John Arbon Textiles, based in Devon, England – http://www.jarbon.com – make and sell British-made socks for men, women and children. They also sell yarns. Fibre and yarn is produced at their sister company Fibre Harvest – http://www.fibreharvest.co.uk – where it is processed and spun in their Mill based within Coldharbour Mill. John Arbon Textiles socks are unisex and are made from various percentages of wool, alpaca and nylon. They also sell cotton socks. For example, their Shetland wool socks are 90% wool and their traditional Icelandic patterned merino wool socks are 100% wool. John Arbon also sell tea and egg cosies, rugs, scarves and knitted ties, as well as yarns, yarns from Falkland Islands Merino, 100% British Wool, alpaca yarns and fibre tops. They have a shop in Lynton. You can also visit Coldharbour Mill – http://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk. All John Arbon textiles and yarns are made in Britain. I love this company’s philosophy and customer service. I have some of their British wool socks and they are fab.
John Arbon Textiles merino-icelandic-2012 – 100% merino wool
John Arbon Textiles shetland-wool-socks-2012 – 90% Shetland wool / 10% nylon
John Arbon Textiles stripy-socks-2012 – 54% UK Alpaca / 18% merino / 28% nylon
John Arbon Textiles welly-boot-socks-2012 – 80% British wool /20% nylon
John Arbon Textiles organically-farmed-merino-100% Merino wool
John Arbon Textiles wool-shooting-hose-2012 – 90% wool / 10% nylon
John Arbon Textiles persion-grey – 100% pure new British Wool – 70% Exmoor Blueface / 30% British Bluefaced Leicester.
- Alpacas in Devon, c.2012
Exmoor Horn, c.2011
Exmoor Blueface sheep on the hills above Lynmouth, Devon, c.2011
The Finest Cashmere Socks & Knitwear Since 1893 – Corgi Hosiery.
Made in Wales
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 – http://www.corgihosiery.co.uk
Corgi Shetland Wool Walking Socks
Vintage Corgi mountineering motif men’s jumper, size 44, 100% merino wool, made in UK Label detail. Photograph by author.
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 –
Bison Bushcraft socks. The 90% wool part of the blend is pure British wool and the 10% nylon makes them last a long time. Medium weight. Made in the UK.
Bison Bushcraft Guide Shirt. Made in the UK from 100% British Wool.