’s skullcaps and front-of-house aprons. I suspect their shoes and t-shirts are foreign made. British made items are labelled with the Made in Britain marque on their website – http://oliverharvey.co.uk
Yarmouth Stores Ltd (Yarmo Group) make some of their work wear products in the UK themselves in their own factory, including for example some of their chef’s jackets, chef’s trousers, chef’s skull caps, lab coats, storeman’s dust jackets, warehouse coats, removal man coats, carpentry coats, ‘Open All Hours’ shopkeepers coats, casual jackets, beauty salon tunics, beauty salon trousers, overalls, bib and brace overalls, engineers jackets, work trousers, nurses tunics, fisherman’s smocks, cotton shirts, boiler suits, dust jackets, canvas jackets, etc. The Company was incorporated in 1898. As far as I can tell it is just some of their own label “YARMO” brand items that are British made. They have a shop on eBay and on Amazon. Made in England items are labelled as such on their website – https://www.yarmo.co.uk
Impact Trading use the tagline “manufactured in Britain-clothing for organisations & businesses” on their website and the words “Made in Britain”. They have their own factory and some of their corporate clothing items they sell are British made and are labelled as such on their website; other items are foreign made. British made workwear includes some aprons, tax tabs, some made to order ties, and some made to order tunics. Most items appear to be foreign made – https://www.impacttrading.co.uk
Pincroft Dyeing & Printing Co. Ltd is the largest specialised dyeing and printing factory for military and workwear fabrics in Europe, producing for example camouflage fabric – http://www.pincroft.com
Gilt Edged are a promotional products company based in Northampton. They specialise in promotional products such as embroidered workwear clothing, promotional corporate gifts and bespoke stationery items such as diaries and calendars. They mention having there own factory on their website but as far as I can gather only printing and embroidering of clothing items takes place at there. They supplied the 2017 diaries for the Union ISU, but give no county of origin information on these diaries and I assume these diaries are foreign made. Their major clothing supplier is Russell Europe who do not make any of their clothes in the UK or Europe and are part of USA company Fruit of the Loom, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
Cookson and Clegg manufacture a wide variety of mens and ladies garments, working with a variety of base cloths from laminated synthetics, heavy weight woollens, through denims and shirting weight cloths. Clothing from their UK factory is sold in some of the most prestigious retail stores in the world. For example, Japanese company Edwin have recently (November 2014) collaborated with Cookson & Clegg to produce their ’49 Pant’ jeans and their ’49 Jacket’, a 1940s inspired denim jacket, both hand crafted in Lancashire, England. They also make, for example, the Nigel Cabourn Cold Weather Parka (see below). I have heard that Cookson and Clegg was sold to E Tautz during 2015; see below – http://www.cooksonclegg.com
For more Insignia, Regalia and Military Uniform made in the UK please clink the hyperlink.
You should also ensure you use British made detergents to clean your clothes and that your dry cleaner uses British made laundry products (for example, from Ideal).
Buying British made clothes, especially from small local companies, supports British jobs, strengthens the British economy, saves on transport miles (so it’s much better for the environment), and offers quality and flexibility. Plus the money circulates more quickly, supporting UK manufacturing and employment. Additionally the use of unsafe working environments, sweatshops and child labour in the UK is very unlikely.
Josery Textiles Limited is a British Manufacturer based in Nottingham making affordable quality sweatshirts, t-shirts, hoodies and polo-shirts for men, women and children. They also make a tracksuit in England and it is very hard to find a British made tracksuit anywhere else. Josery make British made garments, made from British made fabrics – http://www.josery.com
Good Joe sell British made, men’s T-shirts & Polos. On their website they say ” All our shirts and labels are made in British factories”. Plus for each time you buy they donate a new item of clothing to someone in need living in the UK – https://www.goodjoe.co.uk
HebTroCo is about “proper British trousers” they say on their website and their trousers are made in a factory in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. Successfully funded on Kickstarter in February 2016, the company apparently stems from a conversation in a pub back in December 2015 and now has its own website and continues selling trousers. The trousers are made for them in a factory in Hebden Bridge; the last trouser factory in the town. I do not know the country of origin of the fabric the use for their trousers, but in the case of their moleskin cotton trousers they do say on their website that it is sourced locally. Available online from their website or in pop-ups they run-sometimes or in Dynamite clothes in Hebden Bridge or you can try them on in Drink in Hebden Bridge. They have a flat-fronted moleskin trouser and flat-fronted corduroy trouser. They also sell a UK made leather belt. HebTroCo have kindly provided me with the following information about their belts. “The belt is made of Bakers Harness leather, sourced from the UK, shipped to Hebden Bridge, then on to Todmorden (West Yorkshire), where it’s cut by hand, matched up to a hand forged copper buckle and then shipped. I’m unclear of the origin of the copper. But we’ll find out.” Here then, in their offer to find out more, we see a company committed to buying British and to being clear about the origins of their raw materials, which is good to see. They also sell British made boots, made for them by William Lennon and Co and British made t-shirts made from cotton spun at spun in the UK at English Fine Cottons. Plus British made shorts, outer-garments / jackets, and a Sheffield made pocket knife. The owners are into motorbikes and bicycles. Ed doesn’t have a TV (a man after my own heart) – http://hebtro.co
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
Leith Clothing, founded in 2011, have a nice collection of men‘s jumpers, short-sleeved t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts and casual checked shirts made for them in in the UK – http://www.leithclothing.com
Harley of Scotland Knitwear is made in Scotland. Some products use wool from Scottish sheep. For men and women. Established in 1929 their products are available at selected retailers and they make for private label clients – http://www.harleyofscotland.com
Peter Scott knitwear is made in Scotland. They say on their website “All of our garments are hand crafted using 24 process in our own factory in Hawick, Scotland”. For men and women. Products are available from their website and at selected retailers – http://www.peterscott.co.uk
Shetland Collection market knitwear which “is produced in the Shetland Islands to the highest standard using the finest natural wool from the native Shetland sheep”. Their range includes traditional Fair Isle patterned sweaters, contemporary patterned jumpers, lace sweaters, classic knitwear such as crew neck sweaters and cardigans, ponchos, and the like. Available via their website. Shetland Collection is a small knitwear business established in 1980. The designs are by Doreen Brown and are exclusive to Shetland Collection – http://www.shetland-knitwear.co.uk
“The British Clothing Company exclusively retails garments and accessories which are designed and manufactured within the British Isles”, quoting from their website. They also say “Unlike many other brands who claim to be ‘fabulously’ or ‘wonderfully’ British, The British Clothing Co actually is. This means we source all our products from the British Isles, not far flung corners of the globe. All our suppliers manufacture their garments themselves, we don’t mean sew on a few buttons… but design, cut, print, stitch & finish, making sure they are of the highest quality.” They even have a map of the UK showing where products are made. Women’s t-shirts and blouses, women’s skirts, women’s dresses; belts, clutch bags, rucksacks, jewellery; Men’s t-shirts, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, shirts, jeans, trousers and shorts. Brands sold include Quantock (menswear), Meccanica (menswear), Wadsworth and Wells (t-shirts; they don’t seem to have a website), Sea Gypsy Clothing (t-shirts; they don’t seem to have a website either), Client (womenswear; again no website), Living in Light (womenswear, again no website), Lavender Hill Clothing (women’s t-shirts and accessories), Hugget ladies fleece jackets (which are made in England by Gaddum and Gaddum), Windram Design (womenswear; made in Northampton), Sidewinder Apparel (men’s accessories such as backpacks), and Anchor and Crew jewellery – http://www.thebritishclothingco.co.uk
Realm & Empire sell men’s knitwear – jumpers, cardigans, scarves, wooly hats – that is made in England. They also sell one pair of trousers made from British wool but manufactured abroad. Basically their website sells foreign made clothes, so why they go on about British heritage and use the tagline “Realm & Empire: Property of Great Britain” I really do not see – the knitwear is British and looks great but that is their only real claim to Britishness http://www.realmandempire.com
Lavender Hill Clothing was launched in 2013 source their fabrics from Austria, and all of their manufacturing is done in the UK – women’s t-shirts, scarves, gloves and socks – https://www.lavenderhillclothing.com
Hugget ladies fleece jackets are made in England for them by Gaddum and Gaddum (see below). Fleece wraps for women. It says on their website “unique fleece jackets designed and made in Britain” – http://www.hugget.co.uk
Begg & Co have a factory in Ayrshire in Scotland. Their logo says “Begg & Co Est. 1866 Made in Scotland”. Their raw materials are sourced from Mongolia, China, the USA , France and Belgium. Stockists are listed on their website. They make scarves, wraps and stoles. They do not appear to use British wool. All their exclusively priced products appear to be woven in their mill in Scotland – https://www.beggandcompany.com
Windram Design women’s clothing design and hand make all the items in Northampton. Dresses, aprons, tops, napkins, crochet hats, bags, scarves – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WindramDesign?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav
Lindon UK are manufacturers of textile items. They manufacture in England teddy bear outfits and accessories (the actual teddy bears they sell are foreign made), purses, drawstring bags, shoulder bags, adult bibs, aprons, children’s clothes, pram sheets, tote bags, ladies dresses and skirts, curtains, etc. Trade or retail. Prices are very reasonable. Teddy bear clothing products are available from their website and a range of their products are available from their eBay shop.
Bags-n-Aprons of Grimsby sell large drawstring type bags specifically for storage of Duvets/Quilts/Blankets/Bedding which are made in the UK, made in the UK ladies knickers and briefs, made in the UK ladies overalls, a made in the UK novelty beer apron, drawstring bags in a variety of sizes and plain colours most of which are made in the UK (they appear to make these bags themselves), and made in the uK Highcross men’s underwear. Their other items all appear to be imported. They have an eBay shop called apronman2011 – http://bags-n-aprons.co.uk
The Stitch Society make aprons for the woman crafter, gardener, café owner or florist, or to use in the kitchen. They say on their website that they are “Made in Yorkshire from gorgeous fabrics, often sourced from local mills and designed with special detailing such as vintage or unusual buttons or beautiful linings” – http://thestitchsociety.com
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Knutsford sell men’s and women’s Scottish made Johnstons of Elgin scarves, English made bags and satchels made with Pittards English leather and English made British Millerain waxed cotton, and British made men’s blazers, coats, jackets, and sweaters, and women’s coats, jackets, and sweaters – http://www.knutsfordengland.com
iSea Surfwear is made in the UK. iSea Surfwear actually provide some information about the processes they use in manufacture. On their twitter they say about iSea Surfwear that it is “Hand-crafted, responsible surfwear made in Wales. We hand screen print , cut, stitch and finish each item in our little studio by the sea.” In their About section on their website they say “We are a small company, handcrafting products in our little studio by the sea in Pembrokeshire, Wales” and “We care about where our fabrics originate from and try to source as much as possible from British suppliers” (which is not the same thing as British made and they do not say where the fabrics they use are made). They regularly attend festivals and shows or their products are available from their website. Reversible men’s, women’s and children’s hoodies, women’s and girl’s hoody dresses and leggings, women’s vests and trousers, plus bags and headbands – http://www.iseasurfwear.co.uk
Samanata Yoga provide some detail about the provenance of their yoga clothing on their website. They sell leggings and these are manufactured and printed in either the UK or Australia – https://samanatayogi.com
Flamborough Marine, established in 1981, sell Ganseys as far as I can gather from their website all made for them by knitters in the local community around Bridlington and kits to make your own Ganseys. They also make wooly beanie hats and socks, but they do not say if these are made in the UK. They do not say if they use British wool or not. They write a lot on their website but still manage to give very little information. These sweaters are not cheap and I would advise checking country of origin before buying. Flamborough Marine also sell “Le Tricoteur” machine knitted Guernsey sweaters made from English wool but they do not say where these are made. They also sell cotton Breton shirts and cotton smocks, made by Armor Lux of France, but they don’t say where these are made, but possibly in France. I think they have a shop in shop in Flamborough, at Flamborough Manor – http://www.ganseys.co.uk
Ganseys, or Guernseys (the two terms are interchangeable it seems) are hardwearing, traditionally hand knitted, woollen jumpers which have been worn by fishermen around the coast of Britian for many years. They are tough, warm and weatherproof closely knit garments made from 100% English wool. Each gansey has a unique pattern which historically varied depending on location. Traditionally the patterns were passed down the generations via word of mouth – they weren’t written down. Ganseys are knitted without seams. Sleeves are left plain so they can be re-knitted when worn out. The patterning is the same, back and front and this means that the Gansey is reversible, so that areas which come in for heavier wear, such as the elbows, can be alternated. “Although rarely worn by fishermen these days, the art of gansey knitting is alive and well and thriving on the East Coast” according to the BBC (from where I got most of this information about Ganseys). It’s great to see companies like Flamborough Marine (see above) reviving the tradition of making these sweaters. The word Gansey comes from a dialect pronunciation of Guernsey.
Guernsey Woollens Ltd are continuing to manufacture the traditional Guernsey fisherman’s jumper (or “Gansey”) in the Channel Islands using both traditional methods and modern equipment. Their jumpers are made from 100% British wool. I am not sure if all their products are made in Guernsey, so please check before buying – http://www.guernseywoollens.com
Urchin clothing for women and men is all made in Britain. Available on their website and they attend various shows – capes, cardigans, dresses, hoodies, fleece jackets, jumpers, lounge pants, ponchos, scarves, shirts, sweatshirts, throws and wraps for women – polo shirts, rugby shirts and sweatshirts for men (as of 19/5/15 no menswear was available via three website though). All reasonably priced – http://www.urchinclothing.co.uk
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
No Fixed Abode describe themselves as a “Designer Luxury Streetwear” brand. On their website they say “Our new AW 2015 Mens and Women’s Collection is completely Made in London. The T-shirts are made in L.A.” They only do t-shirts for men. For women tops, jackets, shirts, shorts, dresses, trousers and t-shirts. Founded in 2013 – http://nofixedabodelondon.co.uk
Monks on Vacation women’s clothing say on their Pinterest page “designed and manufactured in the UK”. Looking around their site today (16/3/16) most products are labeled as being made from British made fabric but no information is given against individual products as to where the products themselves are made. In the Our Story section of their website it says “Our label showcases our beautiful clothing range which has been designed and created purely in the UK.” The company told me (on 15/3/16) that all the garments on the website are made in north London and all their fabrics are knitted in Leicester and it is great that they are supporting British manufacturing industry in this way. Monks on Vacation (MOV) was founded in 2015 and draws on a family textile heritage dating back to the 1960s in Leicester. The company is based in Surrey. Their range includes jackets, tops, skirts, dresses, and trousers – www.monksonvacation.com
Rooby Lane on the Isle of White say on their website “All of my book scarves and book skirts and dresses are made in the UK.” They also make Alice In Wonderland skirts and dresses. They also say “I use home workers here on the Isle Of Wight and a small Uk factory to create and assemble So that I proudly remain 100% Great British!” The factory they use is in London and the fabric is printed in Yorkshire where their scarves are also made. Mostly but not all litre themed skirts, dresses and scarves. I’m not sure if all their products are UK made and I don’t know here the fabric they use is sourced. They will also custom make – http://www.roobylane.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 women and children’s 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
S.Entwistle Clothing, country styled clothing for women (base layers, shirts), describe themselves on their twitter as a “Luxury British fashion brand. Made in London…” They also say on their blog “All pieces are designed and made in an adorable, quaint studio in the great British countryside…”. However, no country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, so it would be wise to check where something is made before buying – http://www.sentwistle.co.uk
The House of Foxy is a British brand producing vintage inspired women’s garments from the early to mid 20th Century. Garments are exclusively made in Great Britain. They say on their website that “clothing produced locally and in ethical circumstances and using local or regional businesses where possible.” products are available via their website and at stockists listed on their website – http://www.20thcenturyfoxy.com
abide have a small collection of skirts, tops and dresses for women “Every piece from the abide collection is hand made in Devon England” according to their website. abideMaids is the sister label to abide and offers a range of bridesmaids dresses “all handmade in Devon” – http://www.abideclothing.co.uk – http://www.abidemaids.co.uk
Holland Cooper is British made luxury brand specialising in selling tweed and stocked in Harrods and elsewhere and also available from their website. They say on their website “Each and every tweed piece is hand cut and made wholly in Great Britain. Wools are spun from their raw state into yarns with up to 7 different colour wools and expertly woven into magnificent tweeds in mills that have been running in excess of 200 years.” Their range includes British made coats, jackets and mini skirts, skirts and breeks for women; coats, jackets, gilets, and breeks for men; capes for kids; and collars and leads for dogs. They also sell various hats and accessories but these are foreign made I assume. If it does not say it is made in the UK then probably it is foreign made – http://www.hollandcooper.com
Jumping Ships, one of my twitter followers, make their own Jumping Ships Brand women’s clothing in England in their own factory in Herefordshire. They say on their website “Jumping Ships Brand – is our own trademarked Brand of clothing, manufactured in England” and “All our garments are MADE IN ENGLAND in our own factory in Herefordshire. Our Shop stocks Jumping Ships full range as well as other Brands and Products”. The other brands they sell are mostly if not all foreign made. They have a shop in Leominster, Herefordshire. On their blog they describe themselves as follows – “Jumping Ships is a new brand of clothing, developed with strong values of supporting British Industry wherever possible and a strong desire to be able to offer customers a unique yet commercial garment.” Trade and retail it seems. They joined facebook in 2011 so I assume the company was founded around that time. They make leggings, dresses, skirts, cardigans, tops, and jumpers – http://www.jumpingships.com
Cabbages and Roses say on their website “Most of our factories are London based” and they do sell a range of women’s clothing quite a bit of which (but not all) is made in London (and clearly labelled as such on their website, although they do not say where their raw materials are sourced, and quite a few of their products are foreign made) – dresses, jackets and coats, tops, skirts, trousers, knitwear, socks, aprons, shoes, dressing gowns, pyjamas. They also sell British made Bicarbonate of Soda, and fabrics which are printed in the UK but presumably foreign milled. Where they do not say ‘made in London’, their products are foreign made – http://www.cabbagesandroses.com
Wexton London, one of my twitter followers, say on their twitter stream “A new generation of country clothing. Arriving 2016. Made in England.” Can’t tell you anymore than that but let’s keep an eye out – https://twitter.com/WextonLondon
Fashion label AliceJames, one of my twitter followers have the words “Made in Britain” on their twitter tagline. I don’t know any more than that and they have no working website as yet (as of the start of 2016), but one to look out for perhaps – https://twitter.com/AliceJamesStyle
“Bumptique is British wholesale maternity brand supplying clothes designed to be worn throughout the pregnancy. Designed and Manufactured in the UK” (from their twitter tagline). They say on their website “British brand, all products manufactured in the UK”. Wholesale only but they invite non-trade customers to contact them. As of 19 December 2017 their website was no longer working – http://www.bumptique.co.uk
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (WISC) shirts are mostly made in Great Britain, using fabric milled abroad in Europe, buttons made in Italy, interlinings made in France and ribbon made in Britain. It is good the company provide so much detail about the provenance of their product. They sell British made shirts for women, Italian and British made shirts for men and British made boxer shorts for men. Deceptively, the words “Made in Britain” on the front page of their website does not seem to mean that all their products are made in Britain! – http://www.wisconline.co.uk
Bee Clothing, established in 2012, sell a range of limited edition mostly men’s clothing that is made in the UK – outerwear, shirts,and suchlike. They often say where fabrics used are from; some are from the UK , others from abroad. They say on their website they they “have a strong affinity with city cycling, often featuring reflective strips, back pockets, advanced waterproofing and a little give and stretch for greater pedalling comfort” and that they are “creators of distinctive, limited edition menswear, outerwear and shirting all handmade here in East London.” However, I do not think everything they sell is UK made, for example their Basics Bamboo White Tee is probably foreign made, but clothing made in London is clearly labelled as such. Available from their website and elsewhere for example at Made in These Isles – http://beeclo.com
Findra sell performance clothing and bike wear specifically for women, some of which is made in the UK. UK made items are clearly labelled as such on their website. Other items will be foreign made and for these no country of origin is given – https://findra.co.uk
HackneyGT have the words “Made in England” at the top of the website landing page. Cycle apparel for men and women. They say on their website ” All garments are now made in the UK using the very best materials and manufacturing”. Fabrics used are from Europe, not the UK. Some products use British made Zipex zips. Everything they sell is made in England. Cycling jerseys, base layers, cycling jackets, bib shorts, arm warmers, socks, and bobble hats for men and women – https://hackneygt.com
Impsport specialise in custom cycling clothing, triathlon clothing & athletics clothing. They also sell a retail range of shirts, vests and jackets. Their tagline is “UK Based / World Renowned”. In their about section they mention having a factory in Lincoln, UK. It is not clear from their website how much of their range is UK made and no country of origin information is given against individual products. Check where an item is made before buying – http://www.impsport.com
Ride with Wolves use the tagline “Hand screen-printed reflective ethical clothing from South East London” implying manufacture in London. Possible they mean the printing and sewn-on parts are sewn on in the UK, on foreign manufactured garments. Vests, t-shirts, tote bags, sweaters, musette bags, patches, beanies, bandanas, badges, mostly with reflective ink printing and described as gender neutral. Check before buying as no country of origin information is given on the their website – https://www.ridewithwolves.com
Velocity Cycle Wear creates stylish, yet functional clothes that you can wear on and off your bike. They say on their website “We design and manufacture all our clothes in the UK (London to be precise)”. Womens trousers, shorts, t-shirts, jackets, snoods and mens shorts and trousers – http://velocitycyclewear.cc
No Such Thing Clothing is a fashion brand for women who ride bicycles. Based in London, some of the collection is manufactured in London too. Other products are foreign made. Country of origin is generally stated against individual products on their website. Looking around the internet the useful phrase “There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing” or “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” (which I assume is where their name come from) is attributed to various people including Alfred Wainwright and as a Norwegian saying – http://www.nosuchthing.clothing
Born London (or just Born or Born British) is a men’s lifestyle clothing brand selling great quality everyday clothes and staples. All of their “clothing has been cut, stitched, and finished for us in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire”. Their logos are also sewn on in Milton Keynes, except their t-shirt logos which are printed in Leicester. They use British fabrics. They say “All of our fabrics have been knitted and dyed in Leicester especially for Born. We have used two separate fabric knitters and one dye house. The 100% cotton jersey we used for all the T-shirts, the cotton/polyester fleece used for the crew sweatshirts and zip hoodies were made by Raj Ved at Aristo Fabrics in Leicester. Our 100% cotton pique was made especially for us by Chris Throop at UK Pique in Wigston, Leicester. All of our fabrics have been dyed by Colours in Leicester.” Additionally the use British made trims. They say on their website “As with our fabrics all other elements that have gone in to our clothes have been designed, weaved, and manufactured in England. The branded logos and size labels on the back of your clothes were woven in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. The red, white, and blue neck tape stitched into the neck lining of every single piece of clothing was also woven in Birmingham at the same factory. The branded zip pullers you find on our beautiful zip hooded sweatshirts were again made in Birmingham. The zips on each of the hoodies were specially designed and manufactured to order for us by Zipex (part of Nova Trimmings) in Leicester.” Born London was established in 2014. Online only but in summer 2015 they have been at Camden Market and had a pop-up shop in Shoreditch. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies. There’s a good clear sizing guide on their website – http://www.born.london
Colour Dyers (UK) of Leicester (Fashion Fabrics Group) dyeing and finishing facility is in Leicester. Fashion Fabrics Group also import fashion fabrics – https://www.fashion-fabrics.co.uk/colours-dyers-uk/
UK Pique in Wigston, Leicester are garment and fabric manufacturers specialising in menswear and womenswear and presumably also specialise in Pique (stiff fabric, typically cotton, woven in a strongly ribbed or raised pattern). They don’t seem to have a website.
Zipex (part of Nova Trimmings) in Leicester are the last surviving factory in the UK creating zips. All elements of the zips are made in the UK with the exception of the ribbon. Zipper describe themselves as “UK. Manufacturers of plastic and metallic zippers, sliders, and custom pullers.” The short film below from hopefully new UK bag maker What Daisy Did shows the process by which their zips are made – http://www.zipex.co.uk
“JIM BAG offers a range of premium gym and lifestyle accessories for the modern man and woman who wants to keep fit but doesn’t want to define who he is.” Plainly a take on the word ‘gym’, their bags (barrel bags, rucksacks, duffle bags), washbags and hoodies are all reasonably priced and are all “Designed, manufactured and sold in Great Britain…”. JIM BAG “bags are for the gym, the pitch, the pool, the track; its for the overnight stay, it’s for the airport!”. Quotes taken from the Jim Bag Facebook site – http://www.jimbag.co.uk
Avaj men’s underwear is made in the UK. Avaj say “The entire clothing and grooming product ranges are 100% designed and manufactured within the UK, and in fact this is true of 99% of the avaj product range.” Underwear – Briefs, vests, lounge pants, hooded robes, dressing gowns. Male Grooming & Skincare by avaj – exfoliating scrubs, moisturisers, beard shampoos and conditioners, etc. Accessories – Washbags, weekend bags, top hats, bow ties, pocket squares. Homeware – Tea light holders, candles, a bath-salt bowl and scoop, a cake stand, a fruit box, trays and a champagne store. For more underwear click – http://www.avaj.co.uk
The Shackleton Company are the creators of Shackleton clothing, beer and of course the acclaimed Shackleton Banjo! All made in Britain and inspired by the great explorer Ernest Shackleton. Founded in 2013 they started as a banjo manufacturer. Shackleton later added Shackleton ales, then knitwear, then clothing. They say they are passionately committed to manufacturing in Britain because they want to create and support sustainable, good quality jobs for people in this country, and because they believe that, at its best, British craftsmanship is hard to rival. Their knitwear is made in Leicester, their footwear in Northampton, their outerwear in the Midlands, leather goods in Herefordshire, hats in Oxfordshire, pewter hip flasks in Sheffield, and their beer is brewed in Essex. Their banjos are handmade in their own factory in Norwich, Norfolk. Some products are imported, and then finished in the UK such as their T-shirts (they say that over the next 12 months they intend to replace all of them with British-made Tees; I’ll check in June 2016!). Their enamel mugs are imported and some components are imported. I am pleased to see that foreign made components, for example on their banjos, are clearly listed as such on their website. Shackleton Clothing, The Shackleton, and The Shackleton Company are trading names of The Great British Banjo Company Ltd. They have a cafe and shop in Norwich and goods also are available via their website. Banjos, boots, outerwear, fingerless gloves, teddy bears, tweed quilts, British wool knitwear, pewter hip flasks, British wool hats, British wool socks, British wool scarves, English made notebooks, and British made leather belts. British made items are clearly labelled as such. Well Dressed Dad looked at the Shackleton brand in December 2015. They say of themselves “Inspired by Shackleton and his heroic companions, the Shackleton Design & Manufacturing Company creates products of timeless quality and effortless taste; genuinely made Britain for a lifetime of endurance and adventure” – http://shackletonclothing.com
Thorndale seem to make their bags, knitwear and outerwear in the UK for men and women, although whether it is all made in the UK I am not sure so you will need to ask before buying. Most products on their website do not give country of origin. The company was established in 1980 and I do not think they manufacture themselves. Their twitter tagline says “LUXURY BAGS FOR MEN AND WOMEN – INDIVIDUALLY HANDCRAFTED IN STAFFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND” (no mention of clothing here) and on their website they say “All Thorndale garments are still manufactured in the heart of the UK by devoted and talented technicians” (no mention of bags here). Products are available from their website. I found the below label image on their website – http://thorndale.co.uk
Teddy Edward design British manufactured clothing for the pursuit of country life, inspired by timeless styles of hunting attire. Founded in 2015 they sell hoodies, rugby shirts, coats, polo shirts, hats, shirts, jackets, t-shirts, waistcoats, and socks for ladies and gentlemen. Here’s what they say on their website “With the British manufacturing industry seemingly dying out, one of the core values of Teddy Edward is to get everything made in Great Britain. Where possible this will include not only our clothing, but also fabric, buttons and labels; we will be doing our bit to support British manufacturing”. Good to hear – http://www.teddy-edward.com
The Cambridge Raincoat Company started off by manufacturing their products in England, but sadly they have now moved all production to Bulgaria because they have found manufacturing in the UK untenable for a small company like themselves. That’s a shame.
Rainmac sell a women’s Ventile fabric raincoat that is British made and a men’s rainmac which also used Ventile fabric and is British made. Their other macs and other products are all foreign made. Since December 2015, the Rainmac belong to footwear supplier Evercreatures (whose website, as of 8/6/16, does not work). Evercreatures sell foreign made wellington boots, but also sell British made wellington boot socks – http://www.rainmac.com
The Mac, established in 2013, are one of my twitter followers. I don’t know much about the company but on their website I was pleased to read that “All products are designed and made in the UK to ensure and oversee the detail and quality of each item.” Ladies and men’s rain macs – http://www.the-mac.co.uk
Joseph Turner source some of the cloth for their menswear in the UK, but the clothes themselves are all foreign made. Shame they don’t actually manufacture in the UK though – https://www.josephturner.co.uk/customer
Thomas Farthing sell a few British made menswear items including some scarves, bow ties, and leather satchels, as well as some jackets and trousers using British woven fabric but themselves foreign made. Other items they sell appear to all be foreign made. Their twitter tagline is “Thomas Farthing offer the Ultimate shopping experience, creating a Theatrical 1920’s feel – selling, high quality ‘English made’ clothing for him and her” – the inverted commas presumably signifying in a rather underhand way that very little they of what they sell is actually manufactured in the UK (but at least they do sell some British made things so credit where it’s due) – https://www.thomasfarthing.co.uk
Percival Clothing menswear (trousers, outerwear, knitwear, shirts) say on their website “We make as much as we can of our collection within the UK, often working with manufacturers in the London area. Where garments are made abroad we keep production within the EU. We use many British textiles, but also source materials from around the world.” Unhelpfully though no country of origin information is given on their website for individual products generally and the only item I could find with country of origin given in December 2015 was one wax mac which was made in England. I assume everything else is foreign made, but you could ask or visit their store in London – http://www.percivalclo.com
The Orphan’s Arms are a womenswear company selling hand printed apparel. They also make a few menswear items. Everything they sell is made in the UK with the textiles used milled either in the UK, Italy or Japan according to their website, although I think their t-shirts are foreign made and then the printing is added in England – http://www.theorphansarms.com
Venus Cow black leggings for women are made in the UK. The fabric for their leggings is made by Rainbow Jersey in Nottingham (see below) and the leggings are made by So-Mes Creations in Leicester (see below). They also sell British made tops and dresses – http://venuscow.co.uk
Lissom & Muster sell British made shoes made for them by Alfred Sargent, British made cotton and cashmere knitwear made for them by William Lockie (see below), British made long-sleeved polo shirts in Merino wool and short-sleeved polo shirts in cotton by William Lockie, Yorkshire Tweed fabric ties made in Northern Ireland, Sheffield made pewter hip flasks made for them by Wentworth (see below), Sheffield made cartridge flasks, English made socks, made in England silk handkerchiefs, and a Welsh made picnic rug. Lissom & Muster also sell foreign made goods, as well as a good selection of British made ones too, from British made brands including Abbeyhorn horn accessories, Acme Whistles, Alfred Sargent shoes, Alice Made This mens accessories (see below), Cherchbi bags and accessories, Chester Jeffries gloves (Chester Jeffries make gloves in the UK and in China), Ernest Wright scissors, Esme Winter stationery (some Esme Winter products are made in the UK; others are foreign made), Hafod Grange paperweights, Johnstons of Elgin ties (see below), Knockando Woolmill throws, Larke Optics eyewear, Chapman bags, Mackintosh outerwear (Mackintosh outerwear is made in Britain; Traditional Weatherwear Ltd. is the old name for the Mackintosh company and is now used to sell their made in China range of clothing which is deceptively labelled with a Union Flag and the word Scotland (albeit next to the small made in China label; see below), Marwood accessories (see below), Melin Tregwynt throws, Pantherella socks, Private White V.C. outerwear (see below), Scott Nichol socks, Smyth & Gibson shirts, Sunspel t-shirts and polo shirts (some Sunspel products are still made in the UK; other are foreign made; see below), Taylors Eye Witness pocket knives (some of their products are still made in the UK; others are foreign made), and Watts & Co. candles (the Watts and Co candles that Lissom & Muster sell are made in England; Watts & Co are purveyors of ecclesiastical textiles, furnishings and accessories; they do not generally give country of origin so you’ll need to ask; they do say on their website that they have a workroom where “embroidery and tailoring are always done on site and by hand”). Great to see a store selling so much that is made in Great Britain. They have a by appointment showroom in Manchester and you can buy online – http://www.lissomandmuster.com
Johnstons of Elgin have been making cashmere and fine woollen cloth, knitwear and accessories in Scotland since 1797. They manufacture, wholesale and retail products. They make their scarves and hats (wooly hats, a flat cap, a baseball cap) and jumpers in Scotland (using mostly imported raw materials); and as far as I know all their other products are UK made too. They also supply fabric for apparel and home furnishings. Johnstons of Elgin have mills at Newmill, Elgin and Hawick, where they produce both fabrics and finished products. The company were founded in 1797 and are famous for their cashmeres and fine wools – http://www.johnstonscashmere.com/retail/
William Lockie are knitwear producers in Scotland. Trade only. For men and women, using imported cashmere, camelhair, super geelong, merino, lambswool and cotton. I get the impression from their website that all manufacturing takes place in Scotland but you should check before buying – http://www.williamlockie.com
Henry Hunt womenswear say they “like to keep our manufacturing in the UK where possible” and that the majority of their collection is made in England. They have a made in England section on their website, which includes tops, skirts, dresses, faux fur collars, and formal jackets – http://www.henryhunt.co.uk
Boo Couture womenswear appears to all be made in England. Although country of origin is not given against individual products, their ‘our story’ section says they are “based in the heart of England, where everything is lovingly handmade” and their twitter description says “Handmade in Britain, Hepburn inspired womenswear designer”. It would be wise to check though. Shorts, dresses, tops, trousers, skirts and accessories – http://boo-couture.co.uk
Dream GB is a website selling only British made items, from a variety of manufacturers. The website has a great range of things for the home, gifts, garden and travel items, seasonal items, pet items, and British made clothing for men, women and children – coats, dresses, hats, gloves, scarves, jumpers, trousers, hoodies, socks, t-shirts, onesies, sportswear, kids clothes, armbands and floats (for swimming), kids fancy dress, etc. Many orders are sent directly from the manufacturer so a cost per item is incurred for postage, but it will always be reasonable. Prices on the site are very reasonable – http://www.dreamgb.co.uk
Brilliantly British sell a variety of British made items from various makers. Brilliantly British is a marketplace that only sells items that are produced in Britain. Products purchased on the website are supplied direct from the manufacturer. A cost per item is incurred for postage. Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, accessories and shoes, jewellery, bags, toys, beauty products, art, food and drink, sportswear, sports nutrition, sports accessories, pet products and gifts. This site is well worth a look, whatever you want to buy – https://www.brilliantlybritish.com
Coeur de Lion is a menswear website with everything they sell being British made – polo shirts, base layers, knitwear (sweaters), jackets, coats, Harrington jackets, wax jackets, quilted jackets. Available online and at a shop called Scenario, the Strand, Derby. Coeur de Lion is French and means ‘lion heart’ and the name of this company is taken from Coeur de Lion being used as a name for King Richard I of England. Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death – http://coeurdelion.co.uk – http://www.2lions.co.uk
I have a shirt by a company called Travelling Light which is made in the UK and is pictured below. I had a look around their website but very little information is given about their products or even where to buy them and absolutely nothing about country of origin, suggesting their products may be made abroad these days but as I say with so little information it is hard to know. The company say they specialise in hot weather clothing all year round.
Cahoonas of Edinburgh mens underwear is made in Great Britain. Their t-shirts are foreign made (but printed in Scotland) and their mens grooming range (beard and moustache care) might be UK made (you will need to ask; it only says on the site blended in Scotland). Cahoonas say on their website that “95% of all sportswear in Britain is imported” and they sell a couple of pairs of sports shorts (that look a bit like underwear) and a sports vest (with a plain or tartan pocket on the outside; one size only) that are made in Britain. Cahoohas say on their website “You will notice we go the extra mile sourcing the best British materials too.We use drum spun microfibre made in Nottingham at Rainbow Jersey We also use warp knitted microfibre made by Simplex in Nottingham. We have our labels made in Lancashire. All in all we’re a great little British company” – http://www.cahoonas.co.uk
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Jed Phoenix of London is a UK based alternative clothing brand, designing and making strikingly unconventional garments and accessories for men, women and those in between. Excepting the shirts, which they buy in from abroad and add their own little twists to, everything is made in the UK. Available on their website and at various shows and you can visit their factory by appointment – http://www.jedphoenix.com
Claymore make bespoke armoured wax cotton and Ventile motorcycle jackets. They say on their website “Our jackets are individually hand made for each client to the highest standardright here in Yorkshire”. The body armour generally used is by Forcefield (although you can opt for other brands) which I assume is foreign made as no mention of UK production is made on the Forcefield website – http://www.claymorejackets.co.uk
Lewis Leather (Aviakit, D Lewis Ltd) are Britain’s Oldest Motor Cycle Clothing Company – Established 1892. They say on their Facebook page in a comment dated 31/5/15 that “all of our leather garments are handmade in the UK”. On their website they say “Another question we often get asked is ‘Where are your jackets made’? Lewis Leathers jackets have always been made in the UK and this is still the case, our jackets are made in London and this facility allows us to offer a fast made to measure service to everyone, be they mail order customers or visitors to our shop.” Leather jackets, leather boots and leather gloves. There is some history on the company on Wikipedia. They have a shop in London. Their non leather products are presumably all foreign made, although they do sell some made in England wool mix socks. They also sell British made leather key loops for belts and a British made leather wallet – http://www.lewisleathers.com
Aviation Leathercraft (Irvin) say on their website “All of our jackets are made here in England.” Whether their other items (goggles and flying helmets) are made in the UK they do not say, so I assume not. The genuine Irvin sheepskin flying jacket (as worn by the RAF’s heroic pilots in WWII), sheepskin jackets designed for flying or motoring and classic leather flight jackets. Aviation Leathercraft is a part of Moto-Lita Ltd. Moto-Lita make their classic steering wheels in England – http://www.flying-jacket.com
Aero Leather Clothing make horsehide, goatskin and steerhide leather Jackets alongside recreations of RAF, USN and USAAF Military Flying Jackets in the UK, for men. women and children. “Every Aero jacket is manufactured on the premises here in Scotland” according to their website. They also stock denim clothes by Lee, Levi Strauss and Wrangler, which I assume are foreign made these days (Levi Strauss had 2 factories in Dundee up until 2002). They also stock traditional knitwear and socks hand knitted in Scotland, Harris Tweed trousers and caps cut from 1930s patterns, silk scarves, Tartan wool scarves, CC41 Shirts and Cord CC41 trousers, English made shirts, British made sweaters, and traditional footwear all made in the UK. Plus some footwear made abroad, as well as clothing from Japan, Europe and USA and vintage clothing, books and accessories (which includes made in England Acme Thunderer whistles, and made in Scotland W.S. Robson leather polish, British made wallets, British made belts, British made bags, and British made tartan ties). It’s well worth having a look at their fabulous range – http://www.aeroleatherclothing.com
Goldtop motorcyclists clothing and accessories, founded in 1951, sell made in England socks made using British wool and made in England Submariner sweaters made using Merino wool from abroad. They also sell a “Battle of Britain” Sheepskin Flying Jacket that uses British wool but they do not state where this is made. For all other products that Goldtop sell no production or country of origin information is given, so I assume their other products are all foreign made – https://www.goldtop.co.uk
Leather makers Pittards sell some English made leather t-shirts, skirts and jackets for women, as well as some other English made bags and so on for men and women + they own Daines and Hathaway who make all their leather products (wallets, bags, etc.) in Walsall, England. Pittards also manufacture goods and process leather abroad. Pittards has production facilities (a tannery) in the UK in Yeovil, England and they have manufacturing facilities (a tannery) Ethiopia where they also source much of their raw material (sheep leather) and they make finished products elsewhere in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa city. Other production is outsourced to factories in Asia. Some leather production remains in Somerset and they make leathers for other manufacturers to use – http://www.pittardsonline.com
J & E Sedgwick are manufacturers and suppliers of vegetable tanned, dressed and finished leathers bridle, for saddle and equestrian, and leather goods applications. Founded in 1900 and based in Walsall in purpose built workshops first built in 1956. According to their website “J & E Sedgwick produce all of the leather on site” by which I assume they mean on-site in Walsall – http://www.je-sedgwick.co.uk
The Metropolitan Leather Co are leather merchants and there is no suggestion they use British leather, although they do say on their website that they are “one of only a few still finishing leather by hand in the U.K.” Not sure what this means, so if you are a company thinking of buying leather from them please ask where the leather originates from – http://www.metropolitanleather.com
William & Irene accessories are all made in the UK – bow ties, cufflinks, bags, e-cigarette pouches, handbags, clutch bags, hand muffs, scarves and neckwear, covered buttons, barrier face masks, cossack hats, keyrings – They also have an eBay shop. On their website and their eBay shop they say “All of our goods are produced in house on the coast of South Wales, UK, by our small family run business” – https://www.williamandirene.com
Team Tots babywear is British made. They say on their website “All design and manufacturing facilities are under one roof, enabling us to respond efficiently to all orders large or small. We are proud to say that all our products are made in Britain”. Team Tots are a clothing manufacturer based in Nottingham. They will design your product to your specifications and they manufacture all their products in their factory in Great Britian. They provide printing and embroidery via close relationship with local providers and say they work closely with their fabric suppliers – http://www.teamtotsclothing.co.uk
Little Shrimp say on their website “Little Shrimp’s gorgeous newborn gift collections are designed, printed and Made in England by skilled British technicians.” Their twitter tagline is “Our brand ethos has meaning. Baby Clothing and Gifts. Quality design, born, bred and manufactured in the UK by skilled technicians.” Their dribble cloths, hats, bibs, socks for babies are made in the UK – https://www.littleshrimp.com
Didi and Bud sleepwear & bedding brand for children aged 0-6 yrs is “Ethically made in England” according to their Instagram and on their website they say “The concept, design, illustrations and the manufacturing – are all Made in England. We proudly support ‘Make it British’ and the British Manufacturer. All of our items include ‘Made in Britain’ on the labelling” – https://www.didiandbud.co.uk
Moodles sell baby and toddler, and children’s clothes and gifts. Their twitter tagline is “Cherry Picked – British Made Childrenswear and Gifts…”. Not all products are made in the UK (for example some vintage clothing is made in Hong Kong, their kids umbrellas are foreign made and their Magformers games foreign made presumably) but provenance is mostly clearly stated on their website. Their clocks are made in the UK but I doubt if the mechanisms are. That said many items on their website are British made and they point out that “By only buying British Made you can be sure that you are shopping both ethically and responsibly. You will be supporting the British textile and manufacturing industry, which has suffered dramatically since large companies began out-sourcing their manufacture overseas to take advantage of lower wages and higher profit margins”. They also point out that “Many of the companies stocked by Moodles even have their fabrics woven and printed in the UK, ensuring a low carbon footprint”. Their website is hard to navigate at times with links to more detail not always opening and links to Instagram not working for example. Items are either manufactured for Moodles or from other small brands (some of which make in the UK) – http://www.moodles.biz
Dandysgate sell handmade bright and colourful baby and toddler leggings and head-wraps which are made in the UK. They are one of my twitter followers. They don’t seem to have a website – https://twitter.com/Dandys_gate
The British Baby Company clothing for babies and young children (coats) is made in Britain using British milled fabric. I particularly like their goal which “was (and is) to make fine British cloth and British manufacturing more than simply ‘history’ to the next generation” – http://www.thebritishbabycompany.com
British Babies, one of my twitter followers say on their twitter tagline (as of 5/6/16) “British Babies is a new British designed & manufactured baby & children’s clothing line inspired by baby animals indigenous to the UK. We’ll be launching soon!” Their website does not seem to be up and running yet. Watch this space – britishbabies.co.uk
WillAnn have a twitter tagline saying “A husband & wife team proudly making childrenswear in England. Launching Aug 2016. Blending British heritage & Asian culture with fun & thoughtful designs”. Their website is not up and running yet. Watch this space – will-ann.com
Kingdom of Origin is a girlswear brand launched in 2016 that uses a British factory to make their girls clothing for girls aged 4-11 years old. They say on their website “By supporting local artisans and ethical factories, we aim to improve the local economy and do our bit in helping to revive British manufacturing” and “Not only are we making all of our garments in the United Kingdom, we’re sourcing fabric, trims and producing all of our labels and packaging here, too, ensuring our carbon footprint is minimised wherever possible” and “Our Spring Summer Collections comprise of exquisitely soft fabrics, the majority of which are sourced and milled in the UK…” Individual items on their site are labelled “British Made” and if applicable “British Milled Fabric” – https://kingdomoforigin.co.uk
Unruly Blue, launched in about 2014, is luxury children’s clothes brand inspired by the dishevelled elegance of children for boys (outerwear, jackets, waistcoats, shirts, sweaters, trousers, ties) and girls (outerwear, dresses), with all manufacturing taking place in the UK (using fabrics from around the world) – http://unrulyblue.co.uk
Me&Max have a twitter tagline saying “Beautiful hand made children’s clothing lovingly made in our Yorkshire studio. Huddersfield, England”. They are one of my twitter followers and seem to be a new company, going on twitter in November 2016. No website as yet. Watch this space – https://twitter.com/meandmax_uk
Brightkidz sell made in Britain fluorescent fleeces for adults and children. As well as this some Brightkidz high visibility accessories are made in Britain (those that are, are clearly labelled as such on their website), including a reflective sash for adults and children, some reflective armbands and stickers, key rings, badges, zip clips, reflective tags, lace reflectors, spoke reflectors, snap bands, children’s reflective tabards and waistcoats, book bags, PE bags, duffle bags, and so on – http://www.brightkidz.co.uk
Kerry O’Brine womenswear products are all made in the UK. The made to order Silk Line collection is made in the Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear studio. The limited edition collections are outsorced to small production units in London. The silk used comes from France – http://www.kerryobrine.co.uk
Matilda & Quinn womenswear (day dresses, day to evening styles, separates and occasion wear) is all made in England. Fabrics are sourced from European mills. Trims are manufactured in the UK, Italy, France and Switzerland – http://www.matildaandquinn.com/index.html
Really Wild Clothing Company use the tagline “British style” and in their about section of their website talk about using Scottish tweeds and sourcing their knitwear and leather garments in the UK. I managed to find a suede skirt, some socks, a couple of sheepskin jackets, a jumper and a hat that were made in the UK when I looked at their site today (18th April 2015), but the vast majority of their men’s and women’s clothing is foreign made – http://www.reallywildclothing.co.uk
Good Measure say on their website “we have set out to base production in the UK whenever possible, from manufacturing our own fabrics to construction,swing tags and labels etc.” They also say “Obviously there will be exceptions to the above, British grown cotton is pretty thin on the ground so the cotton required to make our fabrics would have to come from somewhere warmer than Lancashire and there will be occasions when the quality of a service or a product just isn’t available to us here and in that case we will use the very best we can from Europe, the USA and Japan.” They sell English made t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies, as well as foreign made t-shirts; for men – http://www.goodmeasure.co.uk
Molly and Monty supply the clothes that go in the British Baby Box. Based on a Finnish tradition (provided for free by the government of Finland) the commercial British Baby Box itself appears to be British made too, but it is not clear where the rest of the contents are made – http://www.britishbabybox.com
Sprigasaurus up-cycle fabrics (such as old coffee bags used to bring coffee to the UK) into bags and children’s coats. Most products appear to be hand made in Cornwall, but you will want to check a particular product is made in Britain before buying – http://www.sprigasaurus.co.uk
Shmucki – baby and childrenswear and accessories, made in Britain – one of my followers on twitter and their website had not yet started when I checked (15/8/14) – https://twitter.com/Shmuncki – http://www.shmuncki.com
The Croft House knitwear and accessories for men, women and children own-brand knitwear is made in Scotland. They also sell Eribe knitwear which is made in Scotland and Dents gloves (a few on which are made in England) – http://www.thecrofthouse.com
Farfield – Helping to preserve employment in rural areas, Farfield Clothing (aka Tough Customer) is manufactured at Sedbergh in Cumbria. Ladies, mens and children’s outdoor clothing designed to provide warmth and protection. Farfield provide a great quality British made product at a good price and give excellent customer service. They specialise in British made fleeces and children’s jackets, smocks and rompers. Farfied jackets are manufactured in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, yet only a stone’s throw from the Lake District. Fabrics are made in a Yorkshire textile mill. Off the shelf or bespoke or altered to the customer’s size specifications. They can send swatches, offer special extras like additional pockets and a choice of linings. Order via the internet / telephone or visit the Farfield Factory Shop just off the Main Street in Sedbergh (with customer parking) to see their full range of ladies’, mens’ and children’s jackets, duffle coats, hats, gilets and headbands. Offered in a variety of colours and patterns, including plain and camouflage – http://www.farfield.co.uk
High Mount Outdoor Clothing do a very nicely made padded fleece jacket (pictured below), nice Harrington jackets and good quality general men’s jackets, but I can find no company website on the internet. Note the hanging label which says “made in England” in full. If whoever made this jacket is still going, I do not know if they still manufacture in the UK. You can find their products in markets and on eBay.
Rohan used to make at least some of their outdoor clothing in the UK, such as the micro fleece pictured below. I can’t find any country of origin information on their website and so I assume all their products are now foreign made.
Tweed Jackets UK make to order in the customers own style jackets, waistcoats and trousers. Tailored in Leeds in tweed, corduroy, moleskin and linen materials sourced from the UK – http://www.uktweedjackets.com
Glenbrae knitwear / golf wear (Spectrum Yarns Limited) for men and women is made in England. Only their knitwear is British made, not their polo shirts – http://www.glenbrae.com – http://www.glenbraegolf.com
Ramblers Clothing countrywear is mostly made in England. Made in the UK items are shown as such on their website. Themed clothes for children and ladies. Accessories, fleeces, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and so on. Available in shops, online (search for Ramblers Clothing) and on e-bay – http://www.ramblersclothing.co.uk – http://www.ramblersclothing.com
Roundabout “specialise in smart reversible clothes for children from 0 to 10 years. Everything is handmade in the UK to the highest standards using beautiful cotton and polycotton prints” – http://www.roundaboutchildrenswear.co.uk
MiniXplorers is going to be a British Made children’s items online marketplace due to launch during 2016, selling made in Britain children’s clothes, toys and games, and accessories, arts and crafts materials, books, bedroom furniture, shoes and suchlike. At the time of writing (May 2016) the website is not live yet, but do keep an eye out as this promises to be a great place to buy British for kids. Update March 2017 – their website is now up and running, offering a collection of British Made Children’s Products from various British Made brands – http://minixplorers.com
Peregrine is the brand name of J G Glover & Co Ltd. A longstanding British manufacturer with over 200 years experience producing quality crafted knitwear in the UK. “All garments are manufactured in England” it says on their website. Available online and they have a by appointment showroom in Bristol. They manufacture fabulous wool jumpers and accessories (hats, scarves, socks) and wax jackets for men and women; and picnic bags. Great quality and great customer service – http://www.peregrineclothing.co.uk
Bristol Cloth is a company setting out to prove that it is still commercially viable to make cloth on our shores. Using local wool from Fernhill Farm the fabric is dyed by Botanical Inks a dye studio based in Bristol and woven at the Bristol Weaving Mill, the first industrial loom to open in Bristol in nearly 100 years. The project has been featured on the BBC programme Countyfile and on Skye News. 140 cm width. Available by the metre. They also sell cloth scarves, throws and knitting wool. The Bristol Weaving Mill, founded in 2015, is a new production sampling facility and uses salvaged textile machinery and also owns textile design studio Dash and Miller Ltd. Bristol based Botanical Inks natural dye studio was founded in 2014. Fernhill Farm also runs various businesses like events, accommodation and Fernhill Fleece and Fibre which sources wool – http://www.bristolcloth.co.uk
I read here and here that J.W. Anderson make their clothes in Britain, but having looked around their website I think this is incorrect. No country of origin information whatsoever is given on their website and from that we can infer that all J.W. Anderson clothes are foreign made.
House of Hackney clothing for men and women is all made in the UK (albeit in at least some cases using foreign milled fabric), as I understand are most of their other products (homeware and the like) – dresses, tops, trousers, shoes, sweatshirts, t-shirts, pyjamas, eye masks, scarves, bags, skirts, shirts, etc. – http://www.houseofhackney.com
Crystal Knitwear Limited was formed in 1990. They are an independent British textile manufacturer which specialises particularly in the manufacturer of British Wool knitwear as well as other yarns, offering a complete development and manufacturing facility from sampling to bulk production. They manufacture school uniforms under their Richmond Schoolwear brand, cricket sweaters in acrylic or 100% pure new wool, workwear under their Richmond Corporate & Workwear brand, and classic countrywear sweaters for independent retailers. Their country wear sweaters are available to the general public via their website and include the Submariner with origins in the Royal Navy during WWI, a classic fisherman sweater, a shooting sweater with suede patches to the shoulders and elbows and classic nautical Guernsey and Breton sweaters. Prices are generally not given so you would have to call them, but as an example their Submariner Sweater is currently £49.99 on their website (as of 18/1/16) reduced from £85. I think it is only their knitwear that is made in the UK. I am not sure if all products are made in the UK so please check before buying – http://crystalknitwear.co.uk
Tudor Sports no longer seem to have a factory of their own but they do say on their website that they use” local companies to manufacture our high quality products whilst continuing to have fabric specially knitted and dyed for our own requirements by local manufacturers” and that they “aim to continue the supply of the classic Tudor Sports Cycle clothing, wherever possible British sourced and manufactured, for many years to come.” Tudor Sports specialise in cycle wear. Previously I guess they had a factory in Birmingham but I assume this closed when they moved to Leicester. Whether all or some of their own brand products are UK made I can’t tell because no country of origin information is given against most of their products although some non-own brand are labelled made in China. If you are interested in their products I think you will have to ask where they are made before buying – http://www.tudorsports.co.uk
This is Cambridge (tic) specialises in cycling caps for men and women made in Cambridge, England. Inspired by the enthusiasm for cycling in one of Britain’s greatest cycling towns, they produce a range of vintage style caps made from British tweeds and wool. Their other products are likely foreign made – http://this-is-cambridge.com
KYMIRA Sport state on their website that they are “the home of UK made performance enhancing clothing made from reactive textiles” and on their Pinterest and Twitter sites they use the words “Made in the UK”. They don’t state country of origin against individual products on their website and whilst that is a bit worrying they are clearly saying everything they sell is made in the UK (I would check though). Sportswear for men and women – leggings, tight shorts, long-sleeved tops, short-sleeved tops, calf sleeves, socks. Founded in 2013 – http://www.kymirasport.com
Thom Will Love exclusive sportswear for men and women is all made in London. They also say they try to use British sourced fabrics, fastenings and parts (although of course that does not necessarily mean British made fabrics, fastenings and parts). Sweatshirts, sweatshirt cardigans, jogging pants, sports dresses, sports jerseys and leggings; made to order – http://www.thomaslovegrove.com
Maternity Sportswear have their range of sportswear for pregnant women made in the UK, using a synthetic fabric called Supplex (the company making this, Invista (formerly DuPont) have manufacturing facilities in the UK and elsewhere in the world, but I am not sure if their Supplex fabric is made in the UK). leggings, vests, t-shirts – https://www.maternity-sportswear.com
Winston Sports manufacture sportswear and school uniforms for men and women in England. They make bespoke sportswear for teams, clubs, businesses, local authorities, schools and universities; plus school uniforms and corporate clothing and workwear. They also offer a printing / embroidery service for foreign made branded sports shirts. Winston Sports also own GRC Neckwear and Curry Ties (the Great British Tie Company, see below). Their specialism is Football and Rugby kits, but they actually produce clothing for all sporting activities. Winston Sports also supply equipment, trophies and flags and banners, for all sporting activities, but they don’t say where this equipment is made. They have a showroom in Orpington in Kent. They say on their website that “with the exception of the weaving of the base fabrics, all the processes, from design to the finished product including printing and embroidery are completed in house”. Their printing / embroidery service onto products made by well known brands, such as Umbro, is plainly onto shirts and such made by these brands and such brands manufacture their products abroad in most if not all instances. Trade only – http://www.winstonsports.co.uk
TSM Sportswear football, basketball, rugby and athletics kit is made in the UK. It appears to me that they both make and print their clothing themselves. They also do corporate wear but they do not say this is made in the UK. For the items you are interested in please confirm country of manufacture. Football clothing (shirts and shorts), track suits and rain jackets, vests, polo shirts, athletics wear, etc. Presumably minimum order quantities apply.
The Schoolwear Specialists (Ranjita Limited T/A The Schoolwear Specialists) don’t give too much information about themselves on their website, but appear to be a schoolwear and sportswear retailer and manufacturer in northwest London established in 1983. They have 3 shops in London and their products are available online. Quite a number of their products are made in England, I assume by the company themselves. Made in England products are clearly labelled as such. Those products not labelled as made in England are foreign made. Made in England products include some school blazers, dresses, skirts, rugby tops, cricket caps, fezes, shoe bags, laundry bags, scrunchies, socks, blouses, jogging bottoms, school caps, school hats, painting smocks, science overalls, Bermuda shorts, pinafores, pullovers, slipovers, culottes, scarves, footballs shirts, waistcoats, tailcoats, coats, etc. Their items are specially made for specific schools or general schoolwear and school sportswear for day and boarding pupils – http://www.theschoolwearspecialists.co.uk
Lexie Sport women’s sportswear have moved some of their production to the UK – some leggings, shorts, t-shirts, vests are now made in Great Britain. Some products are foreign made – http://www.lexiesport.co.uk
Gymluxe ladies sports vests, capris and leggings are both designed and “Made in Britain” according to their website. Country of origin is not stated for individual products, so it might be worth checking although they do say everything they sell is British made – http://gymluxe.com
Cioch own brand outdoor clothing is all made on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Made to measure and off the peg waterproof jackets, trousers and salopettes, for men, women and children. Fabrics used are Nikwax analogy waterproof system from Paramo as well as similar fabric from a Swedish company. They have a shop on the Isle of Skye or you can order online. The shop also stocks foreign made clothing brands such as from Paramo – http://www.cioch-direct.co.uk
Skye Weavers are a small weaving and sewing business based on the Hebridean Isle of Skye. They use a bicycle pedal-powered loom to weave a variety of woollen products including scarves, blankets, throws and wraps and also make tweed, which they sell as lengths. They say on their website “The sewing is done by us and other Scottish companies we work with. Wherever possible we buy materials and packaging from within the UK. We work with spinners in Scotland and Yorkshire, cloth finishers in the Scottish borders and label weavers in Wales.” They make and sell ties, scarves, ties, wraps, throws, baby blankets, bed runners, a women’s body warmer, and lengths of tweed. They also sell Eucalan Wool Wash but I do not think this product is manufactured in the UK – https://www.skyeweavers.co.uk
Mountain Method is a manufacturer of quality waterproof clothing, based in south Cumbria (where it rains a lot!), founded in 1981. They say on their website “All our manufacturing processes are carried out in our factory in Millom, from design, patterning, cutting, sewing, taping the seams and packaging”. They also say “Virtually all our fabrics and trims are sourced in the UK” and “Made in England! We can say this totally truthfully! Everything is done on the premises here in Millom. We have always kept to smaller quantities so we wouldn’t have to manufacture overseas (No sneaky having garments made in China, then finishing them off in the UK and then adding Made in UK label – the job is all done here!) and consequently our quality has remained consistent.” They specialise in providing waterproofs for Outdoor Education Centres. Zip jackets, Pullover Cags, Zip Overtrousers or simple Overtrousers. They manufacture in nylon or Neoprene coated nylon or Exeat coated nylon or Vente or Ventile. They also use ‘3-layer’ fabric which is manufactured in France. They offer a made-to-measure service if you need something very big/small or with short or long arms/legs; an own label service; an embroidery service; a repairs service; a spares service; school or outdoor education centre products, and off-the-shelf products. They also make other products like tents. Whilst they don’t seem to have a minimum order quantity they seem to be more trade than retail orientated but some of their best selling outdoor centre products are now available directly from their website – http://www.mountain-method.co.uk
Skapya weatherproof jackets are “designed and made in the UK”. This Cornwall based company have their jackets made for them in Cumbria using US made eVent fabric. The fabric and peripherals are sourced from all over the world, from Japanese-made poppers to American buckles and British mesh, before UK manufacturing – http://skapya.com
Arktis technical apparel, load bearing vests and outdoor gear is all made in the UK. On their website they say “Since it inception we have prided ourselves in making our goods in the U.K. Despite most competitors turning to overseas production we have retained our manufacturing facility in Britain, which has allowed us to remain versatile and responsive.” and “All the products shown on this site are available for purchase. We make the goods in our factory in Exeter, which means there is no minimum order quantity and you can choose whichever camouflage you like.” Established in 1985, Arktis specialise in military kit. Camouflage and plain colours are available. Everything is made in the UK. Prices are not given on their website but you can call or email to order. Jackets and smocks, trousers, tops and shirts, bags, rucksacks, mats, boonie hats, coveralls, load bearing vests, mollie pouches, waterproofs, etc. Prices are given for their more limited ‘outdoor’ range.
http://www.arktisusa.com – North America site.
http://www.arktisoutdoor.co.uk – Prices are shown here for Arktis ‘Outdoor’ range.
Ronfell Defence supply Qoolkit aircooled jackets and trousers for workers who require specialised clothing in warmer weather, which contains a little battery operated fan to cool you down. I have no idea who makes this clothing or how much it costs, but on their website it says it is “made in England”. No country of origin is given for the other products Ronfell sell (ships lighting, door seals, bullet proof vests), so I assume these are foreign made, although it would be worth checking if you need these kind of items – http://www.modlamps.com/air-cooled-jackets/
Fortis Clothing (Country Covers) make tire (tyre?) covers, car seat covers and clothing. According to their website they “make everything themselves in Devon, UK”. The company describe their clothing as “endurance and sporting clothing” for outdoor workers, adveturers and enthusaists. They make military clothing, police clothing, shooting clothing, skiing clothing and outdoor clothing. The company attend shows or can be visited in Devon. They also have 2 holiday cottages to let and run a clay pigeon shooting game called “Shnooker.” Of their clothing they say “We are proud to say that we are a purely British manufacturer. All our clothing is made on site on our family farm in Devon.” Camouflage or plain colours. Coats, jackets, smocks, waterproof trousers, fleeces, trousers, skirts, vests and gillets, jumpers, field shirts, and so on; for men and women. Plus wheel covers (tyre covers) and seat covers. Despite what they say about making everything themselves in the UK, not all items are made in Britain or made by them (for example their sleeping bags are foreign made). Not all items are labelled as “made in Britain” against individual products on their website and I would advise that you check where a product is made before buying. For example their shemagh is foreign made but it does not say so. Most products though do appear to be made in the UK.
Daleswear Outdoors is a shop in the Yorkshire Dales and online selling foreign made outdoor gear. However, they still have a fully functioning factory on site. For over 30 years they have created high quality standard garments, for numerous activities. They specialise in manufacturing weather-proof clothing for many companies, schools, and outdoor education centres. Trade only – https://www.daleswear.co.uk/?action=page.cms&content=corporate
Mardale is no longer operating as a manufacturer of outdoor clothing; these days they are just a retail website selling foreign made outdoor gear. Slioch Outdoor Clothing has closed too (in 2008). Up until fairly recently (say 2007) Tog 24 were manufacturing some of their products in Great Britain, but I can find nothing on their website to suggest that is still the case.
Firemore outdoor clothing say “All Firemore garments are handmade by us” which says to me that all products are made in England. They have a connection of some sort with Slioch Outdoor Equipment, which was formerly based in Poolewe for over 20 years, in that one of the owners is a former Slioch employee. Off-the-shelf or made to measure. Fabrics used are Ventile or Venté or Polartec or Berber or Pertex. No country of origin is given against individual products so as always I advise checking where something is made. Jackets, salopettes, fleeces, over-trousers, hats, neck-tubes, scarves, head-bands, leech socks – http://www.firemore.com
For sleeping bags, sleeping mats, sit mats and tents made in the UK, please click here.
Keela and Ardmel ( tape seaming machinery manufacturers) are possibly both owned by Rube Fernando and both companies manufacture in his birthplace Sri Lanka and in China, as well as having some manufacturing in the UK. Keela say in the FAQs that “all design and manufacture is done in-house” but that does not mean it is all done in the UK. On the Keela US website they say that “Keela jackets are made in our Scotland home facility in Glenrothes, Scotland, as well as in our sister facility in Sri Lanka, run by our founders’ extended family.” And that “many of our limited edition Ventile jackets are made in Scotland.” Keela do not generally bother to give country of origin information on their websites or even on some of their products. The only item I could find on their website today labelled as made in England was a High Visibility Dog Coat. You can ask where a particular item is made I assume, but mostly Keela is foreign made – http://www.keela.co.uk
Hugga designs, manufactures and sells 100% Made In Britain sports apparel for men, women and juniors. Born out of the rowing world but whether you’re a rower, a rider, a runner or a gym goer, Hugga has something. They state on their website that “every rowing suit, every waterproof, every polo, every hoody and every tee that we sell is made in Britain”. Products are available on their website – http://hugga.com
True Mountain a British producer of Performance outdoor wear manufactured in Great Britain. True Mountain is a brand that produces performance outdoor apparel in Preston Lancashire. They use materials and components sourced in the EU, and as much as possible comes from the UK. For men and women – for biking, running and climbing – base layers, windshells, waterproofs, leggier, wrist warmers, socks, underwear, headwear and t-shirts. Available on their website – https://www.truemountain.com
Burnt Custard (BC) base layers (long sleeved tops and leggings) for men and women, designed for running, snowboarding or skiing, are all made in Britain. The Meryl yarn they use is made overseas, but BC bring it into Nottingham to knit into fabric, and construct the finished garments at their factory in Cirencester. They say on their website “We make the highest quality base layers from the finest fabrics, which are all 100% manufactured in Britain to create the most technologically advanced base layers.” There’s a review of their base layers here – https://www.burntcustard.com
Mountain White sell mostly British made and USA made outdoor gear – British made over-shirts, polo shirts, jogging bottoms, rucksacks, duffle bags, beanies, hoodies, socks; for men and women. British made items are labelled as such; other items are foreign made – http://www.mountainwhite.co.uk
VIGA sportwear for men and women say on their website “The majority of our garments are British-made…” They sell aero vests, shorts and t-shirts at good prices. They also do bespoke running vests. Available on their website. Unfortunately they do not show country of origin against individual products, so you will need to ask where a particular product is made – http://www.viga.co.uk
Bulldog Gear gym (bodybuilding) equipment manufacture some of their kit in the UK. The company market themselves particularly to the Crossfit community. Their British made gear includes – the 5 Series flat bench, the Mammoth Olympic Bench, their floor rigs, Ballistic Bumpers (weights to attach to bars), their Olympic platform, a wall Mounted Pull Up Bar, Wooden Gymnastic Rings, Manilla Climbing Rope, Polyhemp Climbing Rope, Parallettes, Multi-Use Plyobox, Sleds, Sled straps, Farmers Walk Handles, Farmer’s Handles, an Axle bar, the BSY1 Yoke, Strength Wraps, and their WOD (“workouts of the day”) men’s shorts. The other gear they sell is all foreign made – http://www.bulldoggear.eu
If you are after British made gym equipment (slightly off topic I know!) there are plenty of companies making in the UK including:
Bulldog, mentioned above.
Bullworkers used to be made in the UK but I don’t think they are these days as no country of origin information is given on their website.
Gymcor “products are 100% British made” (wall mounted dip bars, pull up bars, etc for home and commercial use). Gymcor say on their website “We take pride in the fact that our products are 100% made in the UK, employing local people and ensuring our customers get a product they can trust.”
Kustom Kit Gym Equipment (commercial gym equipment).
“Anvil Strength and Conditioning provide and guarantee a range of high-spec gym design, fit-out and consultancy services. Hand built in the UK, we provide health and fitness facilities, home owners, boutique gyms, universities and public institutions with the best rigs possible” – https://anvilstrengthandconditioning.co.uk
Full Metal Industries (FMI) say on their website “All of our equipment is manufactured in our industrial unit in the middle of the beautiful Somerset countryside” – commercial bars, rigs, machines, benches, racks, sleds, dumbbells, etc.
Pro-Bell are manufactures and stockist of commercial dumbbells, training free weights and accessories – some of their dumbbells are made in the UK.
Raptor Weight Vests are made in the UK.
The Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGO) who say on their Facebook About page “By 2010 we had moved our manuafcturing base 100% to the UK to drive up quality”.
Exigo say on their website “Our extensive range of robust gym equipment and fitness equipment is designed and manufactured in our own UK factory, built to withstand the rigours of a busy commercial gym environment” – boxing rings, boxing punchbag frames, training stations, racks, suspension training frames, rigs, weight machines, benches, etc – they also sell foreign made items such as cardio machines and Jordan free weights, so check if what you want is actually UK made.
A.T Leisure Ltd of Birmingham appear to manufacture their own plate loaded weight machines in the UK, although they do not seem to have a website to look at they are on eBay.
Continental is a UK manufacturer of equipment for gymnastics, sports halls, physical education, trampolining and changing rooms. I assume all their own brand equipment is made in the UK but you will want to check when buying as country of origin is not clearly stated against individual products. They are also an importer of foreign made sporting goods – http://www.continentalsports.co.uk
“All of Mr Goddam Fantastic Products are made in Britain” according to their website – bespoke commercial dumbbells.
GymRatZ have their own brand commercial and home gym equipment made in England for them by Watson Gym Equipment. Benches, stands, racks, Smith machines, weight machines, Olympic bars, bars, presses, multi gyms, wall mounted pull-up bars, Olympic dumbbell bars, farmer’s walk handles, weights, kettlebells, etc which are mostly made in England (if it does not say, please check before buying). Watson Gym Equipment is also available on the GymRatZ website.
Watson Gym Equipment say on their website “All Watson Gym Equipment products are manufactured in our factory in Frome, England. We are passionate about the equipment we produce and take pride in every product we send out. Manufacturing the products ourselves means that you get exceptional build quality, custom built equipment to suit your needs and a short lead time.” Watson Gym Equipment range includes free weights (including dumbbells, bars, plates and kettlebells), benches, racks, machines, etc. Watson also sell foreign made gym equipment, such as that branded York, which as far as I know is all foreign made.
The big names you see in council gyms like Life Fitness, Technogym, and Concept2 are all foreign made. York branded dumbbells and so on are foreign made.
Blk Box Fitness equipment is “Made in Belfast” and includes freestanding and wall mounted rigs and monkey bars, and racks. Whether any of the other equipment they sell such as bars, bumpers and benches are made in the UK I don’t know but you could ask. Bulk Box is pronounced BLACK BOX apparently and were previously marketed under the name EFP Gyms LTD – http://www.blkboxfitness.com
Wolverson is primarily an importer of fitness equipment, but also sells a few UK made items such as Plyo boxes, farmers walk bars, benches, Battling Ropes, and a 3-in-1 Combi Yoke – https://wolverson-fitness.co.uk
The BIAbox and BIAbox tough are made in the UK. BIAbox is the multi-use strength & fitness product; basically a durable box shaped bodyweight strength & fitness frame. I assume their floor mat and t-shirt are foreign made as no country of origin is given for these products – https://www.biafitness.co.uk
Outdoor XOR (xorbars) “pull up bars are manufactured in the UK (so super durable and high quality)”. Available fully constructed in your garden or as just bars that you self-build – http://xorbars.co.uk
Pull Up Mate produced by Heaton Products Ltd is a home or commercial gym fitness training rig that functions as a pull up station, dip station and sturdy full-height pull up bar in one and is “Proudly manufactured in the UK”. Pull Up Mate also do larger training rigs, parallettes and
Parallel Bars which I assume are also UK made (but do check) and a gym ball which I assume is foreign made. The man in the video below truly puts the pull-up mate though its paces – https://www.pullupmate.co.uk
Also see here for cycling and some other sports equipment.
A Star leotards for women and men are all made in the UK. They say “all our leotards are handmade in the UK” on their website. I suspect their other sports garments are foreign made, although this is not clear from their website – https://www.astar.uk.com/#
Milano leotards for men and women are made in their “own factory in the UK”. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, implying all their leotards are UK made, but it would be wise to check with them before buying. They also sell other sportswear and again no country of origin information is given, so I suspect it is all foreign made. The company told me (on 16/6/15) that “All of our leotards, shorts, stirrups, cheer wear, scrunchies etc are made in our UK factory. We outsource leisurewear such as tracksuits, hoodies, t-shirts, shoe’s etc.” – http://www.milano-pro-sport.com
Gandolfi are retailers and manufacturers since 1920 of ballet shoes and dancewear for schools, theatre, TV and film companies. Gandolfi own brand shoes and garments sold online and in their shops are manufactured in their factory in Wellingborough, UK. heir shops also sell foreign made products. Ballet shoes, leotards, lycra shorts, dance dresses, dance tops, tights, – http://gandolfi.co.uk
Katz Dancewear make dancewear for children and adults from handmade ballet shoes to tutus. The same company also make Baby Pure baby shoes that are all made In the UK. Their products are made by them in Thrapston, Northamptonshire –
Dans-ez, founded in 1975, say on their website that they “have been supporting the British manufacturing industry since our company was founded and we still do today, with our own factory based in Kent.” Dancewear and activewear for women, men and children, and sports bras. No country of origin is given against individual products on their website so please check what you want will be British made before buying as I am not sure if everything they sell is British made. Of their FirmFit range their twitter tagline says “We are a leading brand of expertly designed and inspiring activewear for women – lovingly made in the UK by @lovedansez” – https://www.dans-ez.com
International Dance Supplies Ltd (IDS) wholesale dancewear suppliers say on their website “IDS is an international business, with strong British roots. We’re really proud to support UK manufacturing and most 1st Position dancewear is made in the UK.” They other products are presumably foreign made. UK made items are labelled as such on their website – https://ids.co.uk
Freed of London is the leading producer of pointe shoes in the world and a supplier the Royal Ballet School. All their pointe shoes are made in London, and most, if not all of their other shoes – ladies ballet flats, heeled fashion shoes, wedding shoes – are made in England too. Freed of London has three factory’s in the UK, in Norwich, in Leicester and in Hackney London. In an interview with Made to Last the company is described as “one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of professional dance shoes, which are hand crafted in the UK…”. They also see dance related garments, some of which are made in England. Items made in England are clearly marked as such on their website – http://www.freedoflondon.com
Gymphlex (founded in 1906) has its roots in traditional English sportswear. They had a factory in Leicester and later Horncastle, Lincolnshire. They are still based in Leicester but now outsource manufacturing to factories around the world and no longer manufacture themselves. They say on their website that they have “an absolute commitment to UK manufacturing” and that primarily they use factories in Japan and the UK. Items made in Japan and the UK are labelled as such on their website. They do not bother to give country of origin for products made elsewhere. Most items seem to be made elsewhere, with a few being made in Japan. Hardly anything Gymphlex sell is British made, except and the One Nine Zero Six collection mentioned below and a few unisex jumpers, wool hats and school style scarves – http://www.gymphlex.co.uk
Pier Sportswear was founded in 2012 and sell bespoke sportswear for Rugby League, Rugby Union, Hockey, Netball, Schools, Colleges, University, and Corporations. They say on their website that they manufacture everything in the UK. Shirts, leggings, tight shorts, hoodies, and tracksuit tops and bottoms. Their website seems a bit shaky – delivery information for example appears to be in Latin! No minimum order information is given but is appears to me that they supply clubs and organisations rather than individuals – http://www.pier-sportswear.com
One Nine Zero Six is a made in England collection of contemporary men’s casualwear by Gymphlex and is a return to British manufacturing for Gymphlex (see above). Available, for example, at Daniel Jenkins online. Other stockists are listed on their website – http://www.oneninezerosix.co.uk
Corinne Dennis Performance Cycle Wear is a small company based in Cornwall, selling cycle clothing for men and women. Quite a few Corinne Dennis products are British made, as denoted by a little Union Flag against products on their website. Other products are foreign made. Their cycle shorts, short sleeved tops, long-sleeved tops, cycle trousers, cycle tights, and cycle jackets are available via their website and in a few cycle shops as listed in their stockists section – http://www.corinnedennis.co.uk
Vélobici Cyclewear own brand clothing and accessories are made in the UK. On their website they say “All Vélobici clothing is 100% designed and manufactured in the UK”. They have a shop in Leicester and they list other stockists on their website or you can order online. Roadwear, knitwear, padded boxer shorts, arm warmers, leg warmers, headbands, hats, gloves, fingerless gloves, socks, scarves, caps, t-shirts, a water bottle and base layers for men and women. They also sell Brooks bags and accessories but do not give country of origin for these and I assume they are foreign made (check the Brooks website – see above – most Brooks bags and accessories are foreign made) – http://www.velobici.cc
ForceGB produce custom-made cycling clothing for clubs, associations, charity rides and groups, with no minimum order quantity and all garments being made in West Yorkshire, England. Men’s, ladies, and juniors. For example they make a cycling shirt for a company called Bikemonkey – http://www.forcegb.com/
Vulture cycling themed t-shirts (and the Vulture woven labels) are printed in Yorkshire, but sadly the t-shirts themselves are foreign made. For men, women, and juniors. Their labels and stickers are made in England – http://www.bethevulture.co.uk
Route Clothing sell clothes that celebrate bicycles and cycling culture. On their website they state that where possible their products are made in the UK, although mostly they sell t-shirts and none of these are made in the UK (although they are printed in Glasgow). For men and women. They have a nice UK made cycling cap and bag and they offer free delivery in the UK – http://www.routeclothing.com
Road Rags cycling wear and classic bikes are made in Britain. Merino wool is used in some products and the merino wool used comes milled from Italy and is manufacturered in the Midlands. Cotton is also used and that seems to be milled in England and the products made in England. T-shirts, jackets, jumpers, and cycling trousers for men and women. Bikes are refurbished – http://www.roadrags.cc
Much of the Lusso range of cycling apparel (shorts, bibs, warmers, jerseys, base layers, jackets, etc. for men, women and children) is made in the UK. Much Lusso clothing is also foreign made, so select with care and choose British made items – http://www.lusso-clothing.co.uk
Knox make motorcycle and mountain biking gear and body armour. Their products are suitable for motorcycling, motocross, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and equestrian. For men, women, and children. A few of their products are made in Britain, with the items made in Britain clearly labelled on their website – http://www.planet-knox.com
Pretty Ponies riding wear and accessories for children, ladies and gents say “All of our products are designed, cut and handmade in our own workshop, our own stock tweeds are designed by ourselves in house and woven at some of the oldest mills in the country keeping the Pretty Ponies brand completely British made.” However, country of origin is not given against individual products, so please check where something is made before buying. As well as their products being available online, Pretty Ponies have a shop in Wrightington, Lancashire – http://www.prettyponies.co.uk
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SeaSafe Systems Ltd make the majority of their items in their factory in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. They make SeaSafe Foul Weather Coats and Life Jackets, as well as the physical safety components of the life jacket. Off-the-peg or bespoke. They are in the process of updating their website to show which products they make in their factory in Cowes which should make it easier for their customers, and British made products on their website either say “made in Britain” in the description or carry the “made in Britain” logo. They also sell foreign made products, such as Draper tools, life rafts, SOLAS Lights, and Corporate Clothing – http://www.seasafe.co.uk
Nookie make and sell products for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddling. A few of their products, such as some splash desks, drysuits and dry trousers, are made in Cornwall, England – http://www.nookie.co.uk
Protak UK fishing and waterproof clothing for men and women have lots of made in England items and these are clearly marked on their website with a little St George flag. Protak TR Design Clothing (waterproof jackets, trousers, bid and braces; Carp Clothing; personalised waterproof golf trolly covers, Team clothing; Premier Clothing (waterproof jackets, trousers and bib, fleece jackets, and braces); bed chair covers; neck warmers; cot and pram sized baby blankets; pewter pins and sculptures; pet blankets; wellie bags, unhooking mats; bed chair bags and chair bags; sling mat combis; bed chair pillows; box straps; seat box cushions; hook wallets; winder wallets; etc. Not everything on their site is made in England but a good proportion of it is. Recommended to me as “Every bit as good as the yachty brands (that do not make in the UK) and much better value for money”. Available direct from their website and at fishing, country and game fairs in the UK. Update 19 December 2017 – this company may have closed down; their website is no longer working – http://www.protak.com
NagRags are the leading British manufacturer of bespoke horse and rider wear and cross country colours, for men, women, and children. Every item is made by hand to customer order at their workshop in Lancashire. Sweatshirts, polo shirts, show rugs, saddle clothes, and Numnah – http://www.nagrags.co.uk
Miles Stronger – everything they sell is made in Britain, which is very impressive. British made runners clothing for men and women, British made accessories (socks, a beanie hat, a water bottle, micro-fibre towels, shoelace bonders, medal displays, etc.), British made energy drinks, British made energy gels, and British made energy bars – www.milesstronger.co.uk
4distance Triathlon clothing and accessories for men and women are mostly, if not all, all made in Britain. On their website they say “4Distance’s philosophy is simple; we want to provide our clients with the highest quality British made Triathlon clothing and accessories”, they are a member of British Made for Quality and they say their goods are British made in their video. Where country of origin information is not given, please check. T-shirts, shorts, and accessories. Available via their website. Update as of October 2017 sadly 4Distance seem to have gone by the wayside; their twitter has not been updated since June 2014 and their website says “we are rejuvenating our site, back in July 2015 – http://4distance.co.uk
Outdoor and Sports Company Ltd (OSC) brands Mountain Equipment, Sprayway Ronhill and Hilly do not bother to give country of origin information on their websites and as far as I know are all foreign made, but all Ron Hill custom made clothing for teams and organisations is made in Sutton in Ashfield by Ridgeway Textiles – http://specials.ronhill.com
Fred Perry, now Japanese owned, occasionally sell a few made in the UK items for men and women. In particular, their made in England, the Fred Perry M12 polo shirt. They have shops or you can buy online – http://www.fredperry.com
Lancashire Pike Clothing outerwear is made in Bolton, England using Ventile cotton. Cycling jackets, Alpine smocks, and classic Alpine ski jackets. Available via their website – http://www.lancashirepike.co.uk
Eiger Classic alpine, founded in 2014, have their merino wool jumpers made in England. They also sell a small range of leather accessories like wallets and leather bound hip flasks which are bound in England but presumably foreign made as they do not state where the actual flasks are made. The leather is from Italy and I assume the wool used is foreign milled. They also sell Swiss made Swiss army knives – http://eigerclassic.com
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StickU, founded in 2014, design and sell British made white cotton t-shirts and vests for men and women with stick men and women on them. S, M and L sizes (not sure what you do if you are XL + although they are slim fit!). They say on their website “all of our garments are designed and made right here in the UK so we know exactly where our clothes are coming from” – http://www.sticku.co.uk
Joy and Joe baby stretchy/woven baby wraps are made in the UK. One of my twitter followers, it says on their website “Our stretchy baby wraps are manufactured from 100% interlocked cotton made in the UK – http://www.joyandjoebaby.com/
CGR Bike Gear sell Genesis British made bags for babies prams, to protect them during transport – http://www.genesis-products.co.uk. All CGR own branded products are made in England. Designed for bikers for men and women – micro-fleeces, leggings, short-sleeved zipped tops, polo neck tops, etc. – http://www.cgrbikegear.co.uk
LS Manufacturing manufacture in the UK, Portugal, and the Far Eat – clothing for men and women – they say they can manufacture the same product in the UK, in Europe or in the Far East. They make jackets, waxed jackets, fleece jackets, jeans, trousers, tops, tops, body armour, curtains, and soft furnishings and say they employ around 100 people in the UK. Trade only. Part of the LS Group. The LS Group also includes LS International (trade only) who make workwear (which can also be made in the UK) such as fire retardant garments, high-visibility garments, jackets, poloshirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, thermal undergarments, trousers, overalls, wet weather jackets and over trousers and rail clothing. Another part of the group, LS Embroidery Ltd, again trade only, who do print and embroidery onto promotional clothing, workwear and corporate clothing.
Another part of LS Group, Huggababy International Ltd, make baby clothes and such, with some products being made in the UK including, they baby slings, baby blankets, and baby sleeping bags. Other products I assume are foreign made. Retail – http://www.huggababy.co.uk
Another part of the LS Group is Crojack Ltd. Cro’Jack is a British menswear brand, some of which is made in Britain. Their outerwear (duffle coats, macs, quilted jackets, trench coats, general coats) and shirts are made in the UK; other items are foreign made. For example their Oxbow Jogger Shorts are not made in the UK, but made in Pakistan and finished in the UK. As of October 2017 their website says “As many of our expanded Men’s and brand new Women’s collection’s as possible are made in our factory right in the heart of England.” I take this to mean much is foreign made too. Made in England items are clearly labelled as such on their website. Foreign made items show no country of origin. Cro’Jack have told me their aim for 2018 is to make all their stock in the UK – http://www.crojack.co.uk
Belstaff, which was formerly British made outerwear brand, is now all foreign made in places like Romania.
Ross Barr, launched in September 2015, with the support of The Prince’s Trust, is luxury British menswear label who hope to make more in Britain. Currently they have one product a chunky knit men’s, double-breasted, flattering wool cardigan with shawl collar which is knitted and hand-finished in Leicester, with Yorkshire-spun Scottish yarn and finished with English pine buttons – http://rossbarr.co.uk
Courtney & Co English button makers, established in 2016 and located in Bourton-on-the-Water, use natural materials, traditional techniques and heritage inspired designs and their buttons are made in England. Following the collapse of James Grove & Sons Ltd, which had been founded in 1857, in 2012 and the demise of another company called Grove Pattern Buttons in 2015, Courtney & Co was started using the James Grove & Sons equipment which they had acquired and subsequently leased out to Grove Pattern Buttons. Courtney & Co buttons are available to manufacturers in bulk and to the general public via their website – http://courtneyandco.uk
Aidan Sweeney, a traditional gentlemen’s outfitters shop in Brecon’s historic Market Arcade founded in 1986, sell British made antimacassars (chair back top covers) and chair arm covers in lace or tapestry. 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
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 (made using foreign sourced fabrics). They now have a store in London and stores in Cornwall and Devon. Most of their products are made in Portugal still though – http://www.finisterreuk.com
Some of the Finisterre shirts mentioned above are made in London by White Hart; a company founded in 2012 “from a desire to bring back high quality manufacturing to the UK we have sourced, restored and shipped vintage Union Specials and Japanese Juki shirt machinery from Hong Kong to create a production line that can produce shirts of a quality previously not available in the UK”. Trade only, they make shirts for other brands – http://whitehartlondon.co.uk
Teatum Jones’ womenswear factory is just outside of London according to this article, although I think they work with manufacturers abroad too and UK manufacturing is not mentioned on their website – http://teatumjones.com/index.shtml
H&B Clothing Ltd T/A Unbranded Apparel, manufacture all their garments in Leicester, England. Retail or wholesale, they charge a flat rate of £6.95 to the UK (and free shipping on orders over £25) and £15 internationally regardless of order size. Mens sweatshirts and hoodies, and mens and ladies t-shirts; all at very reasonable prices. They make their T shirts in Leicester in their workshop, that also does remedial packing and labelling work for chain stores, and the t-shirt knitted fabric is made in India (thank you to @veganline for this last bit of information). – http://unbrandedapparel.com
James Levett say on their Pinterst “James levett’s vision is to revive the British tailoring industry by producing the finest ready to wear suits made entirely in Great Britain.” Not up and running yet, but watch this space. As of 19/2/17 their twitter tagline is “James Levett Made in Great Britain – Discover the worlds finest tailoring that disregard anything that detract from the tailoring alone and is still made entirely in Great Britain”. Their website is now up and running. Their you can order a Made to Order suit. They also do Made to Measure and Bespoke. Since 1979 they have had a shop in London’s Savile Row – http://jameslevett.com
Huntsman is a tailors on Savile Row in London. On their website they say of their tailored clothing for men and women that it is done “in-house” suggesting to me that it is done on their premises in England. They say they use British and Italian fabrics. They do not mention the origin of buttons and accessories used. No country of origin information is given for their ready-to-wear clothing, so that is probably mostly, if not all, foreign made. Founded in 1849, they are perhaps best known for their flannel suits. Amongst the famous clientele they have had over the years are the likes of Sir Dirk Bogarde, Sir Cecil Beaton, Baron Laurence Olivier, King Edward VIII [later Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor; as in Edward and Mrs Simpson], and Gregory Peck. The inspiration for Kingsman, a 2015 film – where a tailoring house that acts as a covert command base for a secret society of spies – was this iconic Savile Row tailor and the shop’s interior can be seen in parts of the film. Roubi L’Roubi, Creative Director at Huntsman said in an interview “…As far as I’m aware, the Huntsman shop is not a front for a clandestine organisation of spies!”. Mr Porter also have a collaboration with the makers of the film Kingsman: The Secret Service (released February 2015) with (mostly) British made clothing based around costumes used in the film and branded Kingsman (see below). There is no mention of any connection between the Huntman brand and the Kingsman brand on the Mr Porter site. A BBC article in June 2015 about the US love of bespoke British suits mentions Huntsman quite a few times. Another interesting article on this exhibition can be found here – http://www.h-huntsman.com
John Morgan & Co. offer made to measure and ready to wear clothes for men. They have premises in London and Melbourne, Australia. Famous clients have included John F. Kennedy and Harold MacMillan. The shop actually appears to be labelled L G Wilkinson incorporating John Morgan & Co. and their history section on their website is entitled “John Morgan & Co 1825-1985”. No mention of either is made on their website anywhere and L G Wilkinson don’t appear to have a separate website, which is all very strange. They do made-to-measure, and ready-to-wear suits and shirts which are only available in Australia. They do say they sometimes use British made fabrics in their ready-to-wear collection, but presumably it is all foreign made. They do not say that made-to-measure happens on their premises in London, so presumably this is all foreign made too. Nothing is available via their website.
Alexander McQueen, founded by the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen in 1992 and now owned by French company Kering (previously PPR) who also own the names Gucci and Puma, an, have a shop on Savile Row selling menswear and womenswear but I am not aware that they sell any British made clothes.
Hardy Amies is a British-based fashion house specialising in modern luxury menswear with a shop on Savile Row opened by the company’s founder, Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, in 1946. Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, KCVO (17 July 1909 – 5 March 2003) – known as Hardy Amies – was an English fashion designer, founder of the Hardy Amies label and was best known as a dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II. “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten about them,” Amies famously said. He dressed the late Patrick Macnee as super-spy John Steed in The Avengers, for some of the series. In 1959 Amies teamed up with Hepworth & Son (see below) to design a range of ready-to-wear menswear. In 1973, Hardy Amies Ltd. was sold to Debenhams. Amies purchased the business back in 1981 and sold it again 2001. Currently the business is owned by No.14 Savile Row (who also own Kilgour; see below) which itself is a subsidiary of Fung Capital which is owned by the Fung brothers of Hong Kong, who also own Li & Fung Limited and Trinity Limited (owners of Gieves & Hawkes). Fung (Trinity) also own the Kent and Curwen brand (not sure where this brand is made nowadays, probably abroad; they have a shop in London, but I have a couple of old great made in England silk ties by them; their website does not mention country of origin). Bespoke suits at Hardy Amies are still tailored on the premises and are therefore made in England. No country of origin information is given on their website for the materials they use or the buttons and such, so please check if you are buying a bespoke suit. No country of origin information is given about their ready-to-wear clothing and accessories online, so I assume these are mostly foreign made. I did find some English made shoes and belts online – http://hardyamies.com
Kilgour are owned by the Fung brothers in Hong Kong (see Hardy Amis above) and are a menswear brand established in 1880 with a shop on Savile Row. Bespoke tailoring for men takes place in-house on Savile Row and their bespoke suits are therefore made in England. No country of origin information is given on their website for the materials they use or the buttons and such, so please check if you are buying a bespoke suit. No country of origin information is given on their website about their made-to-measure service. They seem to do a ready-to-wear collection too but this is not featured on their website and the clothes may well be foreign made – http://kilgour.com
Welsh & Jefferies is a bespoke tailoring shop based in Savile Row, London. Tailoring for men and women. Welsh and Jefferies started off in 1917 in Eton High Street. As far as I know, Welsh and Jefferies and Weatherill Bros. is still in Eton but is perhaps now a separate company. In 1999 Welsh and Jefferies acquired Lesley and Roberts. The London shops are now owned by James Cottrell and his partner Yingmei Quan, according to their website. No information for either company is given on their websites about where the tailoring takes place, or the origin of the cloth and additions like thread and buttons. Whether they make anything in the UK is not clear.
Kathryn Sargent is a tailors in London. They say on their website “All our garments are handmade in London” and they talk about using “British wools and cashmeres to wonderfully soft rich Scottish tweeds.” Bespoke tailoring for men and women – http://www.kathrynsargent.com
Percy Ivor men’s tailoring (for town and country) and accessories (hats, scarves, ties, hankies, cufflinks, socks) are all made in Britain. They say all their cloth is sourced from the best mills and merchants in the United Kingdom. They also do women’s wraps, women’s made to order and women’s accessories (hats, nags, scarves, socks), which is mostly made in the UK and cushions (but it does not say these are made in the UK). Online, but a tailor can visit for the menswear and they attend some country shows – http://percyivor.co.uk
Maurice Sedwell is a tailor in Savile Row offering bespoke tailoring services for both gentlemen and ladies. They say 80% of the cloths they offer are British, so you can select British cloth. No information is given on their websites about the origin of additions like thread and buttons or about where the tailoring takes place – http://www.savilerowtailor.com
Davies & Son, incorporating James & James, Johns & Pegg, Wells of Mayfair and Fallan & Harvey, are a tailor on Savile Row in London. Davies & Son (or perhaps one of the many tailoring ‘brands’ they have subsumed over the years) made the first the first uniforms for Sir Robert Peel’s police force. Other famous clientele include Brian Ferry, Prince Michael of Kent, Michael Jackson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Edward Fox, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Tyrone Power, Bunny Rogers, David Tennant, President Harry Truman, and the Duke of Windsor. Davies & Son currently hold the Royal Warrant as Military Tailors to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Bespoke suits and shirts for men. They imply tailoring is done on the premises but it would be wise to check as it is not clear from their website. No country of origin information is given for the materials they use or the buttons and such, so again please check. No country of origin information is given about their ready-to-wear clothing and accessories online, so I assume these are all foreign made. They have a helpful section on how to remove spillages such as beer from clothes – http://www.daviesandson.com
Henry Poole, famed for having made a suit for Buffalo Bill (1846–1917; an American showman, who devoted his life to his travelling Wild West Show), have been a custom bespoke tailors in Savile Row since 1806 – making tailored suits, shirts and garments for men. The famous clients have included Charles Dickens, Dr Livingstone, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Prince Otto von Bismarck, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, William Randolph Hearst, and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. They hold a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen as Livery Tailors. Livery are garments (uniforms) for coachmen, footmen, chauffeurs, and so on, and there are also State Liveries, Court Dress for High Sheriffs and Ceremonial uniforms, which Henry Poole have begun making again in recent years. They also make bespoke suits and shirts, seemingly on the premises but it would be wise to check as it is not entirely clear. No country of origin information is given for the materials they use or the buttons and such, so again please check. Some of their accessories online are made in the UK such as some of their cufflinks, braces, wallets and possibly their Swaine Adeney and Brigg umbrellas. I assume their ties, hankies, and scarves are all foreign made – https://henrypoole.com
Dege & Skinner – Established in 1865 and located at number 10 Savile Row, Dege & Skinner is one of only two family-run bespoke tailoring houses to remain on the Row and the only one to cut bespoke shirts on the premises. All their bespoke clothes, uniforms and shirts are cut by hand on their premises and made in England. They make bespoke clothing for men and women – http://dege-skinner.co.uk
Barrington Ayre is a shirtmaker & tailor in Cirencester – Made in England bespoke & made to order clothing for men and women. You will need to ask about the provenance of the material and accessories they use as this information is not on their website and I am not sure if everything they sell is made in England- http://www.barringtonayre.co.uk
JS Tailoring (Jim Smith Tailoring) in Lincoln are a visiting tailor who use English milled cloth to make suits, shooting attire and shirts. I assume the tailoring is done in England but they do not say so on their website, so please check. They also sell English made Cheaney Shoes. They do not give country of origin for their corporate wear or accessories, so I assume these are all foreign made. No information is given about where they source their buttons, thread and the like. All a bit vague then so ask lots of questions before shopping with them – http://www.jstailoring.co.uk
Hirsch Tailoring for men and women garments are cut and hand-tailored in their own workshop in Cheshire. They say they in believe in “sourcing materials from producers [they] know personally” and talk of British made fabrics – http://www.hirschtailoring.com
Established in 1883 William Evans are a gunmaker (gunsmiths) in St james’s, London or a gun assembler / finisher in any case and also sell some British made clothing for men and woman. If it is made in the UK this is specified on the website; otherwise it is not. Particularly some of their own brand clothing is made in the UK. A little Union Flag also appears to also signify made in the UK, but as always, do check before buying. They do not say who makes their clothing for them. Also some accessories, homeware and gifts at William Evans are made in the UK. They also stock MUSTO, but I suspect this is made abroad – http://www.williamevans.com
Susannah Hall Tailors in London bespoke suits and tailored garments for men and women, including shirts, are all made in the UK. She has a shop in Clerkenwell. I assume ties and accessories are foreign made – http://susannahhall.com
It is not clear from their website whether tailored suits and shirts for men from Cad and the Dandy are actually manufactured in Britain. They do say that sometimes they use cloths from Yorkshire and Scotland, but give no further country of origin information. You could ask – http://www.cadandthedandy.co.uk
Scabal tailors have a shop on Savile Row and used to say ‘made in England’ on their twitter page but their website states manufacture is in Germany or Italy. In the past possibly some garments were made in England too. They own the Tailor Hoff factory in Germany. Bespoke (made in Germany) or off-the-peg garments (foreign made) and Italian made accessories. Possibly they use English cloth sometimes; they have their own mill in Huddersfield (see Bower Roebuck below; they purchased this fabric mill in 1973). They are also fabric merchants. Their website is nigh on impossible to navigate. Scabal was founded in 1938 in Brussels in Belgium. Their London shop opened in the 1960s – http://www.scabal.com
Snugpak do a range of great sleeping bags – take care to choose the manufactured in the United Kingdom ones though. They also do great UK made cloths (just some jackets, trousers and hats are made in the UK), so likewise with their clothing take care to choose made in the UK. Items that are UK made are clearly labelled as so on their website. You can even filter to just UK made products. Only some clothes, some sleeping bags, some bivvi bags, some sleeping bag accessories, some hammock blankets, and a stuff sack are UK made; everything else they sell is imported.
Snugpak are based in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The Sleeka jacket below is made in Yorshire. It is made using a fabric they call Paratex Light which is lightweight, windproof, water repellant, breathable and wicks moisture and is insulated with their Softie Premier Insulation (which was developed and is actually made in Switzerland). This retains heat even when wet, is washable and high loft. It comes with its own stuff sack. The minimum temperature range given is -5C (comfort) and -10C (Extreme). Long enough and very lightweight (170g). The Sleeker has 2 large zipped outer handwarmer pockets and a large zipped internal pocket. The Snugpak Sleeker is simply a fab jacket and mine gets a lot of use.
They have a specific military website at http://www.snugpak.com/military/
Sub Zero Technology Ltd. manufacture thermal underwear, thermal baselayers, thermal midlayers, merino wool base layers, childrens thermal underwear, softshells, balaclavas, fleece and waterproof Jackets 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. They say on their twitter “Pioneer in outdoor clothing, Design Council ‘Millennium Product’ & multiple award-winner. Proud to say our products are Made in England”. Available at the Sub Zero online store – http://www.subzerostore.co.uk
Rock the Boat sell a few shorts, leggings, tech tops and fleeces for men and women which are made in the UK. These are labelled as such if they are UK made. The majority of items on their site are foreign made – http://www.rock-the-boat.co.uk
Nigel Cabourn clothing is mostly made in the UK. Menswear and womenswear. They are an outerwear specialist. Despite the fact that it says “Made in the UK” on their twitter and “Made in England” on their website, not all Nigel Cabourn products are made in the UK so please check before buying. Well Dressed Dad visited the Nigel Cabourn London shop in August 2015.
Lavenham Jackets – Horse Blankets, quilted jackets, waistcoats and accessories for men and women made in England. Quote from their Tumblr blog 9 March 2012 (http://lavenhamjackets.tumblr.com/ – their tumblr site has now disappeared!) – “Lavenham Jackets is the home of British quilting, all jackets, waistcoats and accessories are made in-house in our factory in Suffolk, England” – but their twitter and pinterest sites both still say “we manufacture all of our products in the UK in our factory in Suffolk” (as of 4/2/15). Lavenham has recently been taken over by Fred Perry. Let’s hope Fred Perry will keep manufacturing within the UK – http://www.lavenhamjackets.com
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
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Sweateronline and British Christmas Jumpers make a wide range of sweaters (jumpers / pullovers) and scarves for men and women. All made in Leicestershire, England. Wool or Acrylic. The wool jumpers are made from British wool and made in Great Britain. Made by Jack Masters Ltd in Leicestershire. ON the Paul James website it says “In 2005 Jack Masters acquired Paul James Knitwear after seeing the gap in the market for British luxury attire. Paul James’ archive and knitting machinery was relocated from Barwell to Ayelstone in Leicestershire, England” and “Paul James Knitwear and its sister company Jack Masters own and operate two factories, one based in the heart of the British textile industry in Leicester, England, and one in the family’s home town of Navsari in India” and “The group employ thirty people in the UK and seventy in India.” They also have some of their knitwear made in Europe. The Paul James website has a made in England section and they make jumpers, cardigans, t-shirts, socks, scarves, and wooly hats in England, for men and women.
– http://www.jackmasters.co.uk (wholesale)
Sweateronline – http://sweateronline.com
British Christmas Jumpers (Christmas themed sweaters) – http://www.britishchristmasjumpers.com/
Paul James – https://www.pauljamesknitwear.com
Archie Foal, a mens and womenswear clothing brand with 2 shops in London, say on their website “…wherever possible, we make in Great Britain”. As well as their own brand clothes they also sell other for brands many of which are foreign made but some of which are British made. Some Archie Foal products are UK made but many are made abroad for example in Italy. British made products are labelled as such on their website. British made products include wax jackets, some casual jackets, some jumpers, scarves, and socks – https://www.archiefoal.com
&Daughter women’s knitwear say on their website “Our knitwear made in Hawick in the borders of Scotland and Donegal on the west coast of Ireland”. Donegal is part of the Republic of Ireland and not part of the UK. &Daughter sell ladies knitwear, some of which is made in Scotland – https://www.and-daughter.com
Sunspel have their own factory in Nottinghamshire, England and 2 shops in London. Many of their clothes, for men and women, are made in the UK, but not all by any means. Even their iconic boxer shorts and Bond’s Riviera polo shirt are made in Turkey. Not everything on the website or on the garments themselves is clearly labelled with the country of origin, although some are labelled. If it does not have a made in England label, then you can assume it is made abroad. Their made in England range of clothes are of exceptional quality. Shop carefully and you can get fabulous made in the UK products at Sunspel. Marketed Sunspel England – http://www.sunspel.com/uk/
James Aubrey menswear is “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 (was) 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. 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 use fabric made by The British Millerain Co. Ltd and they use Abraham Moon fabric in their tweed jackets. Their products are available in “in a number of leading independent stores around the country.” Their website went “informational only” in September 2014 (although strangely most of the information on it has been removed!) and their products are no longer available online. I have seen their reasonably priced British wool made in Britain men’s jumpers in Daniel of Windsor Department Store and they look fab. Their is a bit of information about James Aubrey here and also about The British Millerain Company and about Abraham Moon and about British wool – http://www.jamesaubrey.co.uk – Update (as of 5/10/16 when I looked at their website) unfortunately James Aubrey is no longer trading.
Original Montgomery (Montgomery Outdoor Ltd) of Leicester credit themselves as the oldest duffle coat maker in the world, being the oldest surviving company chosen by the British Admiralty to make duffle coats for the British Royal Navy in the early 1890s. Duffle coats were widely issued in World War 1 and World War 2. Famous wearers of duffle coats have included Field Marshal Montgomery, Labour leader Michael Foot and fictional character Paddington Bear. Original Montgomery duffle coats are still made in England, although they now use Italian made fabrics for both their men’s and women’s coats. They also make a number of other styles, such as the pea coat, and knitwear, all manufactured in the UK. Their products are also available at Duffle Coats UK – http://www.originalmontgomery.com/uk/
Duffle Coats UK sell made in England duffle coats, pea coats, wax jackets, tweed sports jackets, trench coats, sweaters, beanies, scarves and sometimes leather satchels, socks and ski socks for men, women and children. They are part of Montgomery Outdoor Ltd (see above) – https://www.dufflecoatsuk.co.uk
Large stocks of post-war military surplus duffle coats were made available at reasonable prices to the general public and this meant that these coats became a ubiquitous and popular item of clothing in the 1950s and 1960s. The British firm Gloverall purchased surplus military supply of coats after World War II and in 1954 started producing their own version of the Duffle coat.
Gloverall Plc were founded in 1951 and produce men’s, women’s and children’s duffle coats, which are made in England (using Italian cloth); together with other made in England coats, made in England shirts, made in England polo shirts, and made in Scotland knitwear. Available via their website with free UK delivery and in shops. I was pleased to see (as of 7th April 2015) that everything on the Gloverall website seemed to be made in the UK, although take care and ask because I do not think everything they sell is British made (for example their arctic duffle as of 22/1/17 does not say it is made in England). Well Dressed Dad reviews a couple of different modern Gloveralls here and here. Their twitter tagline as of 22/1/17 was “Playing a part in fashion and culture through the last 60 years Gloverall has become one of the most respected and loved British outerwear brands.”
The Duffle Company Ltd. (T/A British Duffle Co.) appear to belong to Country Attire (see below). The British Duffle Co. make their duffle coats for men and women in England, using Italian fabric. They offer free worldwide delivery and free UK returns – http://www.britishduffle.com
British wool is a key part of Great Britain’s heritage and it remains at the forefront of useful fabrics and is the best wool in the world. http://www.britishwool.org.uk is the website of the British Wool Marketing Board. http://www.campaignforwool.org is the website of the Campaign for Wool. Wool is a versatile super-fabric. The British Wool Show supports the Campaign for Wool in raising the profile of British Wool and the many products produced by the British textile industry. The British Wool Show 2015 takes place in York on the 7th and 8th August 2015. Woolsack promotes British wool and has a list of stockists of British beed yarns and British wool yarns. Wovember celebrates WOOL and the fine folk who raise and work with it, throughout the month of November (not to be confused with Movember). Woolfest was founded to provide a showcase and a celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts. Woolfest 2015 will be held in June in Cumbria. Ellen has the British Yarn Guide on her blog, covering “mills to dyers, minor institutions to indie backroom operations” by region. KnitBritish is a website promoting the “idea to knit as local or as British as possible” and supports wool that is gown, spun or dyed in the UK. OvisA acts “as a showcase and portfolio website for designers /products using British Wool and Alpaca products”. Cambrian Mountains Wool campaigns on behalf of Welsh wool. Make it British has a list of 25+ British yarn producers, some of which are using British raw materials and some of which use imported materials, but they’re all spinning and dying yarn in the UK for industry and for wool for home knitting. Knit British is a website and podcast about locally sourced and made yarns. The Edinburgh Yarn Festival happens in the second weekend in March and showcases exhibitors who are small scale producers of yarn, much of which is British yarn.
Rowan yarns (now part of what is now known as Coats) sometimes sell some British wool. Perhaps predictably, there is no information on their website about where their products are spun, so presumably they are all foreign made. Coats is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of threads. They also own Patons yarns. Whether Coats still have any production in the UK or not I am not sure. I can’t find any information about this on their website.
John Arbon Textiles make socks and yarns and tops, tea cosies, egg cosies, gloves, scarves and ties in England using British fibre and have their own Fibre Processing and Spinning Mill. As far as I know they make everything they sell and so I assume it is all made in England (you should check) – https://www.jarbon.com
The British Millerain Company are the leading manufacturer of Waxed Cottons and one of Britain’s leading clothing producers. Established in 1880, British Millerain supplies performance textiles for commercial and military applications – fabrics for apparel, accessories, tentage, sails, covers, luggage, technical, military and outdoor applications. As far as I can gather, all production is in the UK. Trade only – http://www.britishmillerain.com
John Partridge (John Partridge & Co Ltd) say on their website “We make 85% of our core collection in Staffordshire”. They have their own factory in Staffordshire. They also say “If it not Made in England we will add a country of origin label to all our products.” Men’s and ladies wax jackets, quilted jackets, knitwear and accessories. They do generally give country of origin on their website now. According to their Facebook page “John Partridge began in 1969, which was then called Landowner, in the West Midlands in Staffordshire. We started off by making fertilizer for the local farmers and have gradually grown the business into selling superior country clothing. Although a few of our products are sourced from around the globe, John Partridge’s classic wax and quilted jackets are still made by hand in the factory in Wolverhampton.” On their website they also say “We design all our products here, and try to make all our products here, but of course in a global world this is hard, but we always try to add at least some value to imported products with our designs and hand finishing” and “We are proud to have possibly the finest workshop in England.” They say “Wherever possible we use locally sourced fabrics and accessories. We use British waxed cotton- the cotton comes from Egypt, but the treating and waxing is done here.” They tell us their studs come from Japan. They do not say where their zips and other parts come from on their webiste. They use Shetland wools (they do not say where it is spun and dyed) and British wools (from British spinners; they do not say where it is dyed) for some of their knitwear; other knitwear uses Merino wool from Spain. Over the years John Partridge have also made for Puffa, Belstaff, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Burberry, Liberty and Johnsons of Elgin. They once had a London store in Dover Street and were sold in Harrods. In the 2000s they had financial difficulties and lost their workforce, returning to production again by 2015. They now have a factory outlet shop in Rugeley, Staffordshire. Some of the products they sell are made in England, others are ‘finished’ in England and others are all foreign made. Looking around their website today (21/11/16) their men’s Speed 6 Biker waxed jacket is made in their own Staffordshire factory, as is their Speed 8 Traveller jacket, their Speed 8 Venturer jacket and their Oakland gilet. Their Heathland unisex jacket is made abroad but uses British made wax fabric and is ‘finished’ in England. Their other men’s jackets and casual wear are foreign made I assume as country of origin is not stated on their website. Some or possibly all of their knitwear for men and women is made in England. Their men’s and women’s quilted jackets are British made. Their women’s Epsom Wasp and Duffle Coat are made in England. Their Chaseland women’s jacket is foreign made but ‘finished’ in England. Their accessories are foreign made generally, although their candles and reed diffusers are made in England, as are their snoods. Their Dog coats are also made in England. Good to see that John Partridge are back and making some of their products in England. Grey Fox shares with us a picture of Prince Charles in a re-furbished John Partridge jacket from a 2013 BBC Countryfile programme, which I have reproduced below (the Telegraph have confirmed from Clarence House that beneath the layers of patches, there lies a jacket made by John Partridge, originally bought about 15 years previously and their article also tells us a bit more about how it was repaired and the company and about other companies such as Barbour mending jackets) – http://www.johnpartridge.com
Puffa jackets used to be made in England, as mentioned above, but as far as I know they are now all foreign made.
Halley Stevensons manufacturers of high quality waxed and oiled cotton fabrics primarily for use in the manufacture of outerwear apparel. Based in Dundee, Scotland and produced at the Baltic works since 1864, Halley Stevensons only produce waxed cotton. The video below also suggests at least some or even all production is in Scotland. On their website they say “dyed, finished and waxed at the Baltic Works since 1864” suggesting to me that they still manufacture at their Baltic Works. I don’t know if that applies to all products and if you are a manufacurer thinking of buying waxed cotton from them it would be wise to check first that it is actually made in the UK. They also say “All our dyeing and finishing is “under one roof” based at our Baltic Works in Dundee, UK.” – http://www.waxedcotton.com
Templemoyle Mills are waxed cotton makers in Northern Ireland, established in 1791. At the top of their website pages it says “BRITISH MADE FABRIC” and the label in the photograph below says “British made fabric by Templemoyle Mills”. I don’t know if that applies to all their products and if you are a manufacurer thinking of buying waxed cotton from them it would be wise to check first that it is actually made in the UK – http://www.templemoylemills.co.uk
Abraham Moon and Sons woollen mill are one of the country’s leading woollen and worsted manufacturers, producing fabric (cloth) for apparel, domestic furnishing fabric, commercial furnishing fabric, contract furnishing fabric, office furnish fabric: together with Bronte (now known as Bronte by Moon) woollen home and fashion accessories including throws, cushions, baby blankets and scarves. Primarily trade, they also have a shop in North Yorkshire selling clothes, Bronte accessories and furnishing fabric by the metre – http://www.moons.co.uk
I came across a menswear company on the internet called Heritage Research and it said handmade in England at the top of the site, but the last collection shown is from 2012 and their twitter has had no updates since September 2012, so I assume they failed in “attempting to make garments in England in extremely trying circumstances” (their tagline on twitter) – http://heritageresearch.co.uk
Likewise, Made by Dave, a British made menswear brand conceived by TV host Michael Barrymore, seems sadly to have gone by the wayside.
Country Attire own brand range of outerwear for men and women is all made in the UK. Made in England waxed cotton jackets (using British Millerain fabric), made in England waxed cotton duffle coats, made in England tweed coats, made in England Ventile cotton coats, made in England wool sleeveless coats, made in England wool (Scottish tweed) coats, made in England wool coats, made in England British wool skirts, and made in and England cotton coats. Additionally they sell quite a number of other brands who make in the UK, such as British Duffle, John Smedley, Corgi, Pantherella, Grenson shoes, Barbour, and so on, as well as many foreign made products. They do free delivery and, within the UK, free returns. Internet only – http://www.countryattire.com
Carr & Westley Ltd have been manufacturing and supplying classic clothing for women and men since 1919, although they no longer seem to sell menswear. As well as offering a variety of classically designed clothes made by others, they design and make their own garments in their factory in Kent, England. Most of the things on their website are not made in the UK but their Carr & Westley branded womenswear (skirts, trousers and dresses) is, as are some of their other items like knitwear and socks – http://www.carrandwestley.co.uk
David Nieper is a Derbyshire based manufacturer known for its women’s nightwear targeted at the over-40s, but they actually make a very wide range of clothes, everything from blouses to knitwear to lingerie to scarves and much of what they sell is made at their factory in Alfreton, Derbyshire, England – http://www.davidnieper.co.uk
Gushlow & Cole have all their products made in the UK. They are a luxury womenswear brand making shearling garments and accessories. Shearling refers to a sheep that has been shorn once, in case you did not know that. Coats and such. Stockists are listed on their website – http://www.gushlowandcole.com
Corgi Hosiery, who are Royal Warrant holders, make socks, jumpers, scarves, hats and the like in wool, cotton and cashmere. According to their website “Everything we sell is entirely made at our factory in Ammanford, Wales, using traditional methods.” They are part of the Dewhurst Dent Group of companies, who also own Dents gloves (which are not all made in the UK!). ”Since 1892 Corgi wool, cotton and cashmere socks and knitwear have been exclusively made at our factory in Wales, UK”. They also produce knitwear for Monkstone Knitwear, as mentioned below – http://www.corgihosiery.co.uk
Monkstone Knitwear is produced from wool off sheep at Trevayne Farm, South Wales and other local nearby farms in Wales and made into garments by hand knitters and a factory which is only 42 miles away from the farm. The factory is Corgi Hosiery, which I mentioned in an earlier write-up of where to buy British made socks and above . The garments are then packaged on the farm. Availability is limited by the amount of wool produced in a season. Garments are made to order and some are available in the London shop Luna and Curious in Shoreditch. Trevayne Farm also has a camping and caravan site, a cottage and a blog – http://monkstoneknitwear.co.uk
Barbour. Most Barbour products are not made in England nowadays. Barbour make most of their classic waxed jackets in the UK. Everything else they make abroad nowadays. I checked with Barbour and they confirmed that ONLY their classic waxed cotton garments are manufactured in the UK. Despite them telling me this, it also seems that their hats or at least some of them are made in Scotland because I saw made in Scotland Barbour beanies in Liberty (on 7.11.12). Also, at least some of their scarves are made in Scotland and some of their socks are made in the UK (I saw some made in the UK Barbour cotton coolmax walking socks in John Lewis on 23rd November 2016; the other Barbour socks they were selling were foreign made). Look for the made in England (or made in Scotland) label – if something from Barbour does not have a made in England (or Scotland) label, then it is made abroad.
Remember it is only the classic Barbour waxed jackets that are made in England. Other waxed jackets are made abroad, for example the Millom Waxed Jacket is manufactured within Europe. Barbour tell me that they manufacture the vast majority of their waxed coats within the UK, however it seems that more and more Barbour wax jackets are now foreign made. Basically most the items Barbour sell are now foreign made, which is disappointing because I think most of their customers still assume all Barbour products are made in England which is simply no longer the case. If there is no made in England label on a Barbour waxed jacket, then it is foreign made. That said I could not find a single waxed Labour jacket in John Lewis on 23rd November 2016 that was labelled “Made in England” so I wonder whether Barbour may not be labelling their British made jackets with country of origin anymore (already they do not label their foreign made products with country of origin in an attempt to deceive customers into thinking everything by Barbour is made in England).
Quoting from the Barbour website (27/11/16) “The Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields. Today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the North East, with Barbour’s headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields. Although it sources products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year over 100,000 jackets are processed via the central, subsidiary and local customer service operations.”
If the bit of Barbour kit you are thinking of getting is not labelled “made in England” (i.e. it is foreign made) there are plenty of great British made alternatives such as Campbell Cooper jackets (note their hats are foreign made), Peregrine, Lavenham Jackets, Lavenir, and many more.
Below is the Border Waxed Jacket – a great bit of kit – made in the UK.
Bison Bushcraft describe themselves as bushcraft and wilderness outfitters and they are keen to source stuff locally. All their men’s and women’s clothing and knives for example are made in the UK (made in the UK from UK materials). They also sell British made Spoons / Crook Knives, fire steels, knives, Strikefire Spork (yes it’s a British made spork), and pot hanging tripods. Their clothes include Guide Shirts, Forester Shirts, antler buttons, the Bush Shirt, the Zipped Bush Shirt, the Gamekeepers waistcoat, the Troyer Sweater, moleskin trousers, a Wax Cag (the splash-proof zips are also made in the UK), Bronco hats, the Merino Wool Watch Cap (a wooly hat), Merino Wool Buffs, Bison Woodland Boots, Bison Bushcraft Boots, a Bison Bushcraft Cloth Badge, and their fabulous woollen socks. Their service is excellent – http://www.bisonbushcraft.co.uk/bison_bushcraft_outfitters.htm
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
Buffalo Systems. Buffalo make fabulous outdoor kit for men and women. Everything is made at their factory in Sheffield, England. Outdoor clothing and sleeping bags. Buffalo products mostly have a Pertex outer and pile linings. The Pertex fabric used was developed by Buffalo and Perseverance Mills in Padiham, Lancashire where the fabric was made but these days the fabric is made in Japan (see Perseverance Mills below). I am not sure where the 100% polyester pile linings used are made. Everything Buffalo make is simply fantastic. They will also, for an extra charge, make the body or arms longer or shorter. Buffalo list retailers on their website and they also have a factory shop selling factory seconds which you can purchase directly. They are on Broadfield Rd – Open 10-3pm Mon – Fri. – http://www.buffalosystems.co.uk/
Hilltrek Outdoor Clothing is an outdoor clothing manufacturer and retailer. Their own brand range appears to be made in Scotland (Hilltrek Ventile and Nikwax Cotton Analogy Clothing ranges; for men, women, and children; off the shelf, customised and ‘made to measure’). Founded in 1980, they appear to manufacture their own brand ranges themselves. Their Twitter tagline says “Specialist Outdoor clothing including made to measure made in Scotland”. They say they source “fabrics and materials from the UK, USA and continental Europe”. Country of origin is not given against individual products, so it would be wise to check. Jackets, smocks, waiscoats, trousers and breeches. For photographers, birdwatchers, walkers, climbers, naturalists, bushcrafters, hunters, anglers, cyclists, etc. Hilltrek are also stockists of foreign made brands such as Paramo (which is manufactured in Colombia in South America, Vietnam and Taiwan; there is a suggestion on the net that Paramo’s Grid baselayers are made in the UK, but I don’t know if that is correct). Hilltrek also do a modern reproduction of an old Bertram Dudley & Son of Yorkshire Greenspot cycling jacket which is interesting, although without the wing collar. I assume Bertram Dudley & Son have gone by the wayside, which is a shame – http://www.hilltrek.co.uk
The Nikwax Analogy waterproof system mention above was developed by Paramo / Nikwax and I assume the fabric is foreign milled (because Paramo products are foreign made), although “All [Nikwax] aftercare products are manufactured in the UK”.
Ventile fabric is a high-quality densely woven cotton fabric first developed by scientists at the Shirley Institute in Manchester, England in the 1930s. It is manufactured by Stotz, a Swiss company which sells the fabric under the name EtaProof and Talbot Weaving (Chorley) Ltd according to Wikipedia. Talbot Weaving (Chorley) Ltd was called the Talbot Spinning & Weaving Co as far as I can gather and founded in 1905. In 1964 the Talbot Spinning & Weaving Co Ltd was sold to Viyella International Ltd. Talbot Spinning & Weaving Co. diversified into plastics production after the decline of the cotton industry in the post-war period. The Spinning Division was closed and demolished in 1989 (by that time it was part of Courtaulds). The Weaving division ceased production in 2000 and was demolished in 2002. Talbot Weaving (Chorley) Ltd was incorporated as a company in 1999. Their address is a PO Box in Chorley. No information about the company or their production is given on their website and I suspect it may now be produced for them in Switzerland (Stotz say on their website that “Today Stotz is the sole manufacturer of these high performance cotton fabrics”), but information on this fabric is hard to come by. Well Dressed Dad gives us a better idea of the fabrics history but does not mention where the fabric is milled today. Ventile only becomes waterproof when it gets wet apparently…
Polartec is owned by American company Malden Mills and no longer manufactured in the UK.
Pertex was originally manufactured by Perseverance Mills Ltd in Manchester, England. Pertex fabric used was developed by Buffalo Systems (see above) and Perseverance Mills in Padiham, Lancashire where the fabric was made but these days the fabric is made in Japan. When Perseverance Mills was liquidated in 2005, it sold the Pertex manufacturing rights to Mitsui & Co. of Japan. Sadly the Pertex factory closed in 2005 and is now flats. Mitsui & Co also manufacture Primaloft under licence. Pertex products are now manufactured in Japan.
Coating Applications Group (part of The Allied Textiles Group) specialise in manufacturing PVC and PU coated fabrics for a range of specialist sectors including protective work and safety wear, hot air balloon fabrics, performance tent fabrics and leisure inflatables. They have a factory near Manchester. They say on their website “all of our products are manufactured in the UK”. Fabrics they make include Ability / Cordura (military applications such as load carrying and body armour), Electron (fire-retardant breathable coating), Aquability / Exeat (waterproof breathable fabric for outdoor pursuits, sportswear and workwear), Permalite PVC (fabrics are intended for use in hazardouse environments), Caflex PVC Coated fabrics (for inflatables and soft play), Cirrus HT Nylons (or hot air balloons, parachutes and lightweight tents). You can see some of their fabrics used in apparel listed in this article. According to Firemore they also own Venté fabrics. Mountain Method for example use Exeat for some of their waterproof jackets and over-trousers – http://www.coatingapplications.co.uk
The Allied Textiles Group have production sites in the UK (all?). Allied Textiles makes fabric for everything from parachutes to butchers’ aprons. They own Coating Applications (see above), JB Broadley, Mayfield Yarns, William Reed Weaving, and IQ Textiles. Allied Textiles sold Century Dyeing (“Century”) to Century Dyeing Limited, a subsidiary of The British Millerain Company (“British Millerain”) in 2013 and sold Texas Coating Developments (“Texas”) to Itac Ltd in 2011 – http://www.allied-textiles.co.uk
Snowsled (Snowsled Polar Ltd and Snowsled Clothing Ltd) products are all ‘Made in Britain’; sleds and all sewn items are produced ‘in-house’. You can order direct and other retailers are listed on their website. Pulks, Sleds (prices on request), sled bags, tents (prices on request), rescue gear (vacuum mattress, casualty bag, animal rescue sac), and clothing. Fabrics used in their clothing include Ventile and Nikwax Directional Fabrics. Clothing includes overhead smocks, jackets, Falkland Joggers, the Falkland Shirt, trousers, mittens, etc. Separate price list. Garment adjustments are possible (to sleeve length, extra pockets and such) – http://www.snowsled.com
Marks and Spencer (M & S) have of late sold a very few British made clothes, for example their Best of British Collection, which either manufactured in Britain or at least is made from British milled fabrics. Menswear in this very limited range includes outerwear, jackets, suits, shoes, bags, jumpers, shirts, trousers, ties, belts and braces. Womenswear includes skirts, outerwear, trousers, jackets, dresses, shoes and scarves. The prices are premium. Only available in a limited number of stores and online.
As always, check the labels for country of origin information. Remember that the the vast majority of goods for sale in Marks and Spencer are foreign made, so you will need to be very careful to choose only made in Britain items.
Besides this new Best of British collection there are a few other made in the UK items for sale in Marks and Spencer, such as the odd tie or belt, but these days they are few and far between. That said Marks and Spencer food halls still have lots of great British made goods to choose from.
Their former label St. Michael seems to have gone by the wayside and items are now branded as Marks and Spencer.
Good for M&S that they are selling this Best of British collection and about time too. An interesting move from a company that is largely responsible for the decline British clothes manufacturing.
This once great retailer Marks and Spencer plc (also known as M&S; colloquially known as Marks and Sparks, Marks’s or, simply, Marks), profits peaked in the financial year 1997/1998 and have since declined, with the company consistently struggling in all areas except food since then. The loyalty of its customer base continues to erode and the switch to overseas suppliers has “undermined a core part of its appeal to the public“.
As once one of the major UK buyers, Marks and Spencer were in many ways almost single handedly responsible for the decline in British clothes manufacturing, having decided in 1999 to move all their clothes manufacture to suppliers abroad.
A good example of their impact on British clothing manufacture is on the once massive Courtaulds corporation and the consequent job losses in the UK. Established in 1794 Courtaulds was a United Kingdom based manufacturer of fabric, clothing, artificial fibres, and chemicals. By the late 1980s, the manufacture of clothing was already moving to South East Asia and China and in some ways M&S were late to move all their production abroad. Around this time Courtaulds began to close its UK factories and move production to new Asian sites, but its main customer Marks and Spencer wanted still lower prices. This led to the split of Courtaulds business in 1990 into Courtaulds plc (the fiber manufacture and chemicals businesses) and Courtaulds Textiles Ltd (the yarn and fabric manufacture and clothing businesses), with the chemicals division eventually being sold and became part of Dutch company Akzo-Nobel (who also swallowed up ICI, once a British chemical company and the largest manufacturer in Britain, in 2008). Courtaulds Textiles (40% of their business was with Marks and Spencer) was eventually taken over by Sara Lee and now the name has gone after the company was subsequently sold to Hong Kong company PD Enterprise Ltd. PD Enterprise Ltd continues to make bras, underwear, nightwear, swim and beachwear, formalwear and casualwear, jackets and coats, babywear and socks for the likes of M&S and BHS. American corporation Sara Lee (now branded as Hillshire Brands / D.E Master Blenders 1753) took over a lot of British companies in the 1980s and 1990s and subsequently closed the UK factories or sold them off. An example of a brand that Courtaulds took over (in 1967) is R. & W.H. Symington and Co. Ltd. of Market Harborough who were once the world’s largest corset manufacturer and later one of the world’s largest swimwear manufacturers. The company was closed down in 1980. Pretty Polly / Aristoc ladies tights and Gossard / Berlei ladies underwear were still manufacturing some products in the UK up until May 2016. According to Wikipedia Petty Polly and Aristoc, as of 2013, were still manufacturing 90% of their products in the UK. However, Derbyshire based Courtaulds / CTC, which made Pretty Polly and Aristoc tights, as well as private label lingerie, formal and casual wear, jackets and coats for UK and international stores, went into administration at the end of May 2016. Their websites still seem to be trading, but I have not heard any further updates as of 22nd July 2016 and I do not know if any UK production continues. As far as I know the staff have mostly if not all been made redundant, so I assume not. That would seem to be the last gasp of the former mighty Courtaulds.
Courtaulds also owned Dannimac which was later acquired by William Baird and Co who also brought the Windsmoor brand at some point (themselves acquired by the Jacques Vert Group which was later re-branded as Style Group). Dannimac used to manufacture in the UK but the brand has now gone. Windsmoor was also made in the UK. Both were primarily sold in concessions in department stores. Baird had struggled since losing its 30-year supply relationship with Marks & Spencer in around the year 2000 as Marks and Spencer sought out cheaper suppliers abroad. The Style Group still sells the womenswear brands Jacques Vert, Precis, Windsmoor, Eastex and Dash, but I assume all the clothes from these brands are now foreign made.
Another example of the impact of M&S in the decline of British clothes manufacture is Dewhirst in Cardigan, Wales who used to make jeans at the Welsh factory for M&S and who subsequently moved production to Morocco. The closure of the Dewhirst factory in around 1992 led to the loss of 400 jobs (nearly a tenth of Cardigan’s population worked there). All Dewhirst production is now abroad.
According to the Guardian in 2013 Philip Green announced Arcadia Group had increased the number of British factories it is working with by 20% to 47. “We’ve been pushing to see what we could do to keep it nearer home,” he said. “This is something we are looking at, every day, every week. UK manufacturing gives us a different capability.” Type “Made in Britain” into the search bar on Topshop.com and there is a wide range of pieces from cute T-shirts to chic tailored suits, and hipster leather Bermuda shorts on offer. Arcadia Group (formerly the The Burton Group; re-named in the late 1990s around the time they sold Debenhams which they had purchased in the mid 1980s) brands include Top Shop, Top Man, Burton, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, BHS (British Home Stores*), Evans (size 14+ womenswear), Miss Selfridge (started in 1966 by Sears/Lewis’s as a young woman’s fashion department in Selfridges London), and Outfit (an out of town shop selling a variety of brands). Burtons has a long history which has included making demob suits after World War 2, providing suits for the victorious England World Cup football team in 1966 and being one of the best known men’s shops on the High Street for many years. All Burton group clothes used to be British made and their factory in Leeds was at one point the largest clothing factory in the European continent and possibly in the world. Of UK manufacture on the Arcadia website they say “Homegrown – our ‘Made in the UK’ project goes from strength to strength, reflecting a wider trend of sourcing some products closer to home. We are developing significant UK sourcing for outerwear and jersey and in particular for our TOPSHOP Boutique range. This brings commercial benefits as it helps us to react to trends much faster and improves sustainability as we have greater insights into the product’s provenance. In particular, we have had great success in sourcing jersey pieces in Leicestershire and wovens in London. We have added to our factory base and we have plans to grow this in 2014/15.” You may also find a few UK made items in other Arcadia Group stores as well as Top Shop then (although you will not find much). Let us hope this return towards UK manufacture by the Arcadia Group continues. Principles and Principles for Men was a brand established by Burtons in the 1980s (whose clothes were generally made in the UK) but was sold off in 2001, with the new owners eventually going bankrupt, and the brand name is now owned by Debenhams, who were themselves part of the Burton Group at one point and had Principles and Principles for Men concessions in many of their stores. Debenhams are no longer part of the Arcadia Group.
In 2015 Arcadia sold loss-making BHS for £1 to Retail Acquisitions Ltd, writing off £215m of debts in the process, having purchased BHS from Storehouse Plc for £200m in the year 2000. British Home Stores is no longer part of the Arcadia Group and went bankrupt and all the shops were closed by late August 2016. The BHS overseas franchises and digital business were sold during the administration period to Al Mana Group, and continue to trade at present but do not seem anything British made as far as I know. British Home Stores was a chain store selling clothing and household items mostly, and famous for its lighting and cafeterias.
ASOS is an online fashion and beauty retailer and offers branded and own label products across womenswear and menswear. ASOS do not bother to give country of origin against individual products (unless they are UK made). “ASOS sources garments and other goods from around the world, including China, Eastern Europe, India, Turkey and UK”. ASOS do stock a few UK made items – for example today (10/4/15) I found on the site – a Peter Werth Made In England Wool Pea Coat, a Peter Werth (see below) Made In England Wool Donkey Coat, a Jack Wills made in UK Tayport Waxed Jacket, made in England DMs, and made in England ASOS Chelsea Boots – http://www.asos.com
River Island (formerly Lewis Separates / Chelsea Girl / Concept Man) say on their website “Today our products are manufactured across the globe…” As far as I can tell, no River Island Clothes today are made in the UK.
Spoke are a brand who make men’s trousers, shorts, and t-shirts in factories in London and in Portugal. Unfortunately country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, but they do say that “in the coming months we’ll be providing much more info on where our clothes are made on the product pages” – http://spoke-london.com
Campbell Cooper (Ingrams) make all their fabulous wax jackets in the UK; plus motorcycle jackets, quilted jackets, Harrington jackets, tweed jackets, tweed waistcoats, tweed breeches, and re-proofing wax dressing in a can. Campbell Cooper have been making classic wax jackets in England for over 35 years. Please note that it is only their jackets that are British made – Campbell Cooper hats are all foreign made. For men, women and children. Great prices and free UK delivery. Available via their website and via their eBay shop. Campbell Cooper is also marketed under the name Greenbelt Countrywear – http://www.campbellcooper.com
For blokes, here’s a good satirical article on how to be like John Steed on the Pall Mall Club website and here is another such article on how to be like James Bond; both fictional and real life sartorial icons in my opinion. I also like the websites the Suits of James Bond, James Bond Lifestyle and Grey Fox. You might also like MI6 and the Tweed Pig.
Baracuta, a brand of English heritage, is run by Bologna-based WP Lavori. From memory I think they used to be very reasonably priced, but not so much now it seems. Pleasingly though, Baracuta restarted the UK manufacturing of their G9 and G4 jackets for men in 2012. I assume their other products are still foreign made. Originally makers of raincoats, Baracuta are now famous for their Harrington jackets. Harrington jackets have been worn by the likes of Ryan O’Neal in a TV series called Peyton Place, Elvis on the Silver Screen in King Creole (1958) and in the 1968 film Live A little, Love A Little, and Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace (2008; made by / for Tom Ford, not Baracuta) . Plus they have been worn by James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, golfers, pop stars; the list goes on. Prices on their websiste appear to be in Euros, not pounds sterling. The Harrington style jacket is thought to have been first made by either Baracuta or Grenfell (see below) – http://www.baracuta.com
Grenfell are also credited with inventing the Harrington jacket. “All Grenfell coats and jackets are produced in the UK at” their “own London factory” according to the Grenfell website. For men and women. They also say that they “work with and support other ‘made in Britain’ suppliers, companies and mills”. Established since 1918, Grenfell Cloth has been used for clothing and equipment for various expeditions and according to their website In 1933, a Grenfell tent formed the highest habitation every made by man at that time. It was also worn at speed by Sir Stirling Moss and by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald Campbell MBE. The cloth used in these expeditions was made from 600 thread-per-inch Egyptian close-woven cotton by T.Haythornthwaite & Sons Ltd at Lodge Mill, Burnley, UK. The Burley factory was taken on by Mackintosh apparently. This cloth is light yet strong, breathable and weatherproof as well as windproof, but like Burberry’s gabardine, leaked in heavy rain. The Haythornthwaite Family are no longer connected with the Grenfell brand or company and today the company is foreign owned and the factory is in London. They sell Grenfell cloth, and men’s (Harringtons, a mountain jacket, coats, a duffle coat) and women’s ( a duffle coat) jackets and coats, some of which are labelled as made in England. Best to check if the product you are interested in is actually made in England if it does not say, although they do say all their coats and jackets are made in the UK – http://grenfell.com
Ben Nevis Clothing (Wearite /Kampkit) was established in 1962. They appear to be manufacturers themselves, although this is not entirely clear from their website. They are suppliers of safety, outdoor, and personal protection clothing and camping equipment, but most of this is foreign made. However, their own brand outerwear garments are made in the UK. Under their Lavenir label they make countrywear in the UK for men and women such as wax jackets, quilted jackets, tweed jackets, and shooting jackets. Other non own-branded clothing they sell such as Alpha, Brutus and Canadian Goose are all foreign made. Under their Combat brand for men and women they make in the UK items such as baseball jackets, Donkey jackets, Harrington jackets (they have been manufacturing Harrington Jackets in the UK for over 40 years and say they “are the UK’s original Harrington jacket manufacturer”), and monkey jackets. Their leather Harrington jacket appears to be foreign made. They also sell English made DM boots. Available online or by visiting their store in London – http://www.bennevisclothing.com
You can also find top quality unbranded made in England men’s Harrington jackets on eBay, sometimes for very reasonable prices.
I found a couple of suppliers selling new men’s quilted body warmers on eBay from a brand called Countrywear. I’m not sure who makes these but they are made in England –
Mackintosh outerwear dates back to 1823 and the invention of a rubberised cloth. Even today people still refer to a raincoat as a “mackintosh”, although today the brand is very exclusive. All Mackintosh outerwear is made in Britain. Rubberised and non-rubberised coats for men and women. Traditional Weatherwear Ltd. is the old name for the Mackintosh company and is now used to sell their made in China range of clothing which is deceptively labelled with a Union Flag and the word Scotland (albeit next to the small made in China label). Mackintosh / Traditional Weatherwear Limited is now owned by a Japanese company.
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Nukunuku Haramakis or waist warmers or belly bands are all made in the UK. Nukunuku is Japanese for warm and cosy, whilst Haramaki translates as belly (hara) wrap (maki) – a band of material wrapped around your middle. Generally worn under your clothes, these bands are great for keeping warm or covering up. Washable and available in range in 5 colours and 4 sizes and made in the UK from cotton and lycra using cotton grown in Greece and woven in the UK. Nukunuku also sell some Japanese made Haramaki. Haramakis are Unisex. Apparently the samurai wore them beneath their armour – http://www.nukunuku.co.uk
Marvin Browne ladies wool overcoats are made in London. I don’t know much detail beyond that and that these are beautiful looking quality coats. You can find Marvin Browne at the Old Spitalfields Market in London some days or via their website. Their instagram tag says “Clothing for the discerning, designed and made in London” – https://www.marvinbrowne.com
Kashmoor of London were a manufacturer of ladies coats that were made in England, possibly around in the 1950s. I can find very little on this company on the internet and I assume they have closed down.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 menswear shops in London and online – http://www.turnbullandasser.co.uk
New & Lingwood sell exclusive and very exclusive made in England dressing gowns and slippers, as well as made in England ties, socks (some are made in Italy though), scarves (again some are made in Italy), coats, shoes, and pockets squares (again some are made in Italy). Other items are foreign made. They also use English milled clothes for some of their foreign made suits and trousers, as well as some Italian milled fabric, off the peg and tailored. Their off the peg shirts are foreign made, although possibly their bespoke shirts are made in England perhaps using Italian milled cotton. They have shops at 53 Jermyn Street, London (on the corner of the Piccadilly Arcade) and in Eton, near Windsor – http://www.newandlingwood.com
Budd shirtmakers pyjamas, nightshirts and dressing gowns are all made in the UK, as well as made in England shirts (off the beg or bespoke using English, Italian or Swiss milled cloth), pocket squares, braces by Albert Thurston, Tina Loader ties (other ties and cravats are foreign made), waistcoats, and Pantherella socks. Other items are generally foreign made. They say on their website “we are passionate in celebrating and supporting British craft and workmanship and all of our products are sourced here in the UK”, although of course that does not mean they are all made in the UK. They have a shop in the Piccadilly Arcade in London – http://www.buddshirts.co.uk
Oliver Spencer is brand with 5 shops in London, one in Toronto and recently a pop up store in Japan. This trendy shop where “40% of the collection is made in England”. Made in the UK items are marked as such on their website. No country of origin information is given for other items which are foreign made. Their womenswear is all foreign made, but some mens products are UK made – http://oliverspencer.co.uk
Kennett and Lindsell was established in 1877 and all of their products are still hand-crafted at their UK factory. They make models for fashion displays (stands for fashion, shop dummies) and are ideal for stores selling fashion to use in their shop displays. The Oliver Spencer jacket above is displayed on a made in England Kennett and Lindsell display stand – http://www.kennettlindsell.com
Spence Bryson, founded in 1891, are the UK market leader in cotton and linen handkerchiefs as well as exporting around the world. They have a purpose built factory in the UK. They supply many of the UK high street store groups , as well as supplying a stock service of handkerchiefs and gifts to a wide range of wholesalers, distributors, mail order, independent retail and promotional customers. They also make bespoke handkerchiefs using the customers own cloth for many well known menswear brands. Unfortunately they do not label their products with country of origin. As per their email to me of 29 May 2014 I can tell you that the vast majority of their cotton products are made in China. The only ones that they stitch in the UK (in Northern Ireland) are the Irish linen handkerchiefs. They also trade as Loose Connections, but the Loose Connections retail site no longer works. They also run a company called Elite Balloons.
Thornback and Peel handkerchiefs are labelled on their website as being made in Great Britain, but before buying can I suggest you contact the company to check if the actual handkerchefs themselves are made in the UK or whether they are foreign made hankies that are screen printed in the UK – http://www.thornbackandpeel.co.uk/5-handkerchiefs
Papier Poudré has been made in Britain since 1903. It’s blotting paper for the face, coated lightly with face powder. Available on their website and in stores, i’s very popular in Japan apparently – http://www.papierpoudre.co.uk
Furious Goose pocket squares and silk scarves are made in the UK. They say on their website “Our fine accessories and luxury gifts are designed in Brighton and manufactured in locations across the UK such as Macclesfield (home of English silk), Evesham and Edinburgh. Even the packaging is made from recycled materials here in Sussex. Our silk scarves and pocket squares are hand finished with a rolled hem in London” – http://www.furiousgoose.co.uk
Chase and Wonder sell stationery and gifts all made in Britain. They say on their website that they are a brand “focussed on producing only the highest quality designs and products, all of which are proudly made in Britain”. Products include prints, greetings cards, wrapping paper, writing sets, notebooks, handkerchiefs (of their handkerchiefs they say “Our Handkerchiefs are proudly made in Britain, and are hand Screen printed and packed here at our studio in Cheshire), purses, pencil cases, wash bags, napkins, tote bags, and cushions – all made in Great Britain – http://www.chaseandwonder.com
Tilly Charles are a company I found on eBay in February 2017 selling made in the UK men’s tartan or gingham handkerchiefs which are handmade in England. You might also occasionally find other made in the UK hankies on eBay such as the tartan check ones I found here in February 2017.
Incidentally, everyone in Japan seems to carry a handkerchief and very sensible that is too. There are many good reasons to carry a hankie; some suggested reasons and uses can be found here, here and here. I always carry one, in my trouser pocket out of sight. Pocket squares are pieces of cloth that should be visibly sticking out of the breast pocket of your suit, but essentially they are the same thing but for decoration. It seems that pretty much the only proper traditional ordinary white British made hankies these days are from Turnbull and Asser (see above), but if you do a page search in this article you can find a few British made patterned or checked handkerchiefs from companies like MagTies, possibly Monsieur London, Spence Bryson Irish linen hankies, Chase and Wonder, Kitty Fisher lace hankies, Ingles Buchan tartan hankies, Wrexham Club Ties hankies, Tilly Charles hankies, and more.
Established in 1775, Wolsey is an iconic British menswear brand, yet today most of their products are made abroad. A few pieces are now made in the UK again though. They have scrapped much they were famous for like vests in favour of products they feel are more suited to a younger buyer. There is a suggestion that these older products are now marketed under the Morley name but if this is the case Wolsey don’t seem keen to advertise it very well. In any case they are not made in the UK anymore. Their websites do not say which items are made in the UK but you can visit their shop in London and look at the labels I guess. Frankly though very few items they sell are made in the UK. Wolsey are now selling vests and pants again, but they don’t appear to be made in the UK.
I found a couple of made in London coats on the Peter Werth website. Generally Peter Werth do not state country of origin against products on their website and we can assume most Peter Werth clothes are foreign made. According to the Manchester Evening News Peter Werth went bankrupt in 2011 and were acquired by JD Sports, but there is no reference to this on either the Peter Werth nor the JD Sports websites; in fact it appears they were part of Focus International, which are themselves part of JD Sports and it seems the brand is now distributed by Arnold Wills (see below) – http://www.peterwerth.co.uk
JD Sports / Focus International seem to specialise in buying out bankrupt brands, thereby they are keeping the names alive and have become a major name in retailing in the UK, although they actually manufacture very little if anything in the UK. Their brands include JD Sports, Peter Werth, Blacks, and Millets amongst many others.
Sports Direct have a profile rather similar to JD Sports (and according to Wikipedia as of 13th April 2015 have a 12.3% holding in the John David Group, parent of JD Sports). The company is the United Kingdom’s largest sporting retailer. The company owns a large number of sporting brands, and other retailers owned by the company include USC and Lillywhites. Mike Ashley has continued to hold a majority stake in the business, and has faced criticism. Brands owned include Donnay, Slazenger, Dunlop (in most markets), Everlast, Kangol, Karrimor and Lonsdale. Little if anything they sell is made in the UK.
Cock and Bull Menswear are a fairly new brand (as of around 2012) manufacturing small runs entirely in the United Kingdom. Full details of the sourcing of their products and raw materials are on their website. They have beautifully made men’s garments, including cotton men’s boxer shorts, tweed flat caps, t-shirts, shirts, tweed waistcoats and knitwear. Cock and Bull menswear currently have a stand at the fabulous London Sunday UpMarket, at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane selling their menswear and are well worth a visit – http://cockandbullmenswear.co.uk
Daniel Jenkins is a website selling menswear and a few items of womenswear. Their ‘Purposeful Activity’ range of boxer shorts, shirts and jackets is all made in the UK. Daniel Jenkins also stock Tender made in England menswear (see below) and One Nine Zero Six which is made in England by Gymphlex (see below; most Gymphlex products are foreign made). Additionally they sell men’s t-shirts by the Orphan’s Arms (see above), but these t-shirts are not made in England although the printing is done in England, and the same with the Passarella Death Squad t-shirts they also sell which are printed but not made in England. None of the ladieswear they sell is made in Britain – http://www.danieljenkins.co.uk
Kit & Kaboodle is an online retail shop selling men’s accessories, the vast majority of which are made in the UK – bags, satchels, wallets, belts, braces, socks, scarves, notebook covers, pens, pocket knives, watch straps, etc. Launched in December 2016, Kit & Kaboodle is the new online retail wing of British Gentlemen’s bi-monthly journal The Chap Magazine and they share the same address in Lewes – http://kit-kaboodle.uk – http://thechap.co.uk
Tender clothes (menswear), accessories and objects. “All of Tender’s clothes and objects are produced in England” according to their website. Items sold include things like socks, coin purses, candles, furniture, cotton acetate sunglasses, wallets, combs, tumblers, boot grease, mugs, watch straps, key rings, soft toys, leather polish, bags, jeans, caps, shorts, belts, vests, t-shirts, bandanas, bandana woggles, shirts, jackets, and more. Production runs on some items are very limited, so what they sell varies. Their websites look great, although I find them quite hard to negotiate. Tender’s main line of clothing and accessories is available from stockists listed on their main website which is ‘Made by Tender‘. Dead stock and standard main line items can be purchased online at the ‘Tender Stores‘. ‘The Trestle Shop‘ sells some main line items from Tender and more limited edition experimental and unconventional items from Tender. Tender’s second line, SLEEPER, is based on C20th British Rail uniforms, and is made in Japan. Well Dressed Dad reviewed a Tender shirt in January 2016.
Tender stockists online include Daniel Jenkins (see above), New State Store, and Superdenim; all of whom also stock some other British made clothes. Tender stockists with physical shops in the UK and an online presence include Oi Polloi (who have shops in London and Manchester) and Peggs and Son in Brighton; both of whom again stock some other British made clothes. Stockists outside of the UK are listed on the Tender website.
RECIPY sell British made customised country style men’s sports jackets and ladies wool jackets, with lining printed with a photograph. Their cloth mostly appears to have been made up in Britain (it is not clear from their website where the wool used comes from), their leather trim and buttons appear to be foreign made – http://recipy.co.uk
The cloth used by RECIPY is supplied by, amongst others, Porter & Harding. Porter & Harding are Cloth Merchants are owned by Lear Browne and Dunsford (LBD) who also own Harrisons of Edinburgh, A L Robinson, H Lesser (London) Limited, Pedersen & Becker, W Bill and Smith’s. These companies are suppliers of fabrics for the tailoring industry, not a manufacturers as I understand it, but they do sell some British made cloths and linings I think – http://www.harrisonsofedinburgh.com
Other cloth merchants include Dugdale Bros & Co of Huddersfield (the only merchant still in the centre of Huddersfield; owns Thomas Fisher and Duffin & Peace names); Holland & Sherry of London (who point out that they continue to source cloth from textile manufacturers in Yorkshire and Scotland; based in Scotland; owned by the USA company Tom James Group; has a lot of its cloth woven by the Chilean mills that are also part of that US group); Bateman Ogden of Bradford (who point out that they specialise in fabrics made in the UK); Huddersfield Fine Worsteds (owned by US distributors HMS; owns Minnis, John G Hardy, Hunt & Winterbotham, Martin Sons & Co.); Dormeuil (they say on their website their “exceptional fabrics are developed by Dormeuil’s own design team and manufactured in non-other than England”; I assume the company are French owned; they are headquartered in Wissous, near Orly Airport. It also says on their website that Dormeuil fabrics carry a “Made in England” label); Huddersfield Cloth Ltd (who say on their website that they “are specialist English cloth merchants, providing genuine English cut length cloths”). This website explains the relationships between mills, merchants and makers rather well.
Discovery Knitting stock a huge selection of knitted fabrics for making t-shirts and much more, all manufactured in their factory in Wigston, Leicestershire. They say on their website “Dedicated British Knitted Fabrics Manufactured at our UK Mill”. They also say on their website “Discovery Knitting is a high end boutique knitting mill located in Great Britain. All knits on our website are first quality, repeatable fabrics manufactured at our mill. We have a proud heritage of manufacturing dedicated British knitted fabrics since 1986″ – http://discoveryknitting.co.uk
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 – http://www.alfredbrown.co.uk
Founded in 1783 Royal Warrant holders A.W. Hainsworth & Sons Ltd. manufacture a wide range of wool and textile fabrics 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, and make Newmarket Horse Blankets in England. Hainsworth is one of the few companies still making blankets in the UK. I am not sure how much Hainsworth use British wool. Hainsworth’s retail site is Scarlet and Argent. 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.
Yorkshire Fabric sell the finest cloths from England’s world renowned mills as well as tweeds, tartans and numerous other fabrics from Scotland, Ireland and Italy. Available to buy through our online shop. Helpfully they give country of origin against individual products – http://www.yorkshirefabric.com
Hield Brothers was established in 1922 making clothing fabric and furnishing fabric at Briggella Mills, Bradford. Fabrics made include Cashmere, Cavalry Twill, Cotton Blends, Flannel, Gabardine, Herringbone, Lambswool, Linen Blends, Mohair, Mohair Blends, Silk Blends, Super 120’s, Super 150’s, Twill, Wool, Wool Blends, Worsted. Wikipedia points out that Hield cloth has been supplied in the upholstery used in Queen Elizabeth II’s custom Bentley State Limousine. Hield also appear to be a retailer of men’s clothing and luxury goods through a Hield shop in Osaka, Japan. I am not sure if all their cloth is made at their mill – http://www.hield.com
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
Fox Brothers and Co Ltd are woollen and worsted cloth manufacturers in Somerset and were established in 1772 – http://www.foxflannel.com. On their website (as of 5th April 2015) they say “”Fox Brothers are proud to manufacture all of our cloth in Somerset, in the beautiful West of England.” At its peak the company employed approximately 5,000 people and owned and operated nine mills and factories in Somerset, Devon, Galashiels and Oxfordshire and at one point they were also a bank issuing its own currency (later taken over by Lloyds Bank). As well as cloth, Fox offer a bespoke tailor service of their own. Fox Brothers also own the website The Merchant Fox – http://www.themerchantfox.co.uk – this is their retail site and of the site they say “we go to great lengths to ensure that our whole collection is made in Britain using the finest of materials and expert craftsmanship”. They sell British made men’s clothing (dressing gowns, slippers, jackets, trousers), caps, hats, earmuffs, ties, cufflinks, pocket squares, belts, scarves, gloves, horn products, notebooks, bags, luggage, cushions, wicker baskets, furniture, candles, table lamps, prints, jewellery, plush toys, and fabric by the metre, and many products use their own cloth.
Coldharbour Mill in the Devon village of Uffculme was owned by Fox Brothers & Co (see above) until they closed it down in 1981. It is now a museum owned by Coldharbour Mill Trust, but also a small scale working factory. The mill shop products, including a range of knitting wools and fabrics manufactured exclusively by the mill. On the Fox brothers website they say “plans are also underway to establish a supply of high quality worsted yarn from Coldharbour Mill, in Devon. Coldhabour Mill was built by Thomas Fox in 1799 and still today, produces first quality yarn on its period machinery”. – http://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk
At one point Fox Brothers also owned a former William Bliss & Sons mill in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, which closed in 1980 is is now converted into flats. Fox Brothers acquired this mill in Chipping Norton from William Bliss & Sons in 1917 but I am not sure if they were the owners when it closed in 1980. Neither do I know if Fox Brothers owned William Bliss & Sons, but there is a William Bliss & Sons still in existence (see below).
William Bliss & Sons was founded in 1847 and are specialist designers and manufacturers of high-quality cloths. William Bliss Textiles is located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. “William Bliss produces 100% of its collection in the UK and every production process involved in the creation of this unique collection is undertaken in the UK.” They manufacture woven woollen cloth, which is then finished to customer specifications at W T Johnsons, a cloth finisher based in Yorkshire (see below). They produce up to 10,000 metres of cloth every week. They produce fabrics in wool, wool blends and linen for summer and medium weight suiting, jacketing, and overcoating, as well as scarves, and they have a selection of British wools available, for example sourced from Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset sheep and using a yarn production facility in Delph (Oldham, Manchester) – http://www.williamblisstextiles.co.uk
W T Johnsons (W.T. Johnson & Sons) are a cloth finisher based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and “one of the world’s leading textile dyeing and finishing companies”. They are are “able to create high quality finishes on an ever increasing range of fabrics, from the finest gentlemen’s worsted suiting to specialised safety clothing and upholstery fabrics”. “The company is still based in Bankfield Mills its original home since 1910. This location and its access to soft Pennine water has been a key element in the production of fine fabrics for over 100 years”. WT Johnson also own D P Dyers Ltd in Holmfirth, one of the world’s leading commission piece dyers of natural and synthetic fibres who specialise in the dyeing of apparel and furnishing fabrics.
Take a look at this short video of work showing the shrinking process at a London shrinking house in 1951. I wonder if W T Johnsons above use the same method today? The company in the video seems to be Perrotts (Nichol and Peyton) Ltd. They were involved in a legal case in 1984 so must have been around still then, but I guess they have now closed.
Camira Fabrics make fabrics for commercial interiors, education, healthcare, retail, and for passenger transport on bus, coach and rail. They have manufacturing sites in the UK and in Lithuania, so if buying from them you will need to be specific about where what you need is actually made. They do yarn production, warping and waving and finishing and technical knitting. Among other things they are one of the suppliers who make custom made moquette for the London tube trains, which I understand they do still make in the UK and the upholstery fabric for the new style Routemaster buses. During 2014 their transportation division (Holdsworth) and technical knitting capability (Teknit) were rebranded under the Camira name. John Holdsworth & Co assets and the brand name of Holdsworth were acquired by Camira in 2007. Camira itself has been known previously as Camborne Fabrics and at one point belonged to Interface Fabrics until a management buyout in 2006. In 2013 they bought woollen yarn spinner Stork Brothers. In 2012 Camira set up a dyeing facility, in Lockwood, Huddersfield, in a joint venture between Holdsworth / Camira Group and their long-standing textile dyeing and finishing partner Holmfirth Dyers. The dyehouse was designed specifically for Holdsworth / Camira Group transport fabrics and is known as Park Valley Dyers. British Furtex was absorbed into the group at some point. Holmfirth Dyers don’t seem to have a website – http://www.camirafabrics.com
The the Camira site they also talk about the acquisition of Bradbury, which I assume refers to Bradbury Contract Fabrics, but there is no mention of this on the Bradbury Contract Fabrics website. Bradbury has been weaving quality fabrics in the Yorkshire area since 1783, producing items such as blankets, rugs and clothing for MoD and aviation. Since the 1980’s, the company has become an important manufacturer of woven fabrics for the Contract Upholstery market, supplying into environments for offices, schools, universities, hotels, restaurants, leisure and public buildings. They aquired Hartley Contract Fabrics in 2006. They have a 40,000 sq metre manufacturing facility in Huddersfield, up to 90 per cent of their yarn comes from the UK, and they only manufacture at their premises in Huddersfield – http://www.bradburyfabrics.com
Wardle Storeys, based in Earby, Lancashire in the UK, is a manufacturer of polymer films and coated fabrics whose business sectors include automotive foils and coated fabrics for car interiors, contract furniture/upholstery, marine internal linings and trim, healthcare protective coverings and laminates, vinyls for use in the manufacture of pram and nursery products and care products, transport bus seat covering material, and seating and cab interiors in construction, agricultural and materials handling machinery (Yellow Goods). It appear they have their own UK production facility, as this article about a new production line seems to suggest, although no clear mention is made of a UK factory on their website. One thing they do say is that their Ambla contract upholstery is “produced and stocked in the UK“. This Ambla fabric is used for example in commodes made for West Yorkshire Furniture – http://www.wardlestoreys.co.uk
English Fine Cottons (Britspun) is an ambitious project to bring cotton spinning back to the UK embarked upon by Culimeta-Saveguard Ltd (see below) in 2013. They say on their website “The two driving forces behind the project were the strong global demand for luxury goods with the ‘Made in Britain’ stamp, and our desire to reverse the decline in the British textile industry” and “We aim to enable UK designers and garment manufacturers to source home-spun superfine yarns – that are currently imported – so they can truly boast ‘Made in Britain”. In 2013, Culimeta-Saveguard acquired Tower Mill, the mill next door to their existing Tame Valley Mill. The plan is to turn Tower Mill, which was built in 1885, into a modern, state-of-the-art textile manufacturing facility. “Once English Fine Cottons is up-and-running, it will be the sole cotton spinner in the UK – quite different from when at its peak in 1800, the UK boasted 95 per cent of the world’s spindles.” I wish them well in their endeavour. There’s an interesting BBC article here and a matching video here, plus another interesting video below – https://www.englishfinecottons.co.uk
Culimeta-Saveguard (CSL) business is spinning and processing technical fibre yarns. They operate from a former cotton mill in Dukinfield, a small town east of Manchester; Tame Valley Mill. The mill produces modern technical fibres, but was actually spinning cotton right-up until 1996. It was the last commercially operated cotton ring-spinning system in the UK. They have recently purchasing neighbouring Tower Mill (see English Fine Cottons above) which they are refurbishing to make it into a cotton mill again. They have also purchased companies in Italy and the USA recently and expect to have factories in India soon. The company specialises in developing and producing flexible fire protection products, sound absorbing insulating material, as well as pipe insulating materials, and products made of aramide, carbon, glass, pre-ox and PFR Rayon used for personal protection, with features such as temperature, abrasion and cut resistance as well as thermal and acoustic insulation properties. Since the beginning of January 2005 Culimeta-Saveguard Ltd., which emerged from the British companies Saveguard UK Ltd. and Firehalt UK Ltd., is a part of German company Culimeta, who also operate factories in Germany, France, Belgium and Latvia. If purchasing you would need to ask if a particular product is manufactured in the UK or not – http://www.firehalt.com
Blackburn Yarn Dyers supply fashion, carpet and upholstery brands, dyeing yarns for later use by weaving, knitting, sewing and food grade textile manufacturers. They dye cotton, wool and synthetic yarns. One company they work closely with is English Fine Cottons (see above) and they carry some of their cotton cans in stock. Based in Blackburn Lancashire, and founded in 1915, they supply weavers and knitters worldwide – https://www.bydltd.co.uk
Vgtec Sewn Products of Blackburn, England produce a range of quality sewn products from fluffy dog beds for pet lovers to heavy duty ballistic resistant jackets for military personnel. They use the Made in Britain marque. For example they make dog coats and bags for Hettie cushions for HiK9 pet beds, heat pads for Epiony, and covers for ARB Covers. Founded in 2010, Vgtec initially outsourced much production to Eastern Europe, but now say they have begun to grow their Blackburn based production facility due to long lead times and cost increases coming out of Eastern Europe. They now say they are “Promoting British Manufacturing”. In 2016 they moved to a new factory. They make items like lightweight knitted t shirts, through to heavy sewn load carriage products, dog beds, ballistic resistant jackets, body armour, military pouches, pouches, and school dresses. Vgtec Limited are very much a behind the scenes textile manufacturing business, providing a design and manufacturing service to clients. Mostly they make for the police and military, and for medical applications but they say if it is sewn then they can make it. Check whether what you are ordering will be made in Britain or foreign made. Trade only – https://www.vgtec-sewing.co.uk
John Spencer Ltd Lancashire is a weaving business making a wide range of fabrics in a diverse selection of yarns and raw materials. The company manufactures fabrics to customers own designs and specifications, sourcing raw materials from all over the world, including working closely with English Fine Cottons (see above) and Private White V.C. and they say “many of our wool yarns are spun in Yorkshire”. The John Spencer mill is the last remaining traditional cotton weaver in Burnley and was founded in 1971. Their fabrics are all woven in their own weaving mill in Burnley, Lancashire. Unfortunately (as of 8/2/18) their website is not working – http://www.johnspencer.com
The Gaddum Group (Gaddum and Gaddum) produce at least some beauty uniforms (their Tempus range) in-house in England and otherwise they add logos to imported clothing and import silks from China. Their towels and robes are foreign made as far as I can gather from their website. Gaddum and Gaddum have a factory in Leek, Staffordshire and manufacture clothing there for others, for example Hugget ladies jackets are made by Gaddum and Gaddum in England – http://www.thegaddumgroup.co.uk
Mitchell Interflex is a a mill in Lancashire weaving furnishing fabrics, interlinings for curtains, ties and suits, blackout fabrics, and narrow striped fabrics for deck chairs and windbreaks – http://www.mitchell-interflex.co.uk
Mitchell Interflex weaves for Wallace Sewell, a textile shop in London, who also work with the finishers W.T. Johnson & Sons in Huddersfield. Wallace Sewell sell scarves for men and women, cushions and throws and do bespoke products from scarves for the Tate gallery shops to designs for Transport for London seating in 2011. Whether all their products are manufactured in the UK I don’t know because they do not bother to give country of origin against individual products on their website. They do not actually say their products are made in Great Britain or how much of the fabric they use is milled, woven and finished in Great Britain, so you would be wise to check carefully – http://www.wallacesewell.com
Incidentally, the Tube seat fabric, also 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 cushions and furniture and the like and even dog collars and coats using the fabric at the Transport for London museum.
Mallalieu’s of Delph dye raw materials, and blend, card and spin yarn, and do cloth manufacture, and make scarves and are a cloth finisher. They are based in Delph, Oldham, Manchester and may be the yarn production facility in Delph that William Bliss mention using for their British wool on their website (see above). Established in 1863 the company produces high quality 100% British woollen fabric for clothing garments and upholstery – http://www.mallalieus.com
R.W. Shepley (Wool Spinners) was established in March 2002. They undertake contract spinning to customers own specifications, blends, counts , colours and qualities, including using British wool. Shepley Yarns Limited (R.W. Shepley), based in Diggle, in Oldham, Manchester, are also the owners of Woolyknit (see below) – http://www.shepleyyarns.com
Woolyknit make good value quality woollen made in England ladies and mens knitwear, British wool yarns, wool, Merino wool, wool tops and fibres, rugs, throws, cushion covers, socks, hats, scarves, wool gloves, etc. They also do craft workshops and have a cafe and shop in Diggle, in Oldham – http://www.woolyknit.com
The Natural Fibre Company are woollen and worsted yarn spinners and dyers. The mill specialises in adding value to fleece supplied by farmers and turning it into high-quality knitting yarn. Founded in 1991, in 2005 the company moved from Lampeter in Wales to Cornwall at Launceston on the Devon border. Blacker Yarns and Blacker Designs were launched in 2008 as brands of The Natural Fibre Company (NFC) who make all the yarns they use for the Blacker brand. They have a wide range of yarns for sale on their Blacker Yarns website, including British wool and Falkland Island wool, as well as British made twine, throws, scarves, tote bags, bags, and doorstops. Their bags and door stops are made by Make Do and Mend in Penryn, Cornwall using tweed woven by Bovey Handloom Weavers in Devon (see below).
Stead McAlpin is located in Cummersdale, England and has a heritage dating back to 1835. They are a fabric printer, manufacturing prints for home furnishings and apparel, specialising in printing, dyeing and finishing fabrics. The company were owned by the John Lewis Partnership from 1965 to 2007. Now the company are owned by the Lancashire textile business of R. Soper Ltd (see below). They also have a mill shop at their mill which is open to the public – http://www.steadmcalpin.co.uk
R Soper, which was founded as a drapery shop in Lytham more than 90 years ago, supplies fabric-based home furnishings such as curtains and furniture coverings to major retailers. The company is the largest producer of blinds in the UK. As well as making for others, R Soper’s own brand is Sandown & Bourne. Previously they used the brand name Avon Fabrics. The company manufactures blinds, drapes and soft furnishing coverings. Only 30% of their current business is being manufactured in the UK, and 70% is being imported according to their website (as of 11th April 2015).
Herbert Parkinson, a Lancashire textile mill owned by John Lewis for 60 years, supplies made to measure curtains and blinds to John Lewis customers, as well as furnishing fabric, and JLP natural-filled duvets and pillows. As well as supplying to Joh Lewis, Herbert Parkinson are a leading supplier of soft furnishing products to others and are specialists in the design and manufacture of soft furnishing products. They design and weave fabrics, provide a made to measure service on curtains and blinds and make up cushions. They also produce a wide range of naturally filled duvets and pillows – http://www.herbertparkinson.co.uk
Bovey Handloom Weavers was established in 1938. An old wooden handloom is used to make throws and various weights of tweed are made on two semi-automatic handlooms. Their home produced, made in England, products are available in their shop in Bovey Tracey, Devon, alongside products from other manufacturers (some of which are made in the UK). Their workshop is also open to the public. They also do commissions. Own branded products include throws, ties, scarves and caps – http://www.boveyweavers.co.uk
Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers Ltd are Raw Wool brokers and perform grading and sorting of local wool clip. They purchase Shetland wool from over 700 of Shetland’s crofters and farmers, and transform it into high-quality Shetland wool products including yarns, knitting kits, knitwear, blankets and carpets and in 2009 they purchased over 80% of the wool produced in Shetland. Jamieson & Smith are owned by Curtis Wool Direct in Yorkshire – http://www.shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk
Jamieson’s of Shetland (as distinct it seems from Jamison and Smith mentioned above) are Shetland Wool and Yarn knitting Supplies. They have their own mill, opened in 1981, which completes all the stages of yarn production under one roof. This includes grading, scouring and dyeing fleece before colour blending, carding, spinning, twisting and balling to produce their 100% pure Shetland yarn. As well as yarns, they produce Shetland Tweeds and blankets. For example, their wool is used in jumpers sold by Leith mentioned above – http://www.jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk
J Clark and Company Limited produce themselves pin related products in England, including a wide variety of pet combs for cats and dogs, as well as lice and flee combs, and pin products for the textile trade, pharmaceuticals, food preparation and packaging, and many more diverse industries. The pins (teeth) they use come from a UK manufacturer too. They are also agents for foreign made Staedtler Uhl pin products – http://www.jclarkandcompany.com
Rainbow Jersey in Nottingham are manufacturers of high quality knitted stretch fabrics for dancewear, sportswear, leisurewear and technical uses. They knit all their fabrics in their Nottingham factory and all their dyeing and finishing and printing is also done in the UK. They say on their website “We knit all our fabrics in our Nottingham factory and all our dyeing & finishing and printing is done in the UK.” Trade only – http://www.rainbowjersey.co.uk
Simplex Knitting Company of Nottingham is a fabric manufacturing business, incorporating warping, and warp knitting, dyeing and finishing through to distribution. The company is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of warp knitted Simplex, fine gauge stretch and non-stretch (rigid) fabrics operating in sportswear, intimate apparel and technical textiles markets. They say on their website “We knit, dye and finish at our site in the UK, but also have our own facilities in China and Sri Lanka” so manufacture in the UK and overseas – http://www.simplexknitting.co.uk/en/
Tanya Dimitrova are a London based company specialised in producing garments. They offer full sampling services as well as small production runs. I get the impression from their website that they produce in the UK but please check before using the company as I am not sure – http://www.tanyadimitrova.com
Lluks London is a London based bridal shop that offers personally tailored wedding dresses that are made in Britain. They also sell ready-to-wear. I don’t know what proportion of the clothes they sell are British made. they belong to Tanya Dimitrova (see above) – https://www.llukslondon.com
SEWPORT Ltd are a fashion garment manufacturing service for emerging brands, start-ups and designers, from sketch to full production runs. They provide full Cut Make Trim services (CMT). I get the impression from their website that they produce in the UK and employ 200 people in the UK but please check before using the company as I am not sure as they are primarily an outsourcing company who produce garments abroad – http://www.sewport.co.uk
Porters of Manchester are “a small, bespoke textile manufacturing company offering complete solutions for all … manufacturing needs”. They say their website “At Porters of Manchester we are proud to be British, we only manufacture in our factory in Manchester, we don’t use outworkers or sub contractors.” They offer small product runs, one off samples, cut make trim (CMT) services, post production alterations, and also design and manufacture sportswear and outer garments for schools – http://porters-lancs.co.uk
The Cluny Lace Company Limited is 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
Kitty Fisher say on their website that they “specialise in beautiful Nottingham lace and we design and manufacture everything here in our own workrooms in Beeston, Nottingham”. Elsewhere on the site they say “All our lace is designed and made here in Nottingham”. Their beautiful lace products include lace handkerchiefs – http://kittyfisher.co.uk
Curtis Wool Direct of Yorkshire is one of the largest wool merchanting and processing companies in the world. Curtis Wool Direct Ltd are the largest buyers of wool through the British Wool Marketing Board auction system. In addition they buy other wool from all over the world. They have scouring and combing plants in Bradford at the Haworth Scouring Company, which they own.
Laxtons Limited are manufacturers of worsted spun and fancy yarns using British Wool for the hand & machine knit, woven apparel & upholstery products. They are a a spinning company who processed almost all their products outside of the UK previously, and have brought all their manufacturing back into Yorkshire. As they explain on their website “Bringing manufacturing back to the UK also has huge environmental benefits as we are no longer shipping raw materials around the world. Coupled with the utilisation of as many home produced components as possible substantially reduces our carbon footprint. UK production allows us to give an improved service with reduced lead times,better management, and a greater control of raw materials and quality.” The company was founded in 1907 and their new factory in Guiseley opened January 2010. They have an online shop, with discounts for trade – http://www.laxtons.com
West Yorkshire Spinners Ltd are a worsted Spinning company specialising in the production of classical & fancy yarns in natural and natural/synthetic fibre blends, suppling the hand knitting, machine knitting and carpet industries. Raw materials are produced into knitting yarn in their factory in West Yorkshire. Finished products are available on their website. Fibres including 100% wool, wool + synthetic blends and other noble fibres e.g. Mohair, Alpaca etc + bamboo are used. Wools from many British sheep breeds are produced, including Bluefaced Leicester, Shetland, Wensleydale, and Clun Forest. They also make and sell socks – http://www.wyspinners.com
R Gledhill Ltd (Gledhill’s) in Delph, Oldham, Manchester are Spinners of fine woollen yarns. They were founded in 1936 and still operate out of the Pringle Mill which they purchased at that time. Textile manufacturing has been carried out at Pingle Mill since 1777.
As well as their mill, R Gledhill also have a shop called “Country Classics” in Delph. They stock contemporary 100% cashmere knitwear for ladies and gentlemen made in Scotland by Johnstons of Elgin, plus their own range of lambswool and cashmere knitwear and accessories.
Schofield and Smith are manufacturers of fine worsteds (worsted is a fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool). Founded in 1904, Schofield and Smith weaved the navy cloth worn by James Bond in the movie ‘Goldeneye‘ (released in 1995, Goldeneye is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond). A total of thirty suits in total were made by Italian company Brioni out of this cloth. All their cloths “are produced in Huddersfield” – http://www.schofieldandsmith.co.uk
According to the Schofield and Smith website, other suits appearing in the film Goldeneye – a dinner suit and a blue and sand check suit – had also their cloths made in Yorkshire, by William Halstead (see below) and Bower Roebuck (see below).
William Halstead are weavers of fine mohair & worsteds and were founded in 1875. William Halstead are based in the historic textile city of Bradford, England and are weavers of luxury suiting fabrics for many of the top fashion houses. Retail their products are available from their Pepper Lee website. Since 2006 the company has ben owned by SIL Holdings Ltd (see below). All manufacturing still takes place at their Stanley Mills site.
SIL Holdings Ltd are a Bradford based textile business. SIL are one of the largest speciality fibre manufacturers and merchants in the world. The group comprises of more than 25 businesses. As well as William Halstead mentioned above, working in the UK they own: Stanley Mills fabric weavers (worsted cloth has been woven at Stanley Mills since 1890); Roberts Dyers & Finishers (Herbert Roberts; worsted and woollen, cotton and linen cloth finishers, specialising in dyeing and finishing fine quality British fabrics for the clothing and furnishing industries); FTS Dyers (package dyeing of woollen yarn, wool blends, luxury protein yarns, synthetics and cellulosics); Mohair Spinners Ltd / MBA Yarns (MSL; originally set up to produce mohair loop yarn for weaving blankets and throws, MSL is adjacent to the mohair combing division of SIL Holdings at Ladywell Mills in Bradford; mohair, silk, cashmere, alpaca and wool can be spun individually, mixed together or blended with man-made fibre to produce yarns); The Cashmere Combing Company (CCC; focuses on cashmere carding and combing, as well as fibres such as camel, alpaca and mohair); George Ackroyd (mohair combing); John Foster (worsted and worsted/mohair apparel fabric mill in Bradford); William Halstead (who weave mohair fabrics and traditional worsteds; see above); Reid & Taylor (twist suit and jacketing fabric); Charles Clayton (worsted cloth); S. Selka (“The Middle East’s favourite fine worsted brand”; worsted weaving in Yorkshire); Standeven (worsted cloths); Jerome Fabrics (fabrics for formal garments to high street chain stores in the UK, as well as for corporate wear); Alpaca Innovations (Alpaca cloth); Meridian (fabrics and finished products for corporate-wear, uniform and camouflage); Joshua Ellis (cashmere fabrics produced in Yorkshire); Kynoch (jacketing and coating fabrics made in Scotland); Neill Johnstone (tweeds produced in Scotland); Abbotsford (manufactures furnishing fabrics for contract, leisure and domestic interiors with all production taking place in Yorkshire); Seal International (fibre traders). Information in this paragraph is taken from the SIL website. You should confirm where production will actually take place – http://silholdings.co.uk
Bower Roebuck are manufacturers of specialist fine worsted menswear suiting, jacketing and coating fabrics. Using finest micron wools, 100% cashmere, and wools blended with natural and noble fibres such as vicuna, cashmere and silk. Production (all?) takes place in their factory in Yorkshire. They use a local unnamed specialist finishing company for finished products, from super light tropical weights to ‘double cloth’ coating fabrics. They also own nearby manufacturer Savile Clifford (see below). Both Savile Clifford and Bower Roebuck are owned by the Scabal group of companies (see above) – http://www.bowerroebuck.com
Savile Clifford Ltd is a manufacturer of high quality fabrics for formalwear and tailoring in Yorkshire. The company was re-lauched in 2005 and utilises the weaving facilities of its parent company, Bower Roebuck & Co Ltd (see above), to produce the fabrics. Both Savile Clifford and Bower Roebuck are owned by the Scabal group of companies – http://www.savileclifford.com
Barrington Fabrics Ltd according to their twitter tagline “offer the finest cloths direct from our Mill. We offer a wide variety of cloths from Suiting’s to Tweeds and Blazer/Boating Stripes”. For price enquires or stock they suggest you DM message them. They are possibly based in Bradford in Yorkshire, but I don’t know much about them as they don’t seem to have a website – https://twitter.com/barringtonfltd
Pennine Weavers Ltd was established in 1969. Prior to this their North Beck Mills in Keighley, West Yorkshire had been home to Smith Brothers & Foster. Pennine weaves for most of the big merchants, including Dugdale and Holland & Sherry, and Dormeuil – http://pennineweavers.co.uk
Joseph H Clissold are luxury cloth manufacturers in Bradford, who make ‘made in England’ cloth using wool from Australia and New Zealand. They are part of the US owned Holland & Sherry / Tom James group – clissold.co.uk
C&J Antich & Sons are a commission weaver, warper and mender of the Yorkshire fine worsted industry, producing the finest British worsted cloth for the world’s best known fashion brands. They are also a tailors and they have a separate website for this. Antich Tailors make their suits in Huddersfield, and weave their own cloth. Both their bespoke men’s suits and ready-to-wear men’s suit appear to be made in Huddersfield. They have a shop opening in Autumn 2015. They also run the English Tailoring Company who provide a cut, make and trim service for tailors throughout the UK. They say on their website “Our garments are expertly crafted in Huddersfield – the home of luxurious fabrics – making our suits completely and truly ‘Made in England'”. Their business is business is to manufacture garments for tailors. They cloth produced by their parent company Antich and Sons and they say “Made in England is a label of quality. A mark of heritage. An extension of our national identity. We’re proud to say that our tailoring supply chain stays here in England and never leaves the country.” They are featured on Still Made in Britain – http://www.antichfinetailors.co.uk – http://www.cj-antich.com – http://www.englishtailoringcompany.co.uk
Bulmer & Lumb (incorporating old mill names Taylor & Lodge, Arthur Harrison, Kaye & Stewart and Edwin Woodhouse) is a British textile manufacturer. They manufacture wool and synthetic textiles, providing fibres, dyeing, yarns and cloth – http://www.bulmerandlumb.com
Spencer Paul men’s golf and lifestyle clothing is all made in the UK. Polo Shirts and Merino Wool Knitwear for individuals plus branded corporate clothing for companies and events – http://www.spencerpaul.co.uk
Last of England have a philosophy to use the manufacturing talents of British industry as far as possible and currently sell a range of made in the UK men’s jumpers. They also sell a Spanish made jacket, which rather goes against this philosophy – http://lastofengland.co.uk
Lyle & Scott stress their British (Scottish) heritage, but nearly all their men’s clothing is made abroad in countries such as Romania and Turkey, even their jumpers. Lyle and Scott do have two ranges at the moment all made in the UK (Scotland). These are the 140 range celebrating 140 years, and the 1960 range. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue, and they bring all their production back to British shores – http://www.lyleandscott.com
MECCANICA (Meccanica Coritani) men’s clothing, which is inspired by racers of cycles and motorcycles from the 50s, 60s and 70s, is made entirely in Britain, and is suitable to wear on the bike or for casual. Clothing includes t-shirts, polo shirts, shirts, jeans, jackets, knitwear and boxer shorts; all made in Britain and excellent quality – http://www.meccanicacycles.com
The Ussen Polar Fleece is made in the UK. 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. Their twitter does say “Ussen is an Outdoor brand, Based in UK, Born in UK and all MADE IN UK!” so perhaps everything is UK made. They also make hats, gloves and t-shirts for men and women. Stockists are listed on their website – http://www.ussen.co.uk
TOFFS is The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company. They manufacture retro football shirts and rugby shirts from the UK and all over the world in Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Retro football shirts. Vintage classic kit. Old fashioned historical soccer jerseys. Football shirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, track tops, hoodies in small to extra large sizes – for adults and children.
I’ve not seen their shirts, except perhaps on Gavin and Stacey, but they look good (I have one now and am impressed by the quality). 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.
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. Available via their website or in their factory shop in Gateshead.
Trickett England products centre around sport, clothes and food and are made in the UK or Canada or the USA. As well as their “emergency brew kit” with its made in England enamel mug they sell made in the UK t-shirts, rugby shirts, slippers, key ring, belts. What they have varies and not all of it by any means is made in England – http://trickett-england.co.uk
Collective Noun source all their fabrics from mills in the UK and all manufacturing is done in England. Men’s shirts, jackets, belts, etc. Made in England items are labelled as such on their website. Their t-shirts say are printed in London but it does not say where they are made so possibly they are of foreign manufacture; please check before buying – http://www.cn-london.com
Buckleigh of London do bespoke tailoring, alterations, formalwear hire, ex-hire formalwear sales, waistcoats, and smoking jackets for men. They have a shop in Lower Sloane Street, London. It is not clear from their website whether they make their garments in the UK or if they use UK made fabrics so you will need to check, but for their bespoke range they do say they “use a wide range of fabrics from England’s best manufacturers of cloths and woollens” – http://buckleighoflondon.com
Albam Clothing sell some British made men’s clothes including items such as jeans, outerwear, shorts, trousers, waistcoats, jackets, knitwear, socks (some), bags, rucksacks, ties, Mr Natty moustache wax, a cycling cap, Aiguille rucksacks, key rings, and a whistle. Great to see a store offering such a wide range of British made clothing. Some of their items like shirts, t-shirts, shoes, sunglasses, spectacles, notebooks, and books (some?) are foreign made. They have 3 shops in London or you can order online. They have a specific ‘made in Britain’ section on their website – http://www.albamclothing.com
Cedar Clothing – Outerwear & knitwear since 1969. Their garments are made in the UK. Currently selling British made men’s knitwear, they also talk of selling outerwear in the future – http://www.cedarclothing.co.uk
Harry Stedman is an Americana inspired menswear brand based in London, England and founded in 2011. They produce their garments in the UK and the USA, and, rather less logically, Portugal and Japan. On their website you can filter by made in UK or made in USA which is a good feature. The Grey Fox has pictures of some of their products showing the labels (showing familiar names of the makers such as Grenfell (see above) and Aero (see above)). Outerwear, jackets, jumpers, wooly hats, t-shirts, belts, scarves and shoes. Well Dressed Dad looked at this brand in December 2015 – http://www.harrystedman.com
Desmond Merrion (“The Yorkshire Tailor”) make bespoke men’s and women’s suits, jackets, overcoats and trousers in England. Among the cloths they use are those from Schofield and Smith (see above) and Johnstons of Elgin (see above) – http://www.desmerrion.com
Owen Scott is a bespoke suit tailor and gentleman’s barber in Huddersfield and Leeds (they also visit London from time to time). They say they use cloth from Huddersfield mills and on their website they show fabrics supplied by cloth merchants Dugdale and Thomas Fisher (a name owned by Dungdale), and Harris Tweed by John G Hardy (a name owned by cloth merchant Huddersfield Fine Worsteds). No information is given about the country of origin of their buttons, linings, threads and so on. They do not say where the actual tailoring takes place, so please make sure it takes place in the UK before ordering. They also do suit hire, alterations, and off-the-peg shirts by Olymp which are foreign made – https://www.owenscott.co.uk
Joseph Martin Tailors are a men’s bespoke visiting tailor based in Hertfordshire/London. They are one of my twitter followers and it appears from their website that they make clothes in the UK, using British fabrics, for example sourced from cloth merchant Dugdale Bros & Co Ltd of Huddersfield, as well as Italian fabrics, so it might be possible to get tailor made British clothes from them, but do check on provenance before ordering – http://www.josephmartintailors.com
Goodalls Tailors / Messkitonline are a specialist military tailor where uniforms are all hand made in their Yorkshire workshop. The cloth used is supplied by Hainsworth. I’m not sure about the buttons and so forth, so please ask. They also sell accessories and you should seek out British made ones or buy elsewhere – http://www.goodallstailors.co.uk
Michael Jay Tailoring / Messdressonline specialise in military uniforms that are all hand made in Britain. The cloth used is supplied by Hainsworth. They also do made-to-measure for men generally, again made in Britain but you want to ask them about using British made cloth, buttons and so on. They have a ready to wear section but no country of origin information is given and garments are foreign made –
E Tautz are a menswear label where British fabrics, materials and manufacturers are often used. Some products are foreign made, mostly in France and Italy. Available online via their website and their website lists stockists. E Tautz are a ready-to-wear luxury brand originally founded in 1867 and revived in 2009. Part of Norton & Sons tailors who during the 1970s aquired Hoare & Tautz, formed by the merger of E. Tautz & Sons, a sporting tailor, and J. Hoare & Co, a tailor. Past customers have included Winston Churchill – http://etautz.com
Norton & Sons tailors, incorporating E. Tautz & Sons, a sporting tailor, and J. Hoare & Co (see above) of Savile Row, are luxury men’s tailors, shirtmakers and makers of breeches, who tailor in London, using British cloths. Originally established in 1821, clients have included Lord Carnarvon, Cary Grant and King George V. They make fewer than three hundred and fifty suits each year. Over the years the company acquired the businesses of Hammond & Co, J. Hoare & Co, E. Tautz & Sons and Todhouse Reynard & Co. In 2005 the company was purchased by Patrick Grant and some of his family and friends. I understand they purchased Cookson and Clegg in around 2015 (see above), although nothing on the Cookson and Clegg website reflects this. The label also has a claim to fame by suiting up James Bond (in this case played by Daniel Craig) for the movies Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale – http://www.nortonandsons.co.uk
I’m note sure what happened to Cyril Castle, Roger Moore’s tailors on Conduit St, but they seem to have closed.
Hayward tailors of Mount Street, London also dressed Roger Moore in some Bond films, as well as a host of other stars. Their men’s bespoke suits are made in London, but it is not clear from their website if they use British fabrics. Neither is it clear if their made-to-measure or ready-to-wear and accessory collections are British made, so I suspect they are not – http://www.douglashayward.co.uk
Anderson & Sheppard tailors give no information about country of origin of the material they use and neither do they say if their suits are actually made-up in the UK. You could ask as I get the impression that their suits are made in England. They only thing they mention is that the majority of their knitwear is made in Britain. Men’s clothes – http://www.anderson-sheppard.co.uk
Tailor Anthony Sinclair provided the suits for Sean Connery in the Bond movies Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever, as well as for George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The business was originally in Conduit Street, Mayfair and now operates from No. 6 Sackville Street and Sinclair himself has long retired. Again, no information is given on country of origin, but it would be worth asking where there men’s clothes are made. The video below starts with the words “made in England” so perhaps Anthony Sinclair suits are or were made in England? They also sell ready made items, some of which at least such as Corgi socks, Albert Thurston braces, and Ettinger wallets, are UK made. To celebrate the upcoming production of the next 007 film ‘Bond 24’ (due for cinema release Autumn 2015) Anthony Sinclair are selling knitted ties. Country of origin is not stated on their website and disappointingly they have told me (7/10/14) that all these ties are made in Italy. – http://www.anthonysinclair.com
Tom Ford was Bond’s tailor for the 2008 movie Quantum of Solace and the 2012 movie SkyFall, but again there is no information on country of origin on their website. you could ask if anything they sell for men and women is made in Britain, but their glasses for example are certainly not – http://www.tomford.com
Richard James sell some made in England shoes, socks, bags, gloves, corduroy trousers, chinos, and casual jackets, and Scottish made knitwear for men, but everything else off-the-peg seems to be foreign made. Their bespoke service does appear to be made on Savile Row in London, but no information is given about fabrics. I assume you could ask for British made fabric – http://www.richardjames.co.uk
Benson & Clegg hold a Royal Warrant to His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales and point out that their most famous customer was probably His Royal Highness King George VI. Their blazer buttons are made in England. Their braces are made in England. Their cufflink boxes are made in England. They do gentleman’s bespoke tailoring and ready to wear. Tailoring seems to take place in the UK, but do not bother to say whether they use UK made fabrics, threads and buttons. Country of origin is not generally given for the their ready to wear collection either. As such it is likely be that much of what Benson & Clegg sell is manufactured abroad, but you could ask (they have a shop in London) – http://www.bensonandclegg.com
Kent, Haste and Lachter men’s tailors and shirt makers appear to use some British cloth and make in Britain, but best to check before buying where the cloth and accessories comes from and where the garment will be made – http://kenthaste.co.uk
Sims and MacDonald men’s tailors say on their website that “garments are made mainly from English cloths, sewn by our tailors in London and cut on the premises in Lambs Conduit Street” – http://www.simsandmacdonald.com
Lutwyche luxury Ready-To-Wear, Made-To-Measure and Bespoke men’s tailoring is all made in their workshop in England. Founded in 2000, Lutwyche acquired their own workshop in 2006. Based in Crewe, they have a shop in London and concessions in the USA and Switzerland – http://www.lutwyche.co.uk
Favourbrook were established in 1990 and have shops in London. They do Ready-to-Wear, Made-to-Order and Made-to-Measure clothes for men and women. Made in England dressing gowns, smoking jackets, waistcoats, velvet jackets, morning coats, ties, cravats, dresses, etc. a lot of which seem to be made in the UK. They also sell foreign made items such as foreign made shirts – http://favourbrook.com
Gieves & Hawkes, founded in 1771, are a London tailor, seller of off-the-peg clothes and supplier of military clothing and are holders of all 3 Royal Warrants. There are very few mentions of country of origin for any ready-made products, although a few items do mention made in England or made in Italy. Most products seem to be foreign made, but you may find some UK made clothes. It is very hard to locate made in the UK items on their website, but as Royal Warrant holder you would hope they do sell at least some British made clothes. They do not say if their bespoke tailoring takes place in England or if they use British milled cloth. Likewise with their military section on their website, they fail to give information about country of origin. Rather poor information for such an established firm. Gieves & Hawkes are owned by a Hong Kong company, Hong Kong-based Trinity Capital (they don’t tell you that on their website either) themselves part of the Fung Group who also own Hardy Amies and Kilgour (see above) – http://www.gievesandhawkes.com
Darcy Clothing (formerly The Vintage Shirt Company) specialise in the supply of replicas of men’s period clothing. They do not manufacture themselves. Some items they sell are UK made though, such as some braces, knitwear, collar studs, a few separate collars, some hats, some waistcoats, dress studs, some bow ties (which are realistically priced too), sock suspenders, elasticated snake belts, some scarves, Victorian bow ties, some cravats, some socks, and some trousers (including trousers designed to be worn with braces). Many products on the Darcy Clothing website are foreign made, but those that are made in the UK are clearly marked as such. Online only, but you can make an appointment to try on in Lewes.
Another place selling hard to find menswear items from a time when a Gentleman knew how to dress is Fogey Unlimited. Braces, sock suspenders, cravats, waistcoats, traditional underwear, stiff collars etc. New items and a few vintage items. Be selective though, because by no means is everything they sell made in the UK. They also have an eBay shop and they even sell British Gentlemen’s bi-monthly journal The Chap Magazine (current issues and back issues) – http://www.fogeyunlimited.co.uk
Lauren Vickers twitter tagline is “Beautiful bow ties and accessories, handmade in England” and they have the words “Made in England” at the top of their website and in their website name. They also call themselves ‘LV Made in England’. They say “Every bow tie is sewn and finished by hand in our studio, with the greatest care and attention to detail.” No information is given on where the fabrics or other items used in making is sourced. They also stock a range of make grooming products called ‘Bedfordshire Beard Co‘ about which they say “All natural male grooming products, handmade in Bedfordshire.” Their pocket squares and ties also seem to be made in England. They also sell leather camera straps which are “handcrafted in Derbyshire” – https://www.lvmadeinengland.co.uk
Old Town is a British clothing manufacturer producing approximately 50 hand made garments per week from their own workshop, using British cottons, woollens and linens wherever possible. For men and women. Garments are made to order and available via the internet / telephone and in their shop and workshop at 49 Bull Street, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6HP. They say it is advisable to telephone first before visiting. Some items are also on sale at Labour and Wait, 85, Redchurch St., London E2. Occasionally they are also have a London showroom. They make ties, belts, hats, braces, knitwear, bags, scarves, jackets, trousers, high-rise trousers, waistcoats, jerkins, coats, skirts, dresses, shirts, and aprons. As well as handmade workwear, Old Town also make fabrics and wallpaper, which are available at St. Jude’s. St.jude’s is an internet/mail order business or stockists are listed on their website. On their website they say that all their fabrics and wallpapers are printed in Britain. The Tweed Pig website has a great review of Old Town, from which the photograph and videos below were found.
Below is a film produced for Old Town, shot on location at Cley Next The Sea, Norfolk. The song is a old English Folk song called ‘Rigs of the time’, recorded in 1947 for the BBC by E.J.Moeran and sung by an old Norfolk character by the name of John ‘Charger’ Salmons.
The next video below is Behind the Scenes at Old Town
Killer Kilts are “All Made in Scotland” according to their twitter. Their website says “Quality is really important to us and this is why we’re proud to belong to the ‘Make it British’ campaign. Utilising fabrics from some of the oldest working mills in Britain, our kilts are skilfully crafted by our dedicated team of kilt makers in Scotland” – http://www.killerkilts.co.uk
Lochcarron is a Scottish men’s and women’s kilts, knitwear, scarves, gifts, stoles, throws, fabrics, and accessories manufacturer in the Scottish Border towns of Selkirk, Hawick and Langholm and is as far as I gather is all made in Scotland. On their website it says “Kilts, fabric, scarves gifts, stole, throws & much much more! All Made in Scotland from classic tartans to contemporary plaids…” and “We are all proud that we prepare, weave & finish our fabrics & accessories in Scotland”. Their history dates back to 1892 and they weave tartan, knitwear and tweed clothing from natural fibres – http://www.lochcarron.co.uk
Hector Russell menswear and womenswear have 2 shops in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow (formerly RG Lawrie) and one in Inverness and their online shop and Hector Russell products are for sale in some other stores. Their kilts are manufactured in Scotland. The stores also do kilt hire. Hector Russell belong to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd (see below). Their headwear is also made in Scotland, as are their Sgian Dubh (a Sgian Dubh is a small, single-edged knife and is often worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt), cufflinks, kilt pins, kilt skirts, and their Sporrans. Whether anything else they sell is UK made or not is hard to tell from their website, so you will want to check before buying. I suspect much of what they sell may be foreign made – http://www.hector-russell.com
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill sometimes have British made caps, wax jackets, gifts, confectionery and other products in their stores. You’ll need to visit one of their shops, for example in Windsor or Bourton on the Water, and check the products themselves because they do not give country of origin on their website. A lot of products in Edinburgh Woollen Mill are foreign made and some of their products have no country of origin labels at all (which means they are foreign made). Menswear and womenswear and gifts. Shop carefully by checking labels and you can find some great British made products in this very nice shop- http://www.ewm.co.uk
Hunters of Brora was founded in 1901 and used to have their own mill in Sutherland but sadly that closed in 2003. However, the company has been re-lauched and now they are sourcing fabric from other Scottish mills. Looking around their site they are selling tweed made in Scotland by the metre, cartridge bags and gun slips, and tweed hats and caps (however it does not say these are made in Scotland, so they are very likely foreign made) – http://www.hunterstweed.com
Gilinix say on their website that they use British made tweeds and that “are proud to support British manufacturing and local designers”. On their Facebook they say about the company “Exclusive & British made tweed gilets, individually tailored ladies clothing in tweed along with new summer linen silk collection, leather accessories and oodles of cashmere colours”. They have a shop in Worcester or you can buy from their website. Looking around their website though it is just a very few of their ladies Tweed Gilets, tweed jackets, jumpers, a tweed filofax cover, a leather key fob and a feather napkin ring that are made in the UK. Everything else must be foreign made because they do not give country of origin for these other products – http://www.gilinix.co.uk
Jack Wills occasionally sell a few things that are made in Britain, but not very many. They do for example sell a limited range of British made shoes made for them by NPS. On their website they have a ‘made in the UK” section, which is good. Most of their products are foreign made though. The made in Great Britain section is rather small – http://www.jackwills.com
John Lewis. The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) have a range of products on sale in their department stores that are made in the UK, but most JLP products are foreign made. Disappointingly John Lewis do not always label their products with the country of origin and where this is the case the products in question are foreign made. JLP still have quite a way to go, as most of the products in their stores are foreign made but deserve special mention for trying to sell more British made products. Clothes wise, you won’t find many made in the UK clothes in John Lewis, but you may find some British made shoes, coats, ties and suchlike. Much of their food in Waitrose is sourced and packaged in the UK and their have clear buy British policy. As always though, in JLP / Waitrose, check where the things you buy are sourced and packaged and try to buy British where possible – http://www.johnlewis.com
Founded in 1971, Reiss sell menswear, womenswear and accessories. They have a number of shops and a website. However, Reiss “stopped manufacturing in the UK ten years ago” and these days get factories in countries like Romania to make for them.
Duchamp London was founded in 1989. Their cufflinks are made in Birmingham, England and their ties are made in England too. Their shirts seem to all be foreign made; occasionally it seems they use British made fabrics for suiting and jackets but everything I have seen has been Italian and their jackets, suits and waistcoats are foreign made; their knitwear is foreign made; their trousers are foreign made; their outerwear is foreign made; their hankies are foreign made; their belts are foreign made; their socks are foreign made; and finally their scarves and gloves (using British leather) are made in England. So, it’s Duchamp for scarves, gloves, cufflinks and ties and nothing else – http://www.duchamplondon.com
Cordings of Piccadilly is a renowned establishment for British country clothing and tailoring for men and women. They have a shop in London or you can buy online. Some of their products are made in Britain and at one point they had a “made in Britain” section on their website. Only some of their menswear and ladieswear is British made; most ladies clothes and much of their menswear are foreign made. As of 8th April 2015 I found on their website British made men’s outerwear, cufflinks, a thermos flask cover, bags, ties, trousers, plus-fours, padded jackets, knitwear, some socks, scarves, hats and caps and on 14th February 2016 I found British made ladies trousers – http://www.cordings.co.uk
Cuffs and Co have a great range of British made novelty cufflinks, classic cufflinks and wedding cufflinks. They say on their website “We take pride in the quality of our cufflinks, which is why all the metal cufflinks we sell are all entirely British Made. Some others claim to make their cufflinks in Britain, but often you will find components like the clasps are made overseas. Ours are 100% British!”. They have a shop in the Shambles in York. They also sell Minster watches (which are assembled in the UK), British made cotton mix socks, Kent shaving products and combs (these all seem to be foreign made Kent products, except for one brush), some British made collar stiffeners (most of their collar stiffeners are foreign made though by the looks of it), British made braces, foreign made umbrellas, what I assume are foreign made chefs buttons, foreign made bags and brief cases, and what I assume are foreign made armbands – http://www.cuffsandco.co.uk
S.E.H Kelly makes garments with the makers of the British Isles. Jackets, shirts, knitwear, trousers, scarves. Cloths are sourced from an assortment of regional mills, and garments are cut, sewn, and finished by hand by a handful of workrooms and factories, many of them specialist makers of one particular type of garment. Buttons and the like are made bespoke in the old ways of one-man establishments. Everything is made in the British Isles, and as such some products may be made in Southern Ireland. Shipping is free. Available online and at certain times their London workroom is open to allow you to try clothes on – http://www.sehkelly.com
Some Dashing Tweeds menswear products are made in the UK, for example their reflective cycling caps and their urban caps. For other products check country of origin before buying. Products are available online or they have a shop in London. They use a number of British milled fabrics but not all products are actually manufactured in the UK. Country of origin is rarely stated against individual products, so you will have to ask – http://www.dashingtweeds.co.uk
Ramnation (Swink It Limited) have the words “MADE IN ENGLAND. All of our products are made entirely in England, from sheep to shop” written on every page of their website. In their about section they say “Our supply chain is entirely UK based. British sheep raised on British farms. A Cornish mill, with an organic certification. A family run factory in Nottinghamshire.” Products are available from their website. They sell men’s cardigans, sports jackets, scarves, fingerless gauntlets, and caps, made using British wool. They seem to be a relatively new company but I am not sure when they were founded. They joined twitter in June 2013 – http://www.ramnation.co.uk
Sir Plus sell UK made silk and cashmere scarves. In the past they have also sold UK made baseball caps. They also have other great UK made men’s and ladies clothing such as dressing gowns, socks, men’s and ladies boxer shorts, Nehru jackets and waistcoats, Austrian Hunting Jackets, waistcoats, t-shirts, knitwear, scarves, pocket squares, knitwear, cravats, etc. All products appear to be made in the UK. For some products they use “Cabbage“. Some products use foreign milled cloth. They have a shop on Savile Row in London – http://www.sirplus.co.uk
Aquascutum menswear and womenswear was established in 1851. The former Royal Warrant holding company was family owned until 1990 and since then has had various owners and went bankrupt in 2012. It is now Chinese owned. They have various stores and concessions. Aquascutum used to make pretty much all their clothes in the UK. Today Aquascutum try to to trade on their so called “Britishness” but they do not give country of origin on their website for anything, so I assume everything in the new Aquascutum is foreign made despite the fact that it is still not cheap – http://www.aquascutum.com
After bankruptcy in 2012 the Aquascutum brand name was sold to a Chinese company and 3 months later the old Aquascutum factory in Corby, Northamptonshire was purchased by Swaine Adeney Brigg and the factory re-opened (albeit with less employees). The factory, now calling itself The Clothing Works, hoped to re-invent itself as one of the biggest Cut, Make and Trim (CMT) units in Britain. They hoped to continue to manufacture for Aquascutum and for others such as Marks and Spencer. Since this article the story of the old Aquascutum factory has been unclear. Possibly they were sold again and became Korisby Ltd and possibly they have gone bankrupt again. Sadly it seems Swaine Adeney Brigg or anyone else did not make a go of keeping the factory open. Swaine Adeney Brigg make no mention of the acquisition on their website. There was also talk of Private White wanting to buy the old Aquascutum factory but that did not seem to come off. This article from a former UK clothing brand confirms the factory has now sadly closed.
Swaine Adeney Brigg is a celebrated maker of leather goods, umbrellas, hats and other luxury items – consisting of Herbert Johnson hats (some made in the UK), Papworth luggage (made in UK), Swaine Adeney leather goods (made in the UK) and Brigg umbrellas (made in the UK, although the the umbrella frames (the key component of any umbrella) are manufactured in China; as is the case with all “UK made” umbrellas nowadays) – http://www.swaineadeneybrigg.com
Private White VC clothing is all made in Britain. On 8th November 2014 Stolly from Private White VC tweeted me and said “@BritishGoods @PrivateWhiteVC is made in Britain and in our London shops ever item is #British from hat to shoes . Oh and the coats are fab” and on 1April 2015 Stolly from Private White VC tweeted “Everything @PrivateWhiteVC sells is made in Britain not now and then ALWAYS”. Private White V.C. make their garments for men and now women in their own factory in Manchester, England where for the past 100 years they have been manufacturing luxury garments using only the finest regionally sourced British fabrics & materials. Private White V.C. is the in-house label of what was known as Cooper & Stollbrand in Manchester. Presumably they still make clothes for other labels. Private White V.C. had a shop in London at 46 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden at one point but now their shops are at 55 Lamb’s Conduit Street,Bloomsbury and 73 Duke Street, Mayfair. Other stockists are listed on their website and include Mr Porter (online), Harrods, John Lewis, and Beams in Japan. Simply fabulous clothing!
The now renamed Private White VC used to just supply garments to other labels (brands such as Aquascutum, Burberry, Paul Smith outerwear, Virgin Atlantic Airways uniforms, gas suits for the Gulf War, uniforms for heads of state, schoolwear for Harrods, etc.). With orders fast disappearing as the people they supplied to sought cheaper Chinese made garments, the company was close by bankruptcy in 2008. In 2009 Cooper & Stollbrand (Private White VC as it now called) was purchased by James Eden, the founder Jack White’s great grandchild and it has since gone from strength to strength. The Manchester factory’s new strategy was to focus on the high end market, build online worldwide distribution, and create a Private White own brand rather than just supply clothing to already existing labels.
Originally founded in 1917, today called Private White VC. They have a factory shop in Manchester, at their Cottenham House factory. The brand utilises the British materials and craftsmanship, sourcing fabrics from local mills where possible. Many of the materials, including Private White VC’s own signature cloth, are made at Mallalieu’s, of Delph, in Oldham, only a few miles from the factory (see above), while the yarn is sourced from Gledhill’s across the valley (again see above). Private White V.C. are specialists in outerwear; making jackets and coats in locally sourced waxed cotton (made from waxed cotton supplied by The British Millerain Company in some cases), wool, Ventile® and more. You’ll also find British-made knitwear, jersey, footwear and accessories. Some products, such as their Inis Meáin sweaters are made in Southern Ireland. They also stock Flint Plus Flint skincare products which are made in England and made in England t-shirts, John Smedley, Scott Nichol’s socks, Pantherella socks, made in England trousers, Sunspel boxer shorts (which are foreign made), Cheaney boots, foreign made t-shirts, Liberty print hankies (made in their factory), made in England leather goods, and made in England flat caps.
Six Whiting Street (online and a shop in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England; who stock some British made clothes) went to visit the Private White VC factory and wrote about that visit in April 2015 – http://www.sixwhitingstreet.co.uk
Jaeger (former owners of Aquascutum) womenswear and menswear was established in 1884 by Dr Gustav Jaeger, who believed wearing wool and other natural fabrics next to the skin improved health. It briefly had a heyday in the Seventies, with flared trousers and capes and coats, but fell out of fashion. Shortly afterwards, in 1982, Jaeger sadly abandoned manufacturing in the UK, and now mostly makes its clothes in China. Historically Jaeger sold pretty much exclusively British-made garments. The company was bought by Coats Paton – later Coats Viyella – in 1967 and has had various owners since. Currently the brand is owned by a company called Better Capital. You can buy online and they have a couple of shops in London and elsewhere. Jaeger has 46 stores, 63 concessions in department stores, and a head office in London. In Wikipedia it is reported that “in 2014 Jaeger announced it would be increasing its UK sourcing to return the company to its historic reliance on UK factory production (a marker for the brand until 2000) aiming to produce 10-15 per cent of ranges in the UK by autumn 2014.” The Telegraph also reported this although it quotes 5-10% and that they want to move more production to Turkey, Italy and Portugal as well as the UK. Hopefully it is true, but they do not give any country of origin information on their website and I could not find any UK made Jaeger products on their website (as of 9th April 2015), so everything Jaeger sell appears to be foreign made. Jaeger went into administration on 10th April 2017 – http://www.jaeger.co.uk
Austin Reed was founded in 1900 and known for its menswear. Austin Reed also owns the Viyella brand and CC (rebranded from Country Casuals) chains of fashion stores. They have a number of stores and you can buy online. Historically all three companies sold pretty much exclusively British-made garments. Today (9th April 2015) non of the Austin Reed group websites give any country of origin information at all and sadly it must be assumed everything in Austin Reed, Viyella and Country Casuals is foreign made these days. Viyella is a registered trademark of Austin Reed, distributed under licence by M2C2 (see below); shirts, knitwear and socks; their socks are made for them in England but I think that is about it – http://www.austinreed.co.uk
Burberry Group plc (sometimes Burberrys) is a British luxury brand, distributing outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics. Its distinctive tartan pattern has become one of its most widely copied trademarks. The company has branded stores, franchises around the world and concessions. Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have granted the company Royal Warrants, which have been maintained despite Burberry’s closure of its factory in Wales. Although Burberry promotes its British connection, according to the Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, as of July 2012, Burberry maintains only two production facilities in Great Britain, one in Castleford producing raincoats, and a smaller one in Keighley. On the website they do give vague and in most instances useless country of origin information with words such as “imported”, “made in Italy” and “made in Europe”. Their “Heritage” range of trenchcoats are still made in England and their “Heritage” range of scarves are still made in Scotland, so I assume the factories in Castleford and Keighley remain open. UK made items are labelled as such on their website. They mention “Fabrics and other materials are sourced from, and finished products manufactured at, both Company-owned facilities in the UK and through an external supplier network, predominantly located in Europe” on their corporate website. Aside from a few trenchcoats and scarves, little if anything else from Burberry is made in the UK – http://uk.burberry.com – http://www.burberryplc.com
Aertex is a trademark for a loosely woven cotton fabric that is used to make shirts and underwear. This cellular (mesh) woven cotton fabric came into being in 1888 when the Cellular Clothing Co was formed. The Cellular Clothing Co had their own mill in Lancashire and clothing manufacturing units in Nottinghamshire and Aertex became well known as a fabric used in military clothes, sports clothes, school sportswear and vests. It was also manufactured by other companies. Whilst Aertex was manufactured in England, at some point UK manufacture stopped, perhaps under the ownership of Coats Viyella in the late 1980s or early 1990s. A modern company, Ellis Franks, Aertex Limited, appears to have purchased the name from Coats Viyella in around 2003 but there is no indication on their website that the fabric or any garments produced from the fabric are still made in the UK. There is a notice that Ellis Franks went into liquidation in 2015 (thank you Rob for pointing this out) but the company does appear to have kept going.
Paul Smith. From an article in the Australian – “When I first started out, nearly the whole collection was made here because my quantities were so tiny, so I was making with little workrooms rather than factories,” says British designer Paul Smith. Since launching his namesake label in 1970, Paul Smith has evolved into a radically larger business, today operating about 2000 points of sale around the world and thus the need for larger manufacturing operations became apparent. “Over time, so many of those bigger factories closed down or moved away and everyone was looking to the Far East. But luckily in the past two or three years we’ve started to be able to make (our products) here again.”
On the Paul Smith website it says “the Paul Smith collections are primarily produced in England and Italy while the fabrics used are mainly of Italian, French and British origin”. “Each and every Paul Smith shop is totally different, from a shocking pink building with movie set styling on Melrose Avenue, LA, to a Japanese garden at the heart of the Jingumae store in Tokyo”. They have many shops and concessions throughout the world.
All this sounds great and I have seen some lovely Paul Smith made in the UK items in the shops, but it is not all good. Only sometimes is country of origin is given against individual products (under “info and care” or “info”). On their website today (10/4/15) I found UK made Paul Smith some men’s socks, a cricket ball ornament, some ties, and some notebooks. That was it! The vast majority of products I found though were made in Italy and occasionally Spain and France. One could be forgiven for assuming that Paul Smith is an Italian brand – http://www.paulsmith.co.uk
Margaret Howell menswear and ladieswear make some products in the UK, for example some shirts. Margaret Howell shirts that are made in London at their factory are labelled as such on their website. For other products, which are presumably foreign made, as often as not they do not bother to give country of origin. Also, looking around the website today (10/4/15) I found some Margaret Howell shoes, socks and scarves that are made in the UK. I already knew some Margaret Howell shirts were made in England and was disappointed it is not all of them and how little made in the UK clothing there is from Margaret Howell. Some Margaret Howell blankets and some Margaret Howell Ercol furniture is made in the UK. Other Margaret Howell house products are foreign made – http://www.margarethowell.co.uk
John Smedley make and sell pullovers (jumpers / sweaters), shirts, cardigans, accessories, scarves, socks and the like for men and women. I don’t think they make underwear anymore. They have a shop in London and a factory (and factory shop) in Matlock, Derbyshire, England. All their products are made in the UK. John Smedley mostly use mostly wool sourced from New Zealand and cotton. Great quality – http://www.johnsmedley.com
Charles Tyrwhitt (also known as CT Shirts), founded in 1986, describe themselves as “the finest British shirtmaker” and say they have “a strong heritage as a quality British shirtmaker”, however as far as I am aware none of their clothing is made in the UK and as such calling themselves a British shirtmaker is, frankly, misleading. No country of origin information about their clothing is given on their website, nor is it given on the shirts themselves usually. Their products are made in places such as China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malta, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka,and Tunisia and their shirts are probably made in China. Some Charles Tyrwhitt formal shoes are made in England though, but others are made in Portugal.
Grosvenor Shirts owns a factory in the United Kingdom where they make all of the company’s shirts, boxer shorts and nightwear. All of their accessories are designed in house and made in their factory in Strabane, Northern Ireland. Shirts are ready to wear or made to measure. They also make their own polo shirts, rugby shirts, collar stays, collar stays holder, cummerbunds, cufflinks, and ties in the UK. They also make some women’s shirts and boys shirts, again in the UK. Available online or they have a store on Jermyn Street. Some items like their jackets, trousers and belts are foreign made. Country of origin is clearly stated against products on their website. They have a shop in London. They have been granted a Royal Warrant to HM The Queen. Founded in 1999 – http://www.grosvenorshirts.com
Whiteley and Payne sell luxurious English made shirts, silk ties and pocket squares. The cotton used is sourced from Italy though from the Albini Group in Italy and branded with the Thomas Mason name (Thomas Mason was a leading figure in the textile industry in the 18th century who founded one of the first shirt fabric cotton mills. The Albini Group acquired the Thomas Mason name in 1992 (they then closed down the Thomas Mason mill), along with the name of the former Scottish cotton manufacturer David & John Anderson whose factory at that time was being closed by the Courtauld Group). Whiteley and Payne do use English woven and printed silks for their ties and hankies, made for them by Vanners. Their shirts I think are made form them by Drake’s (Rayner & Sturges). Whiteley and Payne was established in 2013 – http://www.whiteleyandpayne.com
Universal Works sell a few made in the UK menswear items, available from various small retailers mostly. Unfortunately country of origin is not generally given in their website and it is hard to identify which items are UK made from their website. The items made in the UK I could identify, mostly from their journal section, as of April 2015, were own branded – some socks (including their Ace Hotel collaboration socks) are made in England; some denim jeans (made from denim produced in Portugal and made near Nottingham) and denim shirts (made in London, again using Portuguese made denim); and a collaboration with Walsh trainers – http://www.universalworks.co.uk
Crombie (part of the Hartley Group) say on their website that the majority of fabrics used in their coats are milled in England and Scotland, but some are milled in Italy. They do not bother to give information about where the fabric is milled in the information about individual coats on their website. Neither do they specify where production takes place for their coats. I have written to ask them, but they have not responded. Peter Capaldi as the latest Doctor wears a Crombie made to measure overcoat. Some of their trousers are English made, I assume everything else is foreign made. They stress the Britishness of their clothing on their website, but heir suits are made from Italian milled fabrics. They say that 80% of their accessories are “Made in England”, and for their accessories they do say country of origin on their website. Crombie ties are made in England, as are their scarves, cufflinks, wallets, and umbrellas (not the frames of course) – http://www.crombie.co.uk
Dunn & Co was a well known British chain of menswear retailers. They ceased trading in 1996. They made great suits, like the one pictured below which is 100% wool and made in England and other great products like hats and sports jackets. Dunn & Co. was founded in 1887. In 1991 the business was sold to Hodges (another stalwart of the British high street). In 1994 a majority stake in both businesses was sold to venture capitalists CinVen. This was short lived and in 1996 the business was purchased by Citto Citterio with Hodges stores being rebranded under the Dunn and Co name. Citto Citterio went into administration several times and finally collapsed in 2005.
Some of the best places to buy British made clothes on the high street such as Dunn and Co, Hodges, Jacksons of Reading, etc are now long gone.
John Collier (originally Fifty Shilling Tailors) [rebranded as ‘Collier’ in the 1980s and closed in 1985].
Hepworths (who morphed into Next, who do not sell British made clothes anymore). Hepworths did sell British made clothes. J Hepworth & Son changed its name to Next plc in 1986. They also purchased Grattan plc (the mail order company) in 1986 which they then sold in 1991. Hepworths bought the chain of Kendalls rainwear shops in 1981 which were then re-branded as Next; the Hepwoths stores were re-branded as Next in around 1984. Even Next used to sell some made in the UK clothing, for example I have a made in the UK Next tie, but I don’t think you will be able to find any UK made clothes in Next these days.
Marlsbro were a company that was around in the 50’s and 60’s and possibly later, but sadly have now gone. I have one of their overcoats (a Marlsbro Tweedsman) and it is a beautiful quality hand tailored garment, made in England.
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Founded in 1977 Drake’s menswear products are either made in Italy or the UK. All their ties and bow ties are made in England. They also offer a bespoke tie service. Their Cleeve brand of shirts is made in the UK (at the former Rayner and Sturges shirt factory in Somerset; see below). They also do bespoke and private label shirts. Their knitwear is British made. Their cufflinks are made in England. Their braces are made in England. Their knitted hats are British made. Their knitted gloves are British made, but their leather gloves are foreign made. Their horn accessories are made in England. Their umbrellas are made in England (see my umbrellas article though). Their throws are British made. Their cumber bands are made in England. Some of their scarves are British made (others are foreign made). Some of their leather accessories are made in England, while other are foreign made. Their handkerchiefs, socks, belts, trousers, sunglasses, DVDs, and polo shirts are all foreign made. The ‘heritage‘ section on their website offers some sound simple fashion advice for gentlemen. Since July 2010 Drake’s, which was started in 1977 by Michael Drake and two partners, has been owned by Mark Cho, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, with managing director Michael Hill as a shareholder. Cho owns The Armoury, menswear stores in Hong Kong. They have a shop in London or you can shop online – http://www.drakes.com
Rayner & Sturges was an independent factory in the UK making quality shirts for others. Other notable ones, such as Turnbull & Asser and Emma Willis in Gloucester, and Hilditch & Key’s operation in Scotland, do not make for other brands.
When the Rayner & Sturges factory in Chard, Somerset, was sold to upmarket British men’s accessories brand Drake’s, they acquired the Rayner & Sturges order book, the equipment, the factory lease and Cleeve of London, the luxury shirt brand that has been produced there since the late 1950s.
Around 35 people work in the in the former Rayner & Sturges factory in Chard. The factory makes shirts for brands such as Ede & Ravenscroft, Crombie and Dunhill with cut, make and trim (CMT) prices starting at about £28 (2013; according to the article in Drapers about one of the former Rayner & Sturges Directors facing fraud charges, from which I got a lot of the information here about Rayner & Sturges). Drake’s plans to build up annual production from the 25,000 shirts produced in 2013. “We will continue to manufacture private label, both fully factored and CMT, as well as continuing to make bespoke shirts” Michael Hill, MD at Drake’s; again from the Drapers article). The Rayner & Sturges website looks like it hasn’t been updated for ages and now appears closed. Drake’s appear to be keeping the factory in Somerset open and another in London. They say on their website (as of 20/11/16) “Each shirt and tie we produce is made by hand at our factories in London and Somerset…”.
In 2013 Rayner & Sturges sold their factory near Chatham, Kent, to Mustard Ties (see below), which supplies neckwear to brands such as Jack Wills, John Lewis, Paul Smith, Cordings, Crombie and Acne (a Swedish company). This was the part of Rayner & Sturges trading as Cravats of London (who formerly manufactured their ties in Newbury Berkshire, then Chard in Somerset, and then in in Brompton Kent). Cravats of London was established in 1947 and made ties for both private and own labels. They sourced from weavers and printers in England and Italy. They made ties, bow ties, cravats, handkerchiefs and scarves.
Mustard Ties supplies neckwear to brands such as Jack Wills, John Lewis, Paul Smith, Cordings, Crombie, REISS, DUCHAMP London, Elimar, and Acne. They apparently welcome visitors to their factory in Brompton, Kent. Trade only. According to their website, “most Mustard ties are made in England from silk woven or printed in England”. As well as hand made, hand finished and machine made neck ties they produce bow ties and scarves, cravats, cummerbunds, silk handkerchiefs and waistcoats. Mustard ties can be made on a CMT or fully-factored basis, own brand or private label. They also do wedding ties, corporate ties and tie restoration. Like Cravats of London they source from weavers and printers in England and abroad. It appears Mustard have dropped the Cravats of London name – https://mustardties.wordpress.com
One of the last remaining English silk weavers is Stephen Walters who began weaving silk in Spitalfields before relocating to Sudbury, Suffolk where they are still weaving today. They also weave in linen, cotton, cashmere and wool. All design and production takes place in-house, at their mill in Suffolk. They also produce ties, scarves and other accessories for many clubs and educational institutions as well as for corporate promotional events. They use the name David Walters Fabrics for their fabrics for interiors and home accessories. Both are based at Sudbury Silk Mills, Sudbury, Suffolk. Established in 1720. Trade only – http://www.stephenwalters.co.uk – http://www.davidwalters.co.uk
Vanners Silk Weavers are also based in Sudbury, Suffolk at Gregory Mills. Established in 1740 Vanners are also one of the last silk weavers in the UK. Like Stephen Walters, Vanners were based in Spitalfields before relocating to Sudbury, Suffolk where they are still weaving today. As well as state-of-the-art jacquard and dobby weaving, Vanners has its own yarn dyeing & fabric finishing facilities and also make accessories such as ties. Fabric is produced for example for neckwear, apparel and accessories, furnishing and cufflinks. Their twitter tagline (as of 20/11/16) is “Vanners have been weaving silk in England since 1740. British design. British Made. Helping you celebrate British Manufacturing” – http://www.vanners.com
Both Woods of Shropshire and Monsieur London clearly state that the Atkinsons ties and bow ties they sell are made in the UK; in Northern Ireland. The Atkinsons website does not confirm this, only stating that they are suppliers of ties, although they do mention a factory in passing in their history section. I wrote to ask whether they make the ties themselves and if so where are they made and their response was “we make most of our ties here in Newtownabbey”. That’s good but you will still want to check with them whether a particular tie is made in the UK because country of origin information is not given on their website (or look at the label presumably). Ties are available from their website and elsewhere on the internet and they also make own branded ties for the likes of Selfridges in London and Japanese department store Isetan, as well as making club and corporate ties. Founded in 1820, today Atkinsons use Chinese silk which is then is dyed in Italy and merino wool from Australian that is dyed in Scotland or polyester but I don’t know where that is sourced from. Richard Atkinson and Company Ltd acquired PL Sells name, a small London-based tie specialist, in 2001. PL Sells is a leading supplier of ties, bows, cummerbunds, scarves and handkerchiefs to schools (including English public schools, like Charter House and Winchester College), regimental and club-type businesses, primarily polyester ties – http://www.atkinsonsties.com
Monsieur London is owned by 2 Frenchmen; hence the name I guess and their website is available in both English and French. Monsieur London sell a range of ties made in Northern Ireland by Atkinsons, and handkerchiefs made in Northern Ireland. They also sell flat caps made in Scotland, some made in England ties, made in England braces, socks made in England, made in England belts, made in England handkerchiefs (pocket squares), cufflinks made in England, and a made in England key fob. Their other products are foreign made. They also have a range of scarves labeled as being English merino wool, made using a Swedish loom and made in (Southern) Ireland. At times country of origin on their website is confused. For example there is a white handkerchief shown as being made in Northern Ireland but in the picture its label clearly says made in England. As such I suggest checking country of origin before purchase. Monsieur London goods are available online and they have a shop in London – http://en.monsieurlondon.com
Tie Rack (who used to sell some British made ties and scarves, as well as some foreign made ties) has now closed its retail shops. When I looked on the morning of 28/1/15, their website was not working and neither was it working on 11/5/15. On 25/12/16 the Tie Rack site linked to a Tie Rack website in French, but its UK operation now appears closed and the name is now apparently Italian owned. Its UK stores, which were often small and found in places such as railway stations, closed in 2013.
The Great British Tie Company (GRC Neckwear, Curry Ties, Winston Sports Ties) have been manufacturing ties, scarves and associated products since 1956 , which includes school and sports ties. They are owned by Winston Sports (see above). They produce neckwear for a wide ranging clientele, including large companies, sports organisations, universities, schools and colleges, clubs and well known brands. They say on their website that “with the exception of fabric weaving the entire process is completed in house, from the design concept through manufacture and quality control to delivery on time”. They say they work closely with UK weavers who supply the fabric they use. Bespoke ties in silk or polyester for fashion, sport, schools, regimental ties, company ties, Masonic ties, and club ties; bespoke bow ties; bespoke clip-on ties; bespoke cravats; bespoke scarves; and bespoke uniform accessories such as epaulettes. Minimum order quantity of 36 ties. Their factory and showroom is in Orpington in Kent – http://www.thegreatbritishtiecompany.co.uk
Wrexham Club Ties are ties are all made in the UK, from European sourced fabrics. Plain black clip-on ties, tartan ties, plain black ties, funeral ties (for children and adults), plain clip-on ties, school ties, workwear ties, plain ties, stripped ties, patterned ties, cravats, children’s elasticated bow ties, plain epaulets, ladies work cravats, ruches, Union Jack pre-tied bow ties, Hogwarts ties, handkerchieves, football club ties, pre-tied bow ties, clip-on pre-tied bow ties, St Trinian’s ties, extra-long ties, Tower Bridge ties, other novelty and seasonal ties, cummerbunds, and more. Realistically priced. Available on eBay.
Based in Wrexham, North Wales, Wrexham Club Ties have been in business and manufacturing fine neckwear over 30 years and all of their products are manufactured on site. They specialise in producing corporate custom ties, which include company motifs woven into the cloth. They also produce a massive number of ties for many schools in the UK, and fashion ties sold through eBay or via their website. As they are a manufacturer, they are capable of producing virtually anything a customer may require, including standard ties, clip on ties, skinny ties, bow ties and cravats. Customers can even send a standard tie to them for conversion into a clip on tie.
Jacquard Weaving Company Limited will produce your club or corporate design woven in the finest detail. 100% manufactured in the UK woven badges, labels, epaulettes, pennants, ties (traditional or “Clip On”, bows and ruffles) plus they can customise polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and the like and uniform clothing with woven badges permanently attached, or fully embroidered designs. They also have eBay shop stocking many “off the shelf” badges etc at http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Badges-Patches-and-Things – http://www.jacquard.co.uk
Classic Sportswear are a “manufacturer of playing, training kit, sports & leisurewear, trophies and awards” for “Rugby, Football, Cricket, Netball, Hockey, etc.” They say they are “the largest (direct to club) sportswear manufacturer in the UK” They also make ties. They manufacture in-house and have a purpose-built factory in Cardiff. Their logo on Facebook says “Made in the UK Designed – Printed – Manufactured”. Their twitter tag says “All is made in house from Rugby to Football, Netball to Hockey. No min order.” Shirts, shorts, tracksuits, trousers, sweaters, skirts, skorts, rugby shirts, dresses, vests, sweatshirts, polo shirts, jogging pants, fillets, jackets, coats, socks, etc. They are also happy to manufacture apparel for other businesses, including bespoke clothing, embroidery services, workwear and banners.
Classic Sportswear also design and supply all types of sports clubs ,organisations & corporate businesses with bespoke ties . Their “ties are 100% woven polyester which are made in the U.K.” Minimum order quantities apply to ties. They also supply cheaper inferior quality Chinese made ties.
I’m not sure if all Classic Sportswear apparel is made in-house or in the UK, so please check before buying.
They also simply sports equipment but no country of origin is mentioned for this and presumably it is mostly foreign made. They do not mention country of origin for their sports trophies so check where these are made.
Ingles Buchan tartan accessories and fabrics are, as far as I can gather from their website (which it says is under construction; as of January 2015), all made in Scotland – ties, scarves, bow ties, sashes, stoles, shawls, headsquares, tams, golf caps, cummerbunds, travel rugs, crest ties, tweed ties and a range of silk products; with over 500 different tartans to chose from. They are not for sale on their website but you can find their product in some shops and on the internet – http://inglesbuchan.com
W.Lees ( Walsall ) Ltd ‘Outlook’ branded clip-on braces, button braces, belts, and western belts are all as far as I am aware made in England (all the Outlook and Tex braces I have seen have been made in England in any case). their braces come in a wide range of colours and sizes. Their website is trade only, but their products are available in good menswear shops and online, for example at British Braces. In the late nineties, the company bought the trademark Tex (Braces) and now manufactures this brand too – http://www.wlees.co.uk
Albert Thurston braces are all, at least as far as I am aware based on the ones I have seen, made in England. Prices on their website are only in US$ but at checkout you can select a different currency such as British Pounds Sterling. Also available online, for example at British Braces, and in good menswear shops – http://www.albertthurston.com
Hunt and Holditch braces are made in the UK. They are available online, for example at British Braces and Woods of Shropshire or in good menswear shops. Hunt & Holditch might also manufacture some of their other products in the UK too. Their Facebook about section says “…we produce braces, neckwear, shirts & waistcoats, all manufactured by our highly skilled team in our own factory in Huddersfield – genuinely Made in England.” Established in 1840, Hunt and Holditch was purchased by Michael George Manufacturing Limited (an importer of clothes) in 2005 and moved to Huddersfield West Yorkshire. They say on their website that “wherever possible” they use “UK-sourced materials” and “Hunt & Holditch’s entire range is produced by our highly skilled team in Huddersfield – genuinely Made in England.” Their website is trade only – http://www.huntandholditch.co.uk
You might like to note that British Braces (EJT LLP trading as British Braces / Legend Products Group Ltd), who I have mentioned a couple of times above, whilst they do sell British made braces, also sell foreign made braces, so please please select carefully if buying from this online site – http://www.britishbraces.co.uk
The Roberto Group and Lloyd Attree & Smith, who supply clothing to high street retailers and corporate uniform organisations, do not manufacture in the UK, primarily sourcing from China as well as Turkey, Tunisia and Mauritius.
Sharp and Dapper ties are woven in China or Italy and then sewn together in the UK. A couple of ties on their site are labelled as made in the UK, but looking at the other ties on their site I think all their ties are only finished in the UK. They point out that Knitted and Grenadine ties were a favourite accessory to Sean Connery’s James Bond. Also made in England are their sleeve-garters (armbands), shirt-stays, braces, pocket squares (handkerchiefs). Their other products are all foreign made – http://www.sharpanddapper.com
Smart Turnout London sells men’s accessories and clothing inspired by the regimental and sporting traditions of the British Army, and schools and universities. You can find some British made products on their website and in their London shop at 169 Piccadilly, and at stockists. They also had a shop in St Pancras Station but I am not sure if it is still there. They sell British made socks, button braces, cufflinks, cummerbunds, cricket caps, some scarves, some jumpers, cricket jumpers, some belts, and bow ties. Prices on their website default to US Dollars, but you can change prices into other currencies such as Pounds Sterling. Country of origin is sometimes given on their website and their products which are not labelled as British made are foreign made – http://www.smartturnout.com
Rael Brook shirts, accessories and pyjamas are as far as I know made abroad these days, as no country of origin information is given on their website. I have written to ask them where they manufacture and await an answer but they used to manufacture in England, for example they had a factory in Walthamstow, London and another in New Cross, London. Here is an advert for their non-iron shirts from I guess the 1960s.
Double Two shirts are no longer manufactured in the UK. To quote from the companies website: “In more recent years, production in the UK has become extremely expensive and the Group has gradually moved its production offshore and now manufactures throughout the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. Only repairs and alterations are now done at Wakefield, although some garments also have embroidered logos added there.” At least Double Two are honest about this on their website and all credit to them for that. Their shirts are still of a good quality.
Van Heusen shirts are no longer manufactured or sold in the UK.
As far as I remember Arrow Shirts used to be manufactured in the UK, but I don’t think this is the case now and, like Van Heusen, as far as I know they are no longer available in the UK.
Coles Shirtmakers Limited were founded 1878. They were taken over in 2008 by Amicus Capital Partners, who also owned Glenaden Shirts Limited. However, despite the sheer size of their operation in Northern Ireland, Glenaden / Coles ceased trading in 2008. The BBC point out that at one point 10,000 people worked in more than 30 shirt factories in Derry. Companies like Glenaden and other companies such as Tillie and Henderson, were major employers in the area. The Tillie and Henderson former factory, a listed building, was demolished after a fire in 2003 and a hotel is now planned for the former shirt factory site at Abercorn Road, Tillie’s Brae and Foyle Road. Tillie and Henderson closed down in the 1970s. I have not been able to find a picture of a Tillie and Henderson shirt.
W.H. Taylor Shirtmakers (the current trading name of Coles Distribution Limited; who were possibly a former subsidiary of Glenaden Shirts Limited), were established in 2006, and were a distributor of Coles shirts and later Glenaden Shirts. This company still sell shirts, but I assume from the lack of country of origin information, their shirts are now all foreign made. For their ties however, they say they “all of our ties are made out of 100% Pure Silk which is woven in England” and that they “hand make each tie in England”, so it appears their ties are still made in England, seemingly by them but I suspect by someone else – http://www.whtshirtmakers.com
W.H. Taylor (above) also stock Acorn Fabrics (suppliers of shirting fabric), who still have some of their fabrics weaved in the UK, although they then send them for finishing in Europe and then bring them back to the UK again for sale and distribution – http://www.acornfabrics.com
The Regency Shirt Company (part of m2c2 Ltd), own iconic brands such as Viyella (Viyella is a registered trademark of Austin Reed, distributed under licence by M2C2; shirts, knitwear and socks; their socks are made for them in England), Peter England (shirts), Rocola (dress shirts and dress accessories), and Tootal (nightwear, knitwear, Pyramid cotton handkerchiefs, pocket squares and scarfs (they sell a few made in England scarfs), but as far as I can tell the vast majority of their production is now abroad. I have written to ask them if they maintain any production in the UK, but they have not responded – http://regencyshirtcompany.co.uk
White Hart London is a company founded in 2012 “from a desire to bring back high quality manufacturing to the UK we have sourced, restored and shipped vintage Union Specials and Japanese Juki shirt machinery from Hong Kong to create a production line that can produce shirts of a quality previously not available in the UK”. They make shirts for other brands – http://whitehartlondon.co.uk
Smyth & Gibson men’s shirts have a factory in the city of Derry in the north west of Northern Ireland. They make ready to wear and bespoke lines, making around 1000 shirts a week for leading brands and designers and their shirts are available retail on their website and from the stockists they list. They use Italian milled fabric. The company was founded in around 2007 but beyond that I do not know much about them – http://www.smythandgibson.com
Emma Willis have a factory in Gloucester in England where they make their gentlemen’s luxury shirts, boxer shorts, pyjamas, dressing gowns and walking socks. All of their trimmings and components are sourced in England but that does not necessarily mean the trimmings and components used are made in England. Emma Willis goods are available in their London Jermyn Street Shop, and online at Mr Porter and emmawillis.com. They also do bespoke shirts. They also sell English made ties that are made in London and can make bespoke ties at their Gloucester site. Country of origin is not shown on their website for their handkerchiefs and socks, so I assume they are foreign made (it might be worth checking this as the factory section on their website does talk about making walking socks in Gloucester, Mr Porter describes her hankies as English made, and their twitter does say everything is “made in her English Factory”). Their cufflinks are made in London. Their jumpers and scarves are made in Scotland.
Mr Porter (online). As well as selling items from Emma Willis and Private White VC, I also found on their site today (11th April 2015) British made items such as Grenson shoes, Paul Smith socks, Corgi socks, a John Smedley cardigan, Marwood ties, Turnbull and Asser hankies, Thom Browne made in England shoes (Thom Browne is an American brand), Lutwyche suits (see above), Globe Trotter luggage, Drakes ties, Pantherella socks, London Undercover umbrellas, Favourbrook waistcoats, etc. and there is other British made clothing on the site too, as well as British made products from companies such as renowned chemists DR Harris. Of course most items on the site are not British made. They offer a a free collection service for returns and exchanges, but they do charge for delivery.
Mr Porter also have a collaboration with the makers of the film Kingsman: The Secret Service (released February 2015) with (mostly) British made clothing based around costumes used in the film branded Kingsman. The collection includes overcoats, suits. jackets, trousers, pocket squares, a waxed cotton jacket, boots, shoes, shirts, ties, jumpers, cardigans, dressing gowns, pyjamas, wash bags, slippers, a smoking jacket, cufflinks, a key ring, etc; made by some of Britain’s best makers. Good stuff. Cutler and Gross glasses are made in Italy. Bremont watches are Swiss made, assembled in the UK and the packaging is made in the UK. Orlebar Brown swim shorts etc are all foreign made. Some of the exteriors and interiors in the film are shot at the Huntsman store in London (see above).
Hilditch and Key have premises at 37 and 73 Jermyn Street and their menswear products are available on their website. They sell shirts, ties, sleepwear, clothing and accessories and were founded in 1899. Since 1989 their products have also been available in some of the world’s leading department stores and since 1993 in select menswear shops in the UK. Many Hilditch & Key shirts are manufactured in their own factory in Scotland, although their linen and causal shirts are made in Italy. Hilditch & Key classic ties are made made in the UK. I am not sure about their other ties. Their handkerchiefs have the words “printed in England” on them and are presumably of foreign manufacture. Their knitwear is made in Great Britain. Their braces are made in England. Their gloves are made in England. All their other clothing and accessories are foreign made. Goods made in the UK are clearly labelled as such on the items and sometimes on their website. No made in the UK label equals foreign made. Bates hats, who are in their shop in London, are generally foreign made these days.
Ben Sherman (now American owned) have in recent years sold a few made in England shirts and such, but all I could find today (13th April 2015) on their website that was made in England were a couple of pairs of made in England braces.
Brannie Ties (club ties, corporate ties, school ties, Masonic ties, etc; minimum order quantity 25) manufacture their ties in the UK and China. Unfortunately they do not specify country of origin on their website, but you could ask for your ties to be made in the UK I guess – http://www.brannieties.co.uk
James Morton, one of my twitter followers, possibly make some of their ties, bow ties, scarves, epaulettes, badges, etc in Great Britain, but as British manufacturing is not explicitly stated on their website I am not sure, so you should carefully check before buying. Minimum order quantities 20-50 depending on the product. They do say on their website “We are proud of our British manufacturing heritage” – heritage is a thing of the past though. In the Masonic ties section they say “James Morton has a proud history of manufacturing in the UK” – again a reference to the past. One tie in their brochure has a “made in Gt Britain” label being sewn on it – again nothing definite there and that could have been taken in the past. In their regimental ties section they say “Our British manufacturing capability allows us to offer short lead times and still deliver the most competitive rates in the industry” – suggesting a possibility that they can or do have some products made in Britain but again not really very conclusive. I will ask them today (14 December 2015) – their response on 18/12/15 was “@BritishGoods Hi. Yes we do that’s part of our usp.” It is a unique selling point and good to hear they manufacture in the UK, but do ask before buying – http://www.jamesmortonties.co.uk
Always Wear Red is a luxury brand that ‘salutes British cultural icons, specifically the Post Box (1897), the Telephone Box (1936) and the Routemaster Bus (1956)’ and everything they sell is both red and British made. They sell beanies, scarves, wraps, ties and handkerchieves for men and women. They say on their website “Every Always Wear Red scarf and Beanie is knitted or woven in Scotland, either just North of the border or a further 200 miles North of there on Scotland’s beautiful North West coast. All our silks are woven in Southern England and all our ties and hanks (pocket squares) are manufactured and hand-finished in London too before quality checking, further hand-finishing and repackaging takes place in the North of England. Our unique Always Wear Red Beanie, scarf, hank and tie boxes are manufactured and hand-finished in the North of England before each one has an individually hand-woven label attached, also in the North of England.” and “Our boxes are really sturdy and super-white with a neat, 6mm red ‘foot’. They’re made and hand-finished in the UK” – https://www.alwayswearred.com
Mrs Bow Tie is a Hampshire-based maker of – you guessed it – bow ties. They have a selection of ready-tied and self-tie adjustable ties, and a range of styles and colours including a section for novelty bow ties, where you can find tributes to those worn by Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor Who. The company also provides a range of skinny and standard width neck ties marketed under the Mr Skinny brand, pocket squares, a range of wedding ties, bow ties, cravats and pocket squares marketed under the The Grooms Company brand and – interestingly enough – collars for dogs. The brand is owned by Threadster Limited. Threadster was founded in 2012. Their tagline is “Threadster : Fashion made in England”. They say they have “brought everything under one roof” including manufacturing, and all their products appear to be made in England. Prices are very reasonable. The Threadster Group describe themselves as “a company at the front of the revival of British manufacturing” and they say “we ensure that everything that can be made in Britain will be made in Britain, even if we have to outsource something (such as our packaging). Not only does is strengthen our own economy, but it ensures that we are giving you a product we have produced ourselves.” Their website carries the Made in Britain marque. On their twitter tagline Threadster describe themeless as a “British manufacturing company, making fabric goods”. The Threadster Group started in 2012 as Mrs Bow tie. Today the group includes the brands Mrs Bow Tie, Mr Skinny ties, the Grooms Company pocket squares, wedding ties, bow ties, cravats and pocket squares, and luxury petwear brand Dober & Dasch (the relaunched dog collars brand of Mrs Bow Tie). The Threadster Group also make corporate wear and offer print design and fabric printing services.
Magties accessories say on their website that every single piece is hand made in their London studio. As well as bespoke pieces for the bridal industry, Film and TV, and tailors, they make and sell off-the-shelf pieces such as neckties, bow ties, scarves, cufflinks, pocket squares (handkerchiefs) and tie bags – http://www.magties.co.uk
An English Hand ties, belts, cufflinks, wash bags and a canvas bag are all “made by hand entirely in the British Isles”. Note their messenger bag is foreign made (which rather contradicts the statement that their products are made by hand entirely in the British Isles). Their ties, belts and cufflinks are all made in England, as is their canvas tote bag and as are their Harris Tweed washbags – http://www.anenglishhand.co.uk
vKnit Skinny Knit Ties and Fingerless Gloves are all handmade in Hertfordshire England. Standard length or extra long wool ties; square or pointed end; in a variety of colours. Long or short arm fingerless wool gloves. It does not say where the wool is sourced from – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/vKnit?page=1#
Tim Hardy the Worcestershire Leather Company make leather belts for men and women, wallets, dog collars and bags in England. They say on their website ” All of our products are individually made in Britain, using the very best of British Leathers, Buckles and materials.” The company was originally founded in 1983, went out of business in 2002, and was started again in 2005 as the Worcestershire Leather Company. The leathers used come from suppliers such as J & E Sedgwick (bridle leathers) and Pittards (Saddle hides), with fittings from long established names such as B.B. Stanley Bros. of Walsall (now Abbey Foundry) – https://timhardy.com – www.worcestershireleathercompany.com
Abbey England, Royal Warrant holders , founded in 1982, own Abbey Foundry in Walsall which was formerly B B Stanley Brothers, of Walsall (mentioned above), the last remaining brass buckle foundry in the UK saddlery trade, the name and premises having been acquired by Abbey England in 2009. Established in 1837, Stanley’s brass foundry has built up a range of patterns over the years, covering all types and sizes of brass buckles, headcollar and harness fittings and fashion belt and bag fittings and vehicle fittings and more recently diversified into commemorative plaques and brasses, handles and fittings for vintage cars and boats etc, fridge door fittings and door furniture. The B B Stanley Brothers, of Walsall company was dissolved in 2013 a while after the takeover by Abbey England. Metals Cast are Brass, Nickel Silver, Aluminium Bronze, Pewter, and possibility of other non-ferrous metals if quantities are high enough for ongoing orders. The Casting Method is Green sand casting. The Casting Sizes are Box Size: 12″ by 18″ and Maximum Weight: Up to 1.5kg. Abbey England also own Liston Locks, a British brass lock maker. Abbey England are also importers, so many things they sell including some buckles, brass ware, vehicle restoration components are foreign made. Trade only – http://www.abbeyfoundry.co.uk
Dalton’s Leather are a relatively new company based in Essex making belts, dog collars, dog leads and other leather products in England using Italian leather According to their Twitter it says “http://www.daltonsleather.com Unique leather products hand made by ourselves here in the UK using fine Italian leather” – http://www.daltonsleather.com
Sam Brown, English leather wear (wrist bands, key rings, card holders) and belts on which all the components (and buckles in various metals including silver) are made in the UK – http://www.sambrownleather.com
Chester Jefferies make their gloves in China and in the UK, and they make some of their range of leather accessories in the UK, for example a coin pouches, credit card wallets, wrist warmers, and flying helmets – https://www.chesterjefferies.co.uk
Sheep Sheep (Glencroft by Richard Sexton & Co) sell leather belts made in Liverpool and they are good value for money. SheepSheep.co.uk is a retail website from Richard Sexton & Co. Richard Sexton & Co is primarily a wholesaler and their Glencroft country wear brand is available in shops (a few Glencroft branded items are also available on the SheepSheep.co.uk website too). All the hats on the SheepSheep.co.uk are made in the UK and SheepSheep.co.uk also sell some UK made scarves, as well as UK made moccasin slippers, British made sheepskin rugs, British made belts, British made jumpers, British made chamois, British made wool insoles and some foreign made products – http://www.sheepsheep.co.uk/collections/accessories/products/quality-british-leather-belt
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. Prices are very reasonable – http://www.lsprints.co.uk
Luke Eyres has been supplying traditional made-in-England British fashion accessories such as college and university style scarves and wraps since 1894. They supply sports clubs and societies, as well as corporate and academic institutions with scarves, cricket / tennis sweaters, cricket caps, ties, and mascot bears (I very much doubt the bears themselves are made in England). Minimum order qualities apply. In 2002 Luke Eyres acquired Frederick Theak’s collar business and they now also produce an extensive range of traditional starched collars. On their website they say they are “a Cambridge based company dedicated to preserving and delivering the best of British craftsmanship traditions” and at the top of their website it says “Double Blue Luke Eyres Since 1894 Made in Cambridge, England”, so, whilst information about where they manufacture is sparse on their website, one gets the impression all their products are made in England (nevertheless, you would do well to check before ordering) – https://www.luke-eyres.co.uk
William Turner & Son Limited manufacture and supply bespoke academic scarves, club scarves, fashion scarves, corporate ties, school ties, university ties, club ties, bags, lab coats, aprons, school badges, etc. Their school wear is branded Unicol. Minimum order quantities apply. Individual items are available in shops such as the Oxford University Shop. Around half of William Turner products are still made in the company’s own UK factories in Skipton and Colne in Yorkshire. For example, their wool academic (college) scarves are made in Yorkshire. However, with an almost total lack of information about country of origin against products on their website, it is very much a question of your shop, club, school or organisation having to ask about where a product you might be interested in will be made. On their blog they do discuss British manufacturing saying “We’ve always been proud to be a UK business and have been manufacturing custom ties in this country for over 40 years. Our two UK factories enable us to create the very best quality products and the fact that they are in this country means that our environmental impact is low and we’re supporting local employment. It’s something that we’re all really proud of. When starting out the corporate ties business, William Turner made a resolution to stay close to the fantastic staff working for him. We have stayed true to this and our head office is less than half a mile from the company’s original site. We’re proud to say our ties are made in the UK and hope the nation’s patriotic persuasion will long continue!” – http://www.william-turner.co.uk
Cambridge University outfitters Ryder and Amies have a small work room just outside of Cambridge where I gather they manufacture academic (college) scarves and academic robes, which are for sale in their shop and online. Unfortunately country of origin information is not generally given for other products on their website, so many products are presumably foreign made – http://www.ryderamies.co.uk
Walters of Oxford is a menswear shop in Oxford. Walters are University clothing outfitters and also sell college ties, scarves and cufflinks, batting blazers, rowing caps, gowns for all levels of degree, ceremonial gowns, robes, Masonic clothing, and menswear generally. They describe their menswear as “fabulously British menswear” and from memory they do stock a few British made items in their shop (their menswear is not available online). Walters is one of the few proper menswear shops left. They say “the majority of our Academic wear is made in our own work shops in and around Oxford”. Walters hire out Masonic dinner/morning suits, suit hire for all occasions, formalwear hire and academic gown hire. They have a traditional men’s barber shop upstairs – http://www.walters-oxford.co.uk
Walters of Oxford is part of the Shepherd & Woodward Group. The group consists of Shepherd and Woodward (on the High), Walters (on the Turl), Cotswold Country Clothing (the Barbour shop inside Shepherd and Woodward), and the Varsity Shop (Castell & Son) in 2 shops on Broad Street in Oxford. The group manufacture academic regalia in Oxford still and offer a robe and gown refurbishing service.
The Varsity Shops (Castell & Son) at 13 and 113 Broad Street provides a wide range of College clothing and accessories for Students, Graduates and Visitors to Oxford. Country of origin is not given on their website and from memory most things they sell are foreign made (Oxford University sweatshirts, t-shirts and the like), but I hope things like their Oxford University scarves are ties they sell are British made (I am not sure if they are though). The shops are not far from Boswell’s Department Store (where you can find a few British made things sometimes) and Blackwells bookshop. Boxall’s Yard runs at the side of 13 Broad Street – http://www.varsityshop.co.uk
Shepherd and Woodward supply academic gowns and robes. On their website they say “The vast majority of our Academic wear is made in our own work rooms in Oxford, and Gowns requiring embroidery are done in our own embroidery work shop also here in Oxford”. As well as robes to purchase or hire, Shepherd and Woodward hire out formal wear and Masonic dress, and sell what they describe as “Brilliantly British menswear” (menswear is not currently available online on their website) and Barbour clothing. Like Walters, Shepherd and Woodward is one of the few remaining proper menswear shops – http://www.shepherdandwoodward.co.uk
Ede & Ravenscroft was founded in 1689 and provide ceremonial robes for all occasions, dress for the judiciary (including providing handmade wigs), robes for graduation ceremonies (hire and purchase), men’s tailoring and ready-to-wear and womenswear. They have stores in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Ede & Ravenscroft hold all three Royal Warrants. Historically graduation robes, ceremonial robes and judicial dress are of course made in Great Britain, but Ede & Ravenscroft completely fail to mention on their website who makes their robes or where they are made, although they do say in the about section for their menswear “as proud supporters of traditional craft in the UK, the company strives to use ‘British’ wherever possible”. On their website today (12th April 2015) I found some made in Scotland knitwear, made in England ties, suits, blazers, and jackets made using British fabric (but not necessarily made in Britain), a made in England morning coat, some made in England braces, some made in England overcoats, some made in England wallets, a made in England safari jacket, some made in England collar pins, a couple of made in England shirts, some made in England shoes, some made in England socks, some made in England trousers and some made in England holdalls. This was all in menswear. I could not find any made in Britain womenswear. They also, like many others, use Italian milled fabrics in their menswear often. Historically most clothes in Ede and Ravenscroft were made in Britain, but disappointedly they do not give country of origin against most products on their website, suggesting many products are foreign made. Still they do have quite a few made in the UK items and I for one will have have a look in Ede and Ravencroft next time I need something to wear, in the hope that I can find made in Britain.
Ducker and Son make bespoke shoes. You might find other British made items in their shop such as perhaps belts or you might not. You will have to go to the shop and look – http://www.duckerandson.co.uk
Chancery Footwear Ltd t/a Crown Northampton belts are made in England to order, but I have no idea of the price. They make all their shoes and boots in England – http://crownnorthampton.com/collections/accessories/belts/
Heritage Leathergoods of Birmingham make and sell a wide range of English made (mostly leather) belts at their an online belt store called Belt Us. Available in various sizes and colours and realistically priced. There’s sizing information for their belts on their website. Classic belts, casual belts, press studded belts, gothic / punk belts, wristbands, chokers, boot straps and guitar straps. The company also make a wide range of small leather goods for trade only via their website but they have an eBay store too (which also sells quite a few foreign made goods, so take care when choosing) – http://www.heritageleathergoods.co.uk
The British Belt Company is a traditional belt manufacturer, not only makes belts, but a selection of braces, bags, and small leather goods. Many products use Italian leather. Some products on their website are imported, but country of origin is clearly given. Available from their website. The brand is part of Arnold Wills & Co. Ltd, manufacturers and suppliers of belts, small leather goods, braces, bags and gifts. The company has joint venture factories in the Far East and India, whilst maintaining some production in England. Trade. Country of origin is not given, so traders will want to ask. Quite how much manufacturing Arnold Wills keeps in the UK is not clear from their website, but most production seems to be in the Far East. Arnold Wills is also licensed to produce and distribute bags and accessories for Peter Werth (see above) across the United Kingdom & America. They also now own Lambournes Sophos Ltd, former manufacturers of braces, spats, buttons and studs, together with cufflinks armbands, belts, leather goods and gifts and owners of St. George the former manufacturer of elasticated armbands. Lambournes Sophos is now called Mag Mouch Sophos and mostly manufacture abroad, although a few of their braces are still made in Britain.
McRostie of Glasgow leather belts are made in Scotland. McRostie of Glasgow was established as a saddlery in 1887 and today they make leather belts, kilt belts, sporrans, key rings, coasters and the like in their workshop located just outside of Glasgow – http://www.mcrostie.co.uk
Britwear Enterprise was established in July 2007 in Leicester. Britwear sell British made thermal underwear for men and women, men’s wooly hats, fingerless gloves, ladies tops, etc. They have a Made in Britain section on their website and they say on their website “Whenever possible Britwear aims to support British manufacturing. We have identified a wide range of factories here in the UK. We work with UK manufacturers that offer premium quality garments at reasonable prices. Value for money is key when sourcing garments from factories based here in Britain”. Britwear also have an Amazon shop and an eBay shop – https://britwear.co.uk/magento/
M.Hulot sell some of leather products that are made in England including some belts (but using Italian leather) – http://www.mhulot.co.uk/shop/manufacturer/made-in-england?&manufacturers_id=2&page=2