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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

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

Get ahead, get a British made hat!

British made – watch caps, beanies, wooly hats, trapper hats, Jinnah caps, pork pie hats, flat caps, dress hats, trilby hats, fedoras, homburgs, bowlers, top hats, panama hats, tweed hats, military headwear, baseball caps, etc.

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Cock and Bull Menswear (and the Sunday London UpMarket and Old Spitalfields Market)

Cock and Bull Menswear are a new brand 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

You can find great stalls and upcoming businesses, many selling items made in Britain at the London Sunday UpMarket, together with wonderful foods from all over the world and up-cycled clothing.

At the Sunday UpMarket as well as made in England Cock and Bull menswear you can find, for example, made in England Walsh casual and sports trainers, ReVampit up-cycled textile vintage gifts (made in Peru as well as Essex) cushions, knitted items, and furniture and by the same people English Eccentric cushions, Union Flag cushions, Christmas decorations, egg cosies and suchlike. Also, Jo Jo Accessories – made in England headbands, Union Jack flag bags, pencil cases, purses and cushions, etc. Reloved – bags and pouches made with recycled denim and leather and Highland 2000 quality made in the UK British wool from British sheep hats and scarves (these are mostly sold to Japan usually). Stores at the market change quite often.

You’ll also find great stalls at other markets and shops nearby (many selling British made items), for example at the Old Spitalfields Market.

At Old Spitalfields Market for example you can get one of Andrew Duncan Graham’s wonderful handmade in the UK lavender Scottish cats or dogs.

Nearby the Spitalfields Market you can find Albam, who sell some UK made menswear. Nearby the Sunday UpMarket you can find London Undercover, who sell a few UK made umbrellas. There are loads more interesting shops and stalls to see, with some selling British made goods.

Hamish keeping an eye on London - handmade in the UK by Andrew Duncan Graham.  http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/my-sweet-smelling-lavender-pooch.html

Hamish keeping an eye on London – handmade in the UK by Andrew Duncan Graham. http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/my-sweet-smelling-lavender-pooch.html

Tweed Waistcoat made in the UK for Cock and Bull Menswear

Tweed Waistcoat made in the UK for Cock and Bull Menswear

Norman Walsh Footwear (Walsh Trainers) of Bolton, England

Norman Walsh Footwear – sports shoes, trainers and sports casual shoes –

http://www.walshcasual.com or

http://www.walshsports.com or

http://www.normanwalshuk.com.

Possibly the last British owned sports footwear brand still manufacturing in the UK. Walsh do fabulous made in Britain trainers and I highly recommend them. Prices are reasonable too.  Northern Sole! They sell Walsh Casual directly from their walshcasual website and they have a stand at the fabulous London Sunday UpMarket, at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, selling Walsh Casual.  I bought a pair of casual trainers there the other day (in December 2012). They are very comfortable. For Walsh Performance Footwear for fell running, orienteering and cross country see the links to retailers on their walshsports website. Walsh casual retailers are also listed on their website. Walsh Casual also have a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walsh-Casual/181015592031080?fref=ts and a twitter page – www.twitter.com/walshcasual.

If you want UK made trainers, sports shoes, pumps, sneakers or whatever you want to call them the choices is between New Balance who do a limited Made in UK range, Gola (Gola ceased UK production in 1981, but re-introduced a very limited made in England range in 2012; which are possibly made for them by Walsh) and Walsh whose sports shoes are all made in the UK. Companies like UK Gear and Reebok  (J.W Foster and Sons became ‘Reebok’ in 1958) are keen to stress their so called Britishness, but in fact non of their trainers are made in the UK. Hi-Tec trainers used to have a factory in Northamptonshire, but that is now long gone and nowadays Hi-Tec trainers are all foreign made.

Walsh Lostock Blue/Red/Dark Blue.  Made in Engalnd.

Walsh Lostock Blue/Red/Dark Blue. Made in Engalnd.
Walsh Lostock Orange/Yellow/Red trainers 25.11.12.  Made in England.

Walsh Lostock Orange/Yellow/Red trainers 25.11.12. Made in England.

Walsh V Ripple Brown.  Made in England.

Walsh V Ripple Brown. Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE RACER.  Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE RACER. Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE BOOT.  Made in England.

WALSH PB ELITE BOOT. Made in England.

British Made Shoes and Boots: 100+ footwear brands still made in Britain – UK Made Shoes

The words "Made in England" on the sole of a Hotter VICTOR MEN'S GORE-TEX BOOT. Photograph by author.

The words “Made in England” on the sole of a Hotter VICTOR MEN’S GORE-TEX BOOT. Photograph by author.

British made footwear is still the best quality in the world. There are still plenty of British footwear makers. You can still buy British made shoes – why not do so and keep the industry alive. Here are well over 100 quality UK footwear brands still manufacturing in the UK (in no particular order):

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