Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history
British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes. Clothing made in the UK.
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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.
Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd – a very brief history
An update on John Lewis’s progress in buying more British goods from the British Family. JLP have delivered (and indeed it seems exceeded) on their promise to stock more British made goods. This article from the British Family gives you the detail and as James & Emily point out “his seems to be driven by a consumer demand for items made in the UK, which is exactly what needs to happen”. Well done JLP.
I originally saw this on the Tumblr blog by Spoke – http://spokefit.com – https://twitter.com/spokefit – Spoke have their men’s trousers made in London, England and the prices are reasonable. Made using mostly Italian components.*
*Having looked at the spoke website and blog again today (22/11/14) I can find no reference to any of their products being made in England and on Facebook it says they are made in Europe, so this is wrong. Spoke clothes appear to be foreign made after all, although they do say they use some British fabrics.
It would be nice if JLP really does increase their proportion of British made products they sell. If they can bring more textile manufacture back to the UK in doing so all the better.
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.
The article also mentions “on-shoring” by other companies, including:
- Topshop giving more work to British suppliers.
- DFS increasing its UK production.
- Hornby planning to make a new range of Airfix kits in Newhaven, East Sussex.
- And online bathroom company Bathrooms.com giving more work to British suppliers.
Long may this trend continue.
Further update – it appears nothing could be done to save the store (or nothing was done perhaps). Today (21st December 2013) there was very little stock left in the shop, but there were lots of customers buying what little was left in the sale. Most of the stock will be sold at an auction in the store to be held on January 4th 2014. The store will close on Christmas Eve. It will be a sad loss for its loyal customers and for the town of Reading. It will be even harder now to find those hard to find things and to find somewhere that sells quality goods at realistic prices. Truly it is all very upsetting.
One positive thing is that Jacksons have sold their schoolwear business to Stevensons (who now have another shop in the Market Place), because Stevensons have a policy of “sourcing from UK manufacturers wherever possible” – http://stevensons.co.uk
Boyes are based in Scarborough in North Yorkshire where the Head Offices and Central Distribution Warehouses are located. BOYES have been trading since 1881 and now operate forty plus stores located in Yorkshire, Humberside, the North East, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire. I’m from Yorkshire tell us a bit about the history of Boyes on their website (and kindly credit me for the photograph below). Pay a visit to Boyes next time you are up north. Fab stores.
Jacksons of Reading is a rabbit warren of a department store in Reading, Berkshire, England where you can get all those things you can’t find anywhere else and in a fabulous environment with lots of wood panelling, wood and drawers and counters. For example gifts, accessories, sewing stuff, knitting stuff (I found acrylic made in England from companies like Robins but sadly no British wool), linens and haberdashery, textiles, a good shoe department (specialising in wider fittings) and a large crafts section. They have a massive school and scout uniforms department, dancewear, bowls clothes, lingerie, nightwear, ladies fashions and a superb menswear department. Yesterday (8.12.12) the store was quite busy and I came across UK made HJ Hall socks at very reasonable prices and lovely James Aubrey men’s duffle coats. You’ll find brands like Peter England, Tootal, Somax and Double Two here too, but these days such brands manufacture abroad. Plus they have a great suits department and they sell things like British made braces. Look for the giant Jacksons Corner neon lights! Open Mon-Sat 09:00 – 17:30. The store unashamedly markets itself at the over 40s and prides itself on serving customers. This is most definitely not a self-service store. It is a beautiful building inside and out, with a fabulous pneumatic tubes system to handle cash. Founded in 1875 and still family run, this store is a must visit place when shopping in Reading.
John Lewis Department Stores “Made in the UK” promotion. The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) have a range of products on sale that are made in the UK, but a lot of the stuff they sell is made abroad so shop with care to choose British made products.
See the link above for more on things they sell that are made in the UK and make a point of asking for UK made products in-store and on-line
For example, their fitted kitchens are made in Birmingham (using foreign sourced raw materials often). Some of their beds and mattresses are made in the UK. Herbert Parkinson, a Lancashire textile mill owned by John Lewis for 60 years, supplies made to measure curtains and blinds to John Lewis customers within seven days, as well as furnishing fabric, and JLP natural-filled duvets and pillows. Also JLP custom made bedroom and office furniture is UK made. Also, some of their Arthur Price cutlery is made in the UK. JLP custom made lampshades are UK made. JLP sell True Grace candles which are made in the UK and they stock UK made Heyland & Whittle soaps. You’ll find other UK made products in JLP too, but these days most products in John Lewis are foreign made. Do check before buying that you are buying British made.
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Liberty stock some nice things that are made in the UK. For example recently in their store I have come across UK made Leathersmith diaries, Paul Smith UK made scarves, Zatchels made in England satchels, Barbour hats (made in Scotland), John Smedley made in England scarves, Dr Martins made in England satchels, Johnstons of Elgin made in Scotland scarves, Liberty mugs made in England by Emma Bridgewater, Grenson made in England mens shoes, Mason Pearce made in England brushes, Burleigh made in England china, Richard James Savile Row made in England mens socks, Pantherella made in England mens socks, Fenella Smith made in England dogs bowls, Donna Wilson made in the UK cushions, Tweedmill made in England recycled throws, and Creighton’s made in England chocolates. With careful shopping you can find some great UK made goods in Liberty.
However, lots of things they sell are foreign made and some things they sell are surprisingly foreign made – mens Liberty pattern (James May) shirts, ladies Liberty pattern dresses, Liberty pattern gifts, caps at £130 each that are poorly made in China, a Liberty book on sewing that is made in China and more. So, by no means is everything they sell British!
Also, take care not to fall foul of Liberty’s old fashioned, draconian, un-customer friendly no refunds policy on most of the things they sell!