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Clothing made in the UK – British clothes manufacturers and British Made Clothes – UK made clothes and accessories. Who made your clothes?

British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes.  Clothing made in the UK.

Is ANYTHING you’re wearing made in Britain?

#BuyBritishMadeClothes

This article on British made clothes is very comprehensive – please give it a few seconds to load. You may wish to use ‘find on page’ to help you look for something in particular.

I sense a revival of British clothes manufacturing. Much has gone, but there is still a fantastic choice of British made clothes out there, whether you want to spend a lot or not very much money.

Here you can find links and information, in no particular order, about British made clothes, for men, women and children. This article is ongoing and I will add to it when I discover more British clothes manufacturers and suppliers. Only companies that actually make or supply clothes made in the UK will be featured here, not simply companies that used to make clothes in the UK or are just selling clothes in the UK. The products I list here are genuinely made in the UK, not simply labelled to imply British heritage or manufacture.

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British made penknives, pocket knives, survival knives, bushcraft knives and safety knives

The United Kingdom and in particular Sheffield, England is world famous for its steel products and contrary to popular belief many fine quality steel products are still manufactured in Sheffield.  There is a wide choice of quality British made kitchen knives, cutlery, pocket knives, pen knives, folding knives, survival knives, bushcraft knives, safety knives and scissors available at reasonable prices, for example from:

A.Wright and Son Limited – http://www.penknives-and-scissors.co.uk – make scissors, cutlery, kitchen knives, pen and pocket knives, hunting knives, sheath knives, British Army knives, ettrick knives, boating knives, throwing knives, commando knives, bowie knives, bushcraft and survival knives. Started in 1947, Arthur Wrights is a traditional Sheffield Pen and Pocket knife manufacturer. Everything is done in-house in Sheffield.  The quality of their products is excellent and they are good value for money.  I have an Arthur Wright 70W 70mm Farmers Sheepfoot Pocket Knife and it really is a sturdy no-nonsense knife and a fabulously useful tool. My 70W Farmers Sheepfoot weighs 80 grams (2.8 oz), has an overall blade length of 70mm (2.75″), a straight cutting edge of 63mm (2.48″) and an overall length of 158mm (6.25″). The Farmers Sheepfoot Pocket Knife is iconic and very much a traditional country knife.

Arthur Wright 70W Farmers Sheepfoot. A sturdy no-nonsense utility knife with a wide blade, brass linings, nickel bolsters and Rose Wood scales on handle. 70mm blade.

Arthur Wright 70W Farmers Sheepfoot. A sturdy no-nonsense utility knife with a wide blade, brass linings, nickel bolsters and Rose Wood scales on handle. 70mm blade. Made in England.

Arthur Wright 70W 70mm Farmers Sheepfoot

Arthur Wright 70W 70mm Farmers Sheepfoot.  Made in England.

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The Bowmont Jumper from Finisterre / Fox Brothers and Co Ltd.

Bowmont Sheep

Today (23.11.12) sees the Bowmont Jumper from Finisterre go on sale at £150.  Made from the wool of British Bowmont sheep (which is rather like Merino sheep wool) and (unusually for Finisterre who make most of their products in Portugal) it is made in the UK too in Scotland. Fab looking jumper.

http://www.finisterreuk.com/shop/mens/p/new-just-in/bowmont-jumper-midnight.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=231112&utm_campaign=bowmont

The Bowmont sheep are the last of this quite new breed left in the UK and are farmed in Devon.

http://www.devonfinefibres.co.uk/index.php?page=bowmont-sheep

This picture is of Bowmont sheep in Savile Row, London in October 2010.  This event was organised by the Savile Row Bespoke Association, Woolmark International, West Country woollen mill Fox Brothers and Dormeuil, in support of Wool Week 2010.  The sheep starring on the day came from two farms in the West Country.  One flock was from Harry Parker’s award-winning Exmoor Horn sheep farm in Wiltshire, and the other flock was from Lesley Prior’s Bowmont sheep farm in Devon.

Did you know that the UK sheep flock is the largest in the EU with 15 million breeding sheep and 52,000 producers?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11515019

http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2010/10/11/wool-news/

http://www.foxflannel.com/media-article.php?id=celebration-of-wool-with-savile-row-field-day-in-support-of-the-campaign-for-wool

Fox Brothers and Co Ltd are woollen and worsted cloth manufacturers in Somerset and were established in 1772 – http://www.foxflannel.com.  They also own the website The Merchant Fox.

http://www.campaignforwool.org/

Bowmont sheep in Savile Row, London in October 2010

British Made Jeans

There are a surprising a number of jeans made in the UK. Why not buy British made jeans next time? Here are the makers and suppliers I know of.

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British Made Socks – UK made socks – Where to buy British made socks and other hosiery

Where can I buy British made socks?

Here are the places I know of, in no particular order, where you can buy UK made socks and information about British sock makers.

W. Brewin & Company Limited (Brewin’s) have been manufacturing babies, children’s, ladies and men’s socks and tights in Leicester, England since 1931. These days their products are manufactured in both the UK and in off-shore facilities. They have manufacturing plants in China, Turkey and Portugal, as well as the UK. On their website they say “We continue to operate a UK manufacturing plant which compliments our offshore supply chain.” They also say they are “One of the largest manufacturers of; babies, children’s and adult socks in the UK”, they use “High quality Oekotex 100 approved yarns sourced from the UK and the EU, used in UK production”, and they have “In-house capabilities from design to finished product ensuring full control over all aspects of UK production facility.” No information on country of origin is given on their website against individual products so you’ll have to ask. Primarily they make for the trade and high street shops, but they also have an Amazon store selling directly to the public selling British made wool or cotton blend flight socks, red men’s socks, kilt hose, baby girl’s white socks, men’s work socks, children’s ballets socks, children’s Irish dance socks, men’s knee high socks, unisex ski or snowboarding socks (ski tubes), girl’s socks, ladies knee high socks, and baby socks. Most of their products appear to be foreign made. Search their Amazon store for Made in the UK to find their UK made socks – http://www.wbrewin.co.uk

W. Brewin and Company British made red ski tube socks. Photograpgh by author 8 December 2017.

Sub Zero Technology Ltd. manufacture thermal underwear, thermal baselayers, thermal midlayers, merino wool base layers, childrens thermal underwear, softshells, balaclavas, hats, windproof hats, gloves, socks, walking socks, ski socks, tube ski socks, 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. Their own brand items are usually UK made. If it does not say made in the UK then it is probably made abroad. They say on their twitter “Pioneer in outdoor clothing, Design Council ‘Millennium Product’ & multiple award-winner. Proud to say our products are Made in England”. Available at the Sub Zero online store – http://www.subzerostore.co.uk

Duffle Coats UK sell made in England duffle coats, pea coats, wax jackets, tweed sports jackets, trench coats, sweaters, beanies, scarves and sometimes leather satchels, socks and ski socks for men, women and children. They are part of Montgomery Outdoor Ltd  – https://www.dufflecoatsuk.co.uk

Titus Alpacas are breeders of alpacas in Shropshire specialising in luxury alpaca socks. They say on their website “All of our alpaca Socks are made in the UK”. They also sell UK made fingerless gloves, beanies, headbands, alpaca wool and fleeces. Most items are made in the UK but I did find a made in Peru headband on their website – https://www.titusalpacas.com

Perilla sell British made alpaca socks for men, women and children.  The alpaca yarn they use is imported from Peru. Founded in 2006. They also sell some other British made items such as scarves, capes, beanie hats, slippers, snoods, ear muffs, muffs, gloves, ponchos, knitwear, hats, and some bags. Some items they sell are foreign made but quite a bit is made in the UK – http://perilla.co.uk

Corrymoor Socks mohair socks are “Manufactured and knitted in the UK”. Their website carries the Made in Britain marque. They do not say who makes their socks for them. Their scarves are knitted by GH Hurt & Son in Nottingham. Their throws are made by Green Grove Weavers in the Scottish Highlands. They also have their fingerless mohair gloves made for them in Devon. They also occasionally sell Angora rugs. They do not say where their coasters, mousemats, postcards are made, so these are probably foreign made. Corrymoor have their own farm from where mohair from Angora goats is sheared to make their products, supplemented by mohair from other British breeders and mohair from South Africa – http://corrymoor.com

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

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

I already mentioned Bison BushcraftBison Bushcraft describe themselves as bushcraft and wilderness outfitters and they are keen to source stuff locally. All their men’s and women’s clothing and knives for example are made in the UK (made in the UK from UK materials). They also sell British made Spoons / Crook Knives, fire steels, knives, Strikefire Spork (yes it’s a British made spork), and pot hanging tripods. Their clothes include Guide Shirts, Forester Shirts, antler buttons, the Bush Shirt, the Zipped Bush Shirt, the Gamekeepers waistcoat, the Troyer Sweater, moleskin trousers, a Wax Cag (the splash-proof zips are also made in the UK), Bronco hats, the Merino Wool Watch Cap (a wooly hat), Merino Wool Buffs, Bison Woodland Boots, Bison Bushcraft Boots, a Bison Bushcraft Cloth Badge, and their fabulous British wool woollen socks (made by the Cambrian Woollen Mill, see below). Their service is excellent.

http://www.bisonbushcraft.co.uk/bison_bushcraft_outfitters.htm

Bison Bushcraft Sage or Brown ribbed Woollen Socks. 90% wool. Medium (to heavy ) weight and plenty long enough, they are perfect for everyday wear with boots.

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