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Clothing made in the UK – British clothes manufacturers and British Made Clothes – UK made clothes and accessories. Who made your clothes?

British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes.  Clothing made in the UK.

Is ANYTHING you’re wearing made in Britain?

#BuyBritishMadeClothes  #UKMadeClothes  #ClothesMadeInTheUK #BritishMadeClothes

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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.

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Marks and Spencer launches Best of British Collection

Marks and Spencer launched its Best of British Collection today, which I understand is 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. The styles look great.

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, 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.

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 almost single-handedly responsible for the decline in British clothes manufacturing.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK.  Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK. Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

https://www.marksandspencer.com/Introducing-Best-of-British-Style-Edit-Home-Womens/b/3365792031?releaseID=142986484&customerID=A2KDRR55L87YKB

M & S Best of British Pure Wool Double Breasted Prince of Wales Checked Coat Product Code- T751207, made in Britain

M & S Best of British Pure Wool Double Breasted Prince of Wales Checked Coat Product Code- T751207, made in Britain

notonthehighstreet.com

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com – great for gifts, home and garden, baby and child, weddings and even clothes.  Some items have free delivery.  They work closely with British designers and manufacturers and much of what they sell is made in the UK – look for the words “made in britain” when choosing.  Note that not everything they sell is made in the UK.

Sock Polar Bear Craft Kit by Sock Creatures.  Sourced in the UK and assembled in Cornwall.  @notonthehighstreet.com

Sock Polar Bear Craft Kit by Sock Creatures. Sourced in the UK and assembled in Cornwall. @notonthehighstreet.com

Personalised Engraved Wooden School Ruler by Cleancut Wood.  Made in Britain.  @notonthehighstreet.com

Personalised Engraved Wooden School Ruler by Cleancut Wood. Made in Britain. @notonthehighstreet.com

Union Jack Tea Towelby Honey on Toast.   Made in Britain.  @notonthehighstreet.com

Union Jack Tea Towel
by Honey on Toast. Made in Britain. @notonthehighstreet.com

Made in UK promotion by John Lewis

Made in UK – John Lewis.

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.

Also, please see http://wp.me/p2KOue-15o

Waitrose supermarkets

Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Group, holds 2 Royal Warrants.

http://www.waitrose.com/

Much of the food in Waitrose is sourced and packaged in the UK.  Waitrose have a policy relating to provenance and traceability of the food that is on their shelves and make a commitment to buy British and to buy locally.  The Waitrose website states “Wherever possible our buyers buy British” and they are the only major supermarket I can find that makes such a simple and clear commitment to buy British.  Well done Waitrose!  As always though, check where the things you buy are sourced and packaged.  As well as the obvious exceptions of things like bananas and wine, not everything in Waitrose is made in Britain.

But please see *Waitrose food labelling scam – Waitrose supermarkets stops telling customers where their products are made*

Waitrose, Staines-upon-Thames

http://www.waitrose.com/waitroseway

Bartuf Systems | Kennett and Lindsell | Spur Shelving | Replica Ltd | Retail display units made in England

Bartuf Systems – retail display units.

Made in Yorkshire, England.

http://www.bartuf.co.uk

A Bartuf retail display unit in use.

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 below is displayed on a made in England Kennett and Lindsell display stand – http://www.kennettlindsell.com

Oliver Spencer Buffalo Jacket Broadstone Navy OSJ243 Manufactured in the UK. Displayed on a Kennet abd Lindsell, made in England, model

Oliver Spencer Buffalo Jacket Broadstone Navy OSJ243 Manufactured in the UK. Displayed on a Kennet abd Lindsell, made in England, model

Spur Shelving manufactures wall mounted and freestanding shelving for warehouse, commercial, museum & domestic situations. All their shelving is made in Britain – http://www.spurshelving.co.uk

For replica foods and other replica displays, try Replica Ltd but do check country of origin, as I am not sure that all their products are UK made, as this is not clear from their website. Replica foods are something you see in the windows of restaurants in Japan and are a great idea. I suppose they must be used for displays in the UK too and it is nice to hear that they are being manufactured in the UK – http://www.replicafood.co.uk

Closed Department Stores, Closed Independent Clothes Stores, etc – Big Name Losses on the British High Street

Allders Croydon 4 May 2012

I was sad to see that Allders department store in Croydon closed down yesterday (23.9.12) after 150 years.

I’ve thought of a few more big name losses in recent or not so recent years –

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