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 Bushcraft. 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). 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.
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.