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Made in Britain :Britishness in the news this week Jul31

London Underground | House of Hackney (New York Times Blog) “…Resolutely British, all of House of Hackney’s products, with the exception of the Italian bed linens, are made in Britain and are sold in Liberty’s…” Behind the scenes at the workshop – Cherchbi Herdwyck AW11 production  (Cherchbi Blog) “…The pace, consideration and skill with which this work is conducted…

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Holland Cooper: A quintessentially British brand

Here at Make it British we like to celebrate British brands, and Holland Cooper, by their own admission, are quintessentially British. Founded by Jade Holland Cooper in 2007, the brand describes itself as ‘a glamorous mix of city influences and British eccentricity’, which translates as fine Scottish tweed tailored into sharp jackets, cute mini skirts…

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Made in Britain :Britishness in the news this week Jul24

From Britain with Love (DHL News) “Nicky Sherwood, editor of FromBritainWithLove.com, argues that there’s never been a better time to export British…”  Mulberry’s billion pound bags (Telegraph Fashion) “In addition to producing lust-worthy bags, Mulberry is now the world’s best-performing fashion house…Keen to maximise on demand for its leather goods, the brand is adding 50…

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British knitwear designers: Makepiece

A recent post about British Wool has led me to discover some fantastic British knitwear designers doing amazing things with home grown wool. One of these is the very talented company Makepiece. Here is an interview with the founder, Beate Kubitz: Hi Beate, Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you…

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Made in Britain :Britishness in the news this week Jul17

Honda Made in Britain competition (From Britain with Love) “To celebrate 20 years of manufacturing cars in their Swindon factory, the company recently launched a series of national competitions to find Britain’s best makers…after the tricky job of whittling down a shortlist, the winners have now been announced.” Introducing…Cherchbi (Style Salvage) “… the debut collection from Cherchbi, a British…

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Made by Britain

  Made by Britain is a project run by the Associated Parliamentary Manufacturing Group intending to prove that great products are still made in Britain. 650 MP’s have been asked to find a product that is manufactured in their constituency today in order to draw up a comprehensive picture of a contemporary British manufacturing industry.…

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Helen Ruth Scarves

Surely there is nothing more British than a silk square tied in a jaunty fashion about one’s person? After all, our very own Queen Elizabeth II is extremely partial to sporting one tied under her chin. However, these days not any old scarf will do; what one really needs is a Helen Ruth scarf. Printed…

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From Britain with Love – Making it British

The following is a guest post that I wrote for From Britain with Love, a site that showcases not only British made products, but also all the best that Britain has to offer, including travel features and course reviews. There are 80 billion new garments produced annually worldwide, most of which will end up in…

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Steven Harkin leather bags

Steven Harkin really knows how to make a leather bag, having worked in the design and production of them for over 25 years. Prior to launching his own collection he also taught at the prestigious Cordwainers College (part of the London College of Fashion), one of the only places in Britain where you can study the…

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The British clothing market: 10 shocking statistics

I have been reading Lucy Siegle’s book  ‘To Die For’ recently, and it contains some shocking statistics that define how much we have become accustomed to buying cheap, mass-produced clothing and accessories in the UK. Britain has become a nation of shoppers buying worthless ‘fast fashion’ without a thought to where it was produced or…

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Made in Britain: British-ness in the news this week

Mulberry sees profits soar, as it announces a 69% increase in sales. The company, known for it’s British made handbags, is expanding production capacity at its Somerset factory, creating 50 new manufacturing jobs and adding 30% to UK production capacity. Anya Hindmarch, the British handbag designer, talks about her business, including the choice of factories…

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Scottish knitwear for kids from Pride & Joy

Given the thunderstorms that we are having in June (thank you British Weather), it seemed appropriate to write about Scottish knitwear for kids in this post, rather than summer frocks. And as I’ve just been introduced to Pride & Joy, who make children’s jumpers, that is what I am going to do. Hand knitted by…

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Vintage inspired dresses by Suzannah

I’ve always been a lover of a vintage frock, but finding them in good condition at a reasonable price is getting more and more difficult these days. And then I discovered Suzannah. The Suzannah brand, designed by Suzannah Crabb, specialises in modern dresses made in the finest quality fabrics that have the look of vintage…

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Burberry – not as truly British as it once was?

There was a great post recently by Liz Jones at the Daily Mail about how Burberry is ‘trumpeting it’s British-ness’ with it’s drive to open super-flagship stores in prime London locations. These new stores will presumably act as a mecca for tourists from Asia, keen to snap up some British goods at local prices. Liz’s…

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