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www.madecloser.co.uk – a marketplace for UK manufactured products

Have a look at Made Closer http://www.madecloser.co.uk if you get chance, one of my followers on twitter. They have a varied range of British made goods for sale – update 21/10/18 regrettably Made Closer appear to have closed down. Their website no longer works and their twitter and Facebook have not been updated since 2015 – what a shame.

Just a quick look earlier on and I found:-

UK made televisions from Cello – http://www.celloelectronics.com

Cello Electronics 55" C5566DVB LCD TV. Made in the UK.

Cello Electronics 55″ C5566DVB LCD TV. Made in the UK.

UK made PVC table cloths from UK Tableclothes –  http://www.uktablecloths.com

UK Tablecloths manufactured striped tablecloth made in Britain using 100% cotton, with a PVC coating for a wipe-clean finish.

UK Tablecloths manufactured striped tablecloth made in Britain using 100% cotton, with a PVC coating for a wipe-clean finish.

UK made children’s furniture, sofabeds, chairbeds, sofa, chairs, bean bags, bean chairs, z beds, toyboxes, and headboards from Just 4 Kidz – http://www.just4kidz.co.uk

UK manufactured sofabeds by the Churchfield Sofa Bed Company – http://www.sofabed.co.uk – fab looking furniture here, a reasonable prices too.

Churchfield Naples sofa bed. Made in the UK.

Churchfield Naples sofa bed. Made in the UK.

The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also own Just 4 Kidz and UK Tableclothes I believe. The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also  supply a complete range of furniture, including chairs, sofas and sofabeds, which is suitable for contract applications such as schools, colleges, universities, hotels, hospitals, retirement homes, and so on.

UK made sieves by Hill and Sons.

UK made toasters by Rowlett Rutland.

UK made ladies and mens fashions, adult snake belts, fingerless gloves and beanies from Britwear – http://britwear.co.uk/magento/made-in-britain.html (note that not everything from Britwear is made in Britain!). Britwear also have an Amazon shop and an eBay shop

UK made handbag tidies, tissue covers and purse security bells from Sandi Bags – http://www.sandibags.com

Susie Faulks oilcloth ladies bags made in England.

Made in Britain menswear by Cock and Bull Menswear.

Made in the UK washbags and showercaps from ZPM.

ZPM Tom Stripe medium sized washbag, that comes with two interior pockets and a zip top, uncoated woven cotton exterior with a polypropylene trim and black, wipeable interior. Dimensions(cm): 25w x 17h x 8.5d . Made in Britain.

ZPM Tom Stripe medium sized washbag, that comes with two interior pockets and a zip top, uncoated woven cotton exterior with a polypropylene trim and black, wipeable interior. Dimensions(cm): 25w x 17h x 8.5d . Made in Britain.

British made pyjamas from PJ Pan

Crowns & Coronets British made childrenswear and babywear.

Made in England jewellery from L.K. Rosa.

Lojango Design’s made in Devon, England ladies flat pack hats – sun hats, rain hats, wedding hats, etc. and bespoke hats.

Made in England New Forest Aromatics – candles, hand care products, lip balms, bath products.

UK made children’s furniture from Weamo Furniture.

PHOENOX TEXTILES LTD are manufacturers and importers of textiles. They have a manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire, but also manufacture in India and the Far East. Their carpets, rugs, bathroom floor mats and entrance mats still seem to be made in the UK. Trade and their public brands are Rug Guru (made in India and the UK – you’ll have to ask if what you are interested in is made in the UK); Hug Rug (made in England rugs / mats – made in England door mats, runners and half-moon mats, entrance and garden mats, pet mats and bathroom mats); Big Hug (bean bags for indoors and bean bags for outdoor use, outdoor rugs, door stops, cushion pads, pet bean bags and fleece pet blankets).  As Phoenox Textiles manufacture manufacture many of their products abroad you should ask whether the bean bag or whatever you want is actually made in the UK before buying.

Original Plain Hug Rug. Made in England.

Original Plain Hug Rug. Made in England.

English made Mens cufflinks and ladies jewellery from Silver Chic and Magic Accessories. English made Pewter jewellery from Cornwall made by The Cornish Jewellery Co.

Wooden toys, kitchen boards, card cases and so on made in England by Croglin Designs.

UK made vintage style signs for the garden and home made from old fence panels and floor boards by Button and Jewels Vintage Sign Company.

Dean Williams Studio Ltd design illuminating sculptures for the home and garden, plus do bespoke work, all manufactured in the UK –http://www.deanwilliamsstudio.com/.

Unidome (portable rigid semi permanent dome structures) made in England – http://www.unidome.co.uk

Made in Britain candles on the Pretty Chic website  – http://www.pretty-chic.co.uk – some other British made products on this website too.

Made Closer is a useful website. Turn on their only made in the UK button to get only UK made items and you can even narrow down by region. The concept behind the website is presumably sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported by buying locally made products. Fab. Prices include delivery to the UK mainland. I have found many great UK made products for sale on this great site. An interesting site selling UK made products 🙂

You can find information about the Made Closer ethos at http://www.madecloser.co.uk/about-us

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British made pyjamas, nightshirts and dressing gowns

Below is a nice article about UK made pyjamas.  The company mentioned make all their nightwear in Britain. I’ve not tried these pyjamas but they look good – html://www.pjpan.co.uk/about.  

Other possible (again untested) places to buy British pyjamas and dressing gowns (and I am sure there must be more) are:

Sir Plus dressing gowns are made in Britain. You’ll find many other made in England clothing items at Sir Plus. Everything they sell appears to be made in England.

http://www.guda.me.uk/ – just pyjama bottoms; made in England.

http://store.turnbullandasser.co.uk – Made in England. You’ll find many other made in England men’s clothing items at Turnbull and Asser.

http://www.sogoodnight.com/ – for kids pyjamas made in England.

http://jimjamz-gifts.co.uk – for babies and little ones – pyjamas packaged in jam jars designed to look like homemade jam – all produced in the UK.

http://www.midnightlondon.co.uk – playful pyjamas for ladies and hot water bottle covers made in England from 100% cotton.

Betty Blues Loungerie for women is made in the UK – pyjamas, nightwear, robes, etc.

Budd shirtmakers pyjamas, nightshirts and dressing gowns are all made in the UK, as well as made in England shirts (off the beg or bespoke using English, Italian or Swiss milled cloth), pocket squares, braces by Albert Thurston, Tina Loader ties (other ties and cravats are foreign made), waistcoats, and Pantherella socks. Other items are generally foreign made. They say on their website “we are passionate in celebrating and supporting British craft and workmanship and all of our products are sourced here in the UK”, although of course that does not mean they are all made in the UK. They have a shop in the Piccadilly Arcade in London.

New & Lingwood sell exclusive and very exclusive made in England dressing gowns and slippers, as well as made in England ties, socks (some are made in Italy though), scarves (again some are made in Italy), coats, shoes, and pockets squares (again some are made in Italy). Other items are generally foreign made. They also use English milled clothes for some of their foreign made suits and trousers, as well as some Italian milled fabric, off the peg and tailored. Their off the peg shirts are foreign made, although possibly their bespoke shirts are made in England perhaps using Italian milled cotton. They have shops at 53 Jermyn Street, London (on the corner of the Piccadilly Arcade) and in Eton, near Windsor.

Emma Willis make exclusive dressing gowns and pyjamas in England, as well as made in England shirts, boxer shorts, and walking socks.

Barrington Ayre make bespoke and made to order English made mens and ladies pyjamas and dressing gowns.

Avaj men’s underwear is made in the UK. Avaj say “The entire clothing and grooming product ranges are 100% designed and manufactured within the UK, and in fact this is true of 99% of the avaj product range.” Underwear – Briefs, vests, lounge pants, hooded robes, dressing gowns. Male Grooming & Skincare by avaj – exfoliating scrubs, moisturisers, beard shampoos and conditioners, etc. Accessories – Washbags, weekend bags, top hats, bow ties, pocket squares. Homeware – Tea light holders, candles, a bath-salt bowl and scoop, a cake stand, a fruit box, trays and a champagne store – http://www.avaj.co.uk

Perhaps surprisingly given how much they cost, Derek Rose pyjamas are not generally made in the UK, although I understand some of their silk products are made in the UK and their mens slippers are UK made and they do sell a made in England dressing gown.

Marks and Spencer was the go to place for made in the UK pyjamas but these days Marks and Spencer nightwear, like the vast majority of their clothing range, is foreign made.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men's pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age which is pre-2006. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men’s pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age, which is pre-2006. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men's pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age which is pre-2006. Label detail. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton men’s pyjamas. Still in great condition for their age which is pre-2006. Label detail. Photograph by author.

Left BHS made in China 65% polyester, 35% cotton men's pyjamas - the elastic in the pyjama trouser waist has gone. Right Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton pyjamas, still in great condition for their age. Both pairs are of a similiar age and at least 10 years old as of Oct 2016. Photograph by author.

Left – BHS made in China 65% polyester, 35% cotton men’s pyjamas – the elastic in the pyjama trouser waist has gone. Right – Marks and Spencer made in the UK 100% cotton pyjamas, still in great condition for their age. Both pairs are of a similiar age and at least 10 years old as of Oct 2016. Photograph by author.

 

Wild Geese seems to be a new pyjama brand intending to make in the UK (as of Feb 2015). Keep an eye on their twitter.

The Reach London currently import bathrobes from Turkey. Their intention, if their summer 2016 Kickstarter is successful, is also to make cotton mens and ladies pyjamas in the UK.

The Bargain Hunter

A few years a go, I would have been loathed to admit to wearing pyjamas.  It wasn’t considered cool at all.    I had been sleeping, for the last few years, bare chested with just a pair of Adidas Basketball shorts.

My wife had suggested that I buy some pyjamas and had even suggested that she bought me some for Christmas. The sound of my indifference was deafening.

However, in recent years the good old PJ seems to have made a bit of a comeback.   Pyjamas seemed to feature in just about every TV show running.  Particularly in British TV shows.  The subject had come up again, and I was beginning to come around to it.

I said to my wife that if she were to buy me some pyjamas, they had to be the Traditional style, and preferably British made.   Nothing against products from other countries but I feel…

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