British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes. Clothing made in the UK.
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, in no particular order, to 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. Many of the companies listed here also sell products made outside of the UK, so you should check the origin of individual products direct with the manufacturer. I make no guarantee as the the accuracy of what is written here, but if you see any inaccuracies or spot any omissions please let me know.
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I encourage suppliers to provide accurate and detailed country of origin information and labelling on individual products and on their websites.
Provenance of course can be a complex issue and mapping the provenance of a product from raw material to manufacture is at times difficult for the consumer. What exactly constitutes a company being allowed to label their clothes as being “made in the UK“? For example is a pair of jeans cut and stitched in the UK from Portuguese milled cotton using cotton grown in Egypt made in the UK? If a product is assembled in the UK using foreign made parts is it made in the UK? This might depend on how you define the word ‘assembled’? If a jacket is cut and stitched in the UK using British wool but has foreign made buttons stitched onto it using foreign made thread is it made in the UK? I am not attempting to answer these questions, but I think manufacturers and suppliers should make the provenance of all aspects of a product clear.
I have listed Tailors I am aware of too. While its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the decades, Savile Row tailoring has, for the most part, stood its ground and it is here that is most famous for its tailors in all the world. If the tailor actually makes the clothes themselves, then that would be made in England, but I some tailors contract manufacturing out abroad so do ask, and ask for fabric that is not only sourced but actually made in the UK, and buttons that are made in the UK and so on. For example Scabal tailors have a shop on Savile Row and used to say ‘made in England’ on their twitter page but their website states manufacture is in Germany or Italy (possibly they use English cloth sometimes; they have their own mill in Huddersfield possibly).
The Grey Fox, writing in the Guardian, discusses the exciting rebirth of British menswear manufacturing in this article from October 2013 and he writes about “how would the James Bond of 2015 live and dress?” and he provides the “Grey Fox list of suppliers/designers of UK-made menswear and accessories“. His list is only menswear. It is a long list and I have not yet had the chance to go through it and make sure these companies are featured here too.
The UK clothing manufacturing has shrunk considerably, particularly since Marks and Spencer decided in 1999 to move all their clothes manufacturing to suppliers abroad. You may be pleasantly surprised though to learn from this article that there is still a strong clothing manufacturing industry in the UK and that there are a wide variety of great UK made clothes available. One of the greatest challenges facing local production, is a skills shortage resulting from the decades-long decline in the manufacturing industry. Fashion Enter is a non-profit organisation helping to develop skills in the fashion and textiles industry with its Stitching Academy and Factory in North London.
Companies like John Lewis and Marks and Spencer and Top Shop are now including some items made in Britain in their collections. JLP for example have have set themselves a target of increasing sales of UK-made products by 15% by 2015. This is a good start, but they can do more. As one of the largest buyers in the country, Marks and Spencer were of course almost single handedly responsible for the decline in British clothes manufacturing, having decided in 1999 to move all their clothes manufacture to suppliers abroad. M&S quality is much worse than it used to be when clothes were British made and prices relatively have not fallen.
It should be possible to find British made clothes in independent stores such as Fields Menswear in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (I see Fields Menswear stock woven in England suits and jackets – does this mean the fabric is English cloth but the suits and jackets are foreign made? Much of what they stock is foreign made), Walters and Shepherd and Woodward in Oxford, Ede and Ravenscroft and the like. Sadly many independent menswear shops and department stores have closed down in recent years. British made clothes are very hard to find to find on your average high street these days, but British made clothes can be found in parts of central London, in some department stores, some small shops, and on the internet, and prices are not always excessive.
Also please see British made scarves and hats, British made gloves, British made jeans, British made underwear and vests, British made pyjamas, nightshirts and dressing gowns, British made socks and British made umbrellas.
For British made shoes please click here.
For British made watches (not that there are no mass produced watches still made in Britain) and British made watch straps, please see watches.
For name tags to put in clothes, Cash’s (or J. J. Cash Ltd or more recently Cash’s Apparel Solutions (UK) Ltd) are still making some of their products in England I think. In an email of 8/8/13 Cash’s told me “we still make the name tapes , bookmarks and cards in Coventry”. Just their name tapes , bookmarks and cards are made in England and their other items are foreign made. I am not sure if this has changed since they went into Administration in January 2014 and then came back again in April 2014. I have not heard that manufacturing has moved from the UK but it would be advisable to check. I note they were moving to new premises during December 2014 – http://jjcash.co.uk
Jacquard Weaving Company Limited will produce your club or corporate design woven in the finest detail. 100% manufactured in the UK woven badges, labels, epaulettes, pennants, ties (traditional or “Clip On”, bows and ruffles) plus they can customise polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and the like and uniform clothing with woven badges permanently attached, or fully embroidered designs. They also have eBay shop stocking many “off the shelf” badges etc at http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Badges-Patches-and-Things – http://www.jacquard.co.uk
Balmoral Knitwear manufacture in the UK and abroad. Trade, but they have a Mill Shop in Scotland. They make corporate and workwear, sports and teamwear, and schoolwear, including school scarves. The manufacture of larger orders and some styles is outsourced to Eastern Europe. Minimum order quantities apply for many items. Unfortunately country of origin is not stated against individual products on their website, but I suppose you could specify the items you want are UK made – http://www.balmoralknitwear.co.uk
Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd is the UK’s largest producer of military and workwear fabrics, as well as producing workwear and technical fabrics (such as flame retardant fabric). Their fabric is manufactured in the United Kingdom and they supply garment manufacturers worldwide. They are part of the Rochdale Textile Supplies Ltd group of companies which comprises Cookson and Clegg Ltd, Pincroft Dyeing & Printing Co. Ltd and Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd, all of whom manufacture some products in the United Kingdom – http://www.carrington.uk.com
Pincroft Dyeing & Printing Co. Ltd is the largest specialised dyeing and printing factory for military and workwear fabrics in Europe, producing for example camouflage fabric – http://www.pincroft.com
Cookson and Clegg manufacture a wide variety of mens and ladies garments, working with a variety of base cloths from laminated synthetics, heavy weight woollens, through denims and shirting weight cloths. Clothing from their UK factory is sold in some of the most prestigious retail stores in the world. For example, Japanese company Edwin have recently (November 2014) collaborated with Cookson & Clegg to produce their ’49 Pant’ jeans and their ’49 Jacket’, a 1940s inspired denim jacket, both hand crafted in Lancashire, England. They also make, for example, the Nigel Cabourn Cold Weather Parka (see below). – http://www.cooksonclegg.com
For more Insignia, Regalia and Military Uniform made in the UK please clink the hyperlink.
You should also ensure you use British made detergents to clean your clothes and that your dry cleaner uses British made laundry products (for example, from Ideal).
Buying British made clothes, especially from small local companies, supports British jobs, strengthens the British economy, saves on transport miles (so it’s much better for the environment), and offers quality and flexibility. Plus the money circulates more quickly, supporting UK manufacturing and employment. Additionally the use of unsafe working environments, sweatshops and child labour in the UK is very unlikely.
Josery Textiles Limited is a British Manufacturer based in Nottingham making affordable quality sweatshirts, t-shirts, hoodies and polo-shirts for men, women and children. Josery make British made garments, made from British made fabrics – http://www.josery.com
Urchin clothing for women and men is all made in Britain. Available on their website and they attend various shows – capes, cardigans, dresses, hoodies, fleece jackets, jumpers, lounge pants, ponchos, scarves, shirts, sweatshirts, throws and wraps for women – polo shirts, rugby shirts and sweatshirts for men (as of 19/5/15 no menswear was available via three website though). All reasonably priced – http://www.urchinclothing.co.uk
The Cambridge Raincoat Company started off by manufacturing their products in England, but sadly they have now moved all production to Bulgaria because they have found manufacturing in the UK untenable for a small company like themselves. That’s a shame.
The Orphan’s Arms are a womenswear company selling hand printed apparel. They also make a few menswear items. Everything they sell is made in the UK with the textiles used milled either in the UK, Italy or Japan according to their website, although I think their t-shirts are foreign made and then the printing is added in England – http://www.theorphansarms.com
Venus Cow black leggings for women are made in the UK. The fabric for their leggings is made by Rainbow Jersey in Nottingham (see below) and the leggings are made by So-Mes Creations in Leicester (see below). They also sell British made tops and dresses – http://venuscow.co.uk
Henry Hunt womenswear say they “like to keep our manufacturing in the UK where possible” and that the majority of their collection is made in England. They have a made in England section on their website, which includes tops, skirts, dresses, faux fur collars, and formal jackets – http://www.henryhunt.co.uk
Boo Couture womenswear appears to all be made in England. Although country of origin is not given against individual products, their ‘our story’ section says they are “based in the heart of England, where everything is lovingly handmade” and their twitter description says “Handmade in Britain, Hepburn inspired womenswear designer”. It would be wise to check though. Shorts, dresses, tops, trousers, skirts and accessories – http://boo-couture.co.uk
Dream GB is a website selling only British made items, from a variety of manufacturers. The website has a great range of things for the home, gifts, garden and travel items, seasonal items, pet items, and British made clothing for men, women and children – coats, dresses, hats, gloves, scarves, jumpers, trousers, hoodies, socks, t-shirts, onesies, sportswear, kids clothes, armbands and floats (for swimming), kids fancy dress, etc. Many orders are sent directly from the manufacturer so a cost per item is incurred for postage, but it will always be reasonable. Prices on the site are very reasonable – http://www.dreamgb.co.uk
Coeur de Lion is a menswear website with everything they sell being British made – polo shirts, base layers, knitwear (sweaters), jackets, coats, Harrington jackets, wax jackets, quilted jackets. Available online and at a shop called Scenario, the Strand, Derby. Coeur de Lion is French and means ‘lion heart’ and the name of this company is taken from Coeur de Lion being used as a name for King Richard I of England. Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death – http://coeurdelion.co.uk – http://www.2lions.co.uk
Cahoonas mens underwear is made in Great Britain. Their t-shirts are foreign made (but printed in Scotland) and their mens grooming range (beard and moustache care) might be UK made (you will need to ask; it only says on the site blended in Scotland) – http://www.cahoonas.co.uk
For more British made underwear (and swimwear) please click here.
Jed Phoenix of London is a UK based alternative clothing brand, designing and making strikingly unconventional garments and accessories for men, women and those in between. Excepting the shirts, which they buy in from abroad and add their own little twists to, everything is made in the UK. Available on their website and at various shows and you can visit their factory by appointment – http://www.jedphoenix.com
Leather makers Pittards sell some English made leather t-shirts, skirts and jackets for women, as well as some other English made bags and so on for men and women + they own Daines and Hathaway who make all their leather products (wallets, bags, etc.) in Walsall, England. Pittards also manufacture goods and process leather abroad – http://www.pittardsonline.com
Kerry O’Brine womenswear products are all made in the UK. The made to order Silk Line collection is made in the Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear studio. The limited edition collections are outsorced to small production units in London. The silk used comes from France – http://www.kerryobrine.co.uk
Matilda & Quinn womenswear (day dresses, day to evening styles, separates and occasion wear) is all made in England. Fabrics are sourced from European mills. Trims are manufactured in the UK, Italy, France and Switzerland – http://www.matildaandquinn.com/index.html
Really Wild Clothing Company use the tagline “British style” and in their about section of their website talk about using Scottish tweeds and sourcing their knitwear and leather garments in the UK. I managed to find a suede skirt, some socks, a couple of sheepskin jackets, a jumper and a hat that were made in the UK when I looked at their site today (18th April 2015), but the vast majority of their men’s and women’s clothing is foreign made – http://www.reallywildclothing.co.uk
Sprigasaurus up-cycle fabrics (such as old coffee bags used to bring coffee to the UK) into bags and children’s coats. Most products appear to be hand made in Cornwall, but you will want to check a particular product is made in Britain before buying – http://www.sprigasaurus.co.uk
Shmucki – baby and childrenswear and accessories, made in Britain – one of my followers on twitter and their website had not yet started when I checked (15/8/14) – https://twitter.com/Shmuncki – http://www.shmuncki.com
The Croft House knitwear and accessories for men, women and children own-brand knitwear is made in Scotland. They also sell Eribe knitwear which is made in Scotland and Dents gloves (a few on which are made in England) – http://www.thecrofthouse.com
Farfield – Helping to preserve employment in rural areas, Farfield Clothing (aka Tough Customer) is manufactured at Sedbergh in Cumbria. Ladies, mens and children’s outdoor clothing designed to provide warmth and protection. Farfield provide a great quality British made product at a good price and give excellent customer service. They specialise in British made fleeces and children’s jackets, smocks and rompers. Farfied jackets are manufactured in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, yet only a stone’s throw from the Lake District. Fabrics are made in a Yorkshire textile mill. Off the shelf or bespoke or altered to the customer’s size specifications. They can send swatches, offer special extras like additional pockets and a choice of linings. Order via the internet / telephone or visit the Farfield Factory Shop just off the Main Street in Sedbergh (with customer parking) to see their full range of ladies’, mens’ and children’s jackets, duffle coats, hats, gilets and headbands. Offered in a variety of colours and patterns, including plain and camouflage – http://www.farfield.co.uk
Tweed Jackets UK make to order in the customers own style jackets, waistcoats and trousers. Tailored in Leeds in tweed, corduroy, moleskin and linen materials sourced from the UK – http://www.uktweedjackets.com
Glenbrae knitwear / golf wear (Spectrum Yarns Limited) for men and women is made in England. Only their knitwear is British made, not their polo shirts – http://www.glenbrae.com – http://www.glenbraegolf.com
Ramblers Clothing countrywear is mostly made in England. Made in the UK items are shown as such on their website. Themed clothes for children and ladies. Accessories, fleeces, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and so on. Available in shops, online (search for Ramblers Clothing) and on e-bay – http://www.ramblersclothing.co.uk – http://www.ramblersclothing.com
Peregrine is the brand name of J G Glover & Co Ltd. A longstanding British manufacturer with over 200 years experience producing quality crafted knitwear in the UK. “All garments are manufactured in England” it says on their website. Available online and they have a by appointment showroom in Bristol. They manufacture fabulous wool jumpers and accessories (hats, scarves, socks) and wax jackets for men and women; and picnic bags. Great quality and great customer service – http://www.peregrineclothing.co.uk
I read here and here that J.W. Anderson make their clothes in Britain, but having looked around their website I think this is incorrect. No country of origin information whatsoever is given on their website and from that we can infer that all J.W. Anderson clothes are foreign made.
House of Hackney clothing for men and women is all made in the UK (albeit in at least some cases using foreign milled fabric), as I understand are most of their other products (homeware and the like) – dresses, tops, trousers, shoes, sweatshirts, t-shirts, pyjamas, eye masks, scarves, bags, skirts, shirts, etc. – http://www.houseofhackney.com
Hugga designs, manufactures and sells 100% Made In Britain sports apparel. Born out of the rowing world but whether you’re a rower, a rider, a runner or a gym goer, Hugga has something. They state on their website that “every rowing suit, every waterproof, every polo, every hoody and every tee that we sell is made in Britain”. Products are available on their website – http://hugga.com
True Mountain a British producer of Performance outdoor wear manufactured in Great Britain. True Mountain is a brand that produces performance outdoor apparel in Preston Lancashire. They use materials and components sourced in the EU, and as much as possible comes from the UK. For men and women – for biking, running and climbing – base layers, windshells, waterproofs, leggier, wrist warmers, socks, underwear, headwear and t-shirts. Available on their website – https://www.truemountain.com
VIGA sportwear for men and women say on their website that the majority of their garments are British made. They sell aero vests, shorts and t-shirts at good prices. They also do bespoke running vests. Available on their website. Unfortunately they do not show country of origin against individual products, so you will need to ask where a particular product is made – http://www.viga.co.uk
A Star leotards for women and men are all made in the UK. They say “all our leotards are handmade in the UK” on their website. I suspect their other sports garments are foreign made, although this is not clear from their website – https://www.astar.uk.com/#
Gandolfi are retailers and manufacturers since 1920 of ballet shoes and dancewear for schools, theatre, TV and film companies. Gandolfi own brand shoes and garments sold online and in their shops are manufactured in their factory in Wellingborough, UK. heir shops also sell foreign made products. Ballet shoes, leotards, lycra shorts, dance dresses, dance tops, tights, – http://gandolfi.co.uk
Gymphlex (founded in 1906) has its roots in traditional English sportswear. They had a factory in Leicester and later Horncastle, Lincolnshire. They are still based in Leicester but now outsource manufacturing to factories around the world and no longer manufacture themselves. They say on their website that they have “an absolute commitment to UK manufacturing” and that primarily they use factories in Japan and the UK. Items made in Japan and the UK are labelled as such on their website. They do not bother to give country of origin for products made elsewhere. Most items seem to be made elsewhere, with a few being made in Japan. Hardly anything Gymphlex sell is British made, except and the One Nine Zero Six collection mentioned below and a few jumpers, wool hats and school style scarves – http://www.gymphlex.co.uk
One Nine Zero Six is a made in England collection of contemporary men’s casualwear by Gymphlex and is a return to British manufacturing for Gymphlex (see above). Available, for example, at Daniel Jenkins online. Other stockists are listed on their website – http://www.oneninezerosix.co.uk
Corinne Dennis Performance Cycle Wear is a small company based in Cornwall, selling cycle clothing for men and women. Quite a few Corinne Dennis products are British made, as denoted by a little Union Flag against products on their website. Other products are foreign made. Their cycle shorts, short sleeved tops, long-sleeved tops, cycle trousers, cycle tights, and cycle jackets are available via their website and in a few cycle shops as listed in their stockists section – http://www.corinnedennis.co.uk
Vélobici Cyclewear own brand clothing and accessories are made in the UK. On their website they say “All Vélobici clothing is 100% designed and manufactured in the UK”. They have a shop in Leicester and they list other stockists on their website or you can order online. Roadwear, knitwear, padded boxer shorts, arm warmers, leg warmers, headbands, hats, gloves, fingerless gloves, socks, scarves, caps, t-shirts, a water bottle and base layers for men and women. They also sell Brooks bags and accessories but do not give country of origin for these and I assume they are foreign made (check the Brooks website – see above – most Brooks bags and accessories are foreign made) – http://www.velobici.cc
ForceGB produce custom-made cycling clothing for clubs, associations, charity rides and groups, with no minimum order quantity and all garments being made in West Yorkshire, England. For example they make a cycling shirt for a company called Bikemonkey – http://www.forcegb.com/
Vulture cycling themed t-shirts (and the Vulture woven labels) are printed in Yorkshire, but sadly the t-shirts themselves are foreign made. Their labels and stickers are made in England – http://www.bethevulture.co.uk
Route Clothing sell clothes that celebrate bicycles and cycling culture. On their website they state that where possible their products are made in the UK, although mostly they sell t-shirts and none of these are made in the UK (although they are printed in Glasgow). They have a nice UK made cycling cap and bag and they offer free delivery in the UK – http://www.routeclothing.com
Road Rags cycling wear and classic bikes are made in Britain. Merino wool is used in some products and the merino wool used comes milled from Italy and is manufacturered in the Midlands. Cotton is also used and that seems to be milled in England and the products made in England. T-shirts, jackets, jumpers, and cycling trousers for men and women. Bikes are refurbished – http://www.roadrags.cc
Much of the Lusso range of cycling apparel (shorts, bibs, warmers, jerseys, base layers, jackets, etc. for men, women and children) is made in the UK. Much Lusso clothing is also foreign made, so select with care and choose British made items – http://www.lusso-clothing.co.uk
Knox make motorcycle and mountain biking gear and body armour. Their products are suitable for motorcycling, motocross, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and equestrian. A few of their products are made in Britain, with the items made in Britain clearly labelled on their website – http://www.planet-knox.com
Pretty Ponies riding wear and accessories for Children, Ladies and Gents say “All of our products are designed, cut and handmade in our own workshop, our own stock tweeds are designed by ourselves in house and woven at some of the oldest mills in the country keeping the Pretty Ponies brand completely British made.” However, country of origin is not given against individual products, so please check where something is made before buying. As well as their products being available online, Pretty Ponies have a shop in Wrightington, Lancashire – http://www.prettyponies.co.uk
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SeaSafe Systems Ltd make the majority of their items in their factory in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. They make SeaSafe Foul Weather Coats and Life Jackets, as well as the physical safety components of the life jacket. Off-the-peg or bespoke. They are in the process of updating their website to show which products they make in their factory in Cowes which should make it easier for their customers, and British made products on their website either say “made in Britain” in the description or carry the “made in Britain” logo. They also sell foreign made products, such as Draper tools, life rafts, SOLAS Lights, and Corporate Clothing – http://www.seasafe.co.uk
Nookie make and sell products for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddling. A few of their products, such as some splash desks, drysuits and dry trousers, are made in Cornwall, England – http://www.nookie.co.uk
Protak UK Fishing and Waterproof clothing have lots of made in England items and these are clearly marked on their website with a little St George flag. TR Design Clothing (waterproof jackets, trousers, bid and braces; Carp Clothing; personalised waterproof golf trolly covers, Team clothing; Premier Clothing (waterproof jackets, trousers and bib and braces); bed chair covers; neck warmers; cot and pram sized baby blankets; pewter pins and sculptures; pet blankets; wellie bags, unhooking mats; bed chair bags and chair bags; sling mat combis; bed chair pillows; box straps; seat box cushions; hook wallets; winder wallets; etc. Not everything on their site is made in England but a good proportion of it is. Recommended to me as “Every bit as good as the yachty brands (that do not make in the UK) and much better value for money”. Available direct from their website and at fishing, country and game fairs in the UK – http://www.protak.com
NagRags are the leading British manufacturer of bespoke horse and rider wear and cross country colours. Every item is made by hand to customer order at their workshop in Lancashire. Sweatshirts, polo shirts, show rugs, saddle clothes, and Numnah – http://www.nagrags.co.uk
Miles Stronger – everything they sell is made in Britain, which is very impressive. British made runners clothing for men and women, British made accessories (socks, a beanie hat, a water bottle, micro-fibre towels, shoelace bonders, medal displays, etc.), British made energy drinks, British made energy gels, and British made energy bars – www.milesstronger.co.uk
4distance Triathlon clothing and accessories for men and women are mostly, if not all, all made in Britain. On their website they say “4Distance’s philosophy is simple; we want to provide our clients with the highest quality British made Triathlon clothing and accessories”, they are a member of British Made for Quality and they say their goods are British made in their video. Where country of origin information is not given, please check. T-shirts, shorts, and accessories. Available via their website – http://4distance.co.uk
Fred Perry, now Japanese owned, occasionally sell a few made in the UK items for men and women. In particular, their made in England, the Fred Perry M12 polo shirt. They have shops or you can buy online – http://www.fredperry.com
For ski and snowboarding clothing and equipment that is made in the UK please click the hyperlink.
CGR Bike Gear sell Genesis British made bags for babies prams, to protect them during transport – http://www.genesis-products.co.uk. All CGR own branded products are made in England. Designed for bikers for men and women – micro-fleeces, leggings, short-sleeved zipped tops, polo neck tops, etc. – http://www.cgrbikegear.co.uk
LS Manufacturing manufacture in the UK, Portugal, and the Far Eat – clothing for men and women – they say they can manufacture the same product in the UK, in Europe or in the Far East. They make jackets, waxed jackets, fleece jackets, jeans, trousers, tops, tops, body armour, curtains, and soft furnishings and say they employ around 100 people in the UK. Trade only. Part of the LS Group. The LS Group also includes LS International (trade only) who make workwear (which can also be made in the UK) such as fire retardant garments, high-visibility garments, jackets, poloshirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, thermal undergarments, trousers, overalls, wet weather jackets and over trousers and rail clothing. Another part of the group, LS Embroidery Ltd, again trade only, who do print and embroidery onto promotional clothing, workwear and corporate clothing.
Another part of LS Group, Huggababy International Ltd, make baby clothes and such, with some products being made in the UK including, they baby slings, baby blankets, and baby sleeping bags. Other products I assume are foreign made. Retail – http://www.huggababy.co.uk
Another part of the LS Group is Crojack Ltd. Cro’Jack is a British menswear brand, all made in Britain. Coats (duffle coats, macs, quilted jackets, trench coats, general coats), jackets, t-shirts and polo necks, knitwear, trousers and shorts, and shirts – http://www.crojack.co.uk
Belstaff, which was formerly British outerwear brand, is now all foreign made.
Finisterre now sell a small selection of British made mens and ladies clothes, including occasional knitwear items (such as the Bowmont jumper), socks, corduroy trousers (made with Spanish material), skirts, and shirts (made using foreign sourced fabrics). They now have a store in London and as stores in Cornwall and Devon. Most of their products are made in Portugal still though – http://www.finisterreuk.com
The Finisterre shirts mentioned above are made in London by White Hart; a company founded in 2012 “from a desire to bring back high quality manufacturing to the UK we have sourced, restored and shipped vintage Union Specials and Japanese Juki shirt machinery from Hong Kong to create a production line that can produce shirts of a quality previously not available in the UK”. Trade only, they make shirts for other brands – http://whitehartlondon.co.uk
Teatum Jones’ womenswear factory is just outside of London according to this article, although I think they work with manufacturers abroad too and UK manufacturing is not mentioned on their website – http://teatumjones.com/index.shtml
H&B Clothing Ltd T/A Unbranded Apparel, manufacture all their garments in Leicester, England. Retail or wholesale, they charge a flat rate of £6.95 to the UK (and free shipping on orders over £25) and £15 internationally regardless of order size. Mens sweatshirts and hoodies, and mens and ladies t-shirts; all at very reasonable prices – http://unbrandedapparel.com
Dege & Skinner – Established in 1865 and located at number 10 Savile Row, Dege & Skinner is one of only two family-run bespoke tailoring houses to remain on the Row and the only one to cut bespoke shirts on the premises. All their bespoke clothes, uniforms and shirts are cut by hand on their premises and made in England. They make bespoke clothing for men and women – http://dege-skinner.co.uk
Barrington Ayre is a shirtmaker & tailor in Cirencester – Made in England bespoke & made to order clothing for men and women. You will need to ask about the provenance of the material and accessories they use as this information is not on their website and I am not sure if everything they sell is made in England- http://www.barringtonayre.co.uk
Established in 1883 William Evans are a gunmaker (gunsmiths) in St james’s, London or a gun assembler / finisher in any case and also sell some British made clothing for men and woman. If it is made in the UK this is specified on the website; otherwise it is not. Particularly some of their own brand clothing is made in the UK. A little Union Flag also appears to also signify made in the UK, but as always, do check before buying. They do not say who makes their clothing for them. Also some accessories, homeware and gifts at William Evans are made in the UK. They also stock MUSTO, but I suspect this is made abroad – http://www.williamevans.com
Susannah Hall Tailors in London bespoke suits and tailored garments for men and women, including shirts, are all made in the UK. I assume their ties and accessories are foreign made – http://susannahhall.com
It is not clear from their website whether tailored suits and shirts for men from Cad and the Dandy are actually manufactured in Britain. They do say that sometimes they use cloths from Yorkshire and Scotland, but give no further country of origin information. You could ask – http://www.cadandthedandy.co.uk
Scabal tailors have a shop on Savile Row and used to say ‘made in England’ on their twitter page but their website states manufacture is in Germany or Italy. Possibly they use English cloth sometimes; they have their own mill in Huddersfield or at least they used to. Their website is nigh on impossible to navigate – http://www.scabal.com
Snugpak do a range of great sleeping bags – take care to choose the manufactured in the United Kingdom ones though. They also do great UK made cloths (just some jackets, trousers and hats are made in the UK), so likewise with their clothing take care to choose made in the UK. Items that are UK made are clearly labelled as so on their website. You can even filter to just UK made products. Only some clothes, some sleeping bags, some bivvi bags, some sleeping bag accessories, some hammock blankets, and a stuff sack are UK made; everything else they sell is imported.
Snugpak are based in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The Sleeka jacket below is made in Yorshire. It is made using a fabric they call Paratex Light which is lightweight, windproof, water repellant, breathable and wicks moisture and is insulated with their Softie Premier Insulation (which was developed and is actually made in Switzerland). This retains heat even when wet, is washable and high loft. It comes with its own stuff sack. The minimum temperature range given is -5C (comfort) and -10C (Extreme). Long enough and very lightweight (170g). The Sleeker has 2 large zipped outer handwarmer pockets and a large zipped internal pocket. The Snugpak Sleeker is simply a fab jacket and mine gets a lot of use.
They have a specific military website at http://www.snugpak.com/military/
Sub Zero Technology Ltd. manufacture thermal underwear, thermal baselayers, thermal midlayers, merino wool base layers, childrens thermal underwear, softshells, balaclavas, fleece and waterproof Jackets in England at their Leicester factory. Not everything they sell is made in England, but mostly they do label which items are UK made on their website so you can easily find their UK made stuff. If it does not say made in the UK then it is probably made abroad. Available at the Sub Zero online store – http://www.subzerostore.co.uk
Rock the Boat sell a few shorts, leggings, tech tops and fleeces for men and women which are made in the UK. These are labelled as such if they are UK made. The majority of items on their site are foreign made – http://www.rock-the-boat.co.uk
Nigel Cabourn clothing is mostly made in the UK. Menswear and womenswear. They are an outerwear specialist. Despite the fact that it says Made in the UK on their twitter and made in England on their website, not all Nigel Cabourn products are made in the UK so please check before buying – http://www.cabourn.com
Lavenham Jackets – Horse Blankets, quilted jackets, waistcoats and accessories for men and women made in England. Quote from their Tumblr blog 9 March 2012 (http://lavenhamjackets.tumblr.com/ – their tumblr site has now disappeared!) – “Lavenham Jackets is the home of British quilting, all jackets, waistcoats and accessories are made in-house in our factory in Suffolk, England” – but their twitter and pinterest sites both still say “we manufacture all of our products in the UK in our factory in Suffolk” (as of 4/2/15). Lavenham has recently been taken over by Fred Perry. Let’s hope Fred Perry will keep manufacturing within the UK – http://www.lavenhamjackets.com
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Sweateronline and British Christmas Jumpers make a wide range of sweaters (jumpers / pullovers) and scarves for men and women. All made in Leicestershire, England. Wool or Acrylic. The wool jumpers are made from British wool. Made in Great Britain. Made by Jack Masters Ltd – http://www.jackmasters.co.uk (wholesale)
Sweateronline – http://sweateronline.com
British Christmas Jumpers (Christmas themed sweaters) – http://www.britishchristmasjumpers.com/
Sunspel have their own factory in Nottinghamshire, England and 2 shops in London. Many of their clothes, for men and women, are made in the UK, but not all by any means. Even their iconic boxer shorts and Bond’s Riviera polo shirt are made in Turkey. Not everything on the website or on the garments themselves is clearly labelled with the country of origin, although some are labelled. If it does not have a made in England label, then you can assume it is made abroad. Their made in England range of clothes are of exceptional quality. Shop carefully and you can get fabulous made in the UK products at Sunspel. Marketed Sunspel England – http://www.sunspel.com/uk/
James Aubrey menswear is “made in Britain using the best of British fabrics & manufacturing wherever possible” according to their website. Everything I have seen from James Aubrey is made in the UK, but their website is (was) clear about the fact that some of their products (for example their shirts) are not made in the UK, so as always please select carefully only those things that are really made in the UK. James Aubrey make and sell very nice men’s duffle coats, reefer coats, overcoats, tweed sports jackets, wax jackets, knitwear, shirts, trousers and accessories. Their waxed jackets use fabric made by The British Millerain Co. Ltd and they use Abraham Moon fabric in their tweed jackets. Their products are available in “in a number of leading independent stores around the country.” Their website went “informational only” in September 2014 (although strangely most of the information on it has been removed!) and their products are no longer available online. I have seen their reasonably priced British wool made in Britain men’s jumpers in Daniel of Windsor Department Store and they look fab. Their is a bit of information about James Aubrey here and also about The British Millerain Company and about Abraham Moon and about British wool – http://www.jamesaubrey.co.uk
Original Montgomery credit themselves as the oldest duffle coat maker in the world, being the oldest surviving company chosen by the British Admiralty to make duffle coats for the British Royal Navy in the early 1890s. Duffle coats were widely issued in World War 1 and World War 2. Famous wearers of duffle coats have included Field Marshal Montgomery, Labour leader Michael Foot and fictional character Paddington Bear. Original Montgomery duffle coats are still made in England, although they now use Italian made fabrics for both their men’s and women’s coats. They also make a number of other styles, such as the pea coat, and knitwear, all manufactured in the UK. Their products are also available at Duffle Coats UK – http://www.originalmontgomery.com/uk/
Large stocks of post-war military surplus duffle coats were made available at reasonable prices to the general public and this meant that these coats became a ubiquitous and popular item of clothing in the 1950s and 1960s. The British firm Gloverall purchased surplus military supply of coats after World War II and in 1954 started producing their own version of the Duffle coat.
Gloverall Plc were founded in 1951 and produce men’s, women’s and children’s duffle coats, which are made in England (using Italian cloth); together with made in England other coats, made in England shirts, made in England polo shirts, and made in Scotland knitwear. Available via their website with free UK delivery and in shops. I was pleased to see (as of 7th April 2015) that everything on the Gloverall website is made in the UK.
The Duffle Company Ltd. (T/A British Duffle Co.) appear to belong to Country Attire (see below). The British Duffle Co. make their duffle coats for men and women in England, using Italian fabric. They offer free worldwide delivery and free UK returns – http://www.britishduffle.com
British wool is a key part of Great Britain’s heritage and it remains at the forefront of useful fabrics and is the best wool in the world. http://www.britishwool.org.uk is the website of the British Wool Marketing Board. http://www.campaignforwool.org is the website of the Campaign for Wool. Wool is a versatile super-fabric. The British Wool Show supports the Campaign for Wool in raising the profile of British Wool and the many products produced by the British textile industry. The British Wool Show 2015 takes place in York on the 7th and 8th August 2015. Woolsack promotes British wool and has a list of stockists of British beed yarns and British wool yarns. Wovember celebrates WOOL and the fine folk who raise and work with it, throughout the month of November (not to be confused with Movember). Woolfest was founded to provide a showcase and a celebration of the best of wool and wool crafts. Woolfest 2015 will be held in June in Cumbria. Ellen has the British Yarn Guide on her blog, covering “mills to dyers, minor institutions to indie backroom operations” by region. KnitBritish is a website promoting the “idea to knit as local or as British as possible” and supports wool that is gown, spun or dyed in the UK. OvisA acts “as a showcase and portfolio website for designers /products using British Wool and Alpaca products”.
Rowan yarns (now part of what is now known as Coats) sometimes sell some British wool. Perhaps predictably, there is no information on their website about where their products are spun, so presumably they are all foreign made. Coats is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of threads. They also own Patons yarns. Whether Coats still have any production in the UK or not I am not sure. I can’t find any information about this on their website.
John Arbon Textiles make socks and yarns and tops, tea cosies, egg cosies, gloves, scarves and ties in England using British fibre and have their own Fibre Processing and Spinning Mill. As far as I know they make everything they sell and so I assume it is all made in England (you should check) – https://www.jarbon.com
The British Millerain Company are the leading manufacturer of Waxed Cottons and one of Britain’s leading clothing producers. Established in 1880, British Millerain supplies performance textiles for commercial and military applications – fabrics for apparel, accessories, tentage, sails, covers, luggage, technical, military and outdoor applications. As far as I can gather, all production is in the UK. Trade only – http://www.britishmillerain.com
Abraham Moon and Sons woollen mill are one of the country’s leading woollen and worsted manufacturers, producing fabric (cloth) for apparel, domestic furnishing fabric, commercial furnishing fabric, contract furnishing fabric, office furnish fabric: together with Bronte (now known as Bronte by Moon) woollen home and fashion accessories including throws, cushions, baby blankets and scarves. Primarily trade, they also have a shop in North Yorkshire selling clothes, Bronte accessories and furnishing fabric by the metre – http://www.moons.co.uk
I came across a menswear company on the internet called Heritage Research and it said handmade in England at the top of the site, but the last collection shown is from 2012 and their twitter has had no updates since September 2012, so I assume they failed in “attempting to make garments in England in extremely trying circumstances” (their tagline on twitter) – http://heritageresearch.co.uk
Likewise, Made by Dave, a British made menswear brand conceived by TV host Michael Barrymore, seems sadly to have gone by the wayside.
Country Attire own brand range of outerwear for men and women is all made in the UK. Made in England waxed cotton jackets (using British Millerain fabric), made in England waxed cotton duffle coats, made in England tweed coats, made in England Ventile cotton coats, made in England wool sleeveless coats, made in England wool (Scottish tweed) coats, made in England wool coats, made in England British wool skirts, and made in and England cotton coats. Additionally they sell quite a number of other brands who make in the UK, such as British Duffle, John Smedley, Corgi, Pantherella, Grenson shoes, Barbour, and so on, as well as many foreign made products. They do free delivery and, within the UK, free returns. Internet only – http://www.countryattire.com
Carr & Westley Ltd have been manufacturing and supplying classic clothing for women and men since 1919, although they no longer seem to sell menswear. As well as offering a variety of classically designed clothes made by others, they design and make their own garments in their factory in Kent, England. Most of the things on their website are not made in the UK but their Carr & Westley branded womenswear (skirts, trousers and dresses) is, as are some of their other items like knitwear and socks – http://www.carrandwestley.co.uk
David Nieper is a Derbyshire based manufacturer known for its women’s nightwear targeted at the over-40s, but they actually make a very wide range of clothes, everything from blouses to knitwear to lingerie to scarves and much of what they sell is made at their factory in Alfreton, Derbyshire, England – http://www.davidnieper.co.uk
Monkstone Knitwear is 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, which I mentioned in an 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 – http://monkstoneknitwear.co.uk
Barbour. Most Barbour products are not made in England nowadays. Barbour make most of their classic waxed jackets in the UK. Everything else they make abroad nowadays. I checked with Barbour and they confirmed that ONLY their classic waxed cotton garments are manufactured in the UK. Despite them telling me this, it also seems that their hats or at least some of them are made in Scotland because I saw made in Scotland Barbour beanies in Liberty (on 7.11.12). Also, at least some of their scarves are made in Scotland. Look for the made in England (or made in Scotland) label – if something from Barbour does not have a made in England (or Scotland) label, then it is made abroad.
Remember it is only the classic Barbour waxed jackets that are made in England. Other waxed jackets are made abroad, for example the Millom Waxed Jacket is manufactured within Europe. Barbour tell me that they manufacture the vast majority of their waxed coats within the UK, however it seems that more and more Barbour wax jackets are now foreign made. Basically most the items Barbour sell are now foreign made, which is disappointing because I think most of their customers still assume all Barbour products are made in England which is simply no longer the case. If there is no made in England label on a Barbour waxed jacket, then it is foreign made.
If the bit of Barbour kit you are thinking of getting is not labelled “made in England” (i.e. it is foreign made) there are plenty of great British made alternatives such as Campbell Cooper jackets (note their hats are foreign made), Peregrine, Lavenham Jackets, Lavenir, and many more.
Below is the Border Waxed Jacket – a great bit of kit – made in the UK.
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). These socks for example are 90% wool, top quality and made in the UK. They also sell great British made shirts, trousers, boots, etc. Their service is excellent – http://www.bisonbushcraft.co.uk/bison_bushcraft_outfitters.htm
Marks and Spencer (M & S) have of late sold a very few British made clothes, for example their Best of British Collection, which 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 and online.
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, such as the odd tie or belt, 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.
Their former label St. Michael seems to have gone by the wayside and items are now branded as Marks and Spencer.
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 largely responsible for the decline British clothes manufacturing.
This once great retailer Marks and Spencer plc (also known as M&S; colloquially known as Marks and Sparks, Marks’s or, simply, Marks), profits peaked in the financial year 1997/1998 and have since declined, with the company consistently struggling in all areas except food since then. The loyalty of its customer base continues to erode and the switch to overseas suppliers has “undermined a core part of its appeal to the public“.
As once one of the major UK buyers, Marks and Spencer were in many ways almost single handedly responsible for the decline in British clothes manufacturing, having decided in 1999 to move all their clothes manufacture to suppliers abroad.
A good example of their impact on British clothing manufacture is on the once massive Courtaulds corporation and the consequent job losses in the UK. Established in 1794 Courtaulds was a United Kingdom based manufacturer of fabric, clothing, artificial fibres, and chemicals. By the late 1980s, the manufacture of clothing was already moving to South East Asia and China and in some ways M&S were late to move all their production abroad. Around this time Courtaulds began to close its UK factories and move production to new Asian sites, but its main customer Marks and Spencer wanted still lower prices. This led to the split of Courtaulds business in 1990 into Courtaulds plc (the fiber manufacture and chemicals businesses) and Courtaulds Textiles Ltd (the yarn and fabric manufacture and clothing businesses), with the chemicals division eventually being sold and became part of Dutch company Akzo-Nobel (who also swallowed up ICI, once a British chemical company and the largest manufacturer in Britain, in 2008). Courtaulds Textiles (40% of their business was with Marks and Spencer) was eventually taken over by Sara Lee and now the name has gone after the company was subsequently sold to Hong Kong company PD Enterprise Ltd. PD Enterprise Ltd continues to make bras, underwear, nightwear, swim and beachwear, formalwear and casualwear, jackets and coats, babywear and socks for the likes of M&S and BHS. American corporation Sara Lee (now branded as Hillshire Brands / D.E Master Blenders 1753) took over a lot of British companies in the 1980s and 1990s and subsequently closed the UK factories or sold them off. An example of a brand that Courtaulds took over (in 1967) is R. & W.H. Symington and Co. Ltd. of Market Harborough who were once the world’s largest corset manufacturer and later one of the world’s largest swimwear manufacturers. The company was closed down in 1980.
Another example of the impact of M&S in the decline of British clothes manufacture is Dewhirst in Cardigan, Wales who used to make jeans at the Welsh factory for M&S and who subsequently moved production to Morocco. The closure of the Dewhirst factory in around 1992 led to the loss of 400 jobs (nearly a tenth of Cardigan’s population worked there). All Dewhirst production is now abroad.
According to the Guardian in 2013 Philip Green announced Arcadia Group had increased the number of British factories it is working with by 20% to 47. “We’ve been pushing to see what we could do to keep it nearer home,” he said. “This is something we are looking at, every day, every week. UK manufacturing gives us a different capability.” Type “Made in Britain” into the search bar on Topshop.com and there is a wide range of pieces from cute T-shirts to chic tailored suits, and hipster leather Bermuda shorts on offer. Arcadia Group (formerly the The Burton Group; re-named in the late 1990s around the time they sold Debenhams which they had purchased in the mid 1980s) brands include Top Shop, Top Man, Burton, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins, BHS (British Home Stores), Evans (size 14+ womenswear), Miss Selfridge (started in 1966 by Sears/Lewis’s as a young woman’s fashion department in Selfridges London), and Outfit (an out of town shop selling a variety of brands). Burtons has a long history which has included making demob suits after World War 2, providing suits for the victorious England World Cup football team in 1966 and being one of the best known men’s shops on the High Street for many years. All Burton group clothes used to be British made and their factory in Leeds was at one point the largest clothing factory in the European continent and possibly in the world. Of UK manufacture on the Arcadia website they say “Homegrown – our ‘Made in the UK’ project goes from strength to strength, reflecting a wider trend of sourcing some products closer to home. We are developing significant UK sourcing for outerwear and jersey and in particular for our TOPSHOP Boutique range. This brings commercial benefits as it helps us to react to trends much faster and improves sustainability as we have greater insights into the product’s provenance. In particular, we have had great success in sourcing jersey pieces in Leicestershire and wovens in London. We have added to our factory base and we have plans to grow this in 2014/15.” You may also find a few UK made items in other Arcadia Group stores as well as Top Shop then (although you will not find much). Let us hope this return towards UK manufacture by the Arcadia Group continues. Principles and Principles for Men was a brand established by Burtons in the 1980s (whose clothes were generally made in the UK) but was sold off in 2001, with the new owners eventually going bankrupt, and the brand name is now owned by Debenhams, who were themselves part of the Burton Group at one point and had Principles and Principles for Men concessions in many of their stores – https://www.arcadiagroup.co.uk
ASOS is an online fashion and beauty retailer and offers branded and own label products across womenswear and menswear. ASOS do not bother to give country of origin against individual products (unless they are UK made). “ASOS sources garments and other goods from around the world, including China, Eastern Europe, India, Turkey and UK”. ASOS do stock a few UK made items – for example today (10/4/15) I found on the site – a Peter Werth Made In England Wool Pea Coat, a Peter Werth Made In England Wool Donkey Coat, a Jack Wills made in UK Tayport Waxed Jacket, made in England DMs, and made in England ASOS Chelsea Boots – http://www.asos.com
River Island (formerly Lewis Separates / Chelsea Girl / Concept Man) say on their website “Today our products are manufactured across the globe…” As far as I can tell, no River Island Clothes today are made in the UK.
Spoke are a brand who make men’s trousers, shorts, and t-shirts in factories in London and in Portugal. Unfortunately country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, but they do say that “in the coming months we’ll be providing much more info on where our clothes are made on the product pages” – http://spoke-london.com
Campbell Cooper (Ingrams) make all their fabulous wax jackets in the UK; plus motorcycle jackets, quilted jackets, Harrington jackets, tweed jackets, tweed waistcoats, tweed breeches, and re-proofing wax dressing in a can. Campbell Cooper have been making classic wax jackets in England for over 35 years. Please note that it is only their jackets that are British made – Campbell Cooper hats are all foreign made. For men, women and children. Great prices and free UK delivery. Available via their website and via their eBay shop. Campbell Cooper is also marketed under the name Greenbelt Countrywear – http://www.campbellcooper.com
For blokes, here’s a good satirical article on how to be like John Steed on the Pall Mall Club website and here is another such article on how to be like James Bond; both fictional and real life sartorial icons in my opinion. I also like the websites the Suits of James Bond, James Bond Lifestyle and Grey Fox. You might also like MI6 and the Tweed Pig.
Baracuta, a brand of English heritage, is run by Bologna-based WP Lavori. From memory I think they used to be very reasonably priced, but not so much now it seems. Pleasingly though, Baracuta restarted the UK manufacturing of their G9 and G4 jackets for men in 2012. I assume their other products are still foreign made. Originally makers of raincoats, Baracuta are now famous for their Harrington jackets. Harrington jackets have been worn by the likes of Ryan O’Neal in a TV series called Peyton Place, Elvis on the Silver Screen in King Creole (1958) and in the 1968 film Live A little, Love A Little, and Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace (2008; made by / for Tom Ford, not Baracuta) . Plus they have been worn by James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, golfers, pop stars; the list goes on. Prices on their websiste appear to be in Euros, not pounds sterling. The Harrington style jacket is thought to have been first made by either Baracuta or Grenfell (see below) – http://www.baracuta.com
Grenfell are also credited with inventing the Harrington jacket. “All Grenfell coats and jackets are produced in the UK at” their “own London factory” according to the Grenfell website. For men and women. They also say that they “work with and support other ‘made in Britain’ suppliers, companies and mills”. Established since 1918, Grenfell Cloth has been used for clothing and equipment for various expeditions and according to their website In 1933, a Grenfell tent formed the highest habitation every made by man at that time. It was also worn at speed by Sir Stirling Moss and by Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald Campbell MBE. The cloth used in these expeditions was made from 600 thread-per-inch Egyptian close-woven cotton by T.Haythornthwaite & Sons Ltd at Lodge Mill, Burnley, UK. The Burley factory was taken on by Mackintosh apparently. This cloth is light yet strong, breathable and weatherproof as well as windproof, but like Burberry’s gabardine, leaked in heavy rain. The Haythornthwaite Family are no longer connected with the Grenfell brand or company and today the company is foreign owned and the factory is in London. They sell Grenfell cloth, and men’s (Harringtons, a mountain jacket, coats, a duffle coat) and women’s ( a duffle coat) jackets and coats, some of which are labelled as made in England. Best to check if the product you are interested in is actually made in England if it does not say, although they do say all their coats and jackets are made in the UK – http://grenfell.com
Ben Nevis Clothing (Wearite /Kampkit) was established in 1962. They appear to be manufacturers themselves, although this is not entirely clear from their website. They are suppliers of safety, outdoor, and personal protection clothing and camping equipment, but most of this is foreign made. However, their own brand outerwear garments are made in the UK. Under their Lavenir label they make countrywear in the UK for men and women such as wax jackets, quilted jackets, tweed jackets, and shooting jackets. Other non own-branded clothing they sell such as Alpha, Brutus and Canadian Goose are all foreign made. Under their Combat brand for men and women they make in the UK items such as baseball jackets, Donkey jackets, Harrington jackets (they have been manufacturing Harrington Jackets in the UK for over 40 years and say they “are the UK’s original Harrington jacket manufacturer”), and monkey jackets. Their leather Harrington jacket appears to be foreign made. They also sell English made DM boots. Available online or by visiting their store in London – http://www.bennevisclothing.com
I found a couple of suppliers selling new men’s quilted body warmers on eBay from a brand called Countrywear. I’m not sure who makes these but they are made in England –
Mackintosh outerwear dates back to 1823 and the invention of a rubberised cloth. Even today people still refer to a raincoat as a “mackintosh”, although today the brand is very exclusive. All Mackintosh outerwear is made in Britain. Rubberised and non-rubberised coats for men and women. Traditional Weatherwear Ltd. is the old name for the Mackintosh company and is now used to sell their made in China range of clothing which is deceptively labelled with a Union Flag and the word Scotland (albeit next to the small made in China label). Mackintosh / Traditional Weatherwear Limited is now owned by a Japanese company.
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Nukunuku Haramakis or waist warmers or belly bands are all made in the UK. Nukunuku is Japanese for warm and cosy, whilst Haramaki translates as belly (hara) wrap (maki) – a band of material wrapped around your middle. Generally worn under your clothes, these bands are great for keeping warm or covering up. Washable and available in range in 5 colours and 4 sizes and made in the UK from cotton and lycra using cotton grown in Greece and woven in the UK. Nukunuku also sell some Japanese made Haramaki. Haramakis are Unisex. Apparently the samurai wore them beneath their armour – http://www.nukunuku.co.ukTurnbull and Asser is a shirtmaker and clothier and Royal Warrant holder established in 1885, with a beautiful flagship store on Jermyn Street in London. Now owned by Ali Al-Fayed, younger brother of Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods. They have their own factory in Gloucester, as well as using other manufacturers. An exclusive traditional outfitters, selling off-the-peg and custom made shirts, knitwear, braces, boxer shorts, scarves, pyjamas, socks, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, bow ties and ties; with the majority of items made in Britain. Note that not all their items are made in the UK, but country of origin is given on their website. Turnbull and Asser remains, quite simply, one of the best menswear shops in London and online – http://www.turnbullandasser.co.uk
Oliver Spencer is brand with 5 shops in London, one in Toronto and recently a pop up store in Japan. This trendy shop where “40% of the collection is made in England”. Made in the UK items are marked as such on their website. No country of origin information is given for other items which are foreign made. Their womenswear is all foreign made, but some mens products are UK made – http://oliverspencer.co.uk
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 above is displayed on a made in England Kennett and Lindsell display stand – http://www.kennettlindsell.com
Spence Bryson, founded in 1891, are the UK market leader in cotton and linen handkerchiefs as well as exporting around the world. They have a purpose built factory in the UK. They supply many of the UK high street store groups , as well as supplying a stock service of handkerchiefs and gifts to a wide range of wholesalers, distributors, mail order, independent retail and promotional customers. They also make bespoke handkerchiefs using the customers own cloth for many well known menswear brands. Unfortunately they do not label their products with country of origin. As per their email to me of 29 May 2014 I can tell you that the vast majority of their cotton products are made in China. The only ones that they stitch in the UK (in Northern Ireland) are the Irish linen handkerchiefs. They also trade as Loose Connections, but the Loose Connections retail site no longer works. They also run a company called Elite Balloons.
Thornback and Peel handkerchiefs are labelled on their website as being made in Great Britain, but before buying can I suggest you contact the company to check if the actual handkerchefs themselves are made in the UK or whether they are foreign made hankies that are screen printed in the UK – http://www.thornbackandpeel.co.uk/5-handkerchiefs
Papier Poudré has been made in Britain since 1903. It’s blotting paper for the face, coated lightly with face powder. Available on their website and in stores, i’s very popular in Japan apparently – http://www.papierpoudre.co.uk
Incidentally, everyone in Japan seems to carry a handkerchief and very sensible that is too. I always carry one. It seems that pretty much the only “proper traditional” ordinary British made hankies these days are from Turnbull and Asser (see above), MagTies, and possibly Monsieur London, plus Spence Bryson Irish linen hankies, and Kitty Fisher lace hankies.
Established in 1775, Wolsey is an iconic British menswear brand, yet today most of their products are made abroad. A few pieces are now made in the UK again though. They have scrapped much they were famous for like vests in favour of products they feel are more suited to a younger buyer. There is a suggestion that these older products are now marketed under the Morley name but if this is the case Wolsey don’t seem keen to advertise it very well. In any case they are not made in the UK anymore. Their websites do not say which items are made in the UK but you can visit their shop in London and look at the labels I guess. Frankly though very few items they sell are made in the UK.
I found a couple of made in London coats on the Peter Werth website. Generally Peter Werth do not state country of origin against products on their website and we can assume most Peter Werth clothes are foreign made. According to the Manchester Evening News Peter Werth went bankrupt in 2011 and were acquired by JD Sports, but there is no reference to this on either the Peter Werth nor the JD Sports websites; in fact they are part of Focus International, which are themselves part of JD Sports – http://www.peterwerth.co.uk
JD Sports / Focus International seem to specialise in buying out bankrupt brands, thereby they are keeping the names alive and have become a major name in retailing in the UK, although they actually manufacture very little if anything in the UK. Their brands include JD Sports, Peter Werth, Blacks, and Millets amongst many others.
Sports Direct have a profile rather similar to JD Sports (and according to Wikipedia as of 13th April 2015 have a 12.3% holding in the John David Group, parent of JD Sports). The company is the United Kingdom’s largest sporting retailer. The company owns a large number of sporting brands, and other retailers owned by the company include USC and Lillywhites. Mike Ashley has continued to hold a majority stake in the business, and has faced criticism. Brands owned include Donnay, Slazenger, Dunlop (in most markets), Everlast, Kangol, Karrimor and Lonsdale. Little if anything they sell is made in the UK.
Cock and Bull Menswear are a fairly new brand (as of around 2012) manufacturing small runs entirely in the United Kingdom. Full details of the sourcing of their products and raw materials are on their website. They have beautifully made men’s garments, including cotton men’s boxer shorts, tweed flat caps, t-shirts, shirts, tweed waistcoats and knitwear. Cock and Bull menswear currently have a stand at the fabulous London Sunday UpMarket, at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane selling their menswear and are well worth a visit – http://cockandbullmenswear.co.uk
Daniel Jenkins is a website selling menswear and a few items of womenswear. Their ‘Purposeful Activity’ range of boxer shorts, shirts and jackets is all made in the UK. Daniel Jenkins also stock Tender made in England menswear (see below) and One Nine Zero Six which is made in England by Gymphlex (see below; most Gymphlex products are foreign made). Additionally they sell men’s t-shirts by the Orphan’s Arms (see above), but these t-shirts are not made in England although the printing is done in England, and the same with the Passarella Death Squad t-shirts they also sell which are printed but not made in England. None of the ladieswear they sell is made in Britain – http://www.danieljenkins.co.uk
Tender clothes (menswear), accessories and objects. “All of Tender’s clothes and objects are produced in England” according to their website. Items sold include things like socks, coin purses, candles, furniture, cotton acetate sunglasses, wallets, combs, tumblers, boot grease, mugs, watch straps, key rings, soft toys, leather polish, bags, jeans, caps, shorts, belts, vests, t-shirts, bandanas, bandana woggles, shirts, jackets, and more. Production runs on some items are very limited, so what they sell varies. Their websites look great, although I find them quite hard to negotiate. Tender’s main line of clothing and accessories is available from stockists listed on their main website which is ‘Made by Tender‘. Dead stock and standard main line items can be purchased online at the ‘Tender Stores‘. ‘The Trestle Shop‘ sells some main line items from Tender and more limited edition experimental and unconventional items from Tender. Tender’s second line, SLEEPER, is based on C20th British Rail uniforms, and is made in Japan.
Tender stockists online include Daniel Jenkins (see above), New State Store, and Superdenim; all of whom also stock some other British made clothes. Tender stockists with physical shops in the UK and an online presence include Oi Polloi (who have shops in London and Manchester) and Peggs and Son in Brighton; both of whom again stock some other British made clothes. Stockists outside of the UK are listed on the Tender website.
RECIPY sell British made customised country style men’s sports jackets and ladies wool jackets, with lining printed with a photograph. Their cloth mostly appears to have been made up in Britain (it is not clear from their website where the wool used comes from), their leather trim and buttons appear to be foreign made – http://recipy.co.uk
The cloth used by RECIPY is supplied by, amongst others, Porter & Harding. Porter & Harding are Cloth Merchants are owned by Lear Browne and Dunsford who also own Harrisons of Edinburgh, A L Robinson and H Lesser (London) Limited. These companies are suppliers of fabrics for the tailoring industry, not a manufacturers as I understand it, but they do sell some British made cloths and linings I think – http://www.harrisonsofedinburgh.com
Other cloth merchants include Dugdale Bros & Co of Huddersfield, Holland & Sherry of London (who point out that they continue to source cloth from textile manufacturers in Yorkshire and Scotland) and Bateman Ogden of Bradford (who point out that they specialise in fabrics made in the UK).
Alfred Brown (Worsted Mills) Ltd. Alfred Brown are weavers of fine quality worsted cloth at Empire Mills in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Established in 1915 they are one of the few remaining Yorkshire Mills with bulk production. Alfred Brown weave and supply fabrics for menswear and ladieswear to retailers, tailors and cloth merchants worldwide, in Pure New Wool, Wool with Cashmere, Wool with Mohair, Lycra and Polyester Wool Blends. Here is an article about them in Yorkshire Life. I came across Alfred Brown being used in suiting and blazer material at Fields Menswear – http://www.alfredbrown.co.uk
Yorkshire Fabric sell the finest cloths from England’s world renowned mills as well as tweeds, tartans and numerous other fabrics from Scotland, Ireland and Italy. Available to buy through our online shop. Helpfully they give country of origin against individual products – http://www.yorkshirefabric.com
London Cloth Company are a company in London, established in 2011, operating a “micro mill” that specialises in woven cloth, particularly woollens, produced on restored shuttle looms dating from the 1860s using traditional techniques. Some of their range is 100% British Wool Tweed, including some British wool from conservation flocks which is spun for them in Halifax. The majority of their work is weaving fabrics to order. However, they have some fabric meterage in stock, some of which you can find in their online shop, as well as made in England scarves, made in England mugs, and made in England cushions. They also sell a London Cloth Company enamel badge which I assume is foreign made – http://www.londoncloth.com
Fox Brothers and Co Ltd are woollen and worsted cloth manufacturers in Somerset and were established in 1772 – http://www.foxflannel.com. On their website (as of 5th April 2015) they say “”Fox Brothers are proud to manufacture all of our cloth in Somerset, in the beautiful West of England.” At its peak the company employed approximately 5,000 people and owned and operated nine mills and factories in Somerset, Devon, Galashiels and Oxfordshire and at one point they were also a bank issuing its own currency (later taken over by Lloyds Bank). As well as cloth, Fox offer a bespoke tailor service of their own. Fox Brothers also own the website The Merchant Fox – http://www.themerchantfox.co.uk – this is their retail site and of the site they say “we go to great lengths to ensure that our whole collection is made in Britain using the finest of materials and expert craftsmanship”. They sell British made men’s clothing (dressing gowns, slippers, jackets, trousers), caps, hats, earmuffs, ties, cufflinks, pocket squares, belts, scarves, gloves, horn products, notebooks, bags, luggage, cushions, wicker baskets, furniture, candles, table lamps, prints, jewellery, plush toys, and fabric by the metre, and many products use their own cloth.
Coldharbour Mill in the Devon village of Uffculme was owned by Fox Brothers & Co (see above) until they closed it down in 1981. It is now a museum owned by Coldharbour Mill Trust, but also a small scale working factory. The mill shop products, including a range of knitting wools and fabrics manufactured exclusively by the mill. On the Fox brothers website they say “plans are also underway to establish a supply of high quality worsted yarn from Coldharbour Mill, in Devon. Coldhabour Mill was built by Thomas Fox in 1799 and still today, produces first quality yarn on its period machinery”. – http://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk
At one point Fox Brothers also owned a former William Bliss & Sons mill in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, which closed in 1980 is is now converted into flats. Fox Brothers acquired this mill in Chipping Norton from William Bliss & Sons in 1917 but I am not sure if they were the owners when it closed in 1980. Neither do I know if Fox Brothers owned William Bliss & Sons, but there is a William Bliss & Sons still in existence (see below).
William Bliss & Sons was founded in 1847 and are specialist designers and manufacturers of high-quality cloths. William Bliss Textiles is located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. “William Bliss produces 100% of its collection in the UK and every production process involved in the creation of this unique collection is undertaken in the UK.” They manufacture woven woollen cloth, which is then finished to customer specifications at W T Johnsons, a cloth finisher based in Yorkshire (see below). They produce up to 10,000 metres of cloth every week. They produce fabrics in wool, wool blends and linen for summer and medium weight suiting, jacketing, and overcoating, as well as scarves, and they have a selection of British wools available, for example sourced from Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset sheep and using a yarn production facility in Delph (Oldham, Manchester) – http://www.williamblisstextiles.co.uk
W T Johnsons (W.T. Johnson & Sons) are a cloth finisher based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and “one of the world’s leading textile dyeing and finishing companies”. They are are “able to create high quality finishes on an ever increasing range of fabrics, from the finest gentlemen’s worsted suiting to specialised safety clothing and upholstery fabrics”. “The company is still based in Bankfield Mills its original home since 1910. This location and its access to soft Pennine water has been a key element in the production of fine fabrics for over 100 years” – http://www.wtjohnson.co.uk
Take a look at this short video of work showing the shrinking process at a London shrinking house in 1951. I wonder if W T Johnsons above use the same method today? The company in the video seems to be Perrotts (Nichol and Peyton) Ltd. They were involved in a legal case in 1984 so must have been around still then, but I guess they have now closed.
Mitchell Interflex is a a mill in Lancashire weaving furnishing fabrics, interlinings for curtains, ties and suits, blackout fabrics, and narrow striped fabrics for deck chairs and windbreaks – http://www.mitchell-interflex.co.uk
Mitchell Interflex weaves for Wallace Sewell, a textile shop in London, who also work with the finishers W.T. Johnson & Sons in Huddersfield. Wallace Sewell sell scarves for men and women, cushions and throws and do bespoke products from scarves for the Tate gallery shops to designs for Transport for London seating in 2011. Whether all their products are manufactured in the UK I don’t know because they do not bother to give country of origin against individual products on their website. They do not actually say their products are made in Great Britain or how much of the fabric they use is milled, woven and finished in Great Britain, so you would be wise to check carefully – http://www.wallacesewell.com
Incidentally, the Tube seat fabric, also known as moquette, a mix of wool with a small percentage of polyester, and well known for its hard wearing, durable, fire resistant and not-showing-the-dirt qualities is still woven in Yorkshire. You can buy cushions and furniture and the like and even dog collars and coats using the fabric at the Transport for London museum.
Mallalieu’s of Delph dye raw materials, and blend, card and spin yarn, and do cloth manufacture, and make scarves and are a cloth finisher. They are based in Delph, Oldham, Manchester and may be the yarn production facility in Delph that William Bliss mention using for their British wool on their website (see above). Established in 1863 the company produces high quality 100% British woollen fabric for clothing garments and upholstery – http://www.mallalieus.com
R.W. Shepley (Wool Spinners) was established in March 2002. They undertake contract spinning to customers own specifications, blends, counts , colours and qualities, including using British wool. Shepley Yarns Limited (R.W. Shepley), based in Diggle, in Oldham, Manchester, are also the owners of Woolyknit (see below) – http://www.shepleyyarns.com
Woolyknit make good value quality woollen made in England ladies and mens knitwear, British wool yarns, wool, Merino wool, wool tops and fibres, rugs, throws, cushion covers, socks, hats, scarves, wool gloves, etc. They also do craft workshops and have a cafe and shop in Diggle, in Oldham – http://www.woolyknit.com
The Natural Fibre Company are woollen and worsted yarn Spinners and Dyers. The mill specialises in adding value to fleece supplied by farmers and turning it into high-quality knitting yarn. Founded in 1991, in 2005 the company moved from Lampeter in Wales to Cornwall at Launceston on the Devon border. Blacker Yarns and Blacker Designs were launched in 2008 as brands of The Natural Fibre Company (NFC) who make all the yarns they use for the Blacker brand. They have a wide range of yarns for sale on their Blacker Yarns website, including British wool and Falkland Island wool, as well as British made twine, throws, scarves, tote bags, bags, and doorstops. Their bags and door stops are made by Make Do and Mend in Penryn, Cornwall using tweed woven by Bovey Handloom Weavers in Devon (see below).
Stead McAlpin is located in Cummersdale, England and has a heritage dating back to 1835. They are a fabric printer, manufacturing prints for home furnishings and apparel, specialising in printing, dyeing and finishing fabrics. The company were owned by the John Lewis Partnership from 1965 to 2007. Now the company are owned by the Lancashire textile business of R. Soper Ltd (see below). They also have a mill shop at their mill which is open to the public – http://www.steadmcalpin.co.uk
R Soper, which was founded as a drapery shop in Lytham more than 90 years ago, supplies fabric-based home furnishings such as curtains and furniture coverings to major retailers. The company is the largest producer of blinds in the UK. As well as making for others, R Soper’s own brand is Sandown & Bourne. Previously they used the brand name Avon Fabrics. The company manufactures blinds, drapes and soft furnishing coverings. Only 30% of their current business is being manufactured in the UK, and 70% is being imported according to their website (as of 11th April 2015).
Herbert Parkinson, a Lancashire textile mill owned by John Lewis for 60 years, supplies made to measure curtains and blinds to John Lewis customers, as well as furnishing fabric, and JLP natural-filled duvets and pillows. As well as supplying to Joh Lewis, Herbert Parkinson are a leading supplier of soft furnishing products to others and are specialists in the design and manufacture of soft furnishing products. They design and weave fabrics, provide a made to measure service on curtains and blinds and make up cushions. They also produce a wide range of naturally filled duvets and pillows – http://www.herbertparkinson.co.uk
Bovey Handloom Weavers was established in 1938. An old wooden handloom is used to make throws and various weights of tweed are made on two semi-automatic handlooms. Their home produced, made in England, products are available in their shop in Bovey Tracey, Devon, alongside products from other manufacturers (some of which are made in the UK). Their workshop is also open to the public. They also do commissions. Own branded products include throws, ties, scarves and caps – http://www.boveyweavers.co.uk
Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers Ltd are Raw Wool brokers and perform grading and sorting of local wool clip. They purchase Shetland wool from over 700 of Shetland’s crofters and farmers, and transform it into high-quality Shetland wool products including yarns, knitting kits, knitwear, blankets and carpets and in 2009 they purchased over 80% of the wool produced in Shetland. Jamieson & Smith are owned by Curtis Wool Direct in Yorkshire – http://www.shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk
J Clark and Company Limited produce themselves pin related products in England, including a wide variety of pet combs for cats and dogs, as well as lice and flee combs, and pin products for the textile trade, pharmaceuticals, food preparation and packaging, and many more diverse industries. The pins (teeth) they use come from a UK manufacturer too. They are also agents for foreign made Staedtler Uhl pin products – http://www.jclarkandcompany.com
Rainbow Jersey in Nottingham are manufacturers of high quality knitted stretch fabrics for dancewear, sportswear, leisurewear and technical uses. They knit all their fabrics in their Nottingham factory and all their dyeing and finishing and printing is also done in the UK. Trade – http://www.rainbowjersey.co.uk
The Cluny Lace Company Limited is a long established, independent lace making company. Their purposely designed factory, built around the turn of the century to hold the specialised lace machines, is situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the heart of the United Kingdom. Minimum order quantities apply. All production takes place in Great Britain – http://www.clunylace.com
Kitty Fisher say on their website that they “specialise in beautiful Nottingham lace and we design and manufacture everything here in our own workrooms in Beeston, Nottingham”. Elsewhere on the site they say “All our lace is designed and made here in Nottingham”. Their beautiful lace products include lace handkerchiefs – http://kittyfisher.co.uk
Curtis Wool Direct of Yorkshire is one of the largest wool merchanting and processing companies in the world. Curtis Wool Direct Ltd are the largest buyers of wool through the British Wool Marketing Board auction system. In addition they buy other wool from all over the world. They have scouring and combing plants in Bradford at the Haworth Scouring Company, which they own.
Laxtons Limited are manufacturers of worsted spun and fancy yarns using British Wool for the hand & machine knit, woven apparel & upholstery products. They are a a spinning company who processed almost all their products outside of the UK previously, and have brought all their manufacturing back into Yorkshire. As they explain on their website “Bringing manufacturing back to the UK also has huge environmental benefits as we are no longer shipping raw materials around the world. Coupled with the utilisation of as many home produced components as possible substantially reduces our carbon footprint. UK production allows us to give an improved service with reduced lead times,better management, and a greater control of raw materials and quality.” The company was founded in 1907 and their new factory in Guiseley opened January 2010. They have an online shop, with discounts for trade – http://www.laxtons.com
West Yorkshire Spinners Ltd are a worsted Spinning company specialising in the production of classical & fancy yarns in natural and natural/synthetic fibre blends, suppling the hand knitting, machine knitting and carpet industries. Raw materials are produced into knitting yarn in their factory in West Yorkshire. Finished products are available on their website. Fibres including 100% wool, wool + synthetic blends and other noble fibres e.g. Mohair, Alpaca etc + bamboo are used. Wools from many British sheep breeds are produced, including Bluefaced Leicester, Shetland, Wensleydale, and Clun Forest. They also make and sell socks – http://www.wyspinners.com
R Gledhill Ltd (Gledhill’s) in Delph, Oldham, Manchester are Spinners of fine woollen yarns. They were founded in 1936 and still operate out of the Pringle Mill which they purchased at that time. Textile manufacturing has been carried out at Pingle Mill since 1777.
As well as their mill, R Gledhill also have a shop called “Country Classics” in Delph. They stock contemporary 100% cashmere knitwear for ladies and gentlemen made in Scotland by Johnstons of Elgin, plus their own range of lambswool and cashmere knitwear and accessories.
Spencer Paul men’s golf and lifestyle clothing is all made in the UK. Polo Shirts and Merino Wool Knitwear for individuals plus branded corporate clothing for companies and events – http://www.spencerpaul.co.uk
Last of England have a philosophy to use the manufacturing talents of British industry as far as possible and currently sell a range of made in the UK men’s jumpers. They also sell a Spanish made jacket, which rather goes against this philosophy – http://lastofengland.co.uk
Lyle & Scott stress their British (Scottish) heritage, but nearly all their men’s clothing is made abroad in countries such as Romania and Turkey, even their jumpers. Lyle and Scott do have two ranges at the moment all made in the UK (Scotland). These are the 140 range celebrating 140 years, and the 1960 range. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue, and they bring all their production back to British shores – http://www.lyleandscott.com
MECCANICA (Meccanica Coritani) men’s clothing, which is inspired by racers of cycles and motorcycles from the 50s, 60s and 70s, is made entirely in Britain, and suitable to wear on the bike or for casual. Clothing includes t-shirts, polo shirts, shirts, jeans, jackets, knitwear and boxer shorts; all made in Britain – http://www.meccanicacycles.com
The Ussen Polar Fleece is made in the UK. According to their website, every Ussen thermal product is manufactured in the United Kingdom, but I am not sure if that means all their products are made in the UK so you’ll have to check. Their twitter does say “Ussen is an Outdoor brand, Based in UK, Born in UK and all MADE IN UK!” so perhaps everything is UK made. They also make hats, gloves and t-shirts for men and women. Stockists are listed on their website – http://www.ussen.co.uk
TOFFS is The Old Fashioned Football Shirt Company. They manufacture retro football shirts from the UK and all over the world in Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Retro football shirts. Vintage classic kit. Old fashioned historical soccer jerseys. Football shirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, track tops, hoodies in small to extra large sizes – for adults and children.
I’ve not seen their shirts, except perhaps on Gavin and Stacey, but they look good. Whether all their football shirts and accessories are made in the UK I am not sure, so please check before buying. It says on their twitter page “We manufacture retro football shirts from over 100 years of history, here in the UK” which implies that at least their football shirts are made in the UK.
I asked Toffs about where their products were made via twitter – “@toffsretro Are all your football shirts made in the UK? What about the other stuff you sell? Thanks”
Their prompt reply was as follows – “@BritishGoods They are yes! Everything except the England & Liverpool shirts (which we buy in) is handmade here in Gateshead!”
Great stuff :-) but take note about the England and Liverpool shirts. Available via their website or in their factory shop in Gateshead.
Trickett England products centre around sport, clothes and food and are made in the UK or Canada or the USA. As well as their “emergency brew kit” with its made in England enamel mug they sell made in the UK t-shirts, rugby shirts, slippers, key ring, belts. What they have varies and not all of it by any means is made in England – http://trickett-england.co.uk
Collective Noun source all their fabrics from mills in the UK and all manufacturing is done in England. Men’s shirts, jackets, belts, etc. Made in England items are labelled as such on their website. Their t-shirts say are printed in London but it does not say where they are made so possibly they are of foreign manufacture; please check before buying – http://www.cn-london.com
Buckleigh of London do bespoke tailoring, alterations, formalwear hire, ex-hire formalwear sales, waistcoats, and smoking jackets for men. They have a shop in Lower Sloane Street, London. It is not clear from their website whether they make their garments in the UK or if they use UK made fabrics so you will need to check, but for their bespoke range they do say they “use a wide range of fabrics from England’s best manufacturers of cloths and woollens” – http://buckleighoflondon.com
Albam Clothing sell some British made men’s clothes including items such as jeans, outerwear, shorts, trousers, waistcoats, jackets, knitwear, socks (some), bags, rucksacks, ties, Mr Natty moustache wax, a cycling cap, Aiguille rucksacks, key rings, and a whistle. Great to see a store offering such a wide range of British made clothing. Some of their items like shirts, t-shirts, shoes, sunglasses, spectacles, notebooks, and books (some?) are foreign made. They have 3 shops in London or you can order online. They have a specific ‘made in Britain’ section on their website – http://www.albamclothing.com
Cedar Clothing – Outerwear & knitwear since 1969. Their garments are made in the UK. Currently selling British made men’s knitwear, they also talk of selling outerwear in the future – http://www.cedarclothing.co.uk
Joseph Martin Tailors are a men’s bespoke visiting tailor based in Hertfordshire/London. They are one of my twitter followers and it appears from their website that they make clothes in the UK, using British fabrics, for example sourced from cloth merchant Dugdale Bros & Co Ltd of Huddersfield, as well as Italian fabrics, so it might be possible to get tailor made British clothes from them, but do check on provenance before ordering – http://www.josephmartintailors.com
Harry Stedman is an Americana inspired menswear brand based in London, England and founded in 2011. They produce their garments in the UK and the USA, and, rather less logically, Portugal. On their website you can filter by made in UK or made in USA which is a good feature – http://www.harrystedman.com
E Tautz are a menswear label where British fabrics, materials and manufacturers are often used. Some products are foreign made, mostly in France and Italy. Available online via their website and their website lists stockists. E Tautz are a ready-to-wear luxury brand originally founded in 1867 and revived in 2009. Part of Norton & Sons tailors who during the 1970s aquired Hoare & Tautz, formed by the merger of E. Tautz & Sons, a sporting tailor, and J. Hoare & Co, a tailor. Past customers have included Winston Churchill – http://etautz.com
Norton & Sons tailors, incorporating E. Tautz & Sons, a sporting tailor, and J. Hoare & Co (see above) of Savile Row, are luxury men’s tailors, shirtmakers and makers of breeches, who tailor in London, using British cloths. Originally established in 1821, clients have included Lord Carnarvon, Cary Grant and King George V. They make fewer than three hundred and fifty suits each year. Over the years the company acquired the businesses of Hammond & Co, J. Hoare & Co, E. Tautz & Sons and Todhouse Reynard & Co. In 2005 the company was purchased by Patrick Grant and some of his family and friends. The label has also a claim to fame by suiting up James Bond (in this case played by Daniel Craig) for the movies Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale – http://www.nortonandsons.co.uk
I’m note sure what happened to Cyril Castle, Roger Moore’s tailors on Conduit St, but they seem to have closed.
Hayward tailors of Mount Street, London also dressed Roger Moore in some Bond films, as well as a host of other stars. Their men’s bespoke suits are made in London, but it is not clear from their website if they use British fabrics. Neither is it clear if their made-to-measure or ready-to-wear and accessory collections are British made, so I suspect they are not – http://www.douglashayward.co.uk
Anderson & Sheppard tailors give no information about country of origin of the material they use and neither do they say if their suits are actually made-up in the UK. You could ask as I get the impression that their suits are made in England. They only thing they mention is that the majority of their knitwear is made in Britain. Men’s clothes – http://www.anderson-sheppard.co.uk
Tailor Anthony Sinclair provided the suits for Sean Connery in the Bond movies Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever, as well as for George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The business was originally in Conduit Street, Mayfair and now operates from No. 6 Sackville Street and Sinclair himself has long retired. Again, no information is given on country of origin, but it would be worth asking where there men’s clothes are made. The video below starts with the words “made in England” so perhaps Anthony Sinclair suits are or were made in England? They also sell ready made items, some of which at least such as Corgi socks, Albert Thurston braces, and Ettinger wallets, are UK made. To celebrate the upcoming production of the next 007 film ‘Bond 24′ (due for cinema release Autumn 2015) Anthony Sinclair are selling knitted ties. Country of origin is not stated on their website and disappointingly they have told me (7/10/14) that all these ties are made in Italy. – http://www.anthonysinclair.com
Tom Ford was Bond’s tailor for the 2008 movie Quantum of Solace and the 2012 movie SkyFall, but again there is no information on country of origin on their website. you could ask if anything they sell for men and women is made in Britain, but their glasses for example are certainly not – http://www.tomford.com
Benson & Clegg hold a Royal Warrant to His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales and point out that their most famous customer was probably His Royal Highness King George VI. Their blazer buttons are made in England. Their braces are made in England. Their cufflink boxes are made in England. They do gentleman’s bespoke tailoring and ready to wear. Tailoring seems to take place in the UK, but do not bother to say whether they use UK made fabrics, threads and buttons. Country of origin is not generally given for the their ready to wear collection either. As such it is likely be that much of what Benson & Clegg sell is manufactured abroad, but you could ask (they have a shop in London) – http://www.bensonandclegg.com
Kent, Haste and Lachter men’s tailors and shirt makers appear to use some British cloth and make in Britain, but best to check before buying where the cloth and accessories comes from and where the garment will be made – http://kenthaste.co.uk
Sims and MacDonald men’s tailors say on their website that “garments are made mainly from English cloths, sewn by our tailors in London and cut on the premises in Lambs Conduit Street” – http://www.simsandmacdonald.com
Lutwyche luxury Ready-To-Wear, Made-To-Measure and Bespoke men’s tailoring is all made in their workshop in England. Founded in 2000, Lutwyche acquired their own workshop in 2006. Based in Crewe, they have a shop in London and concessions in the USA and Switzerland – http://www.lutwyche.co.uk
Favourbrook were established in 1990 and have shops in London. They do Ready-to-Wear, Made-to-Order and Made-to-Measure clothes for men and women. Made in England dressing gowns, smoking jackets, waistcoats, velvet jackets, morning coats, ties, cravats, dresses, etc. a lot of which seem to be made in the UK. They also sell foreign made items such as foreign made shirts – http://favourbrook.com
Gieves & Hawkes, founded in 1771, are a London tailor, seller of off-the-peg clothes and supplier of military clothing and are holders of all 3 Royal Warrants. There are very few mentions of country of origin for any ready-made products, although a few items do mention made in England or made in Italy. Most products seem to be foreign made, but you may find some UK made clothes. It is very hard to locate made in the UK items on their website, but as Royal Warrant holder you would hope they do sell at least some British made clothes. They do not say if their bespoke tailoring takes place in England or if they use British milled cloth. Likewise with their military section on their website, they fail to give information about country of origin. Rather poor information for such an established firm. Gieves & Hawkes are owned by a Hong Kong company (they don’t tell you that on their website either) – http://www.gievesandhawkes.com
Darcy Clothing (formerly The Vintage Shirt Company) specialise in the supply of replicas of men’s period clothing. They do not manufacture themselves. Some items they sell are UK made though, such as some braces, knitwear, collar studs, a few separate collars, some hats, some waistcoats, dress studs, some bow ties (which are realistically priced too), sock suspenders, elasticated snake belts, some scarves, Victorian bow ties, some cravats, some socks, and some trousers (including trousers designed to be worn with braces). Many products on the Darcy Clothing website are foreign made, but those that are made in the UK are clearly marked as such. Online only, but you can make an appointment to try on in Lewes.
Another place selling hard to find menswear items from a time when a Gentleman knew how to dress is Fogey Unlimited. Braces, sock suspenders, cravats, waistcoats, traditional underwear, stiff collars etc. New items and a few vintage items. Be selective though, because by no means is everything they sell made in the UK. They also have an eBay shop and they even sell British Gentlemen’s bi-monthly journal The Chap Magazine (current issues and back issues) – http://www.fogeyunlimited.co.uk
Old Town is a British clothing manufacturer producing approximately 50 hand made garments per week from their own workshop, using British cottons, woollens and linens wherever possible. For men and women. Garments are made to order and available via the internet / telephone and in their shop and workshop at 49 Bull Street, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6HP. They say it is advisable to telephone first before visiting. Some items are also on sale at Labour and Wait, 85, Redchurch St., London E2. Occasionally they are also have a London showroom. They make ties, belts, hats, braces, knitwear, bags, scarves, jackets, trousers, high-rise trousers, waistcoats, jerkins, coats, skirts, dresses, shirts, and aprons. As well as handmade workwear, Old Town also make fabrics and wallpaper, which are available at St. Jude’s. St.jude’s is an internet/mail order business or stockists are listed on their website. On their website they say that all their fabrics and wallpapers are printed in Britain.
Lochcarron is a Scottish men’s and women’s kilts, knitwear, scarves, gifts, stoles, throws, fabrics, and accessories manufacturer in the Scottish Border towns of Selkirk, Hawick and Langholm and is as far as I gather is all made in Scotland. On their website it says “Kilts, fabric, scarves gifts, stole, throws & much much more! All Made in Scotland from classic tartans to contemporary plaids…” and “We are all proud that we prepare, weave & finish our fabrics & accessories in Scotland”. Their history dates back to 1892 and they weave tartan, knitwear and tweed clothing from natural fibres – http://www.lochcarron.co.uk
Hector Russell menswear and womenswear have 2 shops in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow (formerly RG Lawrie) and one in Inverness and their online shop and Hector Russell products are for sale in some other stores. Their kilts are manufactured in Scotland. The stores also do kilt hire. Hector Russell belong to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd (see below). Their headwear is also made in Scotland, as are their Sgian Dubh (a Sgian Dubh is a small, single-edged knife and is often worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt), cufflinks, kilt pins, kilt skirts, and their Sporrans. Whether anything else they sell is UK made or not is hard to tell from their website, so you will want to check before buying. I suspect much of what they sell may be foreign made – http://www.hector-russell.com
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill sometimes have British made caps and other products in their stores. You’ll need to visit one of their shops, for example in Windsor, and check the products themselves because they do not give country of origin on their website and sadly these days most (but not all) of their products are foreign made and some of their products have no country of origin labels at all (which means they are foreign made). Menswear and womenswear – http://www.ewm.co.uk
Hunters of Brora was founded in 1901 and used to have their own mill in Sutherland but sadly that closed in 2003. However, the company has been re-lauched and now they are sourcing fabric from other Scottish mills. Looking around their site they are selling tweed made in Scotland by the metre, cartridge bags and gun slips, and tweed hats and caps (however it does not say these are made in Scotland, so they are very likely foreign made) – http://www.hunterstweed.com
Gilinix say on their website that they use British made tweeds and that “are proud to support British manufacturing and local designers”. On their Facebook they say about the company “Exclusive & British made tweed gilets, individually tailored ladies clothing in tweed along with new summer linen silk collection, leather accessories and oodles of cashmere colours”. They have a shop in Worcester or you can buy from their website. Looking around their website though it is just a very few of their ladies Tweed Gilets, tweed jackets, jumpers, a tweed filofax cover, a leather key fob and a feather napkin ring that are made in the UK. Everything else must be foreign made because they do not give country of origin for these other products – http://www.gilinix.co.uk
Jack Wills occasionally sell a few things that are made in Britain, but not very many. They do for example sell a limited range of British made shoes made for them by NPS. On their website they have a ‘made in the UK” section, which is good. Most of their products are foreign made though. The made in Great Britain section is rather small – http://www.jackwills.com
John Lewis. The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) have a range of products on sale in their department stores that are made in the UK, but most JLP products are foreign made. Disappointingly John Lewis do not always label their products with the country of origin and where this is the case the products in question are foreign made. JLP still have quite a way to go, as most of the products in their stores are foreign made but deserve special mention for trying to sell more British made products. Clothes wise, you won’t find many made in the UK clothes in John Lewis, but you may find some British made shoes, coats, ties and suchlike. Much of their food in Waitrose is sourced and packaged in the UK and their have clear buy British policy. As always though, in JLP / Waitrose, check where the things you buy are sourced and packaged and try to buy British where possible – http://www.johnlewis.com
Founded in 1971, Reiss sell menswear, womenswear and accessories. They have a number of shops and a website. However, Reiss “stopped manufacturing in the UK ten years ago” and these days get factories in countries like Romania to make for them.
Duchamp London was founded in 1989. Their cufflinks are made in Birmingham, England and their ties are made in England too. Their shirts seem to all be foreign made; occasionally it seems they use British made fabrics for suiting and jackets but everything I have seen has been Italian and their jackets, suits and waistcoats are foreign made; their knitwear is foreign made; their trousers are foreign made; their outerwear is foreign made; their hankies are foreign made; their belts are foreign made; their socks are foreign made; and finally their scarves and gloves (using British leather) are made in England. So, it’s Duchamp for scarves, gloves, cufflinks and ties and nothing else – http://www.duchamplondon.com
Cordings of Piccadilly is a renowned establishment for British country clothing and tailoring for men and women. They have a shop in London or you can buy online. Some of their products are made in Britain and they have a “made in Britain” section on their website. Only some of their menswear is British made; all ladies clothes and other menswear are foreign made. As of 8th April 2015 I found on their website British made men’s outerwear, cufflinks, a thermos flask cover, bags, ties, trousers, plus-fours, padded jackets, knitwear, scarves, hats and caps – http://www.cordings.co.uk
S.E.H Kelly makes garments with the makers of the British Isles. Jackets, shirts, knitwear, trousers, scarves. Cloths are sourced from an assortment of regional mills, and garments are cut, sewn, and finished by hand by a handful of workrooms and factories, many of them specialist makers of one particular type of garment. Buttons and the like are made bespoke in the old ways of one-man establishments. Everything is made in the British Isles, and as such some products may be made in Southern Ireland. Shipping is free. Available online and at certain times their London workroom is open to allow you to try clothes on – http://www.sehkelly.com
Some Dashing Tweeds menswear products are made in the UK, for example their reflective cycling caps and their urban caps. For other products check country of origin before buying. Products are available online or they have a shop in London. They use a number of British milled fabrics but not all products are actually manufactured in the UK. Country of origin is rarely stated against individual products, so you will have to ask – http://www.dashingtweeds.co.uk
Sir Plus sell UK made silk and cashmere scarves. In the past they have also sold UK made baseball caps. They also have other great UK made men’s and ladies clothing such as dressing gowns, socks, men’s and ladies boxer shorts, Nehru jackets and waistcoats, Austrian Hunting Jackets, waistcoats, t-shirts, knitwear, scarves, pocket squares, knitwear, cravats, etc. All products appear to be made in the UK. For some products they use “Cabbage“. Some products use foreign milled cloth. They have a shop on Savile Row in London – http://www.sirplus.co.uk
Aquascutum menswear and womenswear was established in 1851. The former Royal Warrant holding company was family owned until 1990 and since then has had various owners and went bankrupt in 2012. It is now Chinese owned. They have various stores and concessions. Aquascutum used to make pretty much all their clothes in the UK. Today Aquascutum try to to trade on their so called “Britishness” but they do not give country of origin on their website for anything, so I assume everything in the new Aquascutum is foreign made despite the fact that it is still not cheap – http://www.aquascutum.com
After bankruptcy in 2012 the Aquascutum brand name was sold to a Chinese company and 3 months later the old Aquascutum factory in Corby, Northamptonshire was purchased by Swaine Adeney Brigg and the factory re-opened (albeit with less employees). The factory, now calling itself The Clothing Works, hoped to re-invent itself as one of the biggest Cut, Make and Trim (CMT) units in Britain. They hoped to continue to manufacture for Aquascutum and for others such as Marks and Spencer. Since this article the story of the old Aquascutum factory has been unclear. Possibly they were sold again and became Korisby Ltd and possibly they have gone bankrupt again. Sadly it seems Swaine Adeney Brigg or anyone else did not make a go of keeping the factory open. Swaine Adeney Brigg make no mention of the acquisition on their website. There was also talk of Private White wanting to buy the old Aquascutum factory but that did not seem to come off. This article from a former UK clothing brand confirms the factory has now sadly closed.
Swaine Adeney Brigg is a celebrated maker of leather goods, umbrellas, hats and other luxury items – consisting of Herbert Johnson hats (some made in the UK), Papworth luggage (made in UK), Swaine Adeney leather goods (made in the UK) and Brigg umbrellas (made in the UK, although the the umbrella frames (the key component of any umbrella) are manufactured in China; as is the case with all “UK made” umbrellas nowadays) – http://www.swaineadeneybrigg.com
Private White VC clothing is all made in Britain. On 8th November 2014 Stolly from Private White VC tweeted me and said “@BritishGoods @PrivateWhiteVC is made in Britain and in our London shops ever item is #British from hat to shoes . Oh and the coats are fab” and on 1April 2015 Stolly from Private White VC tweeted “Everything @PrivateWhiteVC sells is made in Britain not now and then ALWAYS”. Private White V.C. make their garments for men and now women in their own factory in Manchester, England where for the past 100 years they have been manufacturing luxury garments using only the finest regionally sourced British fabrics & materials. Private White V.C. is the in-house label of what was known as Cooper & Stollbrand in Manchester. Presumably they still make clothes for other labels. Private White V.C. had a shop in London at 46 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden at one point but now their shops are at 55 Lamb’s Conduit Street,Bloomsbury and 73 Duke Street, Mayfair. Other stockists are listed on their website and include Mr Porter (online), Harrods, John Lewis, and Beams in Japan. Simply fabulous clothing!
The now renamed Private White VC used to just supply garments to other labels (brands such as Aquascutum, Burberry, Paul Smith outerwear, Virgin Atlantic Airways uniforms, gas suits for the Gulf War, uniforms for heads of state, schoolwear for Harrods, etc.). With orders fast disappearing as the people they supplied to sought cheaper Chinese made garments, the company was close by bankruptcy in 2008. In 2009 Cooper & Stollbrand (Private White VC as it now called) was purchased by James Eden, the founder Jack White’s great grandchild and it has since gone from strength to strength. The Manchester factory’s new strategy was to focus on the high end market, build online worldwide distribution, and create a Private White own brand rather than just supply clothing to already existing labels.
Originally founded in 1917, today called Private White VC. They have a factory shop in Manchester, at their Cottenham House factory. The brand utilises the British materials and craftsmanship, sourcing fabrics from local mills where possible. Many of the materials, including Private White VC’s own signature cloth, are made at Mallalieu’s, of Delph, in Oldham, only a few miles from the factory (see above), while the yarn is sourced from Gledhill’s across the valley (again see above). Private White V.C. are specialists in outerwear; making jackets and coats in locally sourced waxed cotton (made from waxed cotton supplied by The British Millerain Company in some cases), wool, Ventile® and more. You’ll also find British-made knitwear, jersey, footwear and accessories. Some products, such as their Inis Meáin sweaters are made in Southern Ireland. They also stock Flint Plus Flint skincare products which are made in England and made in England t-shirts, John Smedley, Scott Nichol’s socks, Pantherella socks, made in England trousers, Sunspel boxer shorts (which are foreign made), Cheaney boots, foreign made t-shirts, Liberty print hankies (made in their factory), made in England leather goods, and made in England flat caps.
Six Whiting Street (online and a shop in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England; who stock some British made clothes) went to visit the Private White VC factory and wrote about that visit in April 2015 – http://www.sixwhitingstreet.co.uk
Jaeger (former owners of Aquascutum) womenswear and menswear was established in 1884 by Dr Gustav Jaeger, who believed wearing wool and other natural fabrics next to the skin improved health. It briefly had a heyday in the Seventies, with flared trousers and capes and coats, but fell out of fashion. Shortly afterwards, in 1982, Jaeger sadly abandoned manufacturing in the UK, and now mostly makes its clothes in China. Historically Jaeger sold pretty much exclusively British-made garments. The company was bought by Coats Paton – later Coats Viyella – in 1967 and has had various owners since. Currently the brand is owned by a company called Better Capital. You can buy online and they have a couple of shops in London. They used to have concessions in some department stores but I am not sure if they still do. In Wikipedia it is reported that “in 2014 Jaeger announced it would be increasing its UK sourcing to return the company to its historic reliance on UK factory production (a marker for the brand until 2000) aiming to produce 10-15 per cent of ranges in the UK by autumn 2014.” The Telegraph also reported this although it quotes 5-10% and that they want to move more production to Turkey, Italy and Portugal as well as the UK. Hopefully it is true, but they do not give any country of origin information on their website and I could not find any UK made Jaeger products on their website (as of 9th April 2015), so everything Jaeger sell appears to be foreign made – http://www.jaeger.co.uk
Austin Reed was founded in 1900 and known for its menswear. Austin Reed also owns the Viyella brand and CC (rebranded from Country Casuals) chains of fashion stores. They have a number of stores and you can buy online. Historically all three companies sold pretty much exclusively British-made garments. Today (9th April 2015) non of the Austin Reed group websites give any country of origin information at all and sadly it must be assumed everything in Austin Reed, Viyella and Country Casuals is foreign made these days. Viyella is a registered trademark of Austin Reed, distributed under licence by M2C2 (see below); shirts, knitwear and socks; their socks are made for them in England but I think that is about it – http://www.austinreed.co.uk
Burberry Group plc (sometimes Burberrys) is a British luxury brand, distributing outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics. Its distinctive tartan pattern has become one of its most widely copied trademarks. The company has branded stores, franchises around the world and concessions. Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have granted the company Royal Warrants, which have been maintained despite Burberry’s closure of its factory in Wales. Although Burberry promotes its British connection, according to the Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, as of July 2012, Burberry maintains only two production facilities in Great Britain, one in Castleford producing raincoats, and a smaller one in Keighley. On the website they do give vague and in most instances useless country of origin information with words such as “imported”, “made in Italy” and “made in Europe”. Their “Heritage” range of trenchcoats are still made in England and their “Heritage” range of scarves are still made in Scotland, so I assume the factories in Castleford and Keighley remain open. UK made items are labelled as such on their website. They mention “Fabrics and other materials are sourced from, and finished products manufactured at, both Company-owned facilities in the UK and through an external supplier network, predominantly located in Europe” on their corporate website. Aside from a few trenchcoats and scarves, little if anything else from Burberry is made in the UK – http://uk.burberry.com – http://www.burberryplc.com
Paul Smith. From an article in the Australian – “When I first started out, nearly the whole collection was made here because my quantities were so tiny, so I was making with little workrooms rather than factories,” says British designer Paul Smith. Since launching his namesake label in 1970, Paul Smith has evolved into a radically larger business, today operating about 2000 points of sale around the world and thus the need for larger manufacturing operations became apparent. “Over time, so many of those bigger factories closed down or moved away and everyone was looking to the Far East. But luckily in the past two or three years we’ve started to be able to make (our products) here again.”
On the Paul Smith website it says “the Paul Smith collections are primarily produced in England and Italy while the fabrics used are mainly of Italian, French and British origin”. “Each and every Paul Smith shop is totally different, from a shocking pink building with movie set styling on Melrose Avenue, LA, to a Japanese garden at the heart of the Jingumae store in Tokyo”. They have many shops and concessions throughout the world.
All this sounds great and I have seen some lovely Paul Smith made in the UK items in the shops, but it is not all good. Only sometimes is country of origin is given against individual products (under “info and care” or “info”). On their website today (10/4/15) I found UK made Paul Smith some men’s socks, a cricket ball ornament, some ties, and some notebooks. That was it! The vast majority of products I found though were made in Italy and occasionally Spain and France. One could be forgiven for assuming that Paul Smith is an Italian brand – http://www.paulsmith.co.uk
Margaret Howell menswear and ladieswear make some products in the UK, for example some shirts. Margaret Howell shirts that are made in London at their factory are labelled as such on their website. For other products, which are presumably foreign made, as often as not they do not bother to give country of origin. Also, looking around the website today (10/4/15) I found some Margaret Howell shoes, socks and scarves that are made in the UK. I already knew some Margaret Howell shirts were made in England and was disappointed it is not all of them and how little made in the UK clothing there is from Margaret Howell. Some Margaret Howell blankets and some Margaret Howell Ercol furniture is made in the UK. Other Margaret Howell house products are foreign made – http://www.margarethowell.co.uk
John Smedley make and sell pullovers (jumpers / sweaters), shirts, cardigans, accessories, scarves, socks and the like for men and women. I don’t think they make underwear anymore. They have a shop in London and a factory (and factory shop) in Matlock, Derbyshire, England. All their products are made in the UK. John Smedley mostly use mostly wool sourced from New Zealand and cotton. Great quality – http://www.johnsmedley.com
Grosvenor Shirts owns a factory in the United Kingdom where they make all of the company’s shirts, boxer shorts and nightwear. All of their accessories are designed in house and made in their factory in Strabane, Northern Ireland. Shirts are ready to wear or made to measure. They also make their own polo shirts, rugby shirts, collar stays, collar stays holder, cummerbunds, cufflinks, and ties in the UK. They also make some women’s shirts and boys shirts, again in the UK. Available online or they have a store on Jermyn Street. Some items like their jackets, trousers and belts are foreign made. Country of origin is clearly stated against products on their website. They have a shop in London. They have been granted a Royal Warrant to HM The Queen. Founded in 1999 – http://www.grosvenorshirts.com
Universal Works sell a few made in the UK menswear items, available from various small retailers mostly. Unfortunately country of origin is not generally given in their website and it is hard to identify which items are UK made from their website. The items made in the UK I could identify, mostly from their journal section, as of April 2015, were own branded – some socks (including their Ace Hotel collaboration socks) are made in England; some denim jeans (made from denim produced in Portugal and made near Nottingham) and denim shirts (made in London, again using Portuguese made denim); and a collaboration with Walsh trainers – http://www.universalworks.co.uk
Crombie (part of the Hartley Group) say on their website that the majority of fabrics used in their coats are milled in England and Scotland, but some are milled in Italy. They do not bother to give information about where the fabric is milled in the information about individual coats on their website. Neither do they specify where production takes place for their coats. I have written to ask them, but they have not responded. Peter Capaldi as the latest Doctor wears a Crombie made to measure overcoat. Some of their trousers are English made, I assume everything else is foreign made. They stress the Britishness of their clothing on their website, but heir suits are made from Italian milled fabrics. They say that 80% of their accessories are “Made in England”, and for their accessories they do say country of origin on their website. Crombie ties are made in England, as are their scarves, cufflinks, wallets, and umbrellas (not the frames of course) – http://www.crombie.co.uk
Dunn & Co was a well known British chain of menswear retailers. They ceased trading in 1996. They made great suits, like this one which is 100% wool and made in England.
Some of the best places to buy British made clothes on the high street such as Dunn and Co, Jacksons of Reading, etc are now long gone.
Marlsbro were a company that was around in the 50’s and 60’s and possibly later, but sadly have now gone. I have one of their overcoats (a Marlsbro Tweedsman) and it is a beautiful quality hand tailored garment, made in England.
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Founded in 1977 Drake’s menswear products are either made in Italy or the UK. All their ties and bow ties are made in England. They also offer a bespoke tie service. Their Cleeve brand of shirts is made in the UK (at the former Rayner and Sturges shirt factory in Somerset; see below). They also do bespoke and private label shirts. Their knitwear is British made. Their cufflinks are made in England. Their braces are made in England. Their knitted hats are British made. Their knitted gloves are British made, but their leather gloves are foreign made. Their horn accessories are made in England. Their umbrellas are made in England (see my umbrellas article though). Their throws are British made. Their cumber bands are made in England. Some of their scarves are British made (others are foreign made). Some of their leather accessories are made in England, while other are foreign made. Their handkerchiefs, socks, belts, trousers, sunglasses, DVDs, and polo shirts are all foreign made. The ‘heritage‘ section on their website offers some sound simple fashion advice for gentlemen. Since July 2010 Drake’s, which was started in 1977 by Michael Drake and two partners, has been owned by Mark Cho, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, with managing director Michael Hill as a shareholder. Cho owns The Armoury, one of the best menswear stores in Hong Kong. They have a shop in London or you can online – http://www.drakes.com
Rayner & Sturges was an independent factory in the UK making quality shirts for others. Other notable ones, such as Turnbull & Asser and Emma Willis in Gloucester, and Hilditch & Key’s operation in Scotland, do not make for other brands.
When the Rayner & Sturges factory in Chard, Somerset, was sold to upmarket British men’s accessories brand Drake’s, they acquired the Rayner & Sturges order book, the equipment, the factory lease and Cleeve of London, the luxury shirt brand that has been produced there since the late 1950s.
Around 35 people work in the in the former Rayner & Sturges factory in Chard. The factory makes shirts for brands such as Ede & Ravenscroft, Crombie and Dunhill with cut, make and trim (CMT) prices starting at about £28 (2013; according to the article in Drapers about one of the former Rayner & Sturges Directors facing fraud charges, from which I got a lot of the information here about Rayner & Sturges). Drake’s plans to build up annual production from the 25,000 shirts produced in 2013. “We will continue to manufacture private label, both fully factored and CMT, as well as continuing to make bespoke shirts” Michael Hill, MD at Drake’s; again from the Drapers article).
In 2013 Rayner & Sturges sold their factory near Chatham, Kent, to Mustard Ties (see below), which supplies neckwear to brands such as Jack Wills, John Lewis, Paul Smith, Cordings, Crombie and Acne (a Swedish company). This was the part of Rayner & Sturges trading as Cravats of London (who formerly manufactured their ties in Newbury Berkshire, then Chard in Somerset, and then in in Brompton Kent). Cravats of London was established in 1947 and made ties for both private and own labels. They sourced from weavers and printers in England and Italy. They made ties, bow ties, cravats, handkerchiefs and scarves.
Mustard Ties supplies neckwear to brands such as Jack Wills, John Lewis, Paul Smith, Cordings, Crombie, REISS, DUCHAMP London, Elimar, and Acne. They apparently welcome visitors to their factory in Brompton, Kent. Trade only. According to their website, “most Mustard ties are made in England from silk woven or printed in England”. As well as hand made, hand finished and machine made neck ties they produce bow ties and scarves, cravats, cummerbunds, silk handkerchiefs and waistcoats. Mustard ties can be made on a CMT or fully-factored basis, own brand or private label. They also do wedding ties, corporate ties and tie restoration. Like Cravats of London they source from weavers and printers in England and abroad. It appears Mustard have dropped the Cravats of London name – https://mustardties.wordpress.com
One of the last remaining English silk weavers is Stephen Walters who began weaving silk in Spitalfields before relocating to Sudbury, Suffolk where they are still weaving today. They also weave in linen, cotton, cashmere and wool. All design and production takes place in-house, at their mill in Suffolk. Trade only – http://www.stephenwalters.co.uk
Both Woods of Shropshire and Monsieur London clearly state that the Atkinsons ties and bow ties they sell are made in the UK; in Northern Ireland. The Atkinsons website does not confirm this, only stating that they are suppliers of ties, although they do mention a factory in passing in their history section. I wrote to ask whether they make the ties themselves and if so where are they made and their response was “we make most of our ties here in Newtownabbey”. That’s good but you will still want to check with them whether a particular tie is made in the UK because country of origin information is not given on their website (or look at the label presumably) – http://www.atkinsonsties.com
Monsieur London is owned by 2 Frenchmen; hence the name I guess and their website is available in both English and French. Monsieur London sell a range of ties made in Northern Ireland by Atkinsons, and handkerchiefs made in Northern Ireland. They also sell flat caps made in Scotland, some made in England ties, made in England braces, socks made in England, made in England belts, made in England handkerchiefs (pocket squares), cufflinks made in England, and a made in England key fob. Their other products are foreign made. They also have a range of scarves labeled as being English merino wool, made using a Swedish loom and made in (Southern) Ireland. At times country of origin on their website is confused. For example there is a white handkerchief shown as being made in Northern Ireland but in the picture its label clearly says made in England. As such I suggest checking country of origin before purchase. Monsieur London goods are available online and they have a shop in London – http://en.monsieurlondon.com
I understand Tie Rack (who used to sell some British made ties as well as foreign made ties) has now closed its retail shops. When I looked on the morning of 28/1/15, their website was not working and neither was it working on 11/5/15.
Wrexham Club Ties are ties are all made in the UK, from European sourced fabrics. Plain black clip-on ties, tartan ties, plain black ties, funeral ties (for children and adults), plain clip-on ties, school ties, workwear ties, plain ties, stripped ties, patterned ties, cravats, children’s elasticated bow ties, plain epaulets, ladies work cravats, ruches, Union Jack pre-tied bow ties, Hogwarts ties, handkerchieves, football club ties, pre-tied bow ties, clip-on pre-tied bow ties, St Trinian’s ties, extra-long ties, Tower Bridge ties, other novelty and seasonal ties, cummerbunds, and more. Realistically priced. Available on eBay.
Based in Wrexham, North Wales, Wrexham Club Ties have been in business and manufacturing fine neckwear over 30 years and all of their products are manufactured on site. They specialise in producing corporate custom ties, which include company motifs woven into the cloth. They also produce a massive number of ties for many schools in the UK, and fashion ties sold through eBay or via their website. As they are a manufacturer, they are capable of producing virtually anything a customer may require, including standard ties, clip on ties, skinny ties, bow ties and cravats. Customers can even send a standard tie to them for conversion into a clip on tie.
Jacquard Weaving Company Limited will produce your club or corporate design woven in the finest detail. 100% manufactured in the UK woven badges, labels, epaulettes, pennants, ties (traditional or “Clip On”, bows and ruffles) plus they can customise polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and the like and uniform clothing with woven badges permanently attached, or fully embroidered designs. They also have eBay shop stocking many “off the shelf” badges etc at http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Badges-Patches-and-Things – http://www.jacquard.co.uk
Ingles Buchan tartan accessories and fabrics are, as far as I can gather from their website (which it says is under construction; as of January 2015), all made in Scotland – ties, scarves, bow ties, sashes, stoles, shawls, headsquares, tams, golf caps, cummerbunds, travel rugs, crest ties, tweed ties and a range of silk products; with over 500 different tartans to chose from. They are not for sale on their website but you can find their product in some shops and on the internet – http://inglesbuchan.com
W.Lees ( Walsall ) Ltd ‘Outlook’ branded clip-on braces, button braces, belts, and western belts are all as far as I am aware made in England (all the Outlook and Tex braces I have seen have been made in England in any case). their braces come in a wide range of colours and sizes. Their website is trade only, but their products are available in good menswear shops and online, for example at British Braces. In the late nineties, the company bought the trademark Tex (Braces) and now manufactures this brand too – http://www.wlees.co.uk
Albert Thurston braces are all, at least as far as I am aware based on the ones I have seen, made in England. Prices on their website are only in US$ but at checkout you can select a different currency such as British Pounds Sterling. Also available online and in menswear shops – http://www.albertthurston.com
Sharp and Dapper ties are woven in China or Italy and then sewn together in the UK. A couple of ties on their site are labelled as made in the UK, but looking at the other ties on their site I think all their ties are only finished in the UK. They point out that Knitted and Grenadine ties were a favourite accessory to Sean Connery’s James Bond. Also made in England are their sleeve-garters (armbands), shirt-stays, braces, pocket squares (handkerchiefs). Their other products are all foreign made – http://www.sharpanddapper.com
Smart Turnout London sells men’s accessories and clothing inspired by the regimental and sporting traditions of the British Army, and schools and universities. You can find some British made products on their website and in their London shop at 169 Piccadilly, and at stockists. They also had a shop in St Pancras Station but I am not sure if it is still there. They sell British made socks, button braces, cufflinks, cummerbunds, cricket caps, some scarves, some jumpers, cricket jumpers, some belts, and bow ties. Prices on their website default to US Dollars, but you can change prices into other currencies such as Pounds Sterling. Country of origin is sometimes given on their website and their products which are not labelled as British made are foreign made – http://www.smartturnout.com
Rael Brook shirts, accessories and pyjamas are as far as I know made abroad these days, as no country of origin information is given on their website. I have written to ask them where they manufacture and await an answer but they used to manufacture in England, for example they had a factory in Walthamstow, London and another in New Cross, London. Here is an advert for their non-iron shirts from I guess the 1960s.
Double Two shirts are no longer manufactured in the UK. To quote from the companies website: “In more recent years, production in the UK has become extremely expensive and the Group has gradually moved its production offshore and now manufactures throughout the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. Only repairs and alterations are now done at Wakefield, although some garments also have embroidered logos added there.” At least Double Two are honest about this on their website and all credit to them for that. Their shirts are still of a good quality.
Van Heusen shirts are no longer manufactured or sold in the UK.
As far as I remember Arrow Shirts used to be manufactured in the UK, but I don’t think this is the case now and, like Van Heusen, as far as I know they are no longer available in the UK.
Coles Shirtmakers Limited were founded 1878. They were taken over in 2008 by Amicus Capital Partners, who also owned Glenaden Shirts Limited. However, despite the sheer size of their operation in Northern Ireland, Glenaden / Coles ceased trading in 2008. The BBC point out that at one point 10,000 people worked in more than 30 shirt factories in Derry. Companies like Glenaden and other companies such as Tillie and Henderson, were major employers in the area. The Tillie and Henderson former factory, a listed building, was demolished after a fire in 2003 and a hotel is now planned for the former shirt factory site at Abercorn Road, Tillie’s Brae and Foyle Road. Tillie and Henderson closed down in the 1970s. I have not been able to find a picture of a Tillie and Henderson shirt.
W.H. Taylor Shirtmakers (the current trading name of Coles Distribution Limited; who were possibly a former subsidiary of Glenaden Shirts Limited), were established in 2006, and were a distributor of Coles shirts and later Glenaden Shirts. This company still sell shirts, but I assume from the lack of country of origin information, their shirts are now all foreign made. For their ties however, they say they “all of our ties are made out of 100% Pure Silk which is woven in England” and that they “hand make each tie in England”, so it appears their ties are still made in England, seemingly by them but I suspect by someone else – http://www.whtshirtmakers.com
W.H. Taylor (above) also stock Acorn Fabrics (suppliers of shirting fabric), who still have some of their fabrics weaved in the UK, although they then send them for finishing in Europe and then bring them back to the UK again for sale and distribution – http://www.acornfabrics.com
The Regency Shirt Company (part of m2c2 Ltd), own iconic brands such as Viyella (Viyella is a registered trademark of Austin Reed, distributed under licence by M2C2; shirts, knitwear and socks; their socks are made for them in England), Peter England (shirts), Rocola (dress shirts and dress accessories), and Tootal (nightwear, knitwear, Pyramid cotton handkerchiefs, pocket squares and scarfs (they sell a few made in England scarfs), but as far as I can tell the vast majority of their production is now abroad. I have written to ask them if they maintain any production in the UK, but they have not responded – http://regencyshirtcompany.co.uk
White Hart London is a company founded in 2012 “from a desire to bring back high quality manufacturing to the UK we have sourced, restored and shipped vintage Union Specials and Japanese Juki shirt machinery from Hong Kong to create a production line that can produce shirts of a quality previously not available in the UK”. They make shirts for other brands – http://whitehartlondon.co.uk
Emma Willis have a factory in Gloucester in England where they make their gentlemen’s luxury shirts, boxer shorts, pyjamas, dressing gowns and walking socks. All of their trimmings and components are sourced in England but that does not necessarily mean the trimmings and components used are made in England. Emma Willis goods are available in their London Jermyn Street Shop, and online at Mr Porter and emmawillis.com. They also do bespoke shirts. They also sell English made ties that are made in London and can make bespoke ties at their Gloucester site. Country of origin is not shown on their website for their handkerchiefs and socks, so I assume they are foreign made (it might be worth checking this as the factory section on their website does talk about making walking socks in Gloucester, Mr Porter describes her hankies as English made, and their twitter does say everything is “made in her English Factory”). Their cufflinks are made in London. Their jumpers and scarves are made in Scotland.
Mr Porter (online). As well as selling items from Emma Willis and Private White VC, I also found on their site today (11th April 2015) British made items such as Grenson shoes, Paul Smith socks, Corgi socks, a John Smedley cardigan, Marwood ties, Turnbull and Asser hankies, Thom Browne made in England shoes (Thom Browne is an American brand), Lutwyche suits (see above), Globe Trotter luggage, Drakes ties, Pantherella socks, London Undercover umbrellas, Favourbrook waistcoats, etc. and there is other British made clothing on the site too, as well as British made products from companies such as renowned chemists DR Harris. Of course most items on the site are not British made. They offer a a free collection service for returns and exchanges, but they do charge for delivery.
Mr Porter also have a collaboration with the makers of the film Kingsman: The Secret Service (released February 2015) with (mostly) British made clothing based around costumes used in the film branded Kingsman. The collection includes overcoats, suits. jackets, trousers, pocket squares, a waxed cotton jacket, boots, shoes, shirts, ties, jumpers, cardigans, dressing gowns, pyjamas, wash bags, slippers, a smoking jacket, cufflinks, a key ring, etc; made by some of Britain’s best makers. Good stuff. Please note that in the write-ups they describe Dormeuil as a British mill, whereas it is French, Cutler and Gross glasses are made in Italy.
Hilditch and Key have premises at 37 and 73 Jermyn Street and their menswear products are available on their website. They sell shirts, ties, sleepwear, clothing and accessories and were founded in 1899. Since 1989 their products have also been available in some of the world’s leading department stores and since 1993 in select menswear shops in the UK. Many Hilditch & Key shirts are manufactured in their own factory in Scotland, although their linen and causal shirts are made in Italy. Hilditch & Key classic ties are made made in the UK. I am not sure about their other ties. Their handkerchiefs have the words “printed in England” on them and are presumably of foreign manufacture. Their knitwear is made in Great Britain. Their braces are made in England. Their gloves are made in England. All their other clothing and accessories are foreign made. Goods made in the UK are clearly labelled as such on the items and sometimes on their website. No made in the UK label equals foreign made. Bates hats, who are in their shop in London, are generally foreign made these days.
Ben Sherman (now American owned) have in recent years sold a few made in England shirts and such, but all I could find today (13th April 2015) on their website that was made in England were a couple of pairs of made in England braces.
Brannie Ties (club ties, corporate ties, school ties, Masonic ties, etc; minimum order quantity 25) manufacture their ties in the UK and China. Unfortunately they do not specify country of origin on their website, but you could ask for your ties to be made in the UK I guess – http://www.brannieties.co.uk
Mrs Bow Tie is a Hampshire-based maker of – you guessed it – bow ties. They have a selection of ready-tied and self-tie adjustable ties, and a range of styles and colours including a section for novelty bow ties, where you can find tributes to those worn by Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor Who. The company also provides a range of skinny and standard width neck ties marketed under the Mr Skinny brand, pocket squares, a range of wedding ties, bow ties, cravats and pocket squares marketed under the The Grooms Company brand and – interestingly enough – collars for dogs. The brand is owned by Threadster Limited. Threadster was founded in 2012. Their tagline is “Threadster : Fashion made in England”. They say they have “brought everything under one roof” including manufacturing, and all their products appear to be made in England. Prices are very reasonable.
Magties accessories say on their website that every single piece is hand made in their London studio. As well as bespoke pieces for the bridal industry, Film and TV, and tailors, they make and sell off-the-shelf pieces such as neckties, bow ties, scarves, cufflinks, pocket squares (handkerchiefs) and tie bags – http://www.magties.co.uk
An English Hand ties, belts, cufflinks, wash bags and a canvas bag are all “made by hand entirely in the British Isles”. Note their messenger bag is foreign made (which rather contradicts the statement that their products are made by hand entirely in the British Isles). Their ties, belts and cufflinks are all made in England, as is their canvas tote bag and as are their Harris Tweed washbags – http://www.anenglishhand.co.uk
vKnit Skinny Knit Ties and Fingerless Gloves are all handmade in Hertfordshire England. Standard length or extra long wool ties; square or pointed end; in a variety of colours. Long or short arm fingerless wool gloves. It does not say where the wool is sourced from – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/vKnit?page=1#
Chester Jefferies make their gloves in China and in the UK, and they make some of their range of leather accessories in the UK, for example a coin pouches, credit card wallets, wrist warmers, and flying helmets – https://www.chesterjefferies.co.uk
Sheep Sheep (Glencroft by Richard Sexton & Co) sell leather belts made in Liverpool and they are good value for money. SheepSheep.co.uk is a retail website from Richard Sexton & Co. Richard Sexton & Co is primarily a wholesaler and their Glencroft country wear brand is available in shops (a few Glencroft branded items are also available on the SheepSheep.co.uk website too). All the hats on the SheepSheep.co.uk are made in the UK and SheepSheep.co.uk also sell some UK made scarves, as well as UK made moccasin slippers, British made sheepskin rugs, British made belts, British made jumpers, British made chamois, British made wool insoles and some foreign made products – http://www.sheepsheep.co.uk/collections/accessories/products/quality-british-leather-belt
Luke Eyres has been supplying traditional made-in-England British fashion accessories such as college and university style scarves and wraps since 1894. They supply sports clubs and societies, as well as corporate and academic institutions with scarves, cricket / tennis sweaters, cricket caps, ties, and mascot bears (I very much doubt the bears themselves are made in England). Minimum order qualities apply. In 2002 Luke Eyres acquired Frederick Theak’s collar business and they now also produce an extensive range of traditional starched collars. On their website they say they are “a Cambridge based company dedicated to preserving and delivering the best of British craftsmanship traditions” and at the top of their website it says “Double Blue Luke Eyres Since 1894 Made in Cambridge, England”, so, whilst information about where they manufacture is sparse on their website, one gets the impression all their products are made in England (nevertheless, you would do well to check before ordering) – https://www.luke-eyres.co.uk
William Turner & Son Limited manufacture and supply bespoke academic scarves, club scarves, fashion scarves, corporate ties, school ties, university ties, club ties, bags, lab coats, aprons, school badges, etc. Their school wear is branded Unicol. Minimum order quantities apply. Individual items are available in shops such as the Oxford University Shop. Around half of William Turner products are still made in the company’s own UK factories in Skipton and Colne in Yorkshire. For example, their wool academic (college) scarves are made in Yorkshire. However, with an almost total lack of information about country of origin against products on their website, it is very much a question of your shop, club, school or organisation having to ask about where a product you might be interested in will be made – http://www.william-turner.co.uk
Cambridge University outfitters Ryder and Amies have a small work room just outside of Cambridge where I gather they manufacture academic (college) scarves and academic robes, which are for sale in their shop and online. Unfortunately country of origin information is not generally given for other products on their website, so many products are presumably foreign made – http://www.ryderamies.co.uk
Walters of Oxford is a menswear shop in Oxford. Walters are University clothing outfitters and also sell college ties, scarves and cufflinks, batting blazers, rowing caps, gowns for all levels of degree, ceremonial gowns, robes, Masonic clothing, and menswear generally. They describe their menswear as “fabulously British menswear” and from memory they do stock a few British made items in their shop (their menswear is not available online). Walters is one of the few proper menswear shops left. They say “the majority of our Academic wear is made in our own work shops in and around Oxford”. Walters hire out Masonic dinner/morning suits, suit hire for all occasions, formalwear hire and academic gown hire. They have a traditional men’s barber shop upstairs – http://www.walters-oxford.co.uk
Walters of Oxford is part of the Shepherd & Woodward Group. The group consists of Shepherd and Woodward (on the High), Walters (on the Turl), Cotswold Country Clothing (the Barbour shop inside Shepherd and Woodward), and the Varsity Shop (Castell & Son) in 2 shops on Broad Street in Oxford. The group manufacture academic regalia in Oxford still and offer a robe and gown refurbishing service.
The Varsity Shops (Castell & Son) at 13 and 113 Broad Street provides a wide range of College clothing and accessories for Students, Graduates and Visitors to Oxford. Country of origin is not given on their website and from memory most things they sell are foreign made (Oxford University sweatshirts, t-shirts and the like), but I hope things like their Oxford University scarves are ties they sell are British made (I am not sure if they are though). The shops are not far from Boswell’s Department Store (where you can find a few British made things sometimes) and Blackwells bookshop. Boxall’s Yard runs at the side of 13 Broad Street – http://www.varsityshop.co.uk
Shepherd and Woodward supply academic gowns and robes. On their website they say “The vast majority of our Academic wear is made in our own work rooms in Oxford, and Gowns requiring embroidery are done in our own embroidery work shop also here in Oxford”. As well as robes to purchase or hire, Shepherd and Woodward hire out formal wear and Masonic dress, and sell what they describe as “Brilliantly British menswear” (menswear is not currently available online on their website) and Barbour clothing. Like Walters, Shepherd and Woodward is one of the few remaining proper menswear shops – http://www.shepherdandwoodward.co.uk
Ede & Ravenscroft was founded in 1689 and provide ceremonial robes for all occasions, dress for the judiciary (including providing handmade wigs), robes for graduation ceremonies (hire and purchase), men’s tailoring and ready-to-wear and womenswear. They have stores in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Ede & Ravenscroft hold all three Royal Warrants. Historically graduation robes, ceremonial robes and judicial dress are of course made in Great Britain, but Ede & Ravenscroft completely fail to mention on their website who makes their robes or where they are made, although they do say in the about section for their menswear “as proud supporters of traditional craft in the UK, the company strives to use ‘British’ wherever possible”. On their website today (12th April 2015) I found some made in Scotland knitwear, made in England ties, suits, blazers, and jackets made using British fabric (but not necessarily made in Britain), a made in England morning coat, some made in England braces, some made in England overcoats, some made in England wallets, a made in England safari jacket, some made in England collar pins, a couple of made in England shirts, some made in England shoes, some made in England socks, some made in England trousers and some made in England holdalls. This was all in menswear. I could not find any made in Britain womenswear. They also, like many others, use Italian milled fabrics in their menswear often. Historically most clothes in Ede and Ravenscroft were made in Britain, but disappointedly they do not give country of origin against most products on their website, suggesting many products are foreign made. Still they do have quite a few made in the UK items and I for one will have have a look in Ede and Ravencroft next time I need something to wear, in the hope that I can find made in Britain.
Ducker and Son make bespoke shoes. You might find other British made items in their shop such as perhaps belts or you might not. You will have to go to the shop and look – http://www.duckerandson.co.uk
Chancery Footwear Ltd t/a Crown Northampton belts are made in England to order, but I have no idea of the price. They make all their shoes and boots in England – http://crownnorthampton.com/collections/accessories/belts/
Heritage Leathergoods of Birmingham make and sell a wide range of English made (mostly leather) belts at their an online belt store called Belt Us. Available in various sizes and colours and realistically priced. There’s sizing information for their belts on their website. Classic belts, casual belts, press studded belts, gothic / punk belts, wristbands, chokers, boot straps and guitar straps. The company also make a wide range of small leather goods for trade only via their website but they have an eBay store too (which also sells quite a few foreign made goods, so take care when choosing) – http://www.heritageleathergoods.co.uk
The British Belt Company is a traditional belt manufacturer, not only makes belts, but a selection of braces, bags, and small leather goods. Many products use Italian leather. Some products on their website are imported, but country of origin is clearly given. Available from their website. The brand is part of Arnold Wills & Co. Ltd, manufacturers of belts, small leather goods, braces, bags and gifts. The company has joint venture factories in the Far East and India, whilst maintaining some production in England. Trade. Country of origin is not given, so traders will want to ask.
McRostie of Glasgow leather belts are made in Scotland. McRostie of Glasgow was established as a saddlery in 1887 and today they make leather belts, kilt belts, sporrans, key rings, coasters and the like in their workshop located just outside of Glasgow – http://www.mcrostie.co.uk
Britwear sell a fabulously priced UK made snake belt. They have a made in Britain section on their website, selling for example British made thermal underwear and some other clothing items for men and women – http://britwear.co.uk/magento/mens-clothing/men-s-accessories/belts-braces/adult-men-plain-adjustable-elastic-s-hook-snake-belt-made-in-uk.html
M.Hulot sell some of leather products that are made in England including some belts (but using Italian leather) – http://www.mhulot.co.uk/shop/manufacturer/made-in-england?&manufacturers_id=2&page=2
Marwood accessories are all made in England. They specialise in exclusive lace ties made for them in Nottingham, woven ties made for them in Suffolk, heavyweight mohair socks made in England using wool from sheep in Devon; plus items such as English made pocket squares, scarves, braces, gloves, and neckerchiefs – http://www.marwoodlondon.co.uk
Marlborough World hip flasks are all made in England. Aside from their great British made hip flags they also make rather nice bags, desk accessories and technology cases in England – http://www.marlboroughworld.com
First Corporate have their own manufacturing facility in Port Talbot, Wales. They specialise in manufacture of tailoring, shirt and blouses and can source additional garments from other UK manufacturers to ensure all UK made work uniforms, but they also outsource to foreign manufacturers, so you will need to specify if you want uniforms made in Great Britain. In 2014 they supplied UK made uniforms for the Guernsey Commonwealth Games team – www.firstcorporateuk.com
Abacus Careerwear Ltd of Hyde, Greater Manchester design, manufacture and source clothing for work. Production in Tunisia, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and also in their own Hyde Factory. Strangely they do not have a website and I got this information from LinkedIn.
Total Clothing in Peterborough offer embroidery and screen printing of garments, but the garments themselves are supplied by others (such as Fruit of the Loom) and are as far as I can tell all foreign made – http://www.totalclothing.co.uk
Despite their Royal Warrant and being a supplier to HM forces, Dennys (well known for their chefswear) have closed their 4 UK factories and now only contract out to factories in China, Pakistan, Portugal and Cambodia. Very disappointing and really Dennys should not hold a Royal Warrant or be a supplier to HM forces.
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