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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.

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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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John Arbon Textiles and Fibre Harvest

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 merino-icelandic-2012 – 100% merino wool

John Arbon Textiles shetland-wool-socks-2012 - 90% Shetland wool / 10% nylon

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 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 welly-boot-socks-2012 – 80% British wool /20% nylon

John Arbon Textiles organically-farmed-merino-100% Merino wool

John Arbon Textiles organically-farmed-merino-100% Merino wool

John Arbon Textiles wool-shooting-hose-2012 - 90% wool / 10% nylon

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.

John Arbon Textiles persion-grey – 100% pure new British Wool – 70% Exmoor Blueface / 30% British Bluefaced Leicester.

Alpacas in Devon, c.2012
Alpacas in Devon, c.2012

 

Exmoor Horn, c.2011

Exmoor Horn, c.2011

Exmoor Blueface sheep on the hills above Lynmouth, Devon, c.2011

Exmoor Blueface sheep on the hills above Lynmouth, Devon, c.2011

 

 

 

The Finest Cashmere Socks & Knitwear Since 1893 – Corgi Hosiery

The Finest Cashmere Socks & Knitwear Since 1893 – Corgi Hosiery.

Made in Wales

Royal Warrant holders Corgi Hosiery – http://www.corgihosiery.co.uk/ – makes socks and scarfs 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”.  I have not tried their products but they look good.  They also produce knitwear for Monkstone, as mentioned below.

Corgi Shetland Wool Walking Socks

British Socks – UK made socks – Where to buy British made socks

Where can I buy British made socks?

Here are the places I know of, in no particular order, where you can buy UK made socks.

Shackleton Company sells some British made socks. Shackleton also sell lots of other nice clothing, accessories and banjos that are mostly UK made – http://shackletoncompany.com

Samson Socks have a factory in Manchester. Established in 1981. They make football, rugby and hockey socks. Some items on their website are available retail, most trade only, and they also have an eBay shop. They say on their website “My company philosophy is quite simply, “quality football socks made in England at affordable prices, with a personal and first class service”. I am not sure if all their socks are UK made so please check before buying. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, although it is on their eBay shop – http://footballsocks.co.uk

I already mentioned Bison BushcraftBison 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

Bison Bushcraft Sage or Brown Woollen Socks. 90% wool.

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Bison Bushcraft

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

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.