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Buy British Christmas Gifts – The Make it British Gift Guide

There are lots of ideas here on the ukmade site for great Christmas presents. Please have a look around. Lots of ideas elsewhere on the net too. Please remember to get British made christmas cards and gift wrap too…and British made Christmas decorations and British made tinsel British made Christmas Crackers. Make it a Great British Christmas…

And for 2018 why not choose a British made diary

There are some great suggestions for British made gifts for Christmas at Make it British – thank you Make it British – Check out the @MakeitBritish gift guide for great gifts by clicking the link below #buybritishchristmas

Buy British Christmas Gifts – The Make it British Gift Guide

10 reasons for giving British made gifts this Christmas:

  1. Helping preserve the future of British manufacturing and craftsmanship
  2. You know where what you are buying is coming from
  3. You are preserving and creating jobs for British workers
  4. You are bestowing a gift that does not have a massive carbon footprint
  5. It gives you the chance to buy something of quality that will last
  6. You are encouraging others to buy British
  7. You are helping people to realise that we do still make many wonderful things in the UK
  8. You are being patriotic
  9. British factories have ethical hygienic production, fair wages & decent working conditions
  10. You are helping ensure future security of supply.

Please be careful to check the provenance of your gifts; there’s a tendency amongst many firms to claim British heritage in a way that misleadingly implies manufacture in the UK. Anything manufactured Britain, for example any of the items listed on this website, will make a good present and UK made gifts don’t have to be expensive either. Try the high street but I think you’ll have more luck finding British made Christmas presents online.

Why not make the effort to buy British made Easter Eggs this Easter?

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Over 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs are sold each year in the UK. This year check the packaging and make sure to choose an Easter Egg that is actually made in the UK (from British made chocolate and using British made packaging). From Thorntons to Fortnum and Mason to the Meaningful Chocolate Company to Moo Free to your local Sainsbury or Tesco or Marks and Spencer or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.

For the definitive list of all chocolate and confectionery that is actually made in the UK, including British made Easter Eggs, please click http://wp.me/p2KOue-AS

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Australian Made and British Made – How the Aussie’s seem to campaign for their country’s manufacturing and farming better than the Brits

A carrier bag advertisiing the Australian Made, Austrain Grown logo, togther with Bruce, an Australian made toy wombat. Photograph by author.

A carrier bag advertising the Australian Made, Australian Grown logo, together with Bruce, an Australian made toy wombat. Photograph by author. October 2015.

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.

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Clothing made in the UK – British clothes manufacturers and British Made Clothes – UK made clothes and accessories. Who made your clothes?

British made menswear, British made womenswear, British made children’s clothes.  Clothing made in the UK.

Is ANYTHING you’re wearing made in Britain?

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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.

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Made in Britain @ ukmade

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.

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You can also find ukmade @BritishGoods on twitter, @MadeInTheUnitedKingdom on tumblr and at UKMade on pinterest.

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.

 

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Why not make a conscious preference to buy British during the next year?

Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound.

You or your company or organisation 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.

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British made kitchen knives, cutlery, scissors, pewter-ware and silverware

The United Kingdom and in particular Sheffield, England is world famous for its steel products and contrary to popular belief many fine quality steel products are still manufactured in Sheffield.  There is a wide choice of quality British made kitchen knives, cutlery, pocket knives and scissors available at reasonable prices.  British made kitchen knives, cutlery, scissors and silverware:-

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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

Flags, Bunting, Windbreaks, Sunshades, Awnings and Blinds Made in Great Britain

HOLLAND PLASTICS

“Home of the strip curtain/fly/bug blind from 1964”

“STILL MADE IN ENGLAND USING BRITISH MATERIALS”

Holland Plastics make, amongst other things like bunting, screens for assisting with keeping insects out of the home.

http://www.hollandplastics.co.uk/

Holland Plastics bunting. MADE IN ENGLAND USING BRITISH MATERIALS. Premium ‘Red, White and Blue British Made Bunting – Quality Deluxe Pennant in 10 Metres strips.

Holland Plastics door blind. Slat Blind Type - Traditional. Made in England.

Holland Plastics door blind. Slat Blind Type – Traditional. Made in England.

I also came across this company, Orinoco Bunting, on the internet who sell UK made bunting – http://www.orinocobunting.co.uk

Orinoco Bunting. Made in UK.

Orinoco Bunting. Made in UK.

And Tickety Boo Bunting who hire and sell cotton bunting, all of which is made in Great Britain – http://www.ticketyboobunting.co.uk

Tickety Boo Bunting. Made in Great Britain.

Tickety Boo Bunting. Made in Great Britain.

And Reefer, who make their bunting in England, from old sails. Reefer make recycled and new material sailcloth and canvas bags, duffle bags, washbags, iPad and IPhone cases, bunting, pet products, keyrings, passport covers, luggage tags, deckchairs, windbreaks and other great stuff in England. Reefer repurpose retired and discarded material and say on their website that where possible they “make use of UK based suppliers and manufacturers”. Products are made in Devon England. Products available seem to very over time – http://www.reefersails.com

Reefer bunting. Made in Great Britain

Reefer bunting. Made in Great Britain.

Bunting Queen make all their bunting in England, and hire as well – http://www.buntingqueen.co.uk

The Bunting Club sell paper bunting that is printed in the UK – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheBuntingClub?page=1

Bella and Roo bunting, keyring, zipper pulls, decorations, etc seem to be made in England. On their twitter tagline it says “Hand crafted designs for special occasions and a beautiful home. Created in gorgeous Somerset” – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BellaandRoo

The Rainbow Paperie make their table confetti and paper garlands in the United Kingdom – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheRainbowPaperie?ref=shopinfo_shophome_leftnav

Dart Designs produce sailcloth windbreaks that are made in Devon, England. They say on their website that “the windbreaks are made in the UK…” – http://www.dartdesigns.co.uk

Dart Designs Porthcurno Sailcloth Windbreak & Bag. Made in the UK.

Dart Designs Porthcurno Sailcloth Windbreak & Bag. Made in the UK.

Southsea Deckchairs make deckchairs, parasols, sauna chairs, folding tables, windbreaks, folding stools, replacement deckchair fabric and so on. They also sell deckchair fabric by the metre, hire deckchairs and make branded deckchairs. They have been making deckchairs for the last 20 years in Portsmouth, England. Their range of resin furniture is imported. When I asked them about their UK manufacture in November 2012 they replied as follows: “Assembly work, finishing, sewing, fittings, QC, is all done in the UK. Some of the work is outsourced”. I’m pleased they are honest about their sourcing. Southsea deckchairs are used on the majority of beaches and promenades up and down the UK. They also export. As some work is outsourced and country of origin is not given on their website against individual products, please check where you deckchair or whatever you are interested in from them is made before buying – http://www.deckchairs.co.uk

Flagmakers is Britain’s oldest flag maker and a trading name of George Tutill, Able Flags and Turtle and Pearce, making flags, flagpoles, banners and bunting. Also, flag hire. Part of the Specialised Canvas Group. ‘Flagmakers’ still manufacture in the UK and have an ethical sourcing policy. I asked the company about the origin of their products and got this response: “We sew our flags here in Chesham and print at our parent company in Chesterfield. We also have an overflow printing partner in Germany. We purchase most of our material within the UK however some specialist silks are not stocked here and we have to go abroad for them. Our wood products for table flags, bases etc are sourced from a local carpenter here in Chesham.” You can see some examples of their flags here. Also part of the Specialised Canvas Group are:  JMS Flagpoles who make flagpoles in the UK, make cafe windbreaks in the UK (available at www.cafe-windbreaks.co.uk) and supply flags; Banner Box who make banners in the UK; Proflight Bags who make custom bags, emergency bags, industrial bags and covers in the UK; Specialised Canvas Services who manufacture canvas sheets and covers in the UK, including awning repairs and re-sizing, cover repairs, industrial covers, equipment covers, market stall covers, bespoke canopies, groundsheets, tent repairs, shade sails, and transport covers; Porters flags who make flags in the UK; www.flag-pole.co.uk who make flagpoles and graphic display systems in the UK. Check where the Specialised Canvas group product you want will be made – as they state above some production is outsourced for example to Germany. http://www.flags-flagpoles-banners.co.uk – a site featuring Specialised Canvas group products generally.

Aero Feather Windchaser flags for The National Trust at Clumber Park, 4 October 2011 (Banner Box)

Aero Feather Windchaser flags for The National Trust at Clumber Park, 4 October 2011 (Banner Box)

Flying Colours are makers of sewn and printed national flags, company flags, and bespoke flags and banners, bunting and beach flags. Flying Colours have a Royal Warrant for the supply of flags and related products to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. They supply to individuals, companies, organisations, local authorities and the like. One of their Union flags is flown from Windsor Castle. Their flags are manufactured in house, in the UK. Check before buying whether their bunting and suchlike is made in the UK – http://www.flyingcolours.org

The Flag Loft make all their flags in the UK. The Flag Loft supply sewn flags to the general public, industry, hotels, embassy’s and commercial customers around the world. Check before buying whether their bunting and suchlike is made in the UK – http://www.theflagloft.co.uk

Newton Newton Flags have been making flags and banners since 1975. Newton Newton are actual manufacturers and make their flags, standards and banners in Lincolnshire. They are happy to welcome visitors during normal office hours by appointment.

Their product range includes:

  • Royal, National, State and Provincial flags and banners
  • Civic flags
  • Regimental flags
  • Historical, heraldic, Diocesan, Masonic flags
  • Trade and Student Union flags
  • Sport, club flags
  • School and college flags
  • Corporate flags
  • Shipping flags, burgees and pennants
  • PVC coated nylon promotional banners
  • Fabric art banners for shopping centres, ports and airport lounges and product launches.

http://www.newtonnewtonflags.com

https://twitter.com/newtonflags

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Newton Newton Flags – Union Flag and St.George flag

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Newton Newton Flags

Earl Of Scarborough Lodge

Earl Of Scarborough Lodge by Newton Newton

Royal Signals

Royal Signals by Newton Newton

Red Dragon Flagmakers are manufacturers of traditional sewn and quality printed flags, coffin drapes, banners and bunting and other textile goods, own brand and made for others. They also sell DanoMast flagpoles which are made Denmark and not in the UK. Red Dragon Flagmakers are a social enterprise based in Swansea and Somerset and they rehabilitate through skills training and employment as well as making and selling flags, banners and bunting. All their products, except their flagpoles, appear to be British made. They say on their website “All our products are 100% made in the UK…” They also say “We are a British manufacturer only making our products in the UK.  British products are among the best in the World and worth every penny as investment pieces for the present …. and all our futures.” They also do pop-up products like Glory Pants women’s pants, Bapu slippers and Noonoo playthings for little children, but no country of origin information information is given about these products – https://www.facebook.com/reddragonflagmakers/ – https://www.reddragonflagmakers.co.uk

MrFlag of Swansea describe themselves on their webpage as “WALES’ OLDEST & BEST KNOWN FLAG BRAND. THE UK’S FIRST ONLINE FLAG RETAILER.” On their twitter tagline they say “Beautiful flags lovingly made in Great Britain by Great Britons”. They sell a wide range of printed or traditionally sewn flags, current worldwide flags, historic flags, ensigns and Jacks, signal flags, coffin drapes, bunting, beach flags, hand waving flags, windsocks, car flags, desktop flags, etc and flagpoles. Standard sizes or bespoke. Their website tells us very little about the company. Their Facebook tells us “MrFlag® is a privately owned trademark and brand, currently operated under licence by 1415 Limited” and “Mrflag’, ‘MrFlags’, and ‘MrFlag… for people with wind’ and ‘#forpeoplewithwind’ are registered trademarks of Charles Ashburne” – but that means very little to me. Most flags appear to be made in Britain, but please check before buying as possibly some of the cheaper flags are foreign made. MrFlag is a retailer – they don’t make anything so cannot be classed as a flag maker. They have their products made in Manchester and also import from SE Asia – http://www.mrflag.com

If you are buying flags and bunting, please source from a British manufacturer.  This is especially significant if you are buying Union flags, St. George flags, Scottish flags, Welsh flags, and other national flags or anything with the Union Flag or national design on it. Buy British made flags and bunting and fly the flag with pride.

For garden furniture and deck chairs that are made in Britain please click here. For British made tents, marquees and gazebos, please click here.

Field Candy (FieldCandy) sunshades, for use on the beach or in the back garden to protect you from the sun (and the rain! to some extent), are made in the UK; as are their tents, their Snoos travel pillows, their roll mats (sleeping mats) and their little flags (which match the tents). Some other Field Candy products are foreign made. For more detail on Field Candy products, please see my tents article here – http://www.fieldcandy.com

Fieldcandy Rule Britannia Union Jack sun-shade. Made in England.

Fieldcandy Rule Britannia Union Jack sun-shade. Made in England.

Deans Blinds and Awnings manufacture in the UK – Patio awnings, sun awnings, garden awnings and canopies, sun awnings for both the commercial and domestic markets. They also sell some foreign made products such as their giant umbrellas – http://www.deansblinds.co.uk

Deans awnings at Browns-Oxford 24.7.13

Deans awnings at Browns-Oxford 24.7.13

Walters in the Turl, February 2015 - Walters, the famous exclusive University outfitters in Oxford, have given their frontage a fresh look, whilst retaining the traditional patina of the building, by refurbishing their existing Victorian commercial awnings with new, bold red and white block stripe canvas type covers. The traditional Victorian awning has been manufactured in the London factory of Deans Blinds & Awnings UK Ltd and fitted by them.

Walters in the Turl, February 2015 – Walters, the famous exclusive University outfitters in Oxford, have given their frontage a fresh look, whilst retaining the traditional patina of the building, by refurbishing their existing Victorian commercial awnings with new, bold red and white block stripe canvas type covers. The traditional Victorian awning has been manufactured in the London factory of Deans Blinds & Awnings UK Ltd and fitted by them.

Insignia, Regalia and Military Uniform made in the UK

Toye (Toye, Kenning & Spencer) craftsmen have created identity products for civil and military markets since 1685. Toye & Co still manufacture some of their items in its UK factories. However, you should check with them if something is actually UK made. A lot of things they sell are manufactured outside of the UK, for example their black ties and white gloves are made abroad – http://www.toye.com

For men’s white gloves try A. Farley Country Attire or Boylan and Co.  Both sell white gloves made in England. Toye & Co white gloves are not made in the UK (and neither are their black ties).  Also, Southcombe Gloves sell white and black UK made ceremonial gloves in their e-bay store.

Established in 1887 Suppliers of Masonic and Ceremonial Regalia A. R. Fabb Bros Ltd sell items made in the UK, but you will need to check with them that what you need is made in the UK as it is not stated on their website.

A.R.Fabb Bros Ltd Master Masons Apron. Made in Britain. 29 April 2019.

A.R.Fabb Bros Ltd Master Masons Apron. Made in Britain. 29 April 2019. Label view

Spencer Thorn Jewellers (Airculture Ltd) make all their Napkin Hooks and Clips in Cornwall, England, including a range of Masonic napkin hooks and clips – http://www.napkinhook.co.uk

Hector Russell traditional Scottish regimental headwear is made in Scotland (as are some of their other products like kilts and kilt pins) – http://www.hector-russell.com

Hector Russel Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Hector Russell Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Lewis Masonic is a long established firm, founded in 1886, specialising in the publication of Masonic texts. Then called A Lewis, the focus of the company was exclusively on ritual books from Masonic Craft degrees through to the Masonic side orders. In 1973, A Lewis became part of Ian Allan Publishing and the name was changed from ‘A Lewis’ to ‘Lewis Masonic’. Nowadays, ritual books are still kept a priority at Lewis Masonic but the company’s focus has expanded to cover all areas of Masonic publishing.

Hand and Lock – fine hand embroidery since 1767 – M Hand and S Lock merged in 2001 to form Hand and Lock – Civilian and Military Regalia and fashion embroidery – Hand embroidered badges for clubs, institutions, societies, liveries, and masons; military laces and accoutrements; bespoke hand embroidery – They have a store and workshop in London – I am not sure how much they use British made materials or if all their items are made in the UK – http://www.handembroidery.com

Jacquard Weaving Company Limited will produce your club or corporate design woven in the finest detail.  100% manufactured in the UK woven badges, labels, epaulettes, pennants, ties (traditional or “Clip On”, bows and ruffles) plus they can customise polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and the like and uniform clothing with woven badges permanently attached, or fully embroidered designs. They also have eBay shop stocking many “off the shelf” badges etc at http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Badges-Patches-and-Things – http://www.jacquard.co.uk

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm. Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm. Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

For name tags to in clothes, Cash’s (or J. J. Cash Ltd or more recently Cash’s Apparel Solutions (UK) Ltd) are still making some of their products in England I think. In an email of 8/813 Cash’s told me “we still make the name tapes , bookmarks and cards in Coventry”. Just their name tapes , bookmarks and cards are made in England and their other items are foreign made. I am not sure if this has changed since they went into Administration in January 2014 and then came back again in April 2014. I have not heard that manufacturing has moved from the UK but it would be advisable to check. I note they were moving to new premises during December 2014 – http://jjcash.co.uk

Royal Warrant holders the Firmin Group make and sell uniforms, ceremonial uniforms, metal badges and buttons, epaulets, horse furniture, medals, headdress, swords, uniforms, caps, gloves, clothing for films and theatre, civilian suits, and civilian hats. The oldest part of the Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655. The Firmin Group has factories in London and Birmingham, producing the majority of their products. Country of origin is not given on their website and many products they sell are foreign made. You will need to ask. The Firmin Group incorporates – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, and Patey Hats.

http://www.firminhouse.com

Patey Hats –  Royal Warrant holders – Riding hats, top hats, bowler hats, military hats and caps, peaked caps, ceremonial hats, trilby hats, fedora hats, hat boxes / bags and so on – Patey Hats also offer monogrammed initials embroidered either inside, or on the back of the velvet lining by Hand and Lock, and hat repairs. Prices are not given on their website, but you can see prices of some military items on their E.C Snaith and Sons website. They have a store in London (and no other stores) near Oxford Circus and sometimes visit shows. I am not sure if all their hats are made in England – you will need to ask – http://www.pateyhats.com

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 - Princes William and Harry. Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 – Princes William and Harry. Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

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