Wherever I travel in the world, I make the effort to buy locally made souvenirs and support local people. At the very least I make sure I buy a gift that is actually made in the country I am visiting.
British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes. Clothing made in the UK.
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.
Made in Britain – Made in the UK – UK Made – British Made – Made in UK.
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My website “ukmade” is about celebrating British manufacturing and helping you source British made goods. It has many recommendations of quality products made in the British Isles.
Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound.
You and / or your company or the company or organisation you work for can support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying British.
Why not make a conscious preference to buy British? You may have to look that bit harder (lots of goods on the High Street are foreign made these days), but Britain still makes most things. I hope this website will be of some assistance in your search to find not only British designed but actually British manufactured goods. You’ll also much information on the internet generally, but a word of caution. There’s a tendency amongst many firms to claim British heritage in such a way that it misleadingly implies manufacture in the UK. I’m sure you won’t be fooled by this, but do take care to ensure what you are buying really is manufactured in the UK.
Fly the flag! Buy British.
Let’s hope someone buys this company (Icetech Freezers Limited or Norfrost) who are apparently the last fridge and freezer maker in the UK (and they their keep production in Scotland). If I knew there was still a fridge and freezer maker in the UK I would buy UK made.
Also, Rowecord Engineering, Newport firm in administration.
UPDATE on chest freezer maker Norfrost / Icetech – According to the below article from the net, they have been bought by water cooler and dehumidifier manufacturer Ebac. Ebac manufacture all of their products in Britain and apparently intend moving freezer production to their facility on County Durham. They apparently also hope to make washing machines eventually too. Let’s hope this is right and I look forward to hearing more about this project during 2013.
Tunnock’s – Made in Scotland
I don’t know if we are still technically in winter, and I don’t really care. So long as the temperature at night can fall to -3°C and below, and I can see frost in the morning, it still feels like winter, and that’s close enough for me.
Whenever I manage to wander as far as the Tunnock’s factory in Uddingston, I like grab a pic, if only to note the time of day.
The pic below may not look like a good photograph of the factory and clock, but there was a reason for it – winter!
Usually, you can’t see the factory for those trees in the foreground, because they are in leaf, so you have to stand in the side street, and take the picture from there, and this generally shows only the wall to the right of the clock. At this time of year, one can stand…
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The story of the Knockando Mill is a fascinating one and well worth a read. They make lovely things in Scotland.
At the start of this phase of WOVEMBER (Working with Wool) we mentioned Knockando Woolmill as a fantastic example of what can be achieved when one works both with wool and about wool. Working with Wool can of course be a purely practical decision based on its special material properties, but as we learnt from Kate Davies in her recent Q&A with WOVEMBER, WOOL is also intrinsically bound up with the social, political and cultural histories of the UK. If you work with wool anywhere in Britain it is possible to deliberately highlight the connection between what you’re doing and that long, rich heritage. Knockando Woolmill is a fine example of a place that is both producing woollen cloth, and maintaining its connections with the past.
Then… Duncan Stewart at work in the weaving shed (courtesy of Graham Stewart)
Then… Hugh Jones weaving on the Dobcross loom
Now… story and…
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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.
The Bowmont sheep are the last of this quite new breed left in the UK and are farmed in Devon.
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?