For watches, now that companies like Timex only manufacture abroad, you might try: Bremont (assembled in the UK; packaging made in the UK; Swiss movements; around £3,000-£20,000; Bremont employs around 30 watchmakers at a workshop in the Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames, and makes many of its own parts at a factory in Silverstone, Northamptonshire). Meridian (casing made in UK; then assembled in the UK; Swiss movements; around £5,000). Harold Pinchbeck (assembled in the UK; they say they try to use some British made components; Swiss movements; around £300 to £5,000+). More reasonably priced (from about £50-£300) are RLT Watches who buy, sell and repair all makes of vintage watches, but also assemble watches in the UK under their RLT Watches brand using Swiss or Japanese movements. IWI watches use Swiss movements, casing made in the UK and are assembled in the UK (around £1,000-£3,500). Peter Roberts Watches (Swiss movement; assembled in the UK; around £20,000). J & T Windmills (Swiss movement; assembled in the UK; around £1,000). Schofield watches (Swiss movements; case made in Germany; assembled in the UK; around £3,000+). Dent London (Swiss movement; assembled in the UK; around £25,000; E.Dent & Co Ltd, makers of Big Ben, ceased to trade in 1966; this company just appears to have appropriated their name). Pinion watches have Swiss movements and are foreign made, but assembled in England. Again more reasonably priced are Paulin Watches (quartz watches, foreign made, assembled in the UK and sent in UK made packaging). W. T. Author watches are assembled in UK with Swiss made movements and they sell leather watch straps (24mm lug width only) made in Britain using Argentinian-sourced buffallo hide. Mr Jones Watches finish and assemble their limited edition watches in London (and only their limited edition watches, the rest of their collection being entirely foreign made). Garrick, which opened in Norfolk in 2015, uses movements made in Switzerland and modified or assembled in house and they say “We do almost everything else ourselves, from making the plates and dials to the cases and crowns.” Garrick watches retail for between £2,500 and £50,000, and around 70 were sold last year.
Britain’s last-remaining teddy bear manufacturer, Merrythought has been handmaking the quintessential English teddy bear in Shropshire for over 80 years.
Dean’s Rag Book Co. is an older British teddy bear company (producing Dean’s Bears since 1915) however their products are now manufactured overseas.
Lindon UK are manufacturers of textile items. They manufacture in England teddy bear outfits and accessories (the actual teddy bears they sell are foreign made), purses, drawstring bags, shoulder bags, adult bibs, aprons, children’s clothes, pram sheets, tote bags, ladies dresses and skirts, curtains, etc. Trade or retail. Prices are very reasonable. Teddy bear clothing products are available from their website and a range of their products are available from their eBay shop.
Knockando Woolmill teddies are also made in the UK I understand, but they are a much smaller manufacturer.
Little Bean has a range of products that includes toys, clothing and nursery items, for newborn to aged 5 years, all made in the UK and their range includes a couple of plush rabbits – http://www.little-bean.co.uk
Trestle Shop (Tender) sell some made in England plush animals in wool/lambskin/cotton. They are hand made and do not meet child’s toy safety standards and are intended for grown-ups only – http://www.trestleshop.com
Dress-A-Doll say on their website “My ambition is to create a 100% Made in Britain Doll, clothes and accessories that are competitively price – but demonstrates our attention to detail and most of all quality. Although we still use factories in other countries, we try to work with companies who have a connection with Britain. In 2017 we are aiming to expand our team of knitters, crocheters and seamstresses and create a small factory right here in Lutterworth.” Looking around their website some products do appear to be British made including their one-of-a-kind dolls, Harvington Prep School dolls, Mabel and Friends dolls, and some dolls outfits. Check before buying these exclusively priced rag dolls – https://www.dressadoll.co.uk
Great British made shaving products…You’ll find many great British saving products listed below (as usual in no particular order).
Now that Gillette and Wilkinson Sword make their razors abroad a good alternative is (was) a King of Shaves razor. Their Azor razor (pictured below) is very lightweight (great for travel). It takes a bit of getting used to if you usually use say a Mach 3 and you need to press a bit harder but it gives a good shave and is almost impossible to cut yourself with. The razor and the blades tend to be ever so slightly cheaper than Gillette too. King of Shaves razors are designed, assembled and packed in the UK (I think the blades are Japanese), so this is a bit of a compromise. I don’t think there are any totally UK made razors anymore. That said King of Shaves tell me that their handles are designed & manufactured in UK too, in Chesham, Bucks and the last razor I bought from King of Shaves says made in the UK on the packaging. Good to know. These are very good razors. As of May 2017 the Azors 4 and 5 have now been discontinued, with the Hyperglide to follow soon. The KOS5 is the replacement for the Hyperglide with an Azor replacement due.
I was at a loss to see why King of Shaves would discontinue the Azors razor as this gave the best shave of any modern razor and it was British made. Looking at their website today (6 August 2017) I can now see they have sadly moved production abroad. The Retro 4, which I guess replaces the Azors, “Handle made in Mexico. Blades made in Greece” and the KOS 5-Blade, which replaced the hyperglide, “Blades made in USA and Germany. Assembled in China”. They are now a standard razor head rather than the rather unique King of Shaves Azor deign. The decision to move manufacturing abroad appears to be related to difficulties with their Japanese blade supplier. At least country of origin for these new razors is clearly stated. My main reason for choosing King of Shaves above any other modern razor was that they were British made. Such as shame to see that they are now foreign made. What a big disappointment. The company have told me that their “skincare & shave preps are UK developed, sourced & manufactured” still.