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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

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

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

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British made hats and British made scarves – Hats Made in the UK – Scarves made in the UK

If you want to get ahead, get a hat

A hat worn well is part of a British gentleman’s heritage.  These days it probably won’t be a bowler you choose, but perhaps it’s time to rediscover the hat? For ladies it is said a hat for every occasion is required.

Get ahead, get a British made hat!

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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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Insignia, Regalia and Military Uniform made in the UK

Toye (Toye, Kenning & Spencer) craftsmen have created identity products for civil and military markets since 1685. Toye & Co still manufacture some of their items in its UK factories. However, you should check with them if something is actually UK made. A lot of things they sell are manufactured outside of the UK, for example their black ties and white gloves are made abroad – http://www.toye.com

For men’s white gloves try A. Farley Country Attire or Boylan and Co.  Both sell white gloves made in England. Toye & Co white gloves are not made in the UK (and neither are their black ties).  Also, Southcombe Gloves sell white and black UK made ceremonial gloves in their e-bay store.

Established in 1887 Suppliers of Masonic and Ceremonial Regalia A. R. Fabb Bros Ltd sell items made in the UK, but you will need to check with them that what you need is made in the UK as it is not stated on their website.

Spencer Thorn Jewellers (Airculture Ltd) make all their Napkin Hooks and Clips in Cornwall, England, including a range of Masonic napkin hooks and clips – http://www.napkinhook.co.uk

Hector Russell traditional Scottish regimental headwear is made in Scotland (as are some of their other products like kilts and kilt pins) – http://www.hector-russell.com

Hector Russel Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Hector Russell Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Lewis Masonic is a long established firm, founded in 1886, specialising in the publication of Masonic texts. Then called A Lewis, the focus of the company was exclusively on ritual books from Masonic Craft degrees through to the Masonic side orders. In 1973, A Lewis became part of Ian Allan Publishing and the name was changed from ‘A Lewis’ to ‘Lewis Masonic’. Nowadays, ritual books are still kept a priority at Lewis Masonic but the company’s focus has expanded to cover all areas of Masonic publishing.

Hand and Lock – fine hand embroidery since 1767 – M Hand and S Lock merged in 2001 to form Hand and Lock – Civilian and Military Regalia and fashion embroidery – Hand embroidered badges for clubs, institutions, societies, liveries, and masons; military laces and accoutrements; bespoke hand embroidery – They have a store and workshop in London – I am not sure how much they use British made materials or if all their items are made in the UK – http://www.handembroidery.com

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

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm.  Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm. Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

For name tags to 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 8/813 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

Royal Warrant holders the Firmin Group make and sell uniforms, ceremonial uniforms, metal badges and buttons, epaulets, horse furniture, medals, headdress, swords, uniforms, caps, gloves, clothing for films and theatre, civilian suits, and civilian hats. The oldest part of the Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655. The Firmin Group has factories in London and Birmingham, producing the majority of their products. Country of origin is not given on their website and many products they sell are foreign made. You will need to ask. The Firmin Group incorporates – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, and Patey Hats.

http://www.firminhouse.com

Patey Hats –  Royal Warrant holders – Riding hats, top hats, bowler hats, military hats and caps, peaked caps, ceremonial hats, trilby hats, fedora hats, hat boxes / bags and so on – Patey Hats also offer monogrammed initials embroidered either inside, or on the back of the velvet lining by Hand and Lock, and hat repairs. Prices are not given on their website, but you can see prices of some military items on their E.C Snaith and Sons website. They have a store in London (and no other stores) near Oxford Circus and sometimes visit shows. I am not sure if all their hats are made in England – you will need to ask – http://www.pateyhats.com

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 - Princes William and Harry.  Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 – Princes William and Harry. Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

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