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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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Pants and Knickers – British Made Underwear for men and women (and British made swimwear)

Shops like M&S no longer sell British made underwear and it is hard to find underwear that is made in the UK. However there is still some great British made underwear made. Here are a few possibilities (in no particular order) for British made underpants and swimwear:

Kiniki Franco Boxer Black

Kiniki Franco Boxer Black. Made in England.

*Kiniki – http://www.kiniki.com – make very good quality underwear for men and swimwear for men and women at a good price and come highly recommended.  They are perhaps most famous for making tan though swimwear.  Designed, manufactured and dispatched from their factory in Staffordshire, England. Each and every pair of their mens underwear & mens & womens Tan Through swimwear is made in England. However, currently all their ladies (bamboo) underwear is made in Turkey. Kinki plans that in future their womens underwear will once again be made in their factory in England, so keep an eye out for that. The Bolin razors they sell are made in England. However the socks, bags and suncare cream they sell are foreign made.

Kiniki tan through women's and men's swimwear. Made in England.

Kiniki tan through women’s and men’s swimwear. Made in England.

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British made pyjamas, nightshirts and dressing gowns

Below is a nice article about UK made pyjamas.  The company mentioned make all their nightwear in Britain. I’ve not tried these pyjamas but they look good – html://www.pjpan.co.uk/about.  

Other possible (again untested) places to buy British pyjamas and dressing gowns (and I am sure there must be more) are:

Sir Plus dressing gowns are made in Britain. You’ll find many other made in England clothing items at Sir Plus. Everything they sell appears to be made in England.

http://www.guda.me.uk/ – just pyjama bottoms; made in England.

http://store.turnbullandasser.co.uk – Made in England. You’ll find many other made in England men’s clothing items at Turnbull and Asser.

http://www.sogoodnight.com/ – for kids pyjamas made in England.

http://jimjamz-gifts.co.uk – for babies and little ones – pyjamas packaged in jam jars designed to look like homemade jam – all produced in the UK.

http://www.midnightlondon.co.uk – playful pyjamas for ladies and hot water bottle covers made in England from 100% cotton.

Betty Blues Loungerie for women is made in the UK – pyjamas, nightwear, robes, etc.

Budd shirtmakers pyjamas, nightshirts and dressing gowns are all made in the UK, as well as made in England shirts (off the beg or bespoke using English, Italian or Swiss milled cloth), pocket squares, braces by Albert Thurston, Tina Loader ties (other ties and cravats are foreign made), waistcoats, and Pantherella socks. Other items are generally foreign made. They say on their website “we are passionate in celebrating and supporting British craft and workmanship and all of our products are sourced here in the UK”, although of course that does not mean they are all made in the UK. They have a shop in the Piccadilly Arcade in London.

New & Lingwood sell exclusive and very exclusive made in England dressing gowns and slippers, as well as made in England ties, socks (some are made in Italy though), scarves (again some are made in Italy), coats, shoes, and pockets squares (again some are made in Italy). Other items are generally foreign made. They also use English milled clothes for some of their foreign made suits and trousers, as well as some Italian milled fabric, off the peg and tailored. Their off the peg shirts are foreign made, although possibly their bespoke shirts are made in England perhaps using Italian milled cotton. They have shops at 53 Jermyn Street, London (on the corner of the Piccadilly Arcade) and in Eton, near Windsor.

Emma Willis make exclusive dressing gowns and pyjamas in England, as well as made in England shirts, boxer shorts, and walking socks.

Barrington Ayre make bespoke and made to order English made mens and ladies pyjamas and dressing gowns.

Avaj men’s underwear is made in the UK. Avaj say “The entire clothing and grooming product ranges are 100% designed and manufactured within the UK, and in fact this is true of 99% of the avaj product range.” Underwear – Briefs, vests, lounge pants, hooded robes, dressing gowns. Male Grooming & Skincare by avaj – exfoliating scrubs, moisturisers, beard shampoos and conditioners, etc. Accessories – Washbags, weekend bags, top hats, bow ties, pocket squares. Homeware – Tea light holders, candles, a bath-salt bowl and scoop, a cake stand, a fruit box, trays and a champagne store – http://www.avaj.co.uk

Perhaps surprisingly given how much they cost, Derek Rose pyjamas are not generally made in the UK, although I understand some of their silk products are made in the UK and their mens slippers are UK made and they do sell a made in England dressing gown.

Marks and Spencer was the go to place for made in the UK pyjamas but these days Marks and Spencer nightwear, like the vast majority of their clothing range, is foreign made.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men's pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age which is pre-2006. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men’s pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age, which is pre-2006. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men's pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age which is pre-2006. Label detail. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men’s pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age which is pre-2006. Label detail. Photograph by author.

Left BHS made in China 65% polyester, 35% cotton men's pyjamas - the elastic in the pyjama trouser waist has gone. Right Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton pyjamas, still in great condition for their age. Both pairs are of a similiar age and at least 10 years old as of Oct 2016. Photograph by author.

Left – BHS made in China 65% polyester, 35% cotton men’s pyjamas – the elastic in the pyjama trouser waist has gone. Right – Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton pyjamas, still in great condition for their age. Both pairs are of a similiar age and at least 10 years old as of Oct 2016. Photograph by author.

 

Wild Geese seems to be a new pyjama brand intending to make in the UK (as of Feb 2015). Keep an eye on their twitter.

The Reach London currently import bathrobes from Turkey. Their intention, if their summer 2016 Kickstarter is successful, is also to make cotton mens and ladies pyjamas in the UK.

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A few years a go, I would have been loathed to admit to wearing pyjamas.  It wasn’t considered cool at all.    I had been sleeping, for the last few years, bare chested with just a pair of Adidas Basketball shorts.

My wife had suggested that I buy some pyjamas and had even suggested that she bought me some for Christmas. The sound of my indifference was deafening.

However, in recent years the good old PJ seems to have made a bit of a comeback.   Pyjamas seemed to feature in just about every TV show running.  Particularly in British TV shows.  The subject had come up again, and I was beginning to come around to it.

I said to my wife that if she were to buy me some pyjamas, they had to be the Traditional style, and preferably British made.   Nothing against products from other countries but I feel…

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Razors and Other Shaving Related Products Made in the UK

British made shaving products…You’ll find many great British saving products listed below (as usual in no particular order).

Now that Gillette and Wilkinson Sword make their razors abroad a good alternative is a King of Shaves razor. Their Azor razor (pictured below) is very lightweight (great for travel). It takes a bit of getting used to if you usually use say a Mach 3 and you need to press a bit harder but it gives a good shave and is almost impossible to cut yourself with. The razor and the blades tend to be ever so slightly cheaper than Gillette too. King of Shaves razors are designed, assembled and packed in the UK (I think the blades are Japanese), so this is a bit of a compromise. I don’t think there are any totally UK made razors anymore. That said King of Shaves tell me that their handles are designed & manufactured in UK too, in Chesham, Bucks and the last razor I bought from King of Shaves says made in the UK on the packaging. Good to know. These are very good razors. As of May 2017 the Azors 4 and 5 have now been discontinued, with the Hyperglide to follow soon. The KOS5 is the replacement for the Hyperglide with an Azor replacement due.

I was at a loss to see why King of Shaves would discontinue the Azors razor as this gave the best shave of any modern razor and it was British made.  Looking at their website today (6 August 2017) I can now see they have sadly moved production abroad.  The Retro 4, which I guess replaces the Azors, “Handle made in Mexico. Blades made in Greece” and the KOS 5-Blade, which replaced the hyperglide, “Blades made in USA and Germany. Assembled in China”. They are now a standard razor head rather than the rather unique King of Shaves Azor deign. The decision to move manufacturing abroad appears to be related to difficulties with their Japanese blade supplier. At least country of origin for these new razors is clearly stated. My main reason for choosing King of Shaves above any other modern razor was that they were British made.  Such as shame to see that they are now foreign made.  What a big disappointment. The company have told me that their “skincare & shave preps are UK developed, sourced & manufactured” still.

http://www.shave.com/

King of Shaves Azor razor. Made in the UK.

King of Shaves Azor razor. Made in the UK – now discontinued and King of Shave razors are now foreign made.

King of Shaves Alphaoil Shaving Oil. Made in the United Kingdom.

King of Shaves Alphaoil Shaving Oil. Made in the United Kingdom.

King of Shaves Shave Oil and King of Shaves Shave Gels - made in the UK.

King of Shaves Shave Oil and King of Shaves Shave Gels – made in the UK. Photographed by author in Tesco Flitwick 12/2/16.

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