Category Archives: Home Furnishings

House of Hackney – mostly made in the UK interiors and fashion

House of Hackney are a luxury lifestyle brand founded in London in 2010. Despite the words “made in England” emblazoned across the top of their front website webpage, please note that not everything they sell is made in England!  However, a lot of it is and this site is well worth a look around. Some products are quite expensive though I warn you. I mean who in the right mind would pay £148 for a cushion!

  • House of Hackney clothing for men and women is all made in the UK (albeit in at least some cases using foreign milled fabric).
  • House of Hackney furniture is all made in England (except their tray tables).
  • House of Hackney crockery and glassware is made in England, as are their oven clothes, tea towels, aprons, table mats and coasters, tea cosies and trays. Note they cutlery is foreign made.
  • House of Hackney fabrics and wallpaper are made in England.
  • House of Hackney cushions are made in England.
  • House of Hackney lighting is made in Wales or Northern Ireland. Their candle holders and book ends are made in England, as are their curtains and blinds and their plant pots.
  • House of Hackney wash-bags and towels are foreign made.
  • House of Hackney bathroom accessories are made in England.

http://www.houseofhackney.com

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Kaymet aluminium trays, trolleys and hotplates – made in England

Kaymet have been manufacturing aluminium trays, trolleys and hotplates in London since 1947. They export to 17 countries from their Bermondsey factory.  All items are made in their factory in London. They supply to the catering industry and to individuals – kaymet.co.uk

Kaymet black rubber tray.  Made in England.

Kaymet black rubber tray. Made in England.

Kaymet Modern Rubber Grip Trolley.  Made in England.

Kaymet Modern Rubber Grip Trolley. Made in England.

KAYMET ELECTRIC TABLE HOTPLATES.  Made in England.

KAYMET ELECTRIC TABLE HOTPLATES. Made in England.

KAYMET ELECTRIC HOT PLATE TROLLEYS & HOT CABINETS.  Made in England.  Image HC70_silver2

KAYMET ELECTRIC HOT PLATE TROLLEYS & HOT CABINETS. Made in England. Image HC70_silver2

Kaymet Ribbed Tray with Rosewood base.  Made in England.

Kaymet Ribbed Tray with Rosewood base. Made in England.

Kaymet Medium Pressed Rubber Grip Tray.  Made in England.

Kaymet Medium Pressed Rubber Grip Tray. Made in England.

Are there any towels, facecloths and tea towels still made in the UK? Made in Britain Towels and Tea Towels

I am trying to find a flannel (facecloth, wash cloth) that is made in England and it is proving much harder than I expected.  Are there any flannels or towels still made in England or elsewhere in the UK that you know of please? Is anyone actually weaving, dyeing and finishing towels in the UK now? Sadly it seems to me that there are no longer any towel weaving mills left in the UK.

UK made tea towels are readily available and I would strongly encourage that you buy these British made tea towels in preference to foreign made ones. I list some British tea towels sellers and makers here.

Towels wise though, I can find nothing really.

Chortex make no mention of a UK factory on their website and they confirmed to me (on 31st March 2014) that their towels are no longer manufactured in the UK.

Christy towels are now made in India.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

Ashtons were another well known towel maker, with 2 cotton mills in England. Taken over by Courtaulds in 1968 the company now appear to have closed.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK lable detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

Tonder and Tonder have a English made soap bar that comes with a facecloth.  At the top of their website it says “made in England”.  The facecloth too?  I’m afraid not as in fact all Tonder and Tonder towels are made in Turkey.  So, despite it saying made in England on their home page and at the top of every page on their website, not everything at Tonder and Tonder is made in England!  However, some of their products are UK made, including their Bedlinen, Ceramics, and Tablelinen. http://www.tonderandtonder.co.uk/product-category/accessories/facecloths/

With Nature Skincare make these muslin face cloths in the UK – http://www.withnatureskincare.co.uk/epages/f5rjwmzwkkar.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/f5rjwmzwkkar/Categories/Facecare/Muslin_Face_Cloths These are also available on Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/WithNature-Skincare-Gentle-Muslin-Cloths/dp/B007JKY2XK

Bamboo Textiles Ltd make bath towels, bath sheets, baby towels, flannels (facecloths), baby robes, wash mits, gym towels, and make-up removal towels in the UK; as well as bed linen and baby bed linen. Many of their products are made in the UK (made in the UK products are labelled as such on their website; other foreign made products do not state county of origin) – http://www.bamboo-textiles.co.uk

Bareskin Beauty say their Bamboo Bath Sheet is made in England. I do not know about the country of origin of their other products but I could not see any indication they were British made from their website – https://www.bareskin-beauty.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=54

Mine! London sell a nice range of off-the-shelf or bespoke small fleece blankets, cotton towels, cotton face clothes (flannels), cotton baby bibs, and fleece scarves. All the items they sell are labelled on their website as being British made. No information about the method or place of production is given. Items are described as hand-made. Their website features the Made in Britain logo – http://www.minelondon.com

Lancashire Textiles in Burnley seem to suggest on their website that all their Pillows, Mattress Protectors, Mattress Toppers, Towels, Home Accessories, Cushions, Pet Bedding, Bed Linens & Baby Bedding are UK made. I have emailed them to check this is the case (I’ve had no response though!) but I suspect it is only their bedding that is made in the UK and not their towels. Items made in Great Britain are clearly flagged with the Made in Britain logo; other products are foreign made. UK made products from Lancashire Textiles include some of their duvets, pillows, shaped pillows (such as v-shaped pillows), anti-allergy pillows, pillow protectors, some mattress protectors, a limited amount of their bedding, the Cavenagh of London ties they sell, some cushions, some cushion inners, some support cushions, their seat pads, some pet bedding, and their bean bags. Look for the Made in Britain logo on the Lancashire Textiles website; they a good range of Britain made products and they have their own mill in Lancashire. Products are available directly from their website  – http://www.lancashire-textiles.co.uk

Jane Hamerton towels are personalised in England, but the actual towels themselves are foreign made – http://janehamerton.com

Fired Earth

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

Stamford Cuemakers Cue Towels are made in England from 100% cotton according to their website. Available on their website and also on eBay. Cue towels are for snooker / pool and are ideal for wiping down your cue when it gets a bit sticky and might be good for the gym too. Their cues and cue cases are also made in England – http://www.stamfordcuemakers.com

Lancashire Towel Co Ltd (aka the East Lancashire Towel Company) clearly label some of their products on their website as British made and it says on their website that they have (it should say had actually) their own mill. The mill is shown on their website as being in Barrowford Lancashire, whereas their address is given as Nelson, Lancashire.  According to wikipedia the mill in Barrowford Lancashire is now closed and production has been moved abroad. Stocks are limited and this is because these are old stock being sold off after the factory closure in 2009, as the company has told me. They made towels including bathroom towels, kitchen hand towels, in linen / cotton, and cotton, plus roller towel holders but these days production is sadly in Turkey – http://www.towelcompany.co.uk

The Gaddum Group (Gaddum & 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

Bard and Brazier towel rails are made in England – http://www.bardbrazier.com

Rutland Radiators heated towel rails are British made – http://www.rutland-radiators.co.uk/bespoke_heated_towel_rails.html

The Beach Towel Clip‘ by JDM Designs Ltd is a polypropylene beach accessory that simply pushes into the sand to stop your beach towel blowing away and is British made. The beach towel clips are manufactured at Form mould & tooling in Haverhill Suffolk UK. The beach towel clips are manufactured 100% in the Suffolk, UK. The cartons are manufactured in Glossop, UK, The assembly and distribution of the beach towel clips is done in the North West of England. On their twitter its says “The official account for http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com the multi award winning 100% UK designed & manufactured beach accessory that stops your towel blowing away.” – http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Axminster Carpets Rescued « Axminster Carpets

Axminster Carpets Rescued « Axminster Carpets.

Following the bankruptcy of Axminster Carpets and subsequent redundancies in February 2013, I understand the firm has now been saved from closure by a management buyout. According to this BBC article Axminster Carpets (2013) intend that “carpets would continue to be designed, developed and produced in east Devon”. The Axminster Carpets website confirms this and their intention to “work closely with other British manufacturers”. The 2 outlet shops in Axminster and Buckfast remain open. Good luck to the new company Axminster Carpets (2013).

http://www.axminster-carpets.co.uk

Axminster Carpets going into administration also led sale of the Devonia Tannery in Buckfastleigh to Eastern Counties Leather (please see this BBC article). I am not sure what Eastern Counties Leather intend to do with the Devonia Tannery. They have their own tannery in Cambridgeshire, where I get the impression they still manufacture coats, gloves and footwear but in recent years have specialised in sheepskin rugs and chamois leathers. They also import and it is not clear from their website which of items they sell are manufactured in the UK.

http://www.devoniaproducts.co.uk

http://www.ecltrade.co.uk/about_us

http://www.leatherandsheepskin.com/about-us/

BBC News – Lava lamp creators mark 50 years of 1960s icon

BBC News – Lava lamp creators mark 50 years of 1960s icon.

http://www.mathmos.com

Mathmos traditional and the original lava lamps are still made in the UK.

“It would be much cheaper to make lava lamps in China,” said Ms Granger, adding that some of the company’s other LED lighting products are no longer made in the UK.

“But I think it’s special to make a heritage thing in the place it’s always been made. The bottles are made in Yorkshire, the bases are made in Devon, the bottles are filled in Poole and the lamps assembled to order in Poole.”

Great stuff, although it is only the Mathmos lava lamps that are made in the UK, with other Mathmos products often made in China.

Anglepoise (Herbert Terry) on the other hand have moved all production to China, except for the Anglepoise Giant 1227 lamp which is made in the UK. 

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

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

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

Hainsworth also make Newmarket Horse Blankets in England.

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

Hainsworth equestrian blanket

http://hainsworth.co.uk/

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

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

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

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

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

John Lewis blankets

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain.

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

John Lewis wool holey blanket. Made in Britain. 2

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

John Lewis pure new wool blanket. Made in Britain.

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

John Lewis merino wool blanket. Made in Britain.

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

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

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British Drainers | DISH DRAINERS | Washing up Racks – British Drainers and Delfinware

British Drainers | DISH DRAINERS | Washing up Racks.

www.britishdrainers.co.uk sell British made Dish Drainers, sink baskets and sink mats, plate racks, bathroom tidies, shoe tidies, clothes airers, fruit and vegetable storage stands, milk bottle carriers, wine racks, spice racks and saucepan stands in various designs of mixes of stainless steel, chrome and black or white plastic coating.

Country of origin is clearly labeled on their website. Most items are manufactured in the UK, but not all so do check before buying. British Drainers is a trading name of Legend Cookshops of Kent.

British Drainers was kindly recommended to me by Alex, one of the readers of my site. I have not tried products supplied by this company, but I am sure I will in the future.  It’s great to see a supplier of British made sink drainers, shoe tidies, milk bottle carriers, wine racks and so on.

Delfinware is manufactured in Kent, England. Physical and online stockists are listed on their website. They do not supply directly to members of the public. They make wire ware for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and living room – dish drainers, storage racks, wine racks, cutlery racks, utensil racks, radiator hangers, bath trays, oven racks, table stands, milk bottle carriers, plastic trays, shoe racks, stacking shelves, milk order indictors, ironing boards, etc. Various finishes, such as white, black, chrome, grey, etc. Prices shown on their website are trade prices – http://www.delfinware.co.uk