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Founder Stories

Learn from the best British brands and find out how they’ve successfully built their businesses in the UK.

The Make it British Podcast Cover 2023 with Kate Hills

122 – The Importance of Quality – Maria Grachvogel

London-based designer Maria Grachvogel is renowned for her clever use of cutting to flatter the female figure. In this interview Maria talks about why she has chosen to use more UK manufacturers for her collection, and how changing her business model

The Make it British Podcast Cover 2023 with Kate Hills

107 – Silk Weaving in Suffolk – Laura Gore, Vanners

Vanners is one of the oldest textile businesses in the UK. They’ve been weaving silk since 1740, and moved their weaving business from London to Suffolk in the late 18th Century. In this interview I speak to Laura Gore, Vanners

The Make it British Podcast Cover 2023 with Kate Hills

094 – How to crowdfund your brand – Sophie Slater, Birdsong

How can you grow a clothing brand sustainably and ethically? In this interview I speak to the inspiring Sophie Slater from Birdsong who work with women’s organisations and charities to make thoughtful clothes in inclusive sizes. 50% of Birdsong profits