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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.
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
Today (23.11.12) sees the Bowmont Jumper from Finisterre go on sale at £150. Made from the wool of British Bowmont sheep (which is rather like Merino sheep wool) and (unusually for Finisterre who make most of their products in Portugal) it is made in the UK too in Scotland. Fab looking jumper.
This picture is of Bowmont sheep in Savile Row, London in October 2010. This event was organised by the Savile Row Bespoke Association, Woolmark International, West Country woollen mill Fox Brothers and Dormeuil, in support of Wool Week 2010. The sheep starring on the day came from two farms in the West Country. One flock was from Harry Parker’s award-winning Exmoor Horn sheep farm in Wiltshire, and the other flock was from Lesley Prior’s Bowmont sheep farm in Devon.
Did you know that the UK sheep flock is the largest in the EU with 15 million breeding sheep and 52,000 producers?
Monkstone Knitwearis produced from wool off sheep at Trevayne Farm, South Wales and other local nearby farms in Wales and made into garments by hand knitters and a factory which is only 42 miles away from the farm. The factory is Corgi Hosiery, who I mentioned in my earlier write-up of where to buy British made socks .The garments are then packaged on the farm. Availability is limited by the amount of wool produced in a season. Garments are made to order and some are available in the London shop Luna and Curious in Shoreditch. Trevayne Farm also has a camping and caravan site, a cottage and a blog.