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Top 10 British-made sunglasses

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All the sunny weather in the UK recently has turned our attention to buying some British-made sunglasses. Read on to find out which sunglasses are made in Britain and by whom…

British-made sunglassesWe’d also like to give a special mention to eyewear designer Brian McGinn who gave us a pretty comprehensive low down on how to find some of these British-made sunglass brands.

According to Brian McGinn: “There are incredibly few British-made sunglasses brands, there are vastly more British brands producing in Asia and Europe. There are probably more craftsmen/women that will make you a bespoke frame… The UK has a solid stable of eyewear designers, freelance and in-house, working with the biggest of marques and littlest of independents.

Banton Frame Works

Banton Frameworks was born from a passion for design and manufacture. They were inspired by the UK’s manufacturing past, which was renowned for producing high quality goods that could last you a lifetime.

Barrow and Flux

Barrow and Flux

Barrow and Flux

Barrow & Flux, at its core, is a collaboration between Justin Barrow and Christian Flux. Together they handmake wooden framed glasses in England.

Bonafide MC Ginn

Bonafide MC Ginn

Bonafide MC Ginn

Eyewear design studio in London with some designs, like these, made here.

Fan Optics

Fanoptics

Fanoptics

Fan Optics designs and produces eye wear based around a philosophy that believes in modern British design and contemporary styling.

Edward Gucewicz

Mr Edward Gucewicz

Mr Edward Gucewicz

Gucewicz Eyewear is made in horn, camel bone, mammoth tusk and steel and made in London.

Magneteyes

Magneteyes

Magneteyes

Magneteyes make optical quality eco friendly magnetically connected eyewear. Designed in London Made in England

Moat House 

Moat House

Moat House

Genuinely Handcrafted Wooden Sunglasses by Moat House. Made in England from sustainable exotic hardwoods.

Occles

Occles

Occles

Slimline design with comfort rubber eye pads. Occles eye shades block out 100% of ambient light. They are designed and made in Edinburgh.

Polaroid Eyewear

Polaroid Eyewear

Polaroid Eyewear

Edwin Land invented the fist inexpensive polarised film in New York in the mid twenties. In 1929 he had his invention of modern filters to polarise light patented and went on to produce them for use in sunglasses, automobile headlights and photography.  His sunglasses are today produced at  Vale of Leven, Scotland.

Premiere Optical

Premiere Optical

Premiere Optical

Hand-made, bespoke glasses made in the UK by experienced craftsmen & women.

Termite Eyewear

Termite

Termite

Termite is a new fashion accessories brand based in London. Offering fun high fashion pieces designed and handmade from recycled wood.

Award-winning designer Bianca Elgar tells us how she has grown her British brand with a passion for creativity and luxury

Award winning designer, Bianca Elgar

Womenswear designer Bianca Elgar

Bianca, can you give a brief overview of your brand for anyone not familiar with Bianca Elgar? Bianca Elgar is an award-winning capsule wardrobe collection which includes scarves, skirts and dresses along with tops and a soon to be launched collection of versatile statement jewellery. We have a passion for quality clothes and statement accessories that make wearers look and feel good.

Everything we design is inspired by the love for creativity, which shows in our prints – they are like wearable pieces of art. The collections are perfect for a business woman looking for that statement piece to finish a work outfit, and great for lovers of high quality, uniquely luxurious pieces.

How has your brand evolved from when you first launched? From humble beginnings at my kitchen table as a print designer for interiors, via my studio garden shed, to being the scarf brand of choice for leading business women, my love and passion for quality and versatility remains.

My passion is for creating items of ‘wearable art’ that will not only look good and make you feel stylish, but will become part of a treasured capsule wardrobe. The brand has evolved with us now going into jewellery, but the ethos remains the same; good design, high quality, innovative, all made in Britain.

Bodleian reversible bolero jacket

Bodleian reversible bolero jacket by Bianca Elgar

What is the best piece of business advice that you can give to others starting up their own British-made brand? Mistakes are only an issue if you don’t learn from them. In business, as in life, follow your heart and your gut instinct.

What has influenced the directions you have taken with the brand? A love for creativity, quality fashion and life! I love designing; from the concept, right through to the creation and presentation. I’m at my happiest when I’m creating. I have developed the Bianca Elgar brand to allow me to share my passion with others; offering them the ability to create their own style and for that style to remain relevant and unique in the ever-changing fashion world. I would like my pieces to become heirlooms.

What value do you think being British-made gives to your customers?

My customers want a luxurious item and manufacturing in Britain gives them that. Sometimes I find that people outside of the UK seem to value this more than consumers here, who often don’t appreciate the value as much as those overseas, for example in China.

Bianca won the Bronze A’Design award for this dress in the Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design Category 2016-2017

How do you promote your brand? I am a firm believer in collaborating with other brands with a similar ethos and style. In a very uncertain market it is necessary to promote that we are part of the “Made in Britain” brand, whenever we can. We use social media, and direct marketing to tell our story.

You exhibited at our Meet the Manufacturer event this year in the new Brand Hall. How did you find this experience? I felt a sense of belonging, at home amongst people that speak the same Make it British language.

Right at the start of setting up my brand, I received a lot of help from Kate Hills (the founder of Make it British). She inspired me to manufacture my brand in Britain.

I have visited the MTM show over the last four years, it is a lovely way of keeping in touch with manufacturers and to build up good working relationships, which is one of the best things about manufacturing in the UK.

What are the benefits for a brand like yourself in exhibiting at a show like Meet the Manufacturer? I feel that there are many benefits for a brand like ours. Meet the Manufacturer puts our company, and what we create, face to face with customers, prospect and potential suppliers. The main reason for taking part was to generate awareness and ultimately, to make a sale.

There are a very many other opportunities that trade shows bring; we obtain customer feedback, meet the press, find partners and form strategic alliances, provide customer service, identify market trends and find that ideal ‘gap’ in the market!

The three sided skinny scarf by Bianca won the A’Design Silver award in the Fashion and Travel Accessories Design category 2016-2017

What is next for your ever-growing brand? Customers are contacting us directly following our award winning year after much positive press about us in the fashion media. We are so lucky that we have become established as an innovative brand and are now being bought directly by lovers of ‘wearable art’ and the businesswoman looking for that statement piece to set off any business outfit.

We’ll be launching a versatile statement jewellery collection soon. I cant say too much at the moment but it will include multipurpose pieces of jewellery to work with the wider collection. All made in Britain of course!

Where can we find you?

Find me in the Make it British directory here or visit my website at www.biancaelgar.com 

Your chance to WIN a made-to-fit skirt in your choice of linen or wool, from British designer Maquien.

Maquien are offering our winner the choice of two skirts, one being a linen skirt like this, perfect for summer and holidays.

Maquien is an independent British company in the East Riding of Yorkshire, founded by Vonny Law.  Maquien brings you outstanding stylish and practical garments for smart, casual and relaxed wear, in the town, city or country.

Born from the river banks of Scotland, their cloths are sourced solely in Britain, designed and manufactured in England. Maquien offer ready to wear but also bespoke garments and they are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a truly bespoke prize.

The lucky winner can choose between a summer linen skirt or a fine lambswool skirt which will carry you through to the winter months.

Maquien will make for our winner their own skirt in their choice of wool or linen to fit their exact measurements. Linen can be white or natural with contrast panels, and the wool skirt, can be rich blue as shown, or navy.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this simple question:

Where is Maquien based?

  • Closing date: 18th July 2017 – 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 Maquien click here or visit them at www.maquien.co.uk 

 

 

 

Your chance to WIN a bespoke full wet shaving kit worth over £50 from The Personal Barber

personal barber

Bespoke Wet shaving kit from The Personal Barber

As our attention this week turns to presents for Dad, The Personal Barber are offering one lucky person a prize that would make any Dad smile, or any man for that matter.

The Personal Barber specialises in premium, bespoke grooming kits for the quality savvy gentleman. Focusing on the benefits of using a single blade, their kits are designed to get you enjoying your daily routine by introducing exciting new brands, scents and unusual products.

The Personal Barber features products from around the world but by far the majority of them are British born. A big part of their ethos is in promoting small businesses which is why a lot of their products are made from independent British brands.

This really is a fabulous prize for any gentleman who likes to take care of himself with quality products.

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

The Personal Barber focus on the benefits of using which type of blade?

  • Closing date: 13th July 2017 – 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 The Personal Barber click here or visit them at www.thepersonalbarber.com

We bring you our Top 40 of the best British-made men’s accessories made in Britain

With Father’s Day just around the corner we bring you some inspiration with our list of the top 40 British-made Men’s accessories.

Barnes and Moore

Barnes and Moore British-made Father's Day gifts

Barnes and Moore

High quality leather goods and accessories crafted by hand in England.

Bespoke British Pens

Bespoke British Pens British-made Father's Day Gifts

Bespoke British Pens

Crafted by hand at workshops across England, each Bespoke British Pen is an example of British craftsmanship at its finest

Chapman Bags

Chapman Bags British-made Father's Day Gifts

Chapman Bags

Chapman Bags makes hand crafted Men’s and Women’s bags and luggage in canvas, tweed, leather, performance and technical fabrics.

Charlie Noble

Charlie Noble British-made Father's Day Gifts

Charlie Noble

The Charlie Noble is a luxurious, stylish and robust British made bag crafted from Bridge of Weir leather containing traditional handmade bats, balls and boules.

Cherchbi

Cherchbi British-made Father's Day Gifts

Cherchbi

Cherchbi craft modern men’s and women’s bags, leather goods and accessories in a robust, traditional quality using Herdwick wool and British leather.

Cordings 

Cordings of Piccadilly British-made Father's Day Gifts

Cordings of Piccadilly

Cordings of Piccadilly have been selling Brilliantly British clothing for 175 years. Their clients over the years have included the Queen Mother, Wallis Simpson; and they even kitted out Stanley before his expedition to find Dr Livingstone.

Corrymoor Socks

Corrymoor Socks British-made Father's Day Gifts

Corrymoor Socks

Mohair socks made from the Corrymoor flock of organic angora goats. They don’t smell, they don’t shrink and they’re kind to sensitive skin.

Cravat Club

Cravat Club British-made Father's Day Gifts

Cravat Club

Silk Cravats, Ties, Scarves & Pocket Squares. Handcrafted In England.

Croots

Croots British-made Father's Day Gifts

Croots

Quality Leather Gun slips, Cartridge bags, Game bags & Canvas Sporting Luggage. Handmade in England using the finest Leathers & Cotton Canvas.

Dancy’s

Dancy's British-made Father's Day Gifts

Dancy’s

British Bow ties, Ties and Pocket Squares. Skill and craftsmanship  goes into each and every one of their British made products.

DarkStar Leatherworks

DarkStar Leatherworks British-made Father's Day Gifts

DarkStar Leatherworks

Handmade leather accessories that are practical and look good whether at home, the office or on your motorcycle.

EDG London

EDG London British-made Father's Day Gifts

EDG London

Luxury designer British-made cufflinks and fashion accessories. Modelled here by style blogger Grey Fox.

Elytra England

Elytra England British-made Father's Day Gifts

Elytra England

Handcrafted contemporary leather accessories.

Ettinger

Ettinger British-made Father's Day Gifts

Ettinger

Founded in 1934, Ettinger is one of the finest luxury leather goods manufacturers in Great Britain and the only one with a Royal Warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales.

Furious Goose

Furious Goose British-made Father's Day Gifts

Furious Goose

Home of fine accessories, pocket squares, silk scarves and luxury gifts for those who dare to be different.

Galloway Kemp

Galloway Kemp British-made Father's Day Gifts

Galloway Kemp

Galloway Kemp is a new company designing and handcrafting luxurious bags and accessories utilising many traditional quality materials such as canvas, tweed and leather.

Geoff Stocker

Geoff Stocker British-made Father's Day Gifts

Geoff Stocker

Pocket Squares and other Men’s Accessories designed on computer by Geoff Stocker and digitally printed onto silk in the UK.

Glenalmond Tweed

Glenalmond Tweed British-made Father's Day Gifts

Glenalmond Tweed

Glenalmond Tweed Company provides quality Harris Tweed Clothing and Harris Tweed Products in the UK.

Harry Gaddum

Harry Gaddum British-made Father's Day Gifts

Harry Gaddum

British-made Harry Gaddum smart casual waistcoats, shirts and bow ties for men and ‘mini-me’s’, captures early 20th century elegance with a contemporary twist.

Heistercamp

Heistercamp British-made Father's Day Gifts

Heistercamp

Heistercamp make Handmade Leather Belts, Leather Messenger Bags for Men and Guitar Straps from our workshop in Devon.

Hettie

Hettie British-made Father's Day Gifts

Hettie

Accessories for Dog-Fathers and Kid-Father’s alike!

Holdall & Co.

Holdall & Co British-made Father's Day Gifts

Holdall & Co

British based designer and manufacturer of luxury leather accessories.

Ince Umbrellas

Ince Umbrellas British-made Father's Day Gifts

Ince Umbrellas

Ince offer a bespoke commission manufacturing service and can tailor the design and style of the umbrella to suit your unique specifications.

Marko John’s

Marko John's British-made Father's Day Gifts

Marko John’s

Marko John’s socks are made in England by a family-run business that has been making superior British socks since 1895.

Mondo Magna

Mondo Magna British-made Father's Day Gifts

Mondo Magna

Original and exclusive patterns, printed onto silk, then made into pocket squares with beautiful hand-rolled, hand-stitched hems and fabulous bow-ties.

N’Damus

N'Damus British-made Father's Day Gifts

N’Damus

N’Damus London is an independent luxury British accessories brand making handmade high quality leather goods with classic & distinctive designs for men & women.

NPS Shoes

NPS British-made Father's Day Gifts

NPS

Classic British-made shoes, since 1881.

Ottely

Ottely British-made Father's Day Gifts

Ottely

Ottely is a bespoke leather goods studio hand making fine quality handbags, belts and accessories.

Outline Leather

Outline Leather British-made Father's Day Gifts

Outline Leather

Outline Leather is a brand founded by two cousins to create customisable leather products from the finest materials.

Pantherella

Pantherella British-made Father's Day Gifts

Pantherella

Pantherella quality English socks – Made in England since 1937. The best yarns & signature hand-linked seams create the world’s finest socks.

Roy’s Boys

Roy's Boys British-made Father's Day Gifts

Roy’s Boys

Brilliantly odd, eccentrically British socks. The perfect gift for every trendy Dad.

Sipahi & Co

Sipahi & Co British-made Father's Day Gifts

Sipahi & Co

Eco-luxury leather goods that look amazing.

Skye Weavers

Skye Weavers British-made Father's Day Gifts

Skye Weavers

A small weaving and sewing business based on the Hebridean Isle of Skye. On their bicycle pedal-powered loom they weave a variety of woollen products including scarves, blankets, throws and wraps.

Teddy Edward of Wysall

Teddy Edward British-made Father's Day Gifts

Teddy Edward

Luxury British-made women’s and men’s clothing and accessories.

The Leather Satchel Co

The Leather Satchel British-made Father's Day Gifts

The Leather Satchel

British Made Leather Satchels, Bags and Accessories since 1966.

The Personal Barber

The Personal Barber British-made Father's Day Gifts

The Personal Barber

Hand-picked choices of the best shaving products available, delivered right to your door.

Tura London

Tura British-made Father's Day Gifts

Tura

Tura, The Belts & Leather Accessories Manufacturers.

Tusting

Tusting British-made Father's Day Gifts

Tusting

Tusting British leathergoods have a long heritage sewn into their luxury leather luggage, briefcases, handbags and accessories.

Whitlock Wooden Designs

Whitlock Wooden Designs British-made Father's Day Gifts

Whitlock Wooden Designs

Stunning & Traditional Unique Pens Made By John At Whitlock Wooden Designs.

The Worcestershire Leather Co.

Worcestershire Leather British-made Father's Day Gifts

Worcestershire Leather

The Worcestershire Leather Company provide 30 years expertise in creating Quality Handmade Leather Belts, for men and women

 

Your chance to WIN a fabulous selection of British-made gifts in our prize draw to celebrate Meet the Manufacturer 2017

To celebrate the arrival of the Make it British Brand Hall within our Meet the Manufacturer 2017 event, we have got together with some amazing British Brands to bring you the biggest prize draw we have ever done!

Prizes to be won include a leather handbag from Jardine of London, an amazing pen from Bespoke British Pens, socks from Roy’s Boys, a luxury all-in-one Tiger print pyjama from Camille, a gorgeous jumper from Channel Jumpers, a unicorn dress from Wild Things, a Mathmos Lava Lamp, silk pocket squares from Furious Goose and Geoff Stocker, a cushion from Adriana Homeware, a silk scarf from The Silk Bureau, a complete beauty set from Bee Good, an Alpaca Shawl from Plum of London, jewellery from Quince England and Ronin, silk accessories from Bianca Elgar and Mondo Magna, a T-shirt from Good Joe, a giant bubble kit from Dr. Ziggs, iPad cover from Hettie, union jack cushion and head rest covers from LS Prints, artwork from Ostara London, ribbon from Cole Fabrics, a canvas bag from Bee & Tea, a scarf from Justine Tabak, a Muggi drinks tray and the all important Carrything, to carry it all in!

One lucky person will WIN the whole lot, worth thousands of pounds.

If you want to be in with a chance there are two ways to enter:

  1. Attend the Meet the Manufacturer show and visit the Make it British stand within the Brand Hall. There you can see the prizes displayed and leave a business card at the stand to enter.
  2. If you are not able to make the show you can enter here until 31st May 2017 by answering this simple question:

Which event will the British Brands Prize Draw be displayed at?

Our lucky winner will be revealed on our Facebook LIVE at 1pm 1st June 2017.

Good luck!

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Clothing manufacturers, bag makers, fabric mills, knitwear factories, a wool room and an enterprise room specially for small businesses…find it all at ‘Meet the Manufacturer 2017’

UK manufacturers

Find UK manufacturers at Meet the Manufacturer 2016

One of the questions that I most often get asked is:

‘Where can I find UK manufacturers to make my products, I’ve looked everywhere!?‘.

So in 2014 I set up an event to solve just that problem. A trade show and conference for the UK manufacturing industry called, for want of a better name at the time, Meet the Manufacturer.

uk manufacturer trade show

The inaugural event was in 2014 and featured 56 manufacturers. This year the event will have over 170 suppliers to the UK fashion, textile and homewares industry as well as British brands that produce in Britain.

It is the place to come if you want to find a British manufacturer that can make a product to your specifications. It doesn’t matter whether your orders are large or small, there are different types of manufacturers there for everyone, and for every type of product.UK manufacturers trade show

Part of the reason that I set the show up was because I was amazed at how many people didn’t go and visit manufacturers and meet them face to face. I think this in-person networking is essential if you want to successfully make a product in the UK. I even wrote an article giving 5 good reasons why you should meet your manufacturer face to face – you can read it on our event website or on Linkedin here.

UK manufacturers trade showAlongside the trade show we also hold seminars, with leading industry speakers who can inspire you and help your business to understand the benefits and challenges of making in the UK. See the agenda here.

This year we have even more for you to see with live demonstrations and work shops and the opportunity to Meet the Expert.

As well as the free to attend seminars taking place throughout the show, we are also hosting live workshops and demonstrations in the Sewing Area of the main Manufacturers Hall. Here you will be able to see live millinery, pattern cutting, printing, leather work and of course sewing taking place. For details on the workshops click here.

We are also hosting Meet the Expert sessions this year in our Enterprise Hall. You’ll have the opportunity to meet industry experts and pick their brains on everything from production, marketing, sourcing and of course manufacturing. Click here to find out more.

I look forward to seeing you at the show.

Meet the Manufacturer, 24-25th May, The Old Truman Brewery, London. E1

To find out more about the Meet the Manufacturer trade show and conference and to register for a free trade show pass or to buy a conference ticket visit our event website at:

www.meetthemanufacturer.co.uk

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Top 10 British-made Swimwear Brands

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We bring you our Top 10 British-made Swimwear Brands in our hottest Top 10 yet!

The sun might be struggling to make an appearance here in the U.K. but thankfully many of us will have a hot destination booked up for 2017. And what every holiday needs is a great piece of swimwear. We bring you our top 10, British-made of course!

ToDiveFor

ToDiveFor British Swimwear

ToDiveFor

Luxury women’s swimwear and designer divewear designed and made in Britain.

Apollo Swim

Apollo British Swimwear

Apollo Swimwear

Apollo Swim is a UK based swimwear company creating handmade to order swimwear. Each piece is handcrafted from start to finish, cut, sewn and packaged in house with no industrial machinery involved.

Auria London

Auria London British Swimwear

Auria London

Auria swimwear is designed and developed in London and made in England using recycled fabrics made from discarded fishing nets and other waste.

Bugsy Swimwear

Bugsy British Swimwear

Bugsy Swimwear

Based in Brighton, Bugsy custom make swimwear, dance-wear and apparel. Each piece is individually cut, sewn and packaged with materials sourced in England. As well as gorgeous swimwear like the above they also make some great swim-suits for kids too!

Halcyon Blue

Halcyon Blue British Swimwear

Halcyon Blue

Halcyon Blue was established in 2005 in Kent  with the  idea to make Brazilian inspired swimwear in England. They design and source every single component used in their swimwear  and assemble them in their factory in West Sussex.

Kimberley London

Kimberley Garner British Swimwear

Kimberley Garner

Kimberley London is a luxury beachwear brand founded in 2013 by Kimberley Garner.  All pieces are Made in England and cut by hand in London, for unmatched quality.

Kiniki

Kiniki Tan Through Swimwear

Kiniki Tan Through Swimwear

Tucked away in the heart of Staffordshire, Kiniki have been creating swimwear for over 40 years. Everything from the initial concept, sourcing, design and production is completed in house under one roof.

Laurie Nouchka

Laurie Nouchka British Swimwear

Laurie Nouchka

Laurie Nouchka has been developing artworks on limited edition, luxury active-wear for the last 3 years. Laurie Nouchka collections are proudly made in the UK.

Stidston Swimwear

Stidson British Swimwear

Stidson Swimwear

Swim and bodywear, custom made by hand in Peckham, London. Each piece is one of a kind and can be work as swimwear or outerwear.

Top 20 British-made Stationery brands

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We bring you our top 20 British-made Stationery Brands.

We all use it in one form or another, but is your stationery lacking in style and quality? If so, look no further than this wonderful list of the top 20 British-made stationery accessories.  From beautiful pens to luxury journals this will revolutionise your daily ‘lists’.

Ajoto

Ajoto British Pens

Ajoto. Tools for your creative journey.

Ajoto was established in 2011 in Manchester, where they assemble, check and pack every pen in their studio.

 

ARK Colour Design

ARK Colour Design British stationery

ARK Colour Design

Made in Scotland and designed in Cambridge, some of the most cheerful colourful note pads, journals and pencil cases around.

Bound by Hand

Bound by Hand British stationery

Bound by Hand

Fine leather wedding guest books, notebooks, memory books and journals. All designed and made in Devon.

Chase and Wonder

Chase and Wonder British stationery

Chase and Wonder

Award winning designers of unique ranges of luxury greeting cards, notebooks, stationery and gift items. Proudly made in Britain.

Derwent

Derwent pencils British stationery

Derwent pencils

Derwent have been making high quality artist pencils, watercolour pencils and a wide range of supporting materials for artists since 1832. Proud of its Cumbrian roots, Derwent now make in their purpose built factory in Lillyhall.

Fraser and Parsley

Fraser and Parsley British stationery

Fraser and Parsley

Quintessentially English Bespoke Stationery – Crisp, Classic & Clean Stationery from our studio in rural Kent. Personalised Stationery with a classic feel.

Fred Aldous

Fred Aldous

Fred Aldous

Over 130 years of helping you make things. Fred Aldous offer everything you need to make everything you want, in Manchester and Leeds.

Globe-Trotter

Globe-Trotter British Stationery

Globe-Trotter

As well as beautiful luggage, the luxury brand also offer gorgeous leather journals. Handcrafted in England.

Harvey Smith Leather

Harvey Smith Leather stationery

Harvey Smith Leather

One of a kind hand dyed, hand stitched, refillable leather journals. Handcrafted in England.

Jardine of London

Jardine of London stationery

Jardine of London

Originally a luxury handbag brand, Jardine of London have just launched a collection of beautiful journals.

Leathersmith of London

Leathersmith of London stationery

Leathersmith of London

Finest quality leather bound books, diaries, leather gifts and accessories. Manufactured in England since 1839.

Mark and Fold

Mark and Fold stationery

Mark and Fold

Refreshingly simple, modern stationery. They source remarkable materials and work with small family-run factories in the UK and Holland.

The Pink Pig

Pink Pig stationery

The Pink Pig

High quality drawing books made by this family run business in Yorkshire.

Seawhite

Seawhite stationery

Seawhite

Seawhite area Brighton based suppliers and manufacturers of art & design materials to education and retail. Manufacturer of the UK’s finest sketchbooks.

Silvine

Silvine stationery

Silvine

Iconic brand Silvine stationery is a proper British institution, made by Sinclairs Stationers in Yorkshire.

The Drawing Tool Company

The Drawing Tool Co stationery

The Drawing Tool Co

The Drawing Tool Company are the company behind the IsoSketch, a global selling drawing tool. All the products from The Drawing Company are designed, developed and produced 100% here in Great Britain.

The Sketchinizer

The Sketchinizer

The Sketchinizer

The Sketchinizer is a collection of tools to inspire the interior designer and assist the passionate user to communicate via the drawn language of sketches.

Whitlock Wooden Designs

Whitlock Wooden Designs British pens

Whitlock Wooden Designs

Stunning & Traditional Unique Pens Made By John At Whitlock Wooden Designs in his Northampton workshop.

William Hannah

William Hannah UK

William Hannah UK

Beautiful notebooks to last a lifetime from William Hannah. Made in the UK.

https://www.williamhannah.com/

Top 20 British-made Garden Accessories

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We bring you our top 20 British-made Garden Accessories Brands.

With the help of our friends on Instagram and our Facebook community, we bring you our list of 20 of the best British garden accessories brands. Covering everything from greenhouses to lawn mowers, planters to hedgehog houses! The sun is out, it is time to make the most of your outdoor space!

Hartley Botanics Hartley Botancis

Offering a wide range of traditional and custom made English greenhouses, Hartley Botanic have been established since 1938 providing a range of private and commercial greenhouses to some of the leading botanical gardens.

1 Click Log Cabins 1 click log cabins

1 Click Log Cabins are based in Lancashire, manufacturing timber sectional buildings, garden buildings, log cabins and more for over 50 years. They are very proud to offer a 100% British machined and manufactured product.

Arctic Cabins Arctic Cabins

Arctic Cabins are a Derbyshire based barbecue cabin manufacturers. Arctic Cabins have been making and selling barbecue cabins for more than 15 years.

beepalace beepalace

The beepalace is the ultimate nesting home for solitary bees, made of glazed earthenware and suitable for most gardens, balconies and outside spaces. beepalace are the creators and retailers of the beepalace, based near Petersfield, Hampshire.

Briggs Bughouses

BriggsBughouses

Handmade Greenroof Bughouses made from reclaimed materials, in North London.

Dr Zigs Bubbles Dr Zigs

Dr Zigs are an award winning company who specialise in Giant Soap Bubbles and fun. They hand make all their toys and mixes which are environmentally and ethically sound. They are home to some of the biggest bubbles in the world.

Folksglove Folksglove

 

Folksglove designs and sells understated accessories for enjoying the outdoors. Their products are inspired by the British landscape and its possibilities: quiet cycles, blustery walks, wild swims and secret picnics.

Greenhouse Sensation

Greenhouse Sensation

A family owned business with a commitment to service, supporting British manufacturing and spreading the joy of gardening. Greenhouse Sensation’s in-house designed growing kits, propagators and Click & Drip range of irrigation kits make it easier for anyone to grow healthier plants.

Haws Watering Cans

Haws Umbrellas

Since 1886, the unchanged design that made John Haws famous is still manufactured in the UK today.

Hayter Lawn mowers Hayter Lawnmowers

Many significant mowers have emanated from the Hayter Headquarters in Spellbrook, a hamlet between Harlow and Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire. Hayter still design and manufacture many products at their manufacturing plant there to this day.

Heritage Garden Buildings

Heritage Garden Buildings

Heritage specialise in manufacturing bespoke garden buildings, from a small garden tool store to large summerhouses, garden offices etc. All of their products are manufactured in their workshop in Lancashire and distributed throughout the UK direct directly to their customers. Quality British made!

Hortus Ornamenti Hortus ornamenti

Hortus Ornamenti are designers and makers of some of the finest hand made garden tools, gardening accessories and gifts. Hortus Ornamenti is owned by West’s of East Dean, a specialist family run woodturning, carpentry and joinery firm that has been working with timber since 1809.

KaboodleBag Kaboodle Bag

The KaboodleBag is your answer to all life’s wet and muddy things! Made in the UK, it is the perfect gardening trug, tool bag or log basket/

Jones and Son Pigeon Spike

Jones & Son Pigeon Spikes

Jones & Son Pest Control Supplies Ltd are one of the first British owned companies to bring bird and pigeon spike manufacturing to Britain and offer them at a reasonable price.

Riverside Woodcraft Riverside Woodcraft

Riverside Woodcraft is a family run Garden, Bird, and Wildlife company operating from their premises in Tamworth, Staffordshire. They manufacture from their workshop to their own designs, and distribute their exclusive range of Bird Tables, Nest Boxes, Hedgehog Houses and other similar items to trade and public.

Ropework UK Ropework UK

Craftsman and maker of products from ROPE . Ranging from Rope Bridges, Scramble nets, rope ladders & swings to Dog leads & dog toys and from Rope door stops & such like to mats , light pulls & hammocks.

Seed Ball

Seed Ball

Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. The goal is to make it a bit easier for everyone to have gardens, balconies and window boxes that are bursting with native wildflowers, buzzing bees and beautiful butterflies (and now tasty salad and herbs too!).

Truly Woven Truly Woven

Beautiful plant hanger with a mixture of textures from this Whitby based weaver, designer and maker.

Top 25 British Ceramics brands

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We bring you our top 25 British Ceramicists and Potters.

With the help of our friends on Instagram, we bring you our list of 25 of the best British ceramics brands. Ceramics can really add individuality and art to your home and this list gives you a vast range of products from tableware, serveware, vases and sculptures all made in Britain.

Burleigh Pottery

Burleigh British Pottery

Burleigh Pottery

Home of handmade English earthenware since 1851. They are the only pottery in the world to still use copper plate transferring.

Denby

Denby Pottery

Denby Pottery

Combining heritage and high quality since 1809, Denby offer beautiful tableware, cookware and serveware.

Camila Prada

CamiBami

CamiBami

Adorable ceramics all made in the U.K. These have gone straight on to all of our wish-list!

Elizabeth Renton

Elizabeth Renton

Elizabeth Renton

Elizabeth is a London based Ceramicist making wheel thrown contemporary tableware.

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

Colourful pottery made in a Victorian factory in the heart of Stoke on Trent.

Emma Lacey 

Emma Lacey Everyday

Emma Lacey Everyday

Emma works mainly from her studio in North London but also designs and modes some work to be produced in small factories in Stoke on Trent.

Grey Suit Clay

Grey Suit Clay

Grey Suit Clay

A Sheffield based artist and designer working to create unique and completely hand crafted homewares. Using stoneware clays and a combination of stains and glazes, each piece is wheel-thrown.

Isabellla Lepri Ceramics

Isabella Lepri

Isabella Lepri

Born and raised in Milan, Isabella moved to London in the early nineties. She set up her home studio in 2013 and in 2017 she moved into Petr Weigl Studios in Wood Green, North London.

Jono Smart

Jono Smart

Jono Smart

Potter offering bottles, bowls, carafes, jugs, cups and vases.

Katharina Klug Ceramics

Klug cermaics

Klug cermaics

Katharina grew up in her mother’s pottery and trained professionally at college in Austria and Germany for 6 years. She set up business in Cambridge in 2011 and has been given the silver award 2013 by Craft and Design magazine in the ceramic category. She has become a selected member of the Craft Potters Association.

Linda Bloomfield

Linda the Potter

Linda the Potter

Linda Bloomfield is a London based potter making porcelain tableware and writing books on glazes.

Lisa Katzenstein

Lisa Katzenstein

Lisa Katzenstein

All if Lisa’s pieces are  hand painted in tin-glazed earthenware, each as unique as the plants they depict.

Karou Parry at Luna & Curious

Luna and Curious

Luna and curious

Karou Parry’s pinch pots are handmade in London and can be purchased at Luna & Curious.

Mizuyo Yamashita

Misuyoyamashiti

Misuyoyamashiti

Mizuyo Yamashita is a Japanese ceramicist based in London, inspired by the archeological artefact, everyday product, the form in the nature as well as the materials and the processes in ceramics.

Pip Wilcox Ceramics

Pip Wilcox

Pip Wilcox

Pip Wilcox Ceramics is based in Hastings, England. She is the designer-maker and each piece from this ever-changing collection of decorative and functional ceramics is made by her; by hand and on the potter’s wheel.

Pippi & Me Pots

Pippi and me Pots

Pippi and me Pots

Functional and affordable ceramics, beautiful handmade pieces to be used as well as admired. Made in Devon, England.

Planet Ceramics

Planet Ceramics

Planet Ceramics

Planet Ceramics offer two ranges, one made in Tobago and one made in London, this gorgeous bowl is of course from the made in London collection.

Poole Pottery

Poole Pottery

Poole Pottery

Each piece of Poole Pottery is as unique and individual as the next, with layer upon layer of reactive glaze to create Poole’s vibrant and bold decoration.

Eradu Ceramics

Eradu Ceramics

Eradu Ceramics

Eva Radulova is a London based designer-maker working in the field of ceramic design. ERADU Ceramics is Eva Radulova’s trademark.  Eva is completing her MA in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the UK Ceramic industry.

Reptile Tiles

Reptile Tiles

Reptile Tiles

Reptile design and produce highly original hand painted tiles and ceramics full of colour, pattern and humour, from their purpose built studio in West Wales, on the border of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. As an office of cat and dog lovers we are totally in love with these!

Royal Stafford

Royal Stafford Carly Dodsley

Royal Stafford Carly Dodsley

Royal Stafford is based in the Royal Overhouse Manufactory, one of the oldest pottery factories in Burslem, the Mother Town of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. The Royal Stafford brand was established in 1845 and is recognised around the world as providing high quality, beautiful tableware.

Sophie Alice Wiltshire

Sophie Alice Wiltshire

Sophie Alice Wiltshire

Sophie is a Ceramicist and Printmaker in London and Wiltshire. This sculpture of Jeanne Baret shows off her amazing talent, but she also makes lots of fabulous items for your home including her gorgeously cute cat planters!

Sue Pryke

Sue Pryke

Sue Pryke

Sue started her journey into ceramics at a small pottery in Lincolnshire. To bring her range together she has collaborated with small factories and studios in England working with traditional craftsmanship, materials and techniques to make high quality products made by hand.

Yuta Segawa 

Yuta Segawa

Yuta Segawa

Yuta Segawa is a Japanese ceramic artist, living and working in London. Take a look at the gorgeous range of products to buy as well as the exhibition and installation work.

Top 20 British Millinery Brands

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We bring you our list of the top 20 British Milliners, perfect for all occasions.

It is the season for weddings and horse racing, both events which require a fabulous hat! With the help of our friends on Instagram we have put together for you a list of the best British Milliners offering everything from a fabulous fascinator to a tweed flat cap.

Alice Mary Ball

Alice Mary Ball British Millinery

Alice Mary Ball Millinery

Alice is passionate about fashion and textiles but takes inspiration from architecture and her surroundings for many of her designs.

Annabel Allen

Annabel Allen Millinery offers a unique range of beautifully hand-crafted hats and headpieces, each created in Annabel’s Bristol studio.

B Millinery

B Millinery creator Ellen Bowden’s interest in millinery developed through her previous work in theatre design and her love of vintage.

By Betty

By Betty was launched in 2012 by Beth, who loves hats! She designs and makes everything from winter caps to flamboyant fascinators in her studio in Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Beverley Edmondson

Beverley Edmondson Millinery has been established for 9 years, with the Farnham boutique opening in spring 2010. Having trained with some of the world’s best milliners, Beverley has made hats for film, television and a certain royal wedding.

Camilla Rose

Camilla designs and makes her hats from her Studio in South-West London. Camilla studied Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College before  landing an apprenticeship with renowned milliner Gina Foster.

Chloe Haywood London

Chloë Haywood (Designer and founder) has always had an interest in fashion, and this was confirmed when she won Young Clothes Show Designer of the Year when she was 16. She launched Hatastic! in 2009 which was recently rebranded in 2016 to Chloe Haywood London.

Emily Young

After a fruitful and varied career in the events industry, Emily Dobson enrolled on an introduction to millinery summer course at the London College of Fashion. Emily has worked under many esteemed milliners on varied millinery techniques from couture, theatrical and editorial pieces.

Emma Fozard

Using both woodworking and jewellery techniques Emma creates headpieces from strips of curved and twisted veneer which she laminates with other materials such as leather, paper, suede and felt to add texture.

Goldust

 

Goldust British Millinery

Goldust Millinery

Shelley Zetuni is the creative force behind Goldust Millinery. Zetuni marries traditional millinery techniques with contemporary styling and materials to create individual, vibrant hats and headpieces, handmade in her London studio.

Hats by Agnieszka

“Hats by Agnieszka” is the brand name created by the London-based milliner Agnieszka Stanczyk. All of Agnieszka’s hats are handcrafted one-off creations. The designer developed her lifelong passion for hat-making through experimentation and formal training from Rose Cory, the Queen Mother’s milliner.

HT Hats

British designer Helena Talbot created the successful Bridal Accessories label HT Headwear from her London living room in 2010 whilst on maternity leave with her first child. Three children and five years later, she set up HT Hats to provide head wear for racegoers and wedding guests alike. She now works from her Pattingham studio to create her pieces.

Jojo Hats

Jojo has been making hats for 25 years. She is fantasy loving and supremely creative and is taking Hampshire by storm with her Millinery.

Judy Bentinck

Judy trained with Rose Cory, where she learned the secrets of traditional couture millinery. Judy set up her own label in 2002, designing and making hats and headpieces by commission. She is now the millinery tutor at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, one of the most prestigious art colleges in the world.

Kempadoo Millar

 

Kempadoo Millar hats are all made in Yorkshire, using only the finest luxury fabrics. This Parkin cord cap is being modelled by @greyfoxblog – he knows a thing or two about menswear!

Lady Hatterley

Lady Hatterley Fabulously handmade hats for fabulously individual people.

Lady Sharma

Lady Sharma is a British brand by designer and milliner Lesley Sharma, that offers bespoke design and ready to wear collections, focusing on handcrafting each hat and headpiece with attention to detail.

Laird Hatters

Laird have two shops in London and one in Cambridge, all offering British made hats and caps. They have collaborated with many British designers such as E Tautz, Ozwald Boateng, and Nigel Cabourne.

Maggie Mowbray

From small beginnings, Maggie has created a business model dedicated to creating timeless, elegant British Millinery; all designs are formed by Maggie, by hand, then stitched and finished in her studio near Edinburgh.

Sussex Tweed

Founded in 2014, Sussex Tweed’s aim is to produce beautiful tweeds of the highest quality. All of their items including their caps, are made in Britain, with tweeds inspired by the stunning Sussex countryside.

Walter Wright

Philip Wright is a professional and experienced hatter, offering a wide range of exquisite hats, perfect for any occasion and time of the year.

Closing Date 24th April 2017

Your chance to WIN the stunning Dahlia tote bag in bluebell from designer British brand VVA.

VVA British handbag

The Dahlia leather tote bag from VVA in bluebell.

VVA Handbags is a premium handbag brand that allows individuality, function and choice to exist in handbags that are both beautiful and timeless.

VVA Handbags are all designed and hand crafted in Britain, in their small studio in the rolling hills of Renfrewshire in the village of Kilmacolm, Scotland.

VVA's Dahlia bluebell detatchable pouch

VVA’s Dahlia bluebell detachable pouch

VVA are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN the gorgeous Dahlia leather tote in bluebell, a perfect shade of blue for all spring/summer occasions. The Dahlia tote is not only gorgeous but incredibly versatile as you can easily adapt it by removing the detachable front pocket clutch and tassel, allowing you to use it as a separate cross body bag or clutch.

VVA Dahlia Bluebell small bag

The VVA Dahlia Bluebell can be used as a small cross body bag

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

Which flower lends its name to the shade of blue of this VVA Dahlia Handbag?

Competition now closed

To find out more about VVA Handbags click here or visit them at www.vva.co.uk

 

Top 20 British scarves and soft accessories

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We give you the top 20 British scarves and soft accessories, perfect for Mother’s Day

With the help of our friends at Instagram, we have selected for you a list of British-made soft accessories including silk, cashmere and a little bit of velvet!

Arati Devasher

Arati Devasher British silk

Arati Devasher British made silk scarves

Individually dyed and hand painted silk scarves from Arati Devasher.

Agnes Ashe

Agnes Ashe British made silk scarves

Agnes Ashe British made silk scarves

Unique ornate hand painted silk scarves from Agnes Ashe.

Bianca Elgar

Bianca Elgar British silk accessories

Bianca Elgar British silk accessories

Bianca Elgar luxury silk scarves, all made in Britain with fun and colourful designs.

Furious Goose

Furious Goose British accessories

Furious Goose

Furious Goose Silk Squares & Scarves Home of fine accessories, pocket squares, foulards and luxury gifts for those who dare to be different.

Geoff Stocker 

Geoff Stocker British silk pocket squares

Geoff Stocker British silk pocket squares

Geoff Stocker provide digitally designed and printed silk accessories for men although, as our competition winner demonstrates, they look pretty fabulous on women too!

Glendinning Designs

Glendinning Designs British scarves

Glendinning Designs

Canadian/Scottish artist and designer Gail Glendinning has created a beautiful 100% silk, British scarf collection.

Helen Moore

Helen Moore faux fur scarf

Helen Moore faux fur scarf

Helen Moore is a premier brand for hand finished faux fur products using the softest and most luxurious fabric available. Her gorgeous range includes scarves, stoles, wraps ad muffs.

Leona Lengyel

Leona Lengyel British accessories

Leona Lengyel

Leona Lengyel transforms her beautiful hand painted designs onto luxurious silk scarves. The UK accessories label creates high quality scarves.

Mondo Magna

Mondo Magna British silk squares

Mondo Magna British silk squares

Mondo Magna started with a collection of men’s silk pocket squares but a ladies collection is coming soon….watch this space!

Mouse to Minx

Mouse to Minx British accessories

Mouse to Minx

Mouse to Minx designs and makes textiles in the UK from which a range of fashion, accessory and home products are manufactured, including these very British scarves.

Nonamu

Nonamu British accessories

Nonamu London based accessories label

Nonamu is a London-based accessories label founded by award-winning Malaysian designer. She infuses femininity and fun into every design.

Romor Designs

Romor Designs British accessories

Romor Designs hand dyed silk accessories

Romor Designs indio and natural dyed shibori textiles – lampshades, throws, cushions, tableware, scarves and bags.

Ruth Dent

Ruth Dent British silk accessories

Ruth Dent silk scarves

Limited edition scarves created from Ruth’s original artwork: bold and expressive abstracts inspired by music, literature, poetry and live performance.

Taisir Gibreel

Taisir Gibreel luxury silk scarves

Taisir Gibreel luxury silk scarves

Taisir Gibreel is one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming textile designers making gorgeous silk accessories and dresses.

Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves British accessories

Turtle Doves velvet accessory

Turtle Doves is a Shropshire based company specialising in hand-made recycled cashmere and silk accessories.

Wallace Sewell

Wallace Sewell British scarves

Wallace Sewell silk and cashmere scarf

A highly individual woven textile design studio established in 1990 by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, creating innovative woven fabrics exploiting industrial techniques. We love this silk and cashmere scarf!

Zana Prints

Zana Prints made in UK silk scarves

Zana Prints made in UK silk scarves

Zana Prints offer gorgeous silk scarves and the premium range scarves are limited edition designed and printed in England on the finest silks available.

Age of Reason

Age of Reason British accessories

Age of Reason

Age of Reason make fun, beautiful silk scarves, made ethically with an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Age of Reason work with seamstresses and printers in the UK.

David Watson

David Watson British made silk scarves

David Watson British scarves

The silk scarves and pocket squares are 100% silk twill made in England with hand rolled hems, so you can rest assured they will last the test of time.

Jo Gordon Knitwear

Jo Gordon Scottish knitwear

Jo Gordon Knitwear

Although Jo Gordon offers knitwear we have included them in this as they offer a fabulous range of scarves, loops, shawls and head-scarfs, all in gorgeous colours and knitted in Scotland.

Louise Gardiner Embroidery

Lou Gardiner British Embroidery

Lou Gardiner Embroidery

British artist and designer producing unique one off pieces of contemporary embroidery to commission. Louise’s silk scarves are printed in Macclesfield, near to her Cheshire studio.

Niki Fulton

Niki Fulton British accessories

Niki Fulton scarves and neckties

Niki Fulton creates and makes an extensive range of neck accessories in various fabrics, all designed, printed and stitched in Great Britain!

Valentina Karellas

Valentine Karellas British neck accessories

Valentine Karellas British neck accessories

Valentina Karellas use surplus yarn from large factories that would otherwise have gone to waste. The result is that each item is a lifelong-lasting, entirely unique London original. Again, although knitted not silk we have included them for their very original range neck accessories and collars, like Ebury collar above.

If you know of any other brands making British scarves – printed in the UK, of course, please let us know in the comments below.

Talks at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event will explore ‘Partnerships, Production and Provenance’ in UK manufacturing.

Will you be joining us for our free drop-in seminars at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer?

MTM Speaker Montage

Meet the Manufacturer speakers include Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, Joan Johnston, Hal Watts and Kate and Graham Holbrook.

At this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event Make it British will be hosting free to attend, drop in seminars which will provide the perfect opportunity to explore all aspects of the industry.  We have an inspiring line up of speakers who will be offering advice for manufacturers, designers and buyers, based on their real-life experiences.

Speakers already confirmed for this year’s talks include:

  • Hal Watts of Unmade and Simon Cotton of Johnstons of Elgin who will illustrate how a partnership between one of the UK’s most innovative manufacturers with one of the oldest is good for business.
  • Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell from textile studio Wallace Sewell, who’ve been in partnership since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1990, will be sharing the secrets of ‘building a good partnership with your manufacturer’.
  • Husband and wife team, Kate and Graham Holbrook from Turtle Doves will advise on ‘How to make a million with an old sewing machine and a design idea’.
  • Joan Johnston has for over 25 years been engaged in both creative and commercial roles within British luxury textiles and will discuss the importance of using provenance to engage the consumer from a national and global perspective.
  • Law firm Potter Clarkson, will be covering the hot topic of ‘Intellectual property in the fashion and textile industry’.

All seminars are drop-in this year, so visitors can attend as many talks as they like.

Registering in advance is free and will save you a £20 entrance fee on the door.

Meet the Manufacturer is a trade show organised by Make it British. It is the only sourcing event exclusively showcasing British manufacturers and producers. 24 – 25 May 2017, The Old Truman Brewery, London. E1

Click here to find out more.

This weeks Facebook Live covered making everything from babywear to scarves, and we also talked a little bit about British-made shoes and our event in May.

Make it British Live Q&A 16th March 2017

Live Q&A 16th March 2017This week we talked about:British-made shoe brands – Find the ultimate list of British-made shoe brands here https://makeitbritish.co.uk/top-ten/british-made-shoe-brands/A good shoe factory in London is Staff Shoes:Tel: 0771 4959891 – Jackinfo@staffashoes.co.uk Contact: Jack SavvaBabywear Manufacturers – Speak to Jane and Mel at Team Tots in Nottingham:Tel: 01733 717653www.teamtotsclothing.co.ukLoungewear Manufacturers -Jeptex – Nigel / Tel: 07954 588709Headen & Quarmby – David / 0161 643 2576.Speakers for our trade show will be announced over the next few weeks. If you're on our newsletter you will not only get details of the speakers you'll also get to hear about all of the exhibitors too! Sign up here – http://meetthemanufacturer.co.uk/newsletter/New Make it British members this week – Taylor KentSon of ZeusOriginal BluesJack-it-bag, LondonArati Devasher : Painted Silk AccessoriesJoin us every Thursday at 1pm – and if you have a question for next week and are too shy to ask it live then leave it in the comments below…

Posted by Make it British on Thursday, 16 March 2017

Live Q&A 16th March 2017

This week we talked about:

British-made shoe brands – Find the ultimate list of British-made shoe brands here A good shoe factory in London is Staff Shoes: Tel: 0771 4959891 – Jack info@staffashoes.co.uk Contact: Jack Savva

Babywear Manufacturers – Speak to Jane and Mel at Team Tots in Nottingham: Tel: 01733 717653 www.teamtotsclothing.co.uk

Loungewear Manufacturers – Jeptex – Nigel / Tel: 07954 588709 Headen & Quarmby – David / 0161 643 2576.

Meet the Manufacturer

Speakers for our trade show will be announced over the next few weeks. If you’re on our newsletter you will not only get details of the speakers you’ll also get to hear about all of the exhibitors too! Sign up here New Make it British members this week Taylor Kent Son of Zeus Original Blues Jack-it-bag, London Arati Devasher : Painted Silk Accessories

Join us every Thursday at 1pm – and if you have a question for next week and are too shy to ask it live then leave it in the comments below…

Top 30 British-made shoe brands

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From heels to brogues, sandals to work boots, we bring you our top 30 British-made shoe brands.

We’ve compiled the ultimate list of British-made shoe brands, including everything from baby shoes to work boots, occasion heals to casual trainers.

This was a tricky list to compile as there are many brands who give the impression they are UK made but on further investigation are not really. This lovely bunch all make either all of their shoes in the UK or feature a Made in the UK collection, which are of course the ones we are focusing on.

This collection of British-made shoe brands is work in progress, so we would love your comments on any others that you think should be added to the list!

Deeasjer

Deeasjer British shoes

Deeasjer

Deeasjer’s bespoke luxury shoes are hand-made in London, designed with passion and are unique to you. Deeasjer’s shoes are tailor-made to match your personality.

Sanders 

Sanders British Shoes

Sanders

Sanders & Sanders Ltd. (or Sander Bros. as it was first named) was established in 1873 by Brothers William and Thomas Sanders of Rushden, Northamptonshire.

Shoes by Shaherazad

Shoes by Sheharazad

Shoes by Sheharazad

18 Hour Heels. Luxury handcrafted leather shoes and accessories, made in England. Supporting women around the world via Global Giving.

Yull

Designer shoe brand Yull offer a fantastic range of ladies shoes and boots for any occasion. Hand made in Britain.

Joseph Cheaney & Sons

Joseph Cheaney British shoes

Joseph Cheaney

Crockett & Jones

Crockett and Jones British shoes

Crockett and Jones

Crockett & Jones, makers of English men’s and women’s handmade shoes & footwear, was founded in 1879 in Northampton, specialising in the manufacture of Goodyear welted footwear.

Marion Ayonote

Marion Ayonote British shoes

Marion Ayonote

Peacock hues, vertiginous heels, exotic materials and arresting silhouettes…. to own a Marion Ayonote couture creation is to step into a world of sophistication and exquisite attention to detail.

Eyato

Eyato British made shoes

Eyato

Eyato is the design inspiration of Atiti – the creative entrepreneur who has a passion, love and eye for beautiful accessories. Eyato shoes are lovingly handmade in England.

Sargasso & Grey

Sargasso British shoes

Sargasso Shoes

At Sargasso & Grey the focus is to create luxurious shoes in a more comfortable fit, without having to compromise on style and elegance.

Walsh

Walsh British trainers

Walsh Casual British trainers

Since 1961 Norman Walsh UK have been making Performance, Casual, Fell Running, footwear.

NPS Solovair

NPS Solovair British shoes

NPS Solovair

British Shoemakers since 1881 situated in Wollaston, Northamptonshire the heart and sole of England’s shoe industry.

Tricker’s

Tricker's British shoes

Tricker’s

Tricker’s boots and shoes for Men combine traditional durability, practicality and sturdiness with a degree of understated elegance.

Freed

Freed of London

Freed of London

Freed of London is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of professional dance shoes. With an extensive history dating back to 1929, Freed of London shoes are hand crafted in the UK and today the Freed of London portfolio includes dance apparel, bridal and fashion collections.

Van Dal

Van Dal British shoes

Van Dal Shoes

Van Dal make stylish, wide fitting and comfortable ladies shoes and boots, like these lovely Cobalt suede courts, made in the UK.

New Balance

New Balance British trainers

New Balance

The popular trainer brand have a great range of Made in the UK trainers, including these orange leather ones!

Hotter

Hotter British shoes

Hotter British footwear

Hotter offer great British design and quality with their stylish and comfortable range of footwear for men and women.

The Little Shoemaker

The Little Shoemaker made in England

The Little Shoemaker

Hand made shoes for little people. Made in England with love.

Alfred Sargent

Alfred Sargent

Alfred Sargent

Alfred Sargent shoes have been synonymous with quality English shoemaking since 1899, working out of the same premises in Rushden, Northamptonshire, in the heart of the world renowned English shoemaking region.

 

Church’s

Church's British footwear

Church’s boots

Church’s original footwear is a leading brand in elegance and an iconic British brand. Starting out in Northampton, with two Royal visits over the years and a wealth of history, the brand remains a sought after and popular choice of British shoe.

Chapter 2 shoes 

Chapter 2 shoes

Chapter 2 shoes

Chapter 2 shoes was created by Fay after the birth of her second child. All of their shoes are crafted by hand in their own workshop in the English countryside by Fay’s husband Tom.

Amy & Ivor

Amy & Ivor British shoes

Amy & Ivor

Amy & Ivor is a small British brand handcrafting baby and toddler moccasins. Handmade in England and seriously cute!

Gina

Gina British Shoes

Gina

The world famous Gina shoe is loved by women and celebrities across the globe. The brand started in 1954 and still manufactures their beautiful shoes in London.

Vevian Shoes

Vevian British shoes

Vevian handmade children’s shoes

Vevian shoes are handmade in the UK using the softest leather. They are designed to be memorable shoes that you will treasure long after your child has out grown them.

Molly & Pickles

Molly & Pickles British shoes

Molly & Pickles

Handcrafted pre-walking baby shoes made with love in England.

Mudlark & Co.

Mudlark & Co. British shoes

Mudlark & Co.

Mudlark & Co were born within the Borough of Tower Hamlets, one of the original Mudlarking districts of London. Mudlark is the name given to a person that searches for objects along the foreshore of the River Thames. They are a family run firm making beautifully crafted leather sandals, all of the components that go into making them are sourced in the UK.

Carréducker

Carreducker British shoes

Carreducker

Carréducker are passionate about craftsmanship, design and style. Their shoes are imbued with these qualities, whether they are bespoke or ready-to-wear. Their workshops are both in Central London – at Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row, Mayfair and Cockpit Arts, in Bloomsbury.

John Rushton Shoes

John Rushton British shoes

John Rushton Shoes

John Rushton is an independent retailer specialising in men’s high quality  leather footwear. John Rushton’s own brand features classic and traditional styles with John Rushton’s personal design and colour treatments.

Grenson Shoes

Grenson Shoes

Grenson Shoes

Founded in 1866 by William Green in Northamptonshire, Grenson celebrated their 100th anniversary last year and the brand goes from strength to strength.

Tim Little

Tim Little British shoes

Tim Little

As well as designing his own brand, Tim Little, Tim is also the Owner and Creative Director of Grenson. Tim Little make all of their Goodyear Welted shoes here in England, although they go further afield to Florence for some of their other styles.

Northampton Sneaker Company

Northampton Sneakers

Northampton Sneakers

Luxury English Sneakers – Handcrafted in Britain.

Modern English

Modern English made shoes

Modern English

Contemporary clothes, shoes and accessories, traditionally handmade by English craftsmen & women.

Chatham Made in Britain Shoes

Chatham have a well established pedigree in footwear and their new Made In Britain collection represents the best of British design and manufacturing. The shoes are UK Made in their Exeter Factory.

William Lennon

William Lennon British work boots

William Lennon

William Lennon & Co. are England’s last working boot maker.

Edward Green

Edward Green British shoes

Edward Green

Edward Green established his shoemaking workshop in Northampton in 1890. His name soon became synonymous with the finest English Goodyear welted footwear.

R.E.W Reynolds

R.E.W Reynolds British cycling shoes

R.E.W Reynolds

Manufacturer of English bench-made leather cycling shoes.

Joseph Azagury

Joseph Azagury

Joseph Azagury

The Joseph Azagury collection of women’s footwear is recognised as one of the UK ‘s leading footwear brands. His exquisite designs are hand made in London, using the finest quality materials.

Loake

Loake British Shoemakers

Loake Shoemakers

Loake classic English shoemakers since 1880. Popular styles include brogues, oxfords, moccasins.

 

 

 

Top 20 British home textiles brands

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If your home is in need of an update, look no further than this, our Top 20 British home textiles brands.

We have some fabulous British home textiles brands already as members of Make it British. Thanks to our friends at Instagram we have discovered a few more too! We hope you enjoy the list and find some new accessories to add to your home.

Adriana Homewares

Adriana Homeware

Adriana Homeware woven textiles.

Adriana Homewares is a Yorkshire based woven textile design and manufacturer. All their fabrics are designed on a traditional hand loom by founder Adriana, influenced by her expertise in colour theory and mathematics of weave.

Ally Bee

Ally Bee natural British yarns

Ally Bee crafted from natural British yarns, like this Alpaca throw.

Ally Bee Knitwear is crafted from natural, British-sourced yarns and is committed to sustainable fair production. From British alpaca fleece sourced from smallholdings in the south of England, through to expert hand-finishing in a small knitwear factory in the Scottish Borders, a very British story is woven into every Ally Bee piece.

Autumn Down

Autumn Down

Autumn Down are a soft furnishings manufacturer established in London.

Autumn Down has been manufacturing soft furnishings for over 25 years. Manufacturing cushions, throws, bench seats, outdoor seating, pet products, children’s products, wash bags, kitchen products and many bespoke items made from fabrics for UK’s many product designers, interior designers, hoteliers and pet businesses and retail businesses both large and small.

Claire Gaudion

Claire Gaudion British textile design

Claire Gaudion British textile design studio creating homeware and fabrics.

Claire Gaudion is a Contemporary British textile design studio specialising in homeware and fabric collections, and bespoke products for residential and contract projects.

Demerara’s Quilts

Patchwork Quilts by Demerara

Traditional Handmade Patchwork Quilts by Demerara

Traditional Handmade Patchwork Quilts by Demerara including Patchwork Bedding and Vintage Patchwork Quilts.

FelinFach Handmade Textiles

FelinFach Handmade Textiles

FerlinFach traditionally woven Welsh blankets and throws.

FelinFach is a Welsh company based at a 200 year old former flour mill in Pembrokeshire, Wales in the UK. FelinFach designs and makes handmade cushions, throws, bedding and other soft furnishings.

Laura’s Loom

Laura's Loom British wool

Laura’s Loom elegant British wool blankets.

From elegant British wool blankets to cushion covers and glorious British wool yarns to make your own projects — you will find them all at Laura’s Loom, where Laura designs and creates woven fabrics.

By Lisa Watson

By Lisa Watson British quilts

Lisa Watson distinctly British quilts

By Lisa Watson is a distinctly British collection of quilts, cushions & more for your home.

Mitre Linen

Mitre Linen

Mitre Linen offer luxury linen for personal and commercial use.

With its vast range of linen items for use in all area of modern life, Mitre has established itself as a leading name within the linen supply industry. Mitre products are an excellent choice for modern interior design; helping to incorporate a striking style into the decor of any modern home .

Abraham Moon & Sons

Abraham Moon British textiles

Bronte by Moon

Bronte by Moon is Abraham Moon & Sons’ official brand of beautiful woollen home and fashion accessories including throws, cushions, baby blankets and scarves.

One Nine Eight Five

ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE British homeware brand

ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE British homeware brand

Established in 2016, ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE is a London-based British homeware brand that specialises in print, interior textiles and up-cycled furniture.

Peter Reed

Peter Reed luxury bed linen

Peter Reed manufacture luxury bed linen in Lancashire

Peter Reed manufacture luxury bed linen in Lancashire and hold the Royal Warrant as suppliers of bedding to HRH the Queen.

Rose B. Brown

Rose B. Brown is a British knitwear label

Rose B. Brown is a British knitwear label specialising in unique homeware

Rose B. Brown is a high end British knitwear label specialising in stylish, well-crafted winter accessories and unique homeware.

The Throw Company

The Throw Company British made faux fur

The Throw Company British made faux fur

Established for 27 years The Throw Company offers the world’s largest range of luxury Faux Fur products all made in their UK studio.

Wallace Sewell

Wallace Sewell design studio

Wallace Sewell, highly individual woven textile design studio established in 1990

Established in 1990 by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell, creating innovative woven fabrics exploiting industrial techniques. They work closely with the textile industry in Great Britain to produce pieces ranging from scarves to furnishing products, which sell worldwide.

20th Century Cloth

20th Century Cloth

20th Century Cloth mid-century inspired textiles

The home of Mid Century inspired fabrics and accessories, 20th Century Cloth are soon launching a range of interior fabrics and homewares.

Coco & Wolf

Coco & Wolf handmade in Somerset

Coco & Wolf Liberty print handmade in Somerset

Coco & Wolf is a contemporary and luxury Liberty print lifestyle brand. They sell beautiful, luxury clothing and homeware, all handmade in their Somerset based design studio.

Couva Coffee Couture

Couva Coffee Couture British made

Couva Coffee Couture home products for coffee connoisseurs

Keeps coffee hotter for longer and brightens up your kitchen when used for your cafetiere! Proudly designed and made in Britain.

Emma Hardicker

Emma Hardicker in Birmingham

Emma Hardicker prints designed and silkscreen printed in Birmingham

Emma Hardicker prints are designed and silkscreen printed in the old Bird’s Custard factory in Birmingham.

Imogen Heath

Imogen Heath Design

Imogen Heath Design

Imogen Heath is a UK designer who specialises in creating beautiful decorative fabrics and surface patterns for residential and commercial interiors. All designs and products are created in Imogen’s studio before being produced either by hand or in British mills.

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena

Mairi Helena contemporary fabrics and furnishings

Mairi Helena is a luxury textile design label creating contemporary Scottish soft furnishings for interiors as well as fashion accessories.

Melin Tregwynt

Melin Tregwynt

Melin Tregwynt

Blankets, throws, cushions and upholstery all made from Melin Tregwynt fabrics woven in Wales.

Rapture and Wright

Rapture and Wright Cotswold fabrics.

Rapture and Wright hand printed fabrics made in the Cotswolds.

At the heart of the business is the workshop, one of the few remaining handprint studios in the UK. This is where their designs become fabrics and wallpapers through small scale, artisan production.

Wilful North

Wilful North handmade in Britain.

Wilful North silk accessories handmade in Britain.

Luxury silk accessories and a new range of gorgeous velvet cushions, made in the UK.

 

 

 

Mums that Make it British

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Press Release: Mums that Make it British

Make it British team

L-R: Caroline North (events sales director), Lauren Walker (membership manager), Kate Hills (founder), Rosie McFarlane (PR manager)

Around 54,000 new mothers lose their jobs each year, according to an Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report.  It was statistics like this that prompted Kate Hills, a mother of two young children herself, to employ an army of mums to support her when she launched her own business six years ago. 

What began as a blog written at her kitchen table has now become a thriving business for Kate who is the founder of Make it British, the campaign to help promote UK manufacturing and British-made brands, bringing together the best of British designers, buyers, retailers and manufacturers.  After 20 years of working as a designer and buyer for brands such as Burberry and M&S, Kate left in 2011 to set up her own business and spend more time with her children.

Kate explains: “The blog began as a bit of ‘light relief’ to keep my hand in with the fashion and textile industry while I was studying for an MA in internet marketing.  Through writing the entries, I began visiting different businesses around the UK and discovered some fabulous products that are still made in Britain.  It struck a chord that if we wanted to keep these skills alive, we had to support the makers in Britain that still had these precious skills, otherwise we’d lose them forever.”

The campaign began to gather momentum as more and more businesses contacted Kate via the blog, wanting to connect with UK manufacturers.  As a result, Meet the Manufacturer was launched in 2014 – a trade show, conference and workshops exclusively for UK manufacturers that would bring together designers, buyers and retailers with UK manufacturers.

Kate felt so passionately about the Make it British cause that she invested all her life savings in the event.  But she’d never run an event before.  So, when she was let down by a potential business partner at the last minute, she was devastated.  She had a choice – to either pull the plug on the idea and lose the money, or gather the right team around her to get it off the ground, and quick.  She chose the latter and hasn’t looked back!

Says Kate: “The Make it British mission is to ‘help you make it British’, with the emphasis on help.  I needed people who were good listeners, calm in a crisis, hard workers and flexible.  People like me – mums!”

Kate now employs a team of five who are all mums that she’s met through other mums, toddler groups or internet sites, such as Digital Mums.  They have 13 children between them and are all trying to combine being a stay at home mum with being a working mother, juggling family life with work.  And the formula is proving successful.  They bring together a raft of skills, including event management, PR, sales and marketing to create a highly efficient, flexible and fun-loving team.

Kate adds: “Everyone puts in the hours, the work gets done and we still have time to go to the sports days, the Christmas concerts and to juggle around school holidays and sick children.  In fact, we used to have a 21-year old working on the team, but since he’s left I’ve got a mum who does his job in half the amount of time and gets twice as much done! Many of the businesses that contact Make it British are also run by mums and so it helps that our team can really empathise with them.” 

Take Tiffany Rose for example, award-winning designer maternity dresses, made in Britain and launched by mum, Tiffany London, who happens to live round the corner to Kate.  Or the All-in-One Company, started by Kate Dawson when she was unable to find sleepsuits for her own children on the High Street.  Kate Dawson is now an avid supporter of Make it British.

Says Tiffany: “We employ 17 women at Tiffany Rose, several of whom are mums and in the last two years we’ve seen four of our senior team members go on maternity leave.  Whilst losing valuable team members for several months can be tricky for any business, they have all returned to us after their leave and we are thrilled that the business can benefit from such commitment, growing knowledge and experience that our working mums offer. Being a mum myself I can appreciate the challenges of juggling work life with motherhood and so we try to be flexible wherever possible, which in turn creates a lot of goodwill and appreciation from the team.  If we were able to set up a crèche at our HQ then I would seriously consider it!”

Tiffany and Kate, along with the Make it British team will all be at the next Meet the Manufacturer event, which takes place on 24 and 25 May 2107 at The Truman Brewery, London.  The two-day event includes a trade show, with over 150 exhibitors, and a series of workshops and seminars.

For more information contact Rosie McFarlane press(at)makeitbritish.co.uk

The founder of luxury British bag brand Mirelle on why her parents background in the textiles industry has driven her to only make in the UK

British bag brand Mirelle

Mirelle Bags designed in Wiltshire and manufactured in Manchester.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and why you started up Mirelle?

​I started Mirelle after working abroad for many years as a private luxury goods buyer. I came back to London in a daze. What I learnt in the years of working in this sector was that many high end brands were not being honest about where their products were being made. There was a legal loophole that brands could adopt where their products could be made abroad and then finished in another country. So many accessories would be labelled as ‘Made in …’ but in actuality this was not the case.

I have always loved handbags. Being born and brought up in Camden, London I was surrounded by quirky fashion. It was always fascinating seeing how things were made and put together. Maybe this is why I ended up studying engineering in university.

My bags are all made 100% in England. We want to be able to provide opportunities for people to learn tangible skills like pattern cutting, machining and sewing that has been lost when the manufacturing industry shifted from the UK to the Far East and Asia.

I used to watch my mother, who worked as a seamstress, work tirelessly creating beautiful pieces for big brands. Seeing her lose her job as brands were offshoring their textiles was an upsetting period in our lives. The move of the manufacturing world left many families out of pocket and we, as a country, lost valuable skills.

I want to do my bit to make sure that our skills are never lost and we can be proud about ‘Made in Britain’. I hope to achieve this with Mirelle.

Mirelle British bags

Mirelle clasps being made

How did you go about launching the brand and who did you seek help from?

​Launching a brand can be a scary step for anyone. I was lucky enough to receive help from the Prince’s Trust. I enrolled on the Enterprise Programme in 2012 and things took off from there. You have to attend an intensive one week course to find out the reality about how hard it will be to start up a business and being self employed.

It took me a year exactly from when I enrolled on the course to launch my brand. I had to go through a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type process to convince successful entrepreneurs why my business needed the funds and why I could succeed, it was a scary experience. I passed the launch panel and from there was given a mentor who has been the most amazing  throughout this process, he has been my rock.

The Prince’s Trust is definitely an organisation I am proud to be associated with and I hope that one day I could go back and tell my journey to eager young entrepreneurs and become a mentor/ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.

Mirelle British bags

Mirelle bags currenly stick to one design but come in a great range of textiles, leather and colours

What have been your biggest challenges in starting the brand?

There were many, many challenges I faced when I started up. The most difficult thing was having no one believe in you. ​The second, convincing factories in the UK to believe in your product. I had many factories not willing to work with me but that led to me to MPLG and the rest is history.

The third biggest challenge was cash flow. Starting any business is tough but starting a handbag business is very difficult. The cost of producing the bags with a limited budget and then waiting for stockists to pay the bill was excruciating. When you are starting off you want to be accommodating to stockists but at the same time not allow yourself to devalue the brand.

I was extremely lucky that my bag was reviewed by a very influential Swedish blogger ‘Caroline Blomst of Caroline’s Mode‘ and from there I was approached by Strom (Stockist in Denmark) and a few other online retailers.

There were many days, weeks and months when I struggled and wanted to give up but then you look at the work that has been put in and the people and team around you and you push forward and look to the future.

Mirelle British bags

Sparkles in progress

Why was it important for you to make your bags in the UK?

​I have always been a big advocate for ‘Made in Britain’. From a personal point of view when factories started closing in the mid 80’s, early 90’s it affected my family. Both my parents worked in the textiles industry and it was their only source of income. My mother was a seamstress and was one of the many stay-at-home mums who used to have bundles of cut patterns sent to them, from well known designer brands, and she would sew the pieces together. There was a time when she was sewing intricate pieces painstakingly throughout the night as she had 200 pieces which needed to be picked up the next morning. ​

When companies moved their manufacturing from Britain to countries where labour was cheap it was the end to a rich history of British manufacturing. It is very important that I stick to my roots and even though it is expensive to manufacture bags in England it is worth every penny.

Can you tell us a bit about where the bags are made and where your materials are sourced from?

​All our bags are made in the UK. I have partnered up with MPLG a fantastic leathergoods manufacturer in Manchester who brings all my bags to life. I work closely with the team in the factory to make sure each bag is 100% perfect before being shipped off to clients. The wonderful thing about working with a factory in the UK is that the quality control can be closely monitored. The level of craftsmanship is ​superior (the head pattern cutter is 70 years old and her talent is unquestionable) and we have a shorter lead time and the factory can focus on quality and lower quantities.

Our bags have a secret code and embossing within the bag (hidden) so we can track each bag back to when it was made and as a mark of authenticity.

Mirelle British bags

Bags have a secret code and embossing within the bag to track each bag back to when it was made and as a mark of authenticity.

What inspires your designs?

​I didn’t study fashion or design so for me the process is really different. I don’t think about the new collection in the methodical sense. My inspiration normally comes from experiences, for example I spent a few days in the Scottish Highlands and fell in love with the colours and textures of the country and when I came back I produced some bags made from tweed, cashmere and tartan. ​

Who wears a Mirelle bag? What kind of Woman does your brand appeal to?

​The lovely thing about the Mirelle bag is that it can appeal to any age group and demographic, you can be a quirky dresser to someone who is a conservative dresser there is always something in my collection that would suit.

The bag currently only comes in one design, the classic shoulder bag. We have recently added a mini size to the collection to provide more choice. The bags come in a variety of fabrics and leather, and all of our fabrics are from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Mirelle British brand

Shaheda enjoys being able to oversee the whole process when you manufacture close to home.

What’s next in the pipeline for Mirelle? 

​We are currently working on rebuilding our website and the new collection with our ML clasp. Working alongside the factory and suppliers to test whether the clasp will be suitable for the fabrics chosen was quite a long process. We are looking forward to showcasing the new bags in the Brand Hall of the Make it British Meet the Manufacturer show in May. Our new collection will showcase a lot of colour, textures and embroidery.

Lastly, tell us something we didn’t know about Mirelle?

​The Mirelle studio is based in Wiltshire and anyone who comes for a visit will be greeted by my chickens who are incredibly spoilt and tame. Every member of my team loves animals, therefore it is very important that all the leather we use for the bags are bi-products of the meat industry. We do not believe in the killing of animals for fashion.

The Mirelle website will launch in May.  If you want to be amongst the first to see the bags come and visit Mirelle at the Meet the Manufacturer Brand hall on the 24th and 25th May 2017!

Top 25 British Gin Brands

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We like a G&T, so it is with great pleasure we bring you the Top 25 British gin brands

“For the past 300 years the British have been making and drinking gins of varying quantities and qualities, but they have never been so deliciously diverse as they are today”. Gin Glorious Gin, Olivia Williams.

It turns out our friends at Instagram like their Gin as much as us, so with their help we put together this list and discovered some new brands that we will be trying!

Blackwoods Gin

Blackwoods Gin

Blackwoods Gin with botanicals from the Shetland Islands

The worlds only vintage gin, with hand picked botanicals from the Shetland Islands.

Bloom Gin

BLOOM Gin

BLOOM Gin

BLOOM Gin Master Distiller, Joanne Moore is an internationally-revered expert in the industry and has worked at the G&J Distillery since 1996.

The Botanist Gin

The Botanist Gin

The Botanist Gin

The Botanist Gin is a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of the Isle of Islay.

Campfire Gin

Campfire Gin

Campfire Gin from the Puddingstone Distillery

Campfire Gin is the first product from the Puddingstone Distillery in Hertfordshire and it is produced in small batches.

Eden Mill

Eden Mill Gin

Eden Mill St. Andrews

Scotland’s first brewery and distillery, Eden Mill produce beer, whiskey and this beautiful looking gin.

Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin is made in their city centre distillery

A premium range of Scottish gins and gin liqueurs, made in their city centre distillery, which can be visited for a tour!

Fishers Gin

Fishers Gin

Fishers Gin

Fishers is an artisan British gin distilled on the Suffolk coast that uses rare botanicals to create a gin as pure and wild as the sea.

Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick's Gin

Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s Gin has a gloriously peculiar flavour, infused with rose & cucumber in their Scottish distillery.

Isle of Barra Distillers

Barra British Gin

Isle of Barra Gin

Isle of Barra distillers capture the essence of this beautiful island and bottle it to share between friends.

Isle of Harris Gin

Isle of Harris Gin

Isle of Harris Gin

The creation of this distillery in Tarbert is driven by a deep love of the beauty of the place and its people.

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Reflecting the boldness of their Norse ancestors, Kirkjuvagr is a hand-crafted Orkney gin for the modern, discerning gin enthusiast.

Kirsty’s Gin

Kirstys Gin

Kirsty’s Gin by Arbikie

Kirsty’s Gin is the second to be released by Arbikie Distillery. Their Gin is distilled using honey and wheat farmed at Arbikie along with carefully selected botanicals chosen by our Master Distiller, Kirsty Black.

Little Bird

Little Bird Gin

Little Bird London Dry

Lovingly distilled in small batches in London. After much taste testing, feedback, fun and frivolity, Team Little Bird Gin and friends hit upon the recipe for a new London Dry Gin.

Masons Yorkshire Gin

Masons Yorkshire Gin

Masons Yorkshire Gin

The first gin distilled in Yorkshire, made with traditional slow distillation methods and pure Yorkshire water.

Opihr

Opihr Gin

Opihr gin

Despite its Oriental Spices, Opihr is made at the oldest distillery in England, where gin has been traditionally distilled since 1761.

Orkney Gin Company

Orkney Gin Company

Orkney Gin Company

Premium artisan gin from this  family run business, based in Orkney.

Pinkster Gin

Pinkster Gin

Pinkster Gin

Pinkster Gin was created by frustrated accountant Stephen, who no longer could drink beer or wine. Distilled by G&J Distillers then finished with raspberries at Pinkster’s Cambridge base.

Portobello Road Gin

Portobello Road Gin

Portobello Road Gin

A timeless and inherently British London dry gin.

Silent Pool

Silent Pool Gin

Silent Pool Distillers

With the unique location on the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate, a group of dilapidated farm buildings on the banks of the legendary Silent Pool has been transformed to become the home of the Silent Pool Distillers.

Sipsmith

Sipsmith Gin

Sipsmith Gin

Sipsmith started in 2009, in a tiny workshop in Hammersmith, London. Two childhood friends, Fairfax and Sam, had an unwavering belief in things well made so they set up London’s first traditional copper distillery since 1820.

Thomas Dakin

Thomas Dakin

Thomas Dakin

A Juniper-led Gin, which will be handcrafted in a new artisanal distillery in the centre of Manchester; the first gin to be distilled in this great northern English city.

Tiger Gin

Tiger Gin from Shropshire

Tiger Gin from Shropshire

Created by Shropshire lad JJ Lawrence and distilled at the Shropshire Gin Company, this brand had to fight for it’s name, but only Tiger Gin would do.

Tarquin’s Gin

Tarquin's Gin from the Southwestern Distillery

Tarquin’s Gin from the Southwestern Distillery

Tarquin’s Gin from the Southwestern Distillery, handcrafted in Cornwall.

Trevethan

Trevethan Cornish Gin

Trevethan Cornish Gin

Handcrafted Cornish Gin since 1929.

Two Birds

Two Birds Spirits from Leicestershire.

Two Birds Spirits from Leicestershire.

Two Birds Spirits was founded in 2013, in the quaint British countryside town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

Warner Edwards

Warner Edwards artisan Gins

Warner Edwards artisan Gins

Warner Edwards are craft distillers making artisan gin from their 200 year old barn, on Falls Farm in the picturesque village of Harrington, Northamptonshire.

Anno 

Anno Dry Gin

Anno Kent dry gin.

Anno Distillers are artisanal spirits producers based in Kent, Near Maidstone. Patience, their stunning copper-pot still, works her magic and transforms carefully selected natural ingredients into Anno Kent Dry Gin.

Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle Gin

Blue Bottle Gin distilled in Guernsey

Blue Bottle is the epitome of boutique distilled Gin. Each batch is meticulously crafted in their copper still at the Three Fingers Distillery on Guernsey.

Brighton Gin

Brighton Gin

Brighton Gin

Created by five Brighton residents, Brighton Gin is distilled with oranges, limes and milk thistle and truly captures the spirit of this famous city.

Brockmans 

Brockmans

Brockmans Gin

Brockmans was created by a group of experienced and devoted friends who wanted to create a gin Like No Other.

Hayman’s Gin

Hayman's Gin

Hayman’s Gin

The only family of original English gin makers still distilling today, Hayman’s make award-winning English gin the original way. Their ginealogy dates back over 150 years.

Loch Ness

Lochness Gin

Loch Ness Gin

A husband and wife team with a passion for premium quality gin. Loch Ness produce rare Scottish Highland gin at their ancestral home.

Maiden

Maiden Gin

The Maiden Distillery

The distillery, perched above the historic, county town of Maidstone, produces a premium gin that has been hand-crafted on site, giving customers the assurance that they are enjoying truly artisan spirit.

Plymouth Gin

Plymouth Gin

Plymouth Gin

The journey of Plymouth Gin is synonymous with the British Royal Navy, its sailors and ships. But its not just the choice of seafaring pioneers, but also bartenders around the world.

Sibling

Sibling gin

Sibling triple distilled gin.

Sibling Triple Distilled Gin is produced from start to finish in Cheltenham, from a base spirit that is also produced in-house at the Sibling Distillery.

Strathearn Distillery 

Strathearn Distillery Gin

Strathearn Distillery Gin

Strathearn Distillery, near the village of Methven in Perthshire, is probably Scotland’s smallest distillery. They produce a range of spirits including a range of premium gins.

 

 

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