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Your chance to WIN this gorgeous crepe jersey dress from womenswear brand Rua Luja

Rua Luja

Aliya Crepe Jersey Signature dress from Rua Luja

RUA LUJA designs for the lady who likes to be unique and stylish. They hand make dresses, tops and jackets from cutting edge to the red carpet look.

RUA LUJA use locally sourced high quality fabrics from chiffon or faux fur to tweed and make their garments. They are a small team and make everything in their studio in the northwest of England, where time and precision is key to their collection pieces.

One lucky reader will WIN the fabulous Aliya dress, which is the signature dress from Rua Luja’s collection. This dress is made from Morgan Crepe Jersey and is classically stylish with a high neck and caped sleeves. Perfect for any occasion this summer!

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:

In which part of England is Rua Luja’s studio?

  • Closing date: 17th July 2018 – Entries received after the closing date will not be included in the prize draw.

    *Competition is only open to UK residents. See our terms and conditions for full details.

To find out more about Rua Luja click here or visit www.rualuja.com

You chance to WIN the Conway Stewart Fountain Pen from luxury brand Westminster Pens

Westminster Pens

The Conway Stewart Red Ribbon pen

Westminster Pens are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN the fabulous Conway Stewart Red Ribbon Fountain pen from their Chelsea Collection.

Westminster Pens are the experts in quality fountain pens which are created and assembled by hand, here in the UK. They work hard to combine the finest materials not only from a bygone age but also to embrace materials such as ‘Tru-stone’, ‘Syn-Gem’ which have the feel and smoothness of marble, and also look stunning.

The Conway Stewart Red Ribbon is a beautiful pen with a swirling red ribbon which winds itself through the body of the fountain pen, popping up where you least expect it. Gold plated attachments have been added to complement the red whirl look and a premium Beaufort nib comes as standard.

Westminster Pens

The Conway Stewart comes in a beautiful gift box…not that you will want to give it away!

The pen comes with its own pen case plus cartridge and filler so that the lucky winner can change the colour of the ink whenever they choose.

To be in with a chance of winning this luxury prize just answer this simple question:

Name one of the materials that Westminster Pens embrace when making their classic pens?

  • Winners will be contacted via email and/or SMS. We will not pass your details to any third party unless you have expressly agreed to us doing so.
  • By giving your mobile number you agree to us notifying you via SMS if you have won the prize.
  • Closing date: 3rd July 2018 – Entries received after the closing date will not be included in the prize draw.

    *Competition is only open to UK residents over the age of 18. **By ticking the consent box for receiving more information from the business holding the competition you are agreeing for us to pass your name, email and telephone number to them. As we say in our privacy policy we will never pass on your details without your consent.

    See our terms and conditions for full details.

To find out more about Westminster Pens click here or visit them at www.westminsterpens.co.uk

Take a look at the fabulous Brands exhibiting in the Make it British Live! Brand Hall

This year we have a fantastic variety of brands exhibiting in our Brand Hall, with everything from beauty to shoes, fashion to homeware, accessories and more! Don’t miss out on seeing these products in all their live glory and meeting the brand owners in person!

Lovegrove Essentials

Lovegrove

Lovegrove Essentials is a family-owned company, producing luxurious holistic skincare. The products are handmade and ethically produced at our HQ in Dorset, where we encourage people to look at their overall happiness and wellbeing in relation to their skin health.

Tripster & Smith

Tripster & Smith Tripster & Smith – swanky hankies. Launch of men’s silk and wool snazzy pocket squares inspired by urban graffiti splashes – a quiet revolution to bring colour and cool to traditional booted and suited. A flash of colour, a hanky to wipe your phone or to mop your brow on a stressful day.

Modlo

Modlo

British interiors & accessories brand with a lust for life. We are maximalists at heart. Celebrators of pattern & colour. Enchanted by the eclectic. Lovers of individuality. Our collections of nature inspired prints are characterised by imposing patterns with bold & deep colours.

Calzeat

Calzeat

Our Company is based in the Lowlands of Scotland and has almost 50 years experience in Designing and Weaving of quality fabrics and accessories, many of which find their way to prestigious design houses, showrooms and stores around the world.

Eyato

Eyato British made shoes

Eyato

Eyato London creations are as luxurious and distinct as they are bold stylish, quirky and sophisticated. Specialising in Made to Order luxury accessories and timeless statement pieces, with personalisation woven through the fabric of the brand, an Eyato creation is all about you. www.eyato.com”

Draper of Glastonbury

The oldest sheepskin footwear manufacturer in the UK making luxurious products of sheepskin and leather for over 80 years. A fourth generation family business based in Glastonbury in the heart of England's traditional sheepskin industry country, we sell to prestigious outlets throughout the world.

Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth Martin Tweed

Elizabeth Martin Tweed

Elizabeth Martin Brand is a capsule womenswear clothing collection made from fabrics sourced from UK Mills. All connected to tradition and heritage and Made in Britain. The designs offer understated style, elegance and luxury.The Elizabeth Martin woman likes to be different and buys quality.

StarlingandHider

StarlingandHider StarlingandHider is a chic contemporary brand making handmade accessories in London for life on the move. Encouraging people to carry less“Handsfree” and “KeepMoving” this bag brand understands that life is not ideal: their Studio Gamer “Meetup”backpack was designed to carry 3 laptops! Not to be missed!

London Organic PR

London Organic PR is an agency that works with ethical, made in the UK emerging designers. We help with marketing, production, sales and events for our clients. We are currently opening a boutique in Marylebone in which we would love new designers to join and make their mark in London.

Yarmouth Stores

Yarmouth Stores

Yarmouth Stores Ltd has designed and manufactured quality workwear garments to the highest standards in Great Yarmouth, Great Britain for over 100 years. Our traditional workwear garments, originally designed for practical use in the workplace, are being re-imagined for the 21st century.

Isabella Queen

Isabella Queen

Isabella Queen

ISABELLA QUEEN is a British luxury brand offering quality-remarkable Italian leather accessories handcrafted in London, a brand proudly rooted in England, where all the bags are carefully handcrafted at our London atelier, by expert leather smiths.

Flo&Vie

Flo &Vie

At Flo&Vie we design luxury accessories that get people talking. Run by Naomi & Nick Allen, and named after their two daughters, the company sets about making the world a lovelier place with enchanting luxury accessories that are designed to get people talking.

VMC Accessories

Drawing on 3 generations of knitting experience and know how VMC design and manufacture quality hats, scarves and gloves in the UK using locally sourced yarns

Smyth & Gibson

Handmade shirting; masterfully stitched and passionately produced. Made in Londonderry, UK. Drawing on 3 generations of knitting experience and know how VMC design and manufacture quality hats, scarves and gloves in the UK using locally sourced yarns.

MM Studio

MM Studio

MM STUDIO ltd. produces unique and customer tailored products. Our latest line is Lighting Elements ‘Kaleidos’, which are an innovative way of illuminating public and private spaces using LED and remote controls. Our other venture is a fashion line of handmade clothes using natural materials.

Nelson Were Designs

A new high quality brand of original designer leather bags and accessories. Each exclusive piece is individually handcrafted to order by Nelson using traditional leather craft techniques and quality leather sourced from British suppliers. We also offer design, sampling,manufacture and prototype services.

Rozenbroek

Rozenbroek is the ethical menswear brand that doesn’t compromise. Offering hand made, contemporary basics and luxury pieces, transparently produced in England, with the finest organic and sustainably sourced materials, we celebrate design and durability.

 

Alie Street

Alie Street

Alie Street

At Alie Street they give you the opportunity to feel confident and glamorous in impeccably made day dresses, red carpet gowns and wedding dresses. Designed and made in Britain.

Tiffany Rose

Alie Street, Tiffany Rose, Alie Street, lace, dresses, occasion wear, maternity, bridal

Launched in 2003, Tiffany Rose is an award-winning maternity label specialising in beautiful maternity dresses, innovative nursing styles and bridal wear – all designed for expectant mums with an occasion in mind. In 2015 Tiffany Rose expanded to include the women’s wear label, Alie Street London.

Rock Stone Silk

Rock Stone Silk

At Rock Stone Silk we have created a portfolio of surface pattern designs intended for use in high-end Fashion and Interiors. Our rich, intricate designs, derived from microscopic images, are sourced from ancient geological sites. Come and see our beautiful collection on Silk, Ceramic & Wallpaper.

Geoff Stocker

Menswear, top ten

Geoff Stocker

Geoff Stocker is a Menswear brand that produces a range of printed silk pocket squares, ties, scarves & dressing gowns. My style is very fluid. It can vary from classic through to graphic and hard edged, where influences from Art Deco & Ethnic Art can be detected. All products are made in Britain.

Forge Denim

Forge Denim is based in Sheffield and is a premium menswear brand. All our clothing would be manufactured in the UK using companies that we selected for the quality of their work, and the care that they showed towards their staff and the environment.

Bianca Elgar

Bianca Elgar is a multi award-winning designer who has created a capsule clothing collection of uncomplicated modern shapes coupled with a range of wearable-art statement accessories.  Her intention is to create high quality, exclusive clothing, and accessories for women. The collections are inspired by her love for creativity, the expression of individuality and a passion for high-quality British craftsmanship.

Organised Chaos

Organised Chaos creates beautiful, gutsy, statement pieces. Individual Vintage pieces given a new lease of life with Claire Swindale’s fabric designs. And the Made To Order Collection for the confident, fearless, boutique hotels and restaurants out there.

Bee Good

Bee Good

Bee Good is a small, independent British skincare company based in rural Hampshire. We harness the potent properties of honey bee ingredients and expertly blend them with naturally active botanicals to create a range of gentle yet effective skincare for women and men of all ages and all skin types.

The Dapper House

Based in Northamptonshire we manufacture tableware products from locally sourced materials. We sell own brand items & are keen to work with customers to help build their own ranges. Displaying for the first time at the show we are looking forward to meeting new customer interested in UK made goods.

trade show, Make it British!

Your chance to win a  Snapaka A2 lightweight folding travel guitar from experts Snap Dragon Guitars

Snap Dragon Guitars

The Snapaka A2 lightweight folding travel guitar

Snap Dragon Guitars was established in 2011 to create a new breed of folding travel guitar. Small and light enough to take as carry-on luggage on any airline, Snap Dragon Guitars switch from “performance” to “storage” mode in less than 20 seconds.

Snap Dragon Guitars manufacture over 500 instruments a year in their custom workshops in Ongar, Essex. Hand crafted by specialist luthiers, their rugged, highly repeatable, hinge mechanism minimises the tuning issues, often associated with other folding instruments, and their high quality components ensure excellent sound and performance.

All of their necks and fingerboards are made from maple, and their bodies are constructed in sustainable bamboo or, highly durable, composite materials.

Snap Dragon Guitars are great for gigs, ideal for students, and perfect for hotel rooms. You can take one wherever you go.

To be in with a chance of winning one their most popular guitars, answer this simple question…

How long does it take to switch a Snap Dragon Folding Travel Guitar from “performance” to “storage” mode?

Competition now closed

To find out more about Snap Dragon Guitars click here or visit www.snap-dragon-guitars.co.uk

Your chance to win TWO tickets to the Make it British Live! Symposium and hear from our stellar line up of expert speakers.

If you have any interest in UK manufacturing, as a designer, a maker, a retailer, an investor or a potential employee, you will find much to inspire you at the Make it British Live! Symposium on 23 & 24 May.

The Make it British Live! Symposium will shine the light on some great heritage brands and British success stories at this two-day conference within the Make it British Live! trade show.

This year’s symposium is chaired by industry commentator Eric Musgrave and talks include panel discussions and keynote speakers covering topics such as production, funding, IP protection, skills and marketing.

The two-day programme of seminars brings together inspiring, informed and provocative people who are passionate about manufacturing in the UK. Full details of the speaker line up can be found here.

We are offering you the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to the Symposium which will mean that you and your guest can attend all of the talks on both Wednesday 23rd May and Thursday 24th May 2018 at our central London venue.

PLUS a special prize for every runner up 🙂

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:

Which industry commentator is chairing the Make it British Live! Symposium?

Competition now closed

To find out more about the symposium click here.

To register to attend the Make it British Live! trade show click here.

Your chance to WIN your choice of products to the value of £50 from The English Beagle

Gift box prizes

Design your own gift box worth £50

The English Beagle celebrates the love of family and gift giving providing beautiful heartfelt gifts for your nearest and dearest. It strives to be your go-to shopping site that aims to create a point of difference providing stunning gifts with personality and purpose in this crowded retail market.

With Suzy, the original English Beagle at the helm and her dutiful owner, twenty-four handpicked partners come together to create a thriving community of British entrepreneurs from Mumtrepreneurs, crafts-people and environmental and charitable champions. There is a story behind every brand that has set her tail a-wagging!

The English Beagle passionately supports British design and manufacture and every product listed on the site is designed and manufactured within the UK, from the first glaze to the first stitch. Browse through their seasonal finds with stunning gifts at a good price point from £5 – £50 and support British manufacturers with beautiful gifts for the home, garden, your children and pets.

The English Beagle are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a gift box of products of their choice worth £50. Design your box for a loved one or spoil yourself.

Design a gift box of your choice

A Prosecco teamed box to add a bit of Fizz

To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize just answer this simple question:

What is the name of the original English Beagle?

Competition now closed

To find out more about The English Beagle click here or visit website www.theenglishbeagle.com

Your chance to WIN everything you need for the perfect nights sleep with this gift set from Organic House

Organic House British brand

The Organic House Sleep set contains a room spray, body oil and candle to help set you up for a relaxing sleep

 

Organic House is a premium, effective brand of organic, natural skincare and home products. Their range includes many beauty products as well as their fabulous soy candles, which harness natural active ingredients renowned for their benefits; to nourish, protect, restore and heal.

Organic House products are perfect if you are looking to achieve clear, healthy skin and a natural glow without make-up. Their products are a pleasure to use, contain ingredients rich in anti-oxidants and each product has multiple benefits on the skin to cleanse, moisturise, brighten, lift, firm, soothe all without harmful preservatives, harsh chemicals, or synthetic fragrances.

They are also a unisex brand which means everyone in the house can benefit from their skincare benefits.

Organic House are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN the relaxing sleep set which includes some of their best selling products.  The winner will receive a Relax & Sleep room spray, Relax & Sleep body oil and a Peace & Calm natural candle. Everything you need to prepare for a peaceful sleep!

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:

What kind of candles beginning with S are used in the Organic House range? 

Competition now closed

To find out more about Organic House click here or visit them at www.organichouseskincare.com

Your chance to WIN the glorious Massimo silk pocket square from MondoMagna

Mondomagna British made silk square

The Massimo silk pocket square from MondoMagna

MondoMagna design and make printed silk products using print patterns that are unique and exclusive to them.  The silk is printed in Worcestershire, England whilst the hems are hand rolled and  stitched in Ireland.

The Massimo Silk Pocket Square has a black background colour with pops of white, blue, red and green. It will liven up any jacket or shirt and make your spring wardrobe pop!

MondoMagna British made silk square

The Massimo comes in a lovely metal gift box

The Massimo is 42cm square and arrives in a lovely metal gift box, so will make a wonderful gift, if you can bring yourself to part with it!

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:

What size is the Massimo scarf by MondoMagna?

Competition now closed

To find out more about MondoMagna click here or visit www.mondomagna.myshopify.com

 

 

Your chance to WIN the Monique black polka dot maxi dress with high collar from Zalinah White

Zalinah White British brand

The Monique polka dot dress by Zalinah White

Zalinah White offers modest womenswear designed and handcrafted in London. Combining luxurious fabrics and linings with refined practical details, Zalinah White is committed to producing clothing that balance everyday functionality with timeless sophistication.

Using the highest quality materials, each Zalinah White piece is handcrafted to perfection with meticulous attention to detail and subject to a rigorous multi-stage prototyping process before the first samples are made, tested and approved.

Zalinah White British brand

The dress comes in black with white polka dots and is made from premium cotton fabric.

Zalinah White are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN the Monique maxi dress. The dress comes in black with white polka dots and is made from premium cotton fabric. It features a high collar and elasticated cuffs and is even machine washable!

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:

Where are Zalinah White garments designed and manufactured?

Competition now closed

To find out more about Zalinah White click here or visit www.zalinahwhite.com

Your chance to WIN a gorgeous leather belt, in your choice of size and colour, from luxury brand Equitek

Leather belt with brass buckle from Equitek

Equitek are bespoke saddle makers to the trade and retail and also makers of luxury Equestrian products. They are a New Company established in 2016.  After working in the trade for 39 years, owner David decided it was time to make his own mark in the saddle Industry.

Equitek are passionate about British quality and source the best materials to create beautiful handmade leather products.

Equitek are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN a leather belt with a solid brass buckle in their choice of black, brown or tan. The belts can be worn by a lady or gentleman and can be made in the size you desire.

Equitek British made leather belt

The Equitek Leather belt is available in black, brown or tan for our lucky winner.

To be in with a chance to WIN this gorgeous bespoke belt just answer this simple question:

How many years experience does owner David have in saddle making?

Competition now closed

To find out more about Equitek click here or visit  www.equitek.co.uk

 

 

Your chance to WIN your choice of denim clutch bag or leather collar from accessories label Embellished Truth

 

Embellished Truth British made accessories

The Sultanah Clutch is made from up-cycled denim

 

Embellished Truth is an accessories label which focuses on environmental sensibilities.

Launched in 2010, they create trans-seasonal handbag collections for the luxury fashion market. Each piece is made using the finest eco-friendly leather which has been vegetable tanned in Europe. The tanning process is free from chrome and other heavy metals and uses vegetable substances which are harvested in a sustainable way. The end result is beautifully soft, breathable and biodegradable leather. They also make fashion items using up-cycled denim, like the fabulous ‘Sultanah’ clutch.

Embellished Truth are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN their choice of either the denim ‘Sultanah’ clutch or the Bomshell collar.

Embellished Truth British made accessories

The Bombshell Collar is made from chrome-free, vegetable tanned leather and recycled brass bombshells

The ‘Sultanah’ clutch which is Embellished Truth’s  signature design and their first vegan friendly bag. It is made from an unwanted pair of jeans.

The Bombshell Collar is made from chrome-free, vegetable tanned leather and recycled brass bombshells. The brass plate is crafted from remnants from the war in Cambodia by disadvantaged artisans, where they are able to work from home and earn a living.

Both items are handmade in London.

To be in with a chance of winning either one of these fabulous items just answer this simple question:

What up-cycled material makes the ‘Sultanah’ clutch?

Competition now closed

To find out more about Embellished Truth click here or visit them at www.embellishedtruth.com

 

 

 

Your chance to WIN the gorgeous “Bobbing Along” silk accessories set from Flo&Vie

Flo & Vie British brand

Flo&Vie ‘Bobbing Along’ accessories set

Flo&Vie is run by Naomi & Nick Allen, and named after their two daughters. The company sets about making the world a lovelier place with enchanting products that are designed to get people talking.

Flo&Vie make gorgeous silk scarves and accessories in vibrant designs that will get people talking. You can buy a beautiful scarf from their collection or you can commission a bespoke scarf or accessory where Naomi and Nick will turn your story into a beautiful piece of art that you can wear. The ultimate gift!

Flo&Vie British accessories

The Bobbing Along accessories can be worn in a number of ways

As well as their scarves, Flo&Vie have a fabulous range of accessories including the ‘Bobbing Along’ set which includes a pocket square and pussy bow in the enchanting creatures from the deep ‘Bobbing Along’ print. They are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN the set, which retails for £85.00.

The set can be worn around the neck or wrist, or in the hair or round a handbag strap. However you choose to wear the accessories they will add colour, uniqueness and a talking point to any outfit.

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:

Which relatives of Nick and Naomi Allen lend their names to the brand Flo&Vie?

Competition now closed

To find out more about Flo&Vie click here or visit www.floandvie.co.uk

 

Your chance to WIN not one, but three beauty sets from British skincare experts, Bee Good

Bee Good British skincare competition

Bee Good Award Winners set

 

Bee Good are makers of award-winning naturally focused skincare all containing honey, beeswax and propolis carefully harvested from beautiful British bees.

Bee Good are a certified Cruelty Free brand and they work to secure the future of the bees by investing in their relationships with British Bee Farmers and Beekeepers. Bee Good actually keep their own bees in their wildflower meadow and the safety and health of their hives and honeybees is paramount.  This is the reason they only use honey, beeswax and propolis in their Bee Good formulations and not Royal Jelly or Bee Venom.

Bee Good British Skincare

Bee God Trio of Lipbalms

The lovely team at Bee Good are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN not one, but three skincare sets so that they can experience the wonderful skin benefits of honey, beeswax and propolis. This prize includes their Award Winners set which contains their 2-in-1 cream cleanser and the vanilla and honey lip balm. It also includes the Bee Good Lipbalm Trio, each in a delicious and natural flavour and beautifully packaged making a perfect gift.  And finally, if you have your holiday already booked then the Travel Trio is everything you need to keep skin moisturised and hydrated whilst you are on your travels.

Bee Good British skincare

Bee Good Travel Trio

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize just answer this simple question:

Honey, Beeswax and what other harvested ingredient are used in Bee Good products?

Competition now closed

To find out more about Bee Good click here or visit www.beegood.co.uk

Your chance to WIN any one item of clothing from Roundabout Childrenswear

Roundabout Childrenswear

Roundabout Childrenswear are offering you the chance to win an item of clothing of your choice

Roundabout Childrenswear is a premium brand capturing those special childhood memories of outdoor adventure.

The brand was created in 2015 by Jo, who wanted to make the kind of clothes that allow children to play and explore with family and friends in fun, easy to wear styles. The range allows you to enjoy the tradition of handmade clothes with a contemporary look. You can choose original, limited edition designs proudly made in Britain.

Roundabout Childrenswear are offering one lucky winner the chance to choose any one product from the website. So that could be a gorgeous dress, a pair of printed trousers, and applique t-shirt or a sun hat. Whatever takes your fancy, it could be yours!

Roundabout Childrenswear

The dresses, trousers and shorts and are available in a range of sizes from 3 months to 10 years. They are all reversible too!

The dresses, trousers and shorts and are available in a range of sizes from 3 months to 10 years. They’re all handmade using high quality cottons, are reversible and come in a variety of colourful and interesting fabrics.

To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:

In what year did Jo launch Roundabout Childrenswear?

Competition now closed

To find out more about Roundabout Childrenswear click here or visit www.roundaboutchildrenswear.co.uk

The Ultimate List of Christmas Gifts made in Britain that are under £20!

Secret Santa, stocking fillers and presents for class teachers; sometimes you need a Christmas gift that is fabulous but won’t blow your entire festive budget. We bring you our pick of British-made Christmas gifts that have plenty of wow factor, but are all £20 or under.

20th Century Cloth: Mid-Century Coasters  £18

20th Century Cloth Make it British Christmas

20th Century Cloth coasters

Handmade by a UK manufacturer established in 1964, these melamine coasters make the perfect gift for any midcentury modern fan.

Baddeley Brothers: Book £20

Baddeley Brothers Book Make it British Christmas

By The Gentle Author, with designs by David Pearson: For anyone with a serious interest in print, design and typography BADDELEY BROTHERS tells the dramatic story of the Baddeley family.

Broughton and Co: Dog Tags £15

Broughton & Co Dog Tags Make it British Christmas

Broughton & Co Dog Tags

This stunning diamond dog tag makes the perfect Christmas gift for our loved companions! Inspired by Disney’s Lady & The Tramp this tag comes in Silver or Gold and can be engraved in 4 different fonts as you please.

Corrymoor: Mohair Socks £14.90

Corrymoor Make it British Christmas

Corrymoor Mohair Socks

Devon Stripes socks are made from carefully selected mohair grown entirely at Corrymoor Farm. The mohair is combed and spun in Cornwall and  knitted in Leicestershire.

Create Gift Love: Personalised Christmas Decoration £8

Create Gift Love Make it British Christmas

Create Gift Love personalised Christmas decoration

A unique personalised hexagon-shaped Christmas decoration, delicately cut with letters of your choice. Handmade in the UK.

Dom and Geri: Personalised wrapping paper £3.99

Dom and Geri wrap Make it British Christmas

Dom and Geri personalised gift wrap

If you’re looking to make someone’s Christmas extra special, shop Dom and geri’s unique personalised wrapping paper! Upload a photo and text to customise the design using their easy to use online personalisation tool.

Dr Zigs: My First Giant Bubble Kit £19.99

Dr Zigs Make it British Christmas

Dr Zigs My First Bubble Kit

Just Dip, Drip, and Bubble! It’s child’s play! Award winning, environmentally lovely bubbles – which excel in quality and performance.

Fairfield Gardens: Trio of lip balms £10.49

Fairfield lip balm Make it British Christmas

Fairfield lip balm

Useful and Practical Ideas: The Flower Tower £12.99

Flower Tower Make it British Christmas

Flower Tower

The Flower Tower™ is a free standing and wall mounted tower that provides an easy to grow, low-maintenance column of blooming colour that is the perfect gift for garden lovers who enjoy patio or balcony living.

Freed of London: Christmas Pointe Shoe Keyring

Freed of London Make it British Christmas

Freed of London Christmas Pointe shoe keyring

Tiny Dancer! These super cute Limited Edition Pointe Shoe keyrings are the ideal stocking filler this Christmas. Made in the world-renowned Freed ballet shoe factory.

Happy & Glorious: Fragrance diffuser £12.50

Happy & Glorious Make it British Christmas

Happy & Glorious diffuser

This beautiful British fragrance diffuser is made with high quality essential oils. Scented with sweet orange, spicy cinnamon and warming clove, this popular fragrance is perfect for the autumn and winter seasons.

Hidden Curiosities: Gin miniature £8

Hidden Curiosities Miniature Make it British Christmas

Hidden Curiosities Miniature

Small batch artisan gin distilled in the Surrey Hills. With 20 intriguing botanicals to create a remarkably curious gin. The perfect stocking filler!

Josery: Kid’s dinosaur T-shirt £19.45

Josery kids T-shirt Make it British Christmas

Josery kids T-shirt

The T-Shirt is made from British Made fabric in Josery’s Nottingham factory.  A great gift for any youngster who is into dinosaurs.

Lomas & Lomas: Handmade Candle £20

Lomas and Lomas Make it British Christmas

Lomas and Lomas candle

Made in small batches of 4-6 these candles are all handmade in the Lomas & Lomas Derbyshire studio. Made with natural soy wax, quality fragrance oils and cotton/linen wicks to ensure a clean burn and both hot and cold scent throw. Burn time of 40+ hours.

Lootybag: Personalised swimbag £17.99

LootyBag Make it British Christmas

Lootybag personalised swimbag

A beautiful personalised fairy swim bag for children with your child’s name embroidered in thread. Handmade from premium cotton and waterproof lined. Available in other designs.

L&S Prints: Mushcush £9.99

LS Prints

LS Prints Mushcush

The perfect comedy secret Santa gift! Any photo put onto a beautifully soft suede feel cushion.

MiniXplorers: Personalised children’s book £19.99

MiniXplorers Make it British Christmas

MiniXplorers personalised children’s book

This perfectly personalised adventure comes with a personalised character (hair/skin colour) personal message (which you can create for the last page) and the child’s name throughout. A beautiful, useful, educational gift!

Mums Bake Cakes: Shortbread Gift Box £12

Mums Bake Cakes Make it British Christmas

Mums Bake Cakes shortbread giftbox

Beautiful Giftbox of Shortbread delivered by hand by local bakers across the UK. Catering for all dietary requirements. This Shortbread gift box is available in Brighton. To see availability around UK go to www.mumsbakecakes.co.uk and input your postcode. No delivery Charges.

Nutmeg and Sage: Wheat and lavender heat bag £16.50

Nutmeg and sage Make it British Christmas

Nutmeg and Sage

Wheat and lavender heat bag featuring a dusky rose leaf design and finished with velvet ribbon. A thoughtful gift handmade with UK grown organic wheat and delicately scented with dried organic lavender.

Pet Mirrors: Cut-out animal clock £19.99

Pet mirrors Make it British Christmas

Pet Mirrors Clock

Round, heart or square shaped clock. With your favourite animal cut-outs at 12, 3, 6, 9 & the middle. Makes a unique gift for any pet lover. Can have a black or white face. 25cm diameter.

Roundabout Childrenswear: Han-knitted hoodies £19

roundabout Make it British Christmas

Roundabout Childrenswear hoodie

Hand-knitted, cosy hooded cardigans – the perfect, easy to wear extra layer all year round.

Seams: Handcream £14

Seams Make it British Christmas

Seams Handcream

SEAMS Hand Cream was created for seamstresses to help Mend, Moisturise and Soothe their dry, pinpricked hardworking hands. Now the go-to hand cream for make-up artists SEAMS is a must for anyone who wants incredibly soft hands.

Stickibox: Car Kit £18

Stickibox Make it British Christmas

Stickibox Car Kit

Stickibox Kits are activity packs that allow children to convert plain cardboard boxes into customised vehicles. The box, stickers and card cut outs are designed for children to colour in and decorate. Children can use their imaginations to turn their vehicles into whatever they dream of.

Stormchase: kid’s hand and wristwarmers £17.95

Stormchase Make it British wristwarmers

Stormchase kid’s wristwarmers

Stormchase wrist and hand warmers are very versatile for any one who wants extra warmth whilst outside pursuing their favourite outdoor activity. Thermal,water/wind resistant, breathable and so comfortable!

The Rose Tree: Bath and Shower Oil £18

The Rose Tree

The Rose Tree

The award winning bath and shower treatment oil to calm the mind and relax the body. Leaves skin subtly scented and silky soft, made with 78% organic ingredients.

Three Bears Yarn: Elf crochet pattern and yarn

Three Bears Yarn elf kit

It’s nearly time for the mischievous Elf on a shelf to make a return to many homes. Three Bears Yarn are offering a pattern and yarn pack at the fantastic price of £13.99! Each pack including a printed pattern and a ball of all six colours needed.

Ticklish Kids: Art waist apron/brush roll £9.50

Ticklish Kids

Ticklish Kids apron

Great stocking filler for budding artists. This splatter print apron has pockets perfect for storing paintbrushes as a tool roll or keeping at the ready for important artwork projects.

Tramp Menswear: Venz Beanie Hat £19

Trampmenswear Make it British Christmas

Tramp Menswear beanie hat

Grey knitted beanie hat The ‘best of the bunch’. Tramp Menswear’s grey beanie is easy to wear and soft to touch. perfect for his Christmas stocking!

 

Yesterhome: Mancave sign £14.99

Yesterhome Make it British Christmas

Yesterhome Mancave sign

Complete your man cave with this great solid cast metal man cave sign! Made from Solid Cast Aluminium with a polished finish. Hand polished lettering and edging with a weatherproof coated finish if you wish to use it outdoors. Sold complete with fixing screws. Dimensions: 22cm x 2cm

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The ultimate guide to British knitwear brands – all made in the UK

British knitwear is world-renowned. It’s no wonder – the mechanical knitting machine was invented in England and the oldest operating factory in the world is owned by a knitwear manufacturer – John Smedley.

When it comes to quality, British knitwear can’t be beaten. Whether it’s menswear, womenswear or childrenswear; hand or machine knitted; cashmere, wool or cotton; heritage brand or start-up; there’s a British knit for everyone.

If you’re looking for the best British knitwear brands, you’ll love our ultimate list. Presented in alphabetical order…

&Daughter

and daughter british knitwear brandLuxury women’s knitwear & accessories made in Scotland & Ireland. Aran knit & cable wool jumpers, cardigans and hand-finished cashmere.

Ally Bee

Ally Bee British knitwear

Ally Bee 

Ally Bee makes beautiful sustainable knitwear, adopting a ‘cradle to cradle’ commitment to fashion. They seek out natural fibres with care for the land and animal welfare and adopt the cleanest processing and dying.

Barrie 

barrie knitwear

Barrie

An historic manufacturer of premium cashmere, established in the Scottish Borders in 1903. Barrie Knitwear is renowned for its outstanding, traditional expertise.

The Beehive Brand

The Beehive Brand

The Beehive Brand

A new soulful British knitwear brand, sharing the story of Beehives woollen heritage and knitting pattern archives from industrial Britain since 1785.  The Beehive Brand is located in the market town of Darlington within the North East of England, where they explore and celebrate the community and industry of all things craft, the spirit of soul and the industrial era.

British Christmas Jumpers

British Christmas Jumpers

British Christmas Jumpers

At Make it British we love a Christmas Jumper and British Christmas Jumpers offer a huge range of designs, all made in the UK of course!

Brora

British British knitwear brand

Brora

Brora are known for their luxury, Scottish cashmere knitwear.

Collingwood-Norris

Collingwood Norris British knitwear brand

Collingwood-Norris

Knitted jumpers and accessories for men and women, designed and made in their small studio in the Scottish Borders. Using the finest lambswool, each scarf, hat, wrap, and jumper is individually knitted by Flora in her studio.

Cooking Apple

Cooking Apple knitwear

Cooking Apple

Traditional yet wearable clothes for children and adults. Cooking Apple designs are inspired by forgotten patterns and styles, which are then knitted up in beautiful colours. Each piece is hand-knitted in the Cotswolds by a small team.

Eleven Everything

Eleven Everything knitwear

Eleven Everything

Eleven Everything creates luxury fashion knitwear designed in London, knitted in Britain and completed with foiling and hand finishing back in London in an east end artisan studio.

Esk

Esk British Knitwear

Esk

Esk combine style and luxury in their knitwear. They make and mill everything in Scotland under the same roof and source their yarns with care and integrity, trying to use the small but rich seam of spinners in Britain.

Fanclub

Fanclub British knitwear

Fanclub

Fanclub is a London based knitwear brand. Yarns are sourced from Britain’s premium suppliers, spun in England and Scotland.

Genevieve Sweeney

Genevieve Sweeney British knitwear

Genevieve Sweeney

Marrying contemporary design with exceptional hand finishes, Genevieve Sweeney makes her eponymous brand entirely in the UK.

Glenbrae

Glenbrae British knitwear

Glenbrae

With a heritage born in the mill town of Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, and a reputation renowned the world over, Glenbrae’s history is rich in developing technical yarns.

Glencroft

Glencroft Countrywear

Glencroft

Richard Sexton & Co is a family run British clothing company based in Clapham, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Since 1987 they have been supplying wholesale with their quality ‘Glencroft’ brand which includes some beautiful knitwear pieces.

Glenevan Mill

Glenevan mill British cashmere knitwear

Glenevan Mill

Since its foundation in 1978 on the hills of the Scottish Borders, Glenevan Mill has been producing exclusive handmade Cashmere knitwear for its discerning clientele around the world.

Harley of Scotland

Harley of Scotland

Harley of Scotland have produced quality knitwear for 87 years. Their ideas and inspiration,  eclectic blends of the highest quality fibres, textures and patterns, and pairing their traditional techniques with highly sophisticated technology ensures the perfect balance between old and new.

Hawick Knitwear

Hawick Knitwear

Hawick Knitwear

Hawick has long been a mill town with a successful textile industry, supplying the world with the best knitwear available. Hawick Knitwear is at the heart of the industry and can trace its history of manufacturing back to 1874.

John Smedley

John Smedley knitwear

John Smedley

Established in 1784, John Smedley are the oldest manufacturing factory in the world, crafting beautiful, high quality garments that are designed to last, made in Britain and distributed the world over.

Johnstons of Elgin

Johnstons of Elgin cashmere knitwear

Johnstons of Elgin

Founded in 1797, the Johnstons knitting mill in Hawick, has a team of highly skilled designers and craftspeople working together to create their wonderful knitwear.

Last of England

Last of England knitwear

Last of England

Last Of England is a clothing brand which is led by design. Last Of England takes stylistic inspiration from the past to create items that will endure in the future and use the manufacturing talents of British industry.

Leith Clothing

Leith clothing sweater

Leith Clothing

Leith clothing is a British menswear brand whose range includes cable knit jumpers crafted on the Shetland islands using 100% Shetland wool from the Jamiesons mill – a company who have been supplying yarn since the 1890s.

Oubas Knitwear

Oubas knitwear

Oubas Knitwear

Oubas Knitwear create beautiful and timeless knitted pieces from natural fibres. Oubas values made in Britain; drawing on the rich history that surrounds them to bring contemporary products with high end craftsmanship.

Paul James Knitwear

Paul James Knitwear

Paul James

Paul James is a luxury, Leicestershire-based knitwear manufacturer. They take yarns from all over the world and knit them into stylish, functional garments that are made to last.

Peregrine

Peregrine British knitwear

Peregrine

Peregrine is an English Heritage clothing brand with British Heritage Merino wool jumpers and cardigans.

Plum of London

Plum of London British knitwear

Plum of London

Luxury knitwear brand Plum of London makes its entire range within these shores meaning that they can support local, highly-skilled industries whilst keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum!

Ramnation

Ramnation British knitwear

Ramnation

As well as making very nice knitwear, Ramnation are passionate about provenance and supply chain, insisting that their wool is British, their dyes natural and non-toxic, a Cornish mill and a factory in Nottinghamshire.

Richmond Knitwear

Richmond British Knitwear

Richmond Knitwear

Richmond Knitwear is country, cricket, work and schoolwear knitted by Crystal Knitwear since 1990.

Ross Barr

Ross Bar

Ross Barr is a Menswear Fashion, Lifestyle and Heritage brand that champions the craftsmanship and quality of British Manufacturing.

Shackleton 

Shackleton

British clothing authentically made and inspired by Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. Range includes merino jumpers knitted in Hawick.

The Tailor Retailored

The Tailor Retailored

Designer men’s luxury Scottish cashmere knitwear combining modern fits and design with traditional artisanal construction.

Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves British Knitwear

Turtle Doves

Nestled in the heart of Shropshire the Turtle Doves team specialises in turning pre-loved cashmere jumpers into practical and gorgeously soft new accessories.

Unmade

Unmade British knitwear

Unmade

UMd is an experimental fashion label from the team behind Unmade. Everything produced by UMd is powered by Unmade technology, made to order and unique to the customer. UMd works in collaboration with other innovative global brands, reflecting Unmade’s desire to transform fashion by working with the industry.

Valentina Karellas

Valentina Karellas knitwear

Valentina Karellas

At Valentina Karellas every piece of knitwear is one-of-a kind. Valentina uses surplus yarn from large factories that would otherwise have gone to waste. The result: each piece of knitwear is a lifelong-lasting, entirely unique London original.

Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude Scottish knitwear

Verisimilitude

Based in the Outer Hebrides, Verisimilitude source Scottish wool for all of their knitwear and use its natural tone and grain to create uniqueness for each piece that they produce.

We are Rushworth

We are Rushworth British knitwear

We are Rushworth

We are Rushworth are a Scottish borders based clothing label started in 2012. All of their knitwear is made in Scotland.

William Lockie

William Lockie Scottish knitwear

William Lockie

William Lockie is one of the oldest family run luxury knitwear businesses based in the Scottish Borders. They specialise in knitwear made from natural fibres such as Cashmere, Camelhair, Merino, Geelong & Lambswool using traditional techniques that have been passed down for generations.

Wonderers

Wonderers British knitwear for kids

Wonderers

Wonderers makes knitwear for 3 to 10 year olds. All Wonderers knits are made in the UK using 100% natural fibres.

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this article about British Knitwear. You can also see which Make it British members make knitwear in our directory here

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We interview Olga Rumble, founder of British luxury skincare brand, The Rose Tree.

Olga Rumble; The Rose Tree; skin care; organic

Olga Rumble, founder and owner of The Rose Tree

The Rose Tree offers customers organic skincare products made with high quality natural organic ingredients. The Rose Tree’s award winning products all have aromatherapy benefits as well as being amazing for the skin, no small achievement for a lady who had no prior experience in skincare!

We chat to Rose Tree founder, Olga Rumble, about how she started her business by accident and how she has grown it to become a well-loved, award winning, luxury brand.

Olga, can you tell us about how The Rose Tree was launched and your background prior to starting the brand?

I actually started the brand by accident. I had a real corporate job, doing project management for IT departments. After leaving my permanent role at The Yellow Pages in Reading, I was contracting in London for the likes of News International, BBC and O2.

As much as I liked the roles, the commute got the better of me and I decided I didn’t want to do this forever. I took time out and recharged my batteries. I had been feeling stressed and as a result I was suffering from eczema.

I have always been interested in aromatherapy and as one of four girls I’d always made potions to try out on my sisters. I was also fed up with using the standard recommended creams for eczema prone skin which were often ineffective and full of undesirable ingredients.

Now with some time to myself, and with irritated skin, I decided to follow this up and did some courses on soap-making and skincare. Feedback from my family and friends about how good my products were made the decision that this could become a business.

How long did it take between having the initial idea to actually trading as The Rose Tree?

It took me two years from the time I left my corporate life to launching The Rose Tree. In that time, I studied hard, went on courses and thought about the products I wanted to offer. I was interested in natural products, plants, aromatherapy and botanical ingredients. I wanted to offer products using the best ingredients possible, that would nurture the skin. I had to work with a chemist to assess my formulations as this is a legal requirement within Europe. There are a lot of health and safety processes that you have to work through when creating anything to do with skincare. Once my formulations were in place I then had to start to source my ingredients.

The Rose Tree; organic; skincare; bath products; natural oils; natural butters

The Rose Tree offers a range of skincare and bath products using quality natural ingredients from British suppliers

Can you tell us about the natural ingredients you choose and why?

I use organic ingredients from certified suppliers so that I can account for the traceability of my ingredients. Some of my favourite ingredients include rosehip oil for facial oils, and rose essential oil and rose petals for bath and shower oils. Rose is obviously significant as it features in the name of the brand and is an iconic British flower, but it’s also beautiful to use in skincare products.

I use lots of other natural butters and oils too, such as calendula infused oil for soothing irritated skin. Lots of bath products on the market won’t use these valuable ingredients in bath products, only using them in the skincare products, but I will use it in the bath oils too as I see the value in it and want to make my products as effective as they can be.

I choose to source all of my ingredients in Britain or, for things that can’t be produced here or don’t originate from the UK in their original form, from British suppliers. For example, I use UK suppliers for my rose products but a lot of the roses are actually grown in places like Turkey, where the climate is more predictable.

natural oils; natural butters; organic; skincare; The Rose Tree; rose petal

Olga uses natural oils and butters to create her skincare range

You make and source everything in the UK, what challenges do you face with this?

Finding suppliers to build a relationship with and that you can trust. If you google shea butter you will find that you can buy it anywhere but, what is hard to account for, is the traceability and the ethnicity of it. It’s hard to find suppliers who are happy to share that information with you. In this instance I use a supplier in the UK who sources shea butter from a women’s community project in Ghana and the supplier can provide me with specific information about the group so I can be confident in the quality of the ingredient and how ethically it has been sourced.

What are the advantages of using UK suppliers?

UK suppliers are perhaps a little bit more expensive than suppliers overseas but it matters to the brand to use UK suppliers and it allows me to have a close relationship with them offering transparency and confidence that their claims are genuine. With items like essential oils I can guarantee that they are good quality, and that the concentrate of the oil is the maximum.

I would be wary of using suppliers from outside of the UK incase the oils I receive are diluted or mixed with other ingredients. I want the purest ingredients and often use cold pressed oils that have been processed as little as possible. My UK suppliers source me ingredients that I know are pure.

How did you test the effectiveness of the products when you first started the brand?

When I started creating products I hadn’t planned on it becoming a business so they were tested on willing family and friends to start with. But, along the way, I’ve become more business savvy and have started using market research. I get feedback from customers via questionnaires, but particularly through social media.

I’ve found Facebook, Twitter and Instagram best for engaging with our customers. These social media platforms offer the chance for the brand to create a community of users and I can talk to them as a group or one to one and build a relationship with them.

Who is the main target market for The Rose Tree?

Women in their 30s and 40s, who are mums and busy career women. We’re not targeting the people that are seduced by an 18 year old model on the packaging; but those who want a good quality, effective skincare routine that will only take two minutes out of their day, but that has a therapeutic benefit as well – a little bit of luxury in a very hectic day.

Stress is the biggest complaint amongst women in the workplace in their 30s and 40s. This stress, lack of time for themselves, age and hormones can all affect skin condition. So I offer products for customers with many needs for example sensitive skin, dry skin/oily/combination skin, those prone to breakouts and also dryness.

I wrote a blog piece on the subject of stress in women which you can read here.

The Rose Tree; organic; skincare; luxury; treat; therapeutic

The Rose Tree’s products offer effective skincare as well as being a luxurious treat

How do you promote your brand to this audience?

Marketing, google analytics and SEO have all been a steep learning curve but I’ve found that social media platforms definitely help with promotion and driving traffic to the website. As does the blog, and I’m blogging on a more regular basis now.

I tend not to advertise in magazines as it’s a very expensive promotion route, but I do market on the back of awards the brand has won. Awards are a great way of validating the quality of the brand.

Which single decision have you made which has had a significant benefit on the success of your brand?

I think probably to ask for help.  As an entrepreneur, it can be very isolating working on your own, and no matter what you do, there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.  I came from a position where I found asking for help very difficult, but now accept that to be successful and build a strong business, that means seeking help from others.  I work with a mentor who has proved invaluable (and kept me sane). I work with a DIT advisor who is helping with our international expansion, and a number of different marketing specialists who help with our marketing strategy and SEO.

Have you made any mistakes which you have learnt from during the process?

Yes, lots of mistakes! Had I approached this endeavor as a business in the first place I’d have thought about customer demographics, products, marketing etc. in the first instance. Because of the route it’s taken, the brand has won awards without planning out these details, so perhaps I haven’t been able to utilise these successes as effectively as I may have done.

One issue I encountered was with a new supplier providing bottles, but the tops didn’t fit! It took a lot of negotiation and persuasion to rectify as the supplier had provided the bottles from existing stock and the tops from a new line. I now know that bottles and tops are ordered as separate items and do not necessary match up! But you only learn these things through experience.

What would be your key tips for someone passionate about starting their own beauty brand?

For me it’s been an amazing journey and I’m hoping this is just the beginning for The Rose Tree. My advice would be to do your homework; think what do you want to achieve; who is your customer; what they want; the products they need; the price point and where you will sell it. Create a solid business plan first as preparation beforehand is time well spent. Doing it the way I did caused unnecessary stress and hassle!

You need to be aware that the business side takes over and leaves you less time for the bits you enjoy. I thought it would be all about doing the nice bits that I love, but as an entrepreneur, especially in the beginning before you can outsource, there are so many things you need to do yourself.

What is next for The Rose Tree?

I’m exploring export opportunities with a lot of interest from beauty retailers who want a piece of British Beauty.

And I’m working on a few new products too…that’s my favourite part of the job!

Tanya Dimitrova is a garment manufacturer based in London. Her studio provides pattern cutting, sampling and garment production for designers and high street retailers, with orders as low as one piece. We caught up with Tanya to find out more about her business.

Tanya Dimitrova London

Tanya Dimitrova with one of the wedding gowns she designed and made

Tanya, can you tell us a little about your background?

I started making clothes at the age of 16 when my mum, teacher by day, tailor by night, nurtured my love for fashion and helped me develop my pattern cutting and tailoring skills.  This soon developed into a full-time position and I started accepting bespoke tailoring orders from private clients. This often included making bridal gowns and grooms wear for friends’ weddings.

On my arrival to the UK I studied at the London College of Fashion and further developed high-end garment manufacturing skills, whilst also working in the pattern cutting department at Karen Millen.

garment manufacturer Tanya Dimitrova

You manufacture garments for other people’s brands as well as for your own brand, Lluks London. Which came first?

It all started back in the 2000’s in a tiny studio in my flat with only one sewing machine and a cutting table. Today, we produce over 80 garments a week and our capacity is expanding as we are looking to hire more machinists. While I am the driving force, my manufacturing studio is supported by a highly skilled team of ten.

The same team helped me develop my own ready to wear collection, Lluks London, launched in early 2017. Our Lluks London showroom is a great addition to the premises as we now offer bespoke tailoring and bridal services to private clients interested in bespoke and unique pieces.

garment manufacturer Tanya Dimitrova London

The Tanya Dimitrova studio in North West London

What drove you to launch your own brand? And can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it?

I have always wanted to see smiles on client’s faces when they wear clothes I made. Manufacturing garments for designers meant I would very rarely meet the person wearing it.

We started advertising in local directories and soon discovered that there was the potential for the opening of a bespoke tailoring showroom where private clients could try on the ready-to-wear range or have their own ideas brought to life.

The inspiration behind the brand’s name, Lluks, comes from my love for skulls’ drawings. This word is simply spelt backwards and colours associated with skulls are reflected in my debut ready-to-wear collection.

The Opulent Coat by Tanya Dimitrova

The Opulent Coat by Tanya Dimitrova

What advice would you give designers who say it’s too expensive to make in the UK?

There are always pros and cons associated with manufacturing in the UK and abroad. While blue chip companies look for larger capacity factories, which the UK rarely has, it is an ideal starting point for smaller brands.

Being able to manufacture in the UK means greater control over the product testing process. Speaking one language helps to foster a better understanding of what the designer expects to find in a finished product.

We often get contacted by designers who initially sought to manufacture outside the UK, and it took them a year to realise that in the long term, it is better to be able to speak to a local manufacturer face to face, than book costly tickets to outsource in the Far East. Or spend hundreds of pounds on back-and-forth postage fees for incorrectly produced garments.

What is the minimum order you would take from a start up brand?

We accept orders from as little as one garment. This allows us and the client to get a feel of how our working relationship could develop in the future, and whether or not we are a good fit for each other. Our production MOQ (minimum order quantity) is equal to 5 pieces per style.

You are very good at using social media. What tips would you give other manufacturers looking to promote themselves in this way? 

Social media is often underestimated by garment manufacturers. It is important to remember that most start-up brands look for inspiration nowhere else but social media channels. We assess, analyse and strategically develop our campaigns before investing. For us, it’s more about ‘How to make the most of social media’ rather than considering this a complete waste of money.

How do you think Brexit will affect your garment manufacturing business?

After the Brexit vote we have struggled to hire highly skilled staff. Most of our team have been trained in the EU and their contribution to UK garment manufacturing is enormous.

It would be useful to see graduates from sewing and pattern cutting courses coming into manufacturing. Unfortunately, almost all applications we receive today are from young designers or merchandise managers.

If you could give any tips to a manufacturer considering starting their own brand, what would it be?

Starting your own brand along with an already existing manufacturing business to look after is not easy. This turns into a 24/7 occupation and is very demanding. You may need to reconsider some aspects of your manufacturing business in order to find time for the more creative side of things. Memorising a deadline for a manufacturing client is easier than handling an appointments calendar for both private and trade clients. In today’s world, let technology become your best friend and think carefully before launching your own brand as it comes with its own challenges.

You can find out more about Tanya Dimitrova and her garment manufacturing services here.

Summer holidays are here and we have all the British-made beach accessories you need to make any beach paradise.

With the kids off school and many businesses enjoying a bit of down time, August is the most popular month for  people to take their summer holidays. Whether you are hitting a UK beach, or somewhere further afield, we have everything you need to make your day at the beach comfortable, stylish and fun filled!

Carrything

Carrything British made beach accessory

Carrything

Forget making three trips from the car/hotel to the beach, with Carrything you can transport your towels, goggles, buckets and spades all in one go. This little beauty happens to be just as useful for the shopping too!

Charlie Noble

Charlie Noble beach accessories

Charlie Noble

Never before did a game of bat and ball on the beach look so sophisticated! And with the bag being a thing of beauty in itself, this is the ultimate beach indulgence!

Hemingsworth

Hemmingsworth

Hemingsworth

The swimwear label for men that looks as smart on the beach as it does in the pool bar. Quality English fashion, impeccably crafted and designed.

Hotter

Hotter beach shoes

Hotter

Hotter shoes give you great British design and quality with their stylish and comfortable range of footwear for men and women. An extensive range of sandals means they will be sure to have the perfect pair for the beach, the promenade and your evening out.

The Beach Towel Clip

The Beach Towel Clip

The Beach Towel Clip

100% British-made and available in a choice of colours, The Beach Towel clip is the solution to the age old problem of chasing your clean towel around a sandy beach. A holiday game-changer!

Sunwiser

Sunwiser

Sunwiser

Hats and visors by Sunwiser are made in Poole, Dorset with most of their fabrics being sourced form the UK too. They offer a terrific range of colours and  styles and offer you protection from the sun without interfering with your game, book or paddle!

Holland Street

Holland Street

Holland Street

Every holiday warrants one little treat, one piece of glamour and luxury that will make you feel good for the whole trip. Look no further. Silk kaftans from Holland Street are handmade in Britain and are utterly beautiful!

JuJu Footwear

JuJu Footwear

JuJu Footwear

Creators of the original British jelly shoes, JuJu jellies have been proudly made in England for over 25 years using traditional manufacturing methods in their Northampton factory. Who doesn’t associate jelly shoes with summer holidays!?

Mill Products

Mill Products

Mill Products

Mill products produce a range of plastic goods in their UK factory, including traditional bucket and spade sets. An absolute beach must-have for any family!

robyn & willow

Robyn & Willow

robyn & willow

robyn & willow is a women’s luxury lifestyle label founded by British designers Elizabeth Talbot and Kaydia Torrell. All their designs are proudly made in England and covers everything you need for a holiday taking you from exotic to urban locations.

 

Southsea Deckchairs

Southsea Deckchairs

Southsea Deckchairs

A trip to the beach wouldn’t be the same without reclining in a traditional deckchair and if you are visiting a UK seafront there is a good chance these guys will have supplied the chairs you see there! Portsmouth based and the UK’s leading supplier of deckchairs, take a look for fabulous colours, designs and even branded chairs.

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How a lightbulb moment on a windy beach became a thriving business for The Beach Towel Clip inventor – Jonathan Meare.

Frustrated that his beach towel kept blowing away in the wind, former property professional Jonathan Meare came up with a solution – The Beach Towel Clip.

Now his invention is used all over the world, and every single Beach Towel Clip is manufactured in Britain.

Here he tells us his story…

Jonathan Meare Beach Towel Clip

Jonathan Meare – inventor of the Beach Towel Clip

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and why you started making The Beach Towel Clip? 

I took voluntary redundancy in 2008 and with time on my hands I ended up sat on Talamanca Beach in Ibiza. Frustrated by my towel blowing away or moving every time I went for a dip in the sea, I came up with an idea to hold it down. I put eyelets in the four corners of the towel and used metal tent pegs to hold it flat. This worked a treat until the pegs went rusty in the sand!

On a return visit to the same beach a couple mentioned they had seen my idea and copied it with their own beach towel.

Once I got back to the UK I registered the idea of a product designed to hold a beach towel down with the OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market).  I then came up with ideas for a clip as it was easier than getting towel manufacturers to start putting holes in their towels!

beach towel clip

The Beach Towel Clip in action

What assistance did you have with launching the business?

I was assisted by a product development company in Manchester called Lucid. They told me something called Innovation Vouchers that I could apply for from the North West Development Agency. I used this funding to help pay for the R&D (research & development), prototyping and design work needed to develop the product.

Post launch I was also assisted by the Government’s UKTI who helped me get the clips into retailers in over 30 countries worldwide.

How many versions of the design did you have to test before coming up with the final clip?

The first design was printed on a 3D printer. After a few tweaks it was reprinted and then it was perfect. We tested the first prototypes on a very soggy Porthmadog beach in North Wales.

The Beach Towel Clip

Can you tell us a bit about how you found your UK manufacturer? And why you chose them to work with?

I went out to tender to companies around the world. Then narrowed it down to several UK companies. Following factory visits I chose FMT (Form Mould and Tooling) in Suffolk, who were both competitive and able to provide a good service.

They have been a great company to deal with and I would highly recommend them.

Why is it important for you to manufacture your clips in the UK?

Making in the UK gives me complete control of the manufacturing process. Plus I have great pride in the Made in Britain stamp on the clips.

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What have been some of your best moments since launching the product?

I’ve appeared on BBC Radio, represented the Federation of Small Businesses in Brussels, and been invited to Buckingham Palace and The Houses of Parliament.

It’s also great to have people say that they’ve seen my product in shops in Brazil or Canada, or to walk past people using them on the beach.

The Beach Towel Clip

 

Do you have plans to expand the range into other holiday accessories, or even home accessories?

Not at the moment. For now we are working on developing new colours for the Beach Towel Clip and also branded versions that companies can use for promotional purposes.

Final fun fact, where is your holiday destination of choice?

Ibiza – back on Talamanca beach watching those without beach towel clips chase their towels down the beach!!

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English sparkling wine is one of our favourite summer tipples here at Make it British. So we’ve decided to create a list to help you enjoy it too! Here’s our Top 10 of English sparkling wines…

According to the English Wine Producers there are over 500 commercial vineyards in the UK and 133 wineries. 66% of the wine produced in England is sparkling.

English sparkling wine is fantastic – if you haven’t tried it you really should. It easily matches the quality of that produced in Champagne. In fact, in the last 16 years English sparkling wines have won more awards than any other countries!

Even the French are getting in on the act – Champagne brand Taitinger have invested in a Kent vineyard, the first Grand Marque Champagne house to do so in the UK.

I’m sure we’ll be adding to this list as we try out more English sparkling wines ☺️

If you have one to recommend please do leave a suggestion in the comments at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

Camel Valley

Camel Valley have been producing award-winning, world-class wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall since 1989. Their flagship sparkling Cornwall Brut is a fresh and fruity fizz.

Chapel Down

Chapel Down English Sparkling Wine

Chapel Down English Sparkling Wine

Chapel Down are a leading winemaker in Tenterden, Kent.They have a great selection of sparkling wine including those from their Kit’s Coty vineyard on the North Downs of Kent.

Denbies

Denbies English Sparkling Wine

Denbies English Sparkling Wine

The Denbies Estate, based in Dorking, Surrey, has been family owned and run since 1984 and is the biggest single wine estate in the UK. They offer a range of sparkling wines including their Demi-Sec, Sparkling Rose and Greenfields.

Digby 

Digby English Sparkling Wine

Digby English Sparkling Wine

Digby maintain long-term relationships with the best vineyards across English wine country (typically Kent, Sussex and Hampshire) to ensure a supply of only the finest quality berries. This diversity allows them to achieve their hallmark richness of flavour and texture.

Greyfriars

Greyfriars English Sparkling Wine

Greyfriars English Sparkling Wine

Greyfriars was originally planted in 1989 in Surrey’s Hog’s Back, and has been producing great grapes and wines for over 20 years.

Gusbourne 

The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. They offer three sparking wines including an English Rose.

Lyme Bay Winery

Lyme Bay English Sparkling Wine

Lyme Bay

The Lyme Bay Winery is a small, dedicated West Country company passionate about producing delicious, award-winning English Wines in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley. Their English Sparking wine is a fruit-driven sparkling wine that displays refreshing lemon and green apple notes

Nyetimber

Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine

Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine

For over 25 years the Nyetimber Vineyard has had a single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine, one to rival the very best in the world, including Champagne.

Ridgeview

Ridgeview English Sparkling Wine

Ridgeview English Sparkling Wine

Ridgeview is a family company dedicated to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine using traditional sparkling grape varieties and methods. Devotion to the vineyards and winemaking has resulted in Ridgeview being the proud winners of numerous international sparkling wine trophies.

Three Choirs

Three Choirs English Sparkling Wine

Three Choirs English Sparkling Wine

Three Choirs make award winning English wine from their Gloucestershire vineyards. Our sparkling wine of choice at Meet the Manufacturer 2017. We can vouch for how well this goes down!

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We took our Facebook Live to Wimbledon Village, to interview designer Joseph Azagury in his shop and to find out more about why he decided to reshore his footwear manufacturing

Joseph Azagury has been making designer women’s shoes for over 25 years and has, in the last four years, taken the step of re-shoring his manufacturing to the UK.

We interviewed him live on Facebook and spoke to him about his decision to reshore his production and set up his own UK atelier. What did he see as the benefits of bringing his production back to Britain? And what were the challenges?

Read a transcription of the interview below.

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Joseph, would you mind giving anyone that isn’t familiar with Joseph Azagury, a description of your business?

We design and manufacture ladies shoes, which we have been doing now for 25 years. The style and look of the shoes is modern classic footwear. We try and get to the top end of the market. It’s aimed for a customer between 25 to 45 and upwards.

You created these lovely pink shoes specially for Wimbledon tennis fortnight, because obviously being in the village you’re right in the heart of it aren’t you?

Yes we started doing a special item for the Wimbledon tournament last year, and they proved to be really popular.

Last year we just produced one sample as a window display to be part of the whole atmosphere of Wimbledon, but they proved to be so popular that this year we decided to do a small limited production run of the shoes for Wimbledon, and again they proved very popular.

We have decided that every year from now on we’re going to do a special item for the Wimbledon tournament.

Strawberry Kiss: limited edition for the Wimbledon Tennis 2017

Strawberry Kiss: limited edition for the Wimbledon Tennis 2017

A few years ago you reshored your footwear manufacturing back to the UK,  where were you making before that?

We were producing everything in Italy. It is supposed to be the capital of shoemaking and I suppose for the level of footwear that we were wanting to produce there was no other option at the time.

What was your motivation to bring the production back to the UK a few years ago?

It was something that I’d always wanted to do.  I’d studied at Cordwainers College, which is now part of the London College of Fashion. My whole education was here, so I’d always felt that I wanted to do something here.

About four years ago we noticed there was a distinct change in Italy. The product was becoming more expensive to produce; there were quite a few factories closing down around us; and I felt that put us in a pretty precarious position. We were subcontracted to other factories so our whole business was reliant on those factories. We didn’t have total control.  So we decided that we would scale back a bit, and try and set up some UK manufacturing.

People said we were mad, but I felt it was something that was possible, and so we started in a slow way. We’re slowly getting bigger and it’s proving to be quite successful.

So you have your own premises where you make shoes yourself, and that’s nearby to the shop isn’t it?

That’s right,  plus we also use a lot of outsourced workers, and so we’re gradually building a team around us. Eventually we would like to have everything in-house, and produce everything in one spot.

Joseph Azagury British made raffia shoes

So one of the motivations was to have total control over the business?

That’s right, and it also gives us a lot of flexibility. For example, with somebody who’s looking for a pair of shoes but they want it made up in a different colour, or with a slight alteration to the pattern, we can provide that kind of service.

People said you were mad when you decided to re-shore your manufacturing, what would you say has been the biggest challenge you faced in doing so?

The biggest challenge was actually finding people who could do the work, and we’re still looking for people, so if anybody’s out there and they’re involved in the shoe business, contact us…

What would you say is the biggest benefit so far?

We get more control over the whole operation and our costs have dramatically reduced, which is surprising.  It’s actually much more economical to do it this way, producing by hand in this country. We still import all the leathers and components and things from Italy, because those people aren’t available in the UK anymore. Overall, the whole operation has worked really well.

What would you say to another brand that’s currently making their items offshore,  if they’re thinking about doing the same thing? 

Look into it, maybe it’s not suited to every industry, but I don’t see why it shouldn’t be. Study it well, and if you feel it’s possible then take the plunge.

I think a lot of the time people are scared to manufacture in the UK because people just don’t do it anymore.

Mandy champagne & clutch by Joseph Azagury

Mandy champagne & clutch by Joseph Azagury

At the moment reshoring is quite topical as Clark’s are opening a very large shoe factory in the UK. Do you think more shoe brands will follow suit and start manufacturing here?

Well I hope so because once the factories are in place you will start getting the people producing the components for the shoe industry in this country, and find the leather suppliers based in this country too. You’ll have the whole offer. Everything could be 100% British made.

At the moment we have to get the leathers them from Italy, but if the suppliers were here we would use them.

Do you think that if we have more footwear manufacturing here then more young people will learn the crafts associated with making shoes?

Yes, but I think our whole industry is changing as well. We have to be realistic that technology is taking over. I think the traditional cobbler sitting over a stool, with nails in his teeth, will die out. That’s the same with everything, you have to accept it.

For us there’s a limit to the way we manufacture the shoes and the quantities that we can produce at the moment.

Slowly we will have to start introducing technology, so the people coming into the industry I suspect will be more technologists than shoemakers.

Kathryn Black Suede: elegant but practical heels by Joseph Azagury

Kathryn Black Suede: elegant but practical heels by Joseph Azagury

How many pairs of shoes would you say you’re making here a month at the moment?

We produce approximately 50 pairs a week.

That seems quite a lot when you’re doing it all yourself? 

Well the thing is, the way we’ve set it up is that it’s a handmade operation, but with the mentality of a production line. We’ve combined the two, and that enables us to produce a lot more than a traditional handmade shoe.

Is there a particular style that you manufacturer here at the moment?

We produce everything from our strawberry kiss shoes to knee length boots to simple little kitten heel classics. We can produce anything that takes our fancy.

You’ve been in this industry for a very long time, with a shop in Knightsbridge before the shop in Wimbledon. Are you happy in Wimbledon?

Oh, extremely happy, it really is an ideal location for us.

Do you make any white label shoes for brands?

That’s something that we don’t do at the moment, but it’s something that we would be happy to look at for the future, once we’ve got a larger production space.

Do you make any children’s shoes?

No, it’s something we’ve never done.

Would you go down that road or will you stick to what you do best?

I think at the moment we have to stick to what we do best. Trying to deviate at the moment would just take away our focus from what we’re currently doing. Who knows, maybe in the future – anything’s possible.

Olivia sand suede, perfect smart/casual footwear

Olivia sand suede, perfect smart/casual footwear

 

And for a business like Joseph Azagury it seems like anything could be possible!

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The Make it British guide to British-made cycle clothing and accessories – updated for 2017

When we started the Make it British blog in 2011 we ran an article about British-made cycle clothing and accessories. Back then such items were difficult to find.

Thankfully there has been a big increase in quality cycle-wear made in the UK and with cycling becoming all the more popular we thought it was time for an update.

Thanks to our friends on Instagram we have also learned about a few more brands to add to the list, enjoy!

Alpkit

Alpkit British-made bike packing

Alpkit British-made bike packing

Based on the edge of the Peak District, Alpkit have their own small factory making duffles, packs and bike packing bags.

BEE Clothing

Bee Outwear British-made cycling clothes

Bee Outwear British-made cycling clothes

Outerwear and shirting all handmade in East London. BEE have a strong affinity with city cycling, often featuring reflective strips, back pockets, advanced waterproofing and a little give and stretch for greater pedalling comfort.

Bike Nicks

Bike Nicks British-made cycle clothing

Bike Nicks British-made cycle clothing

Bike nicks are padded cycle undies especially for women!

Carradice

Carradice British-made cycle bags

Carradice British-made cycle bags

Carradice bicycle bags have been designed and hand made in Nelson, Lancashire since 1932.

Findra

Findra British-made cycle clothing

Findra British-made cycle clothing

Performance clothing and bike wear for women, made in Scotland.

Force GB

Force GB British-made cycle clothing

Force GB British-made cycle clothing

Force GB have been producing performance sportswear in the UK for more than 30 years.

GRN Sportswear

GRN Sportswear British-made cycle clothing

GRN Sportswear British-made cycle clothing

Ethically-made sportswear and cycle clothing sustainably manufactured in Britain.

Hackney GT

Hackney GT made in England

Hackney GT made in England

Back in 2011 they were a one man show. Hackney GT was created by cycling nut and devout weekend racer Russ Jones. It all started with a single one-off jersey design made for his music production company, and that was the start of this fabulous brand.

Impsport

Impsport British-made cycle clothing

Impsport British-made cycle clothing

Impsport specialise in custom cycling clothing, triathlon clothing & athletics clothing. They are UK based and manufacture for over 300 clubs, teams and organisations.

Mamnick

Mamnick British-made cycle socks

Mamnick British-made cycle socks

Made in England, the Mamnick lite socks are perfect for cycling.

No Such Thing Clothing

No Such Thing British-made cycle clothing

No Such Thing British-made cycle clothing

A fashion brand for women who ride. Based in London, the collection is manufactured there too (with just one exception, the technical tailored jackets).

Ride with Wolves

Ride with Wolves British-made cycle clothing

Ride with Wolves British-made cycle clothing

Hand screen-printed reflective ethical clothing from South East London, perfect for cycling.

R.E.W Reynolds

R.E.W Reynolds British-made cycle shoes

R.E.W Reynolds British-made cycle shoes

Classic Bench-made English cycling shoes, made in Northampton since 1921.

Shutt Velo Rapide

Shutt British-made cycle jerseys

Shutt British-made cycle jerseys

Based in Oxfordshire, all Shutt products are designed in Great Britain. Many of their jersey ranges are handmade in Leicestershire.

Sockmine

Sockmine British-made cycle socks

Sockmine British-made cycle socks

Born from Roy Lowe and Sons in 2013, SockMine is a brand of highly technical socks manufactured in north Nottinghamshire, here in Great Britain.

Trakke

Trakke British-made cycle accessories

Trakke British-made cycle accessories

High quality British-made bags. Inspired by vintage mountaineering equipment and handmade in Scotland.

Velobici

Velobici British-made cycle clothes and accessories

Velobici British-made cycle clothes and accessories

Velobici is an English company that produce all of their garments and accessories in their hometown of Leicester.

Velocity 

Velocity British cyclewear

Velocity British cyclewear

Great British urban cyclewear. All clothes designed and manufactured in London.

Vel-Oh

Vel-Oh handmade bags

Vel-Oh handmade bags

Born in London, currently made in Ireland, Vel-Oh is a cycling couture brand that redefines the nature of how we commute in style.

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Athleisure – clothing that takes you from the gym to the street – is on the rise. But which brands are making it in the UK? Here’s our guide to athleisure gear that’s made in Britain

We put a call out on Instagram for gym and sportswear brands that are made in the UK. Given the growing popularity of this trend it was surprising that there was little to choose from. We’d love to find more, so if you have any suggestions please let us know in the comments at the bottom of this post.

AIM Athleisure

AIM Athleisure made in Britain AIM brings the worlds of fashion and gym together. They use the highest quality fabrics to create a look and everything is manufactured in the UK. They also offer a personalisation service to make your gym gear truly personal.

Bags of Love

Bags of Love British-made leggings

Bags of Love British-made leggings

Bags of Love make personalised products of all types including these leggings. Perfect for making a statement in the gym and made in the UK, of course. Just upload your own print of photo, choose the fabric,  length and thread colour and you have your own unique pair of leggings for the gym

Bosom Buddies Sportswear

Bosom Buddies Sportswear

Bosom Buddies Sportswear

Women’s British-made sportswear brand designed by a fitness instructor and manufactured in the UK.

State of Mind

State of Mind Active wear made in BritainA sports and swimwear brand for women in sizes 14 to 28. All made in the UK, naturally.

Miner Wear

Miner Wear is a family run business that benefits from decades of expertise within the textile industry. They offer custom sportswear made in their own factory in Northumberland.

Katz Dancewear

Katz UK-made Dancewear

Katz UK-made Dancewear

Katz Dancewear, as a leading manufacturer of dancewear in the UK, provides a comprehensive range of shoes, garments, accessories and gifts for dancers of all ages.

Contrado UK

Contrado UK British-made personalised fitness wear

Contrado UK British-made personalised fitness wear

Contrado work with creatives to turn their ideas into products, including fitness wear. Everything they make is printed and handmade in London.

Gossypium

Gossypium yoga and activewear made in the UK

Voted the top ethical sportswear brand by Ethical Consumer, Gossypium  have been producing British-made yoga and activewear from organic cotton since 1998.

Josery

Josery athletic tees, made in Nottingham

Josery athletic tees, made in Nottingham

Josery is a UK manufacturer and brand that produce all of their garments in the UK. They both knit the fabric and make the garments, including these athletic tees.

Sockmine

Sockmine UK performance socks

Sockmine UK performance socks

Technical sports socks made in Britain, for every activity imaginable!

Walsh

Walsh Casual British-made sports footwear

Walsh Casual British-made sports footwear

Since 1961 Norman Walsh UK have been making performance, casual, fell running, footwear. They  are the only British-owned and manufactured sports footwear brand left in the UK.

Fehr Trade

Fehr Trade digital sewing patterns for activewear

Fehr Trade digital sewing patterns for activewear

Fehr Trade gives you the option to have activewear, not only made in Britain, but made by you! They sell a variety of digital sewing patterns for activewear. Why not make your own?

Think we’ve missed something out? or got an idea for another Top 10 feature that we could run? We’d love to hear your ideas…

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