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Why more British brands should open a factory in the UK

As Clarks announces plans for a factory to bring its shoe production back to the UK, we look at why and how other retailers and brands can follow suit Shoemakers Clarks have announced that they will shortly be resuming the production of shoes in the UK by opening a brand new factory in Somerset. They…

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Designer Interview: We interview four very different British milliners

From self-taught to Royal Warrant Holder trained, we interview four fantastic hat makers to find out what inspires their British millinery. Following last week’s feature on Top 20 British millinery brands we interview four hat makers who are members of Make it British. How did you train to become a milliner? Lady Sharma: My millinery skills were…

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Meet the Maker: Bespoke jewellery manufacturer David Law

We chat to bespoke jewellery manufacturer David Law about his Your Personal Jewellery business David, can you tell us why you launched ‘Your Personal Jeweller’? During 2008, as we entered the last downturn, I thought long and hard about the jewellery trade and how I was best placed to confront this new world that we…

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Meet the Manufacturer: Ben Lowe and his Griplock socks

We catch up with Meet the Manufacturer Innovation Accelerator 2016 winner Ben Lowe about his company’s winning innovation, Griplock socks. As part of Meet the Manufacturer 2016 we hosted our Innovation Accelerator Awards, where manufacturers  have the chance to submit details of their innovations in technology, design, product development, productivity or sustainability. From the innovations submitted those with the most…

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British-made footwear brand Marion Ayonote to launch in House of Fraser

Marion Ayonote Avalon Peep Toe Shoe

Make it British favourite, Marion Ayonote, is about to become the first UK-made luxury footwear brand in high street retailer House of Fraser Luxury footwear and handbag designer Marion Ayonote has long been admired by the team at Make it British and we have regularly lusted after her beautiful shoes since running a competition on our site…

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We're judging the BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year Award!

BTAA FAshion Accessories Made in Britain Award

New ‘Made in Britain’ category at the BTAA awards recognises best UK-made accessory I am delighted that Make it British has been invited onto the judging panel at the British Travel and Accessories Association (BTAA) awards, which has this year introduced a ‘Made in Britain’ category. Other categories include ‘Luggage & Travel’, ‘Fashion Handbags’, ‘Small Leather Goods’, ‘Fashion…

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Designer Interview: Aly Bond, maker of upcycled leather bags

We interview Aly Bond, designer and maker of handcrafted upclycled leather bags, about her unique business. Aly Bond recycles and upcycles her customer’s own vintage leather jackets and bags, lining them with a fabric sentimental to the client. She also sources leather coats and jackets from charity shops and Ebay, making all the bags herself.…

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Up to 30% Off the Second Floor Collective

Brands get together to promote their British made products for the festive season The Second Floor Collective is a group of British brands who met when they all exhibited on the same floor at the Best of Britannia event this year. Realising that they all had a shared passion for manufacturing their products in the…

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Exclusive Interview: Adam Atkinson of Cherchbi

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In the week that the Best of Britannia event will celebrate British craftsmanship in Clerkenwell, we interview Adam Atkinson, Founder of British leathergoods brand Cherchbi, who will be exhibiting at the inaugural event. Cherchbi is a company that we have admired since its bags launched last year, in fact we can’t believe that we haven’t…

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British bag-makers: Hanson of London

Hanson of London

Ever wondered why a hand-made bag is so expensive? This video by Hanson of London shows the work that goes into producing a leather bag by hand Launched by Aine Hanson in 2012, Hanson of London cut, stitch and finish every bag by hand – a true labour of love. This great video shows the craftsmanship that goes…

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Ties made in England – One for every day of the week

Ties made in England - One for every day of the week

Are you wearing a tie made in Italy – or even China? Shame on you! You could wear a different tie made in England every day of the week if you pick them from one of these beauties Monday – Duchamp Broad Gauge Block Tie available from DuchampLondon.com Tuesday – Tina Loder Rainbow Mini Dots Tie available from TinaLoder.co.uk Wednesday…

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Designer Interview: Taisir Gibreel

Taisir Gibreel makes the most beautiful silk scarves, designed in Scotland and made in England. Here Make it British chats to her about what inspires her collection and which British manufacturers she uses to bring them to life. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you set up your company? I…

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Inside the Vanners tie factory with Duchamp

At Make it British we love to see how the products made in Britain are manufactured, using traditional skills and craftsmanship. So following our post yesterday about the making of Duchamp scarves at Begg of Ayr in Scotland, here is a glimpse into the Vanners tie factory in Suffolk. For more videos showing the making…

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Duchamp scarves by Begg of Ayr

Video showing the making of a scarf by Begg of Ayr for Duchamp For those that love a closer look at the manufacturing process that goes into producing luxury British goods, here is a great video by Duchamp of the making of their scarves at Begg of Ayr in Scotland. This is one of a…

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British Bag Designer: Tamara Fogle

Tamara Fogle, the British bag designer, talks to Make it British about her eponymous bag line and her experience of  UK manufacturing Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you set up your company? I started work as an interior stylist for magazines; then sidestepped into the antiques trade; buying, selling…

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The Satchel: thoroughly British and all Made in Britain

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There is no more British a bag than the satchel; and it seems that everyone has got one in their range for this Autumn. Brands like the Cambridge Satchel Company make what is often thought of as the definitive item, but the Oxford English dictionary has it defined as follows: Satchel: “a bag carried on the…

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British bag designer: Esther Porter

Last week I had a chance to catch up with British bag designer Esther Porter. Definitely a name to watch, and all of her bags are made in England too. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you set up your company? I had been working for some years in wildlife…

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Helen Ruth Scarves

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

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Steven Harkin leather bags

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

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Bags Made in Britain: St Leonards

Whilst looking for factories manufacturing leather goods in the UK I have come across some fantastic brands. One of these great companies, who are keen to support UK manufacturing, is St Leonards. Based in, you guessed it, St Leonards, this design company produce traditional-looking, yet stylish, leather bags for both men and women. All of…

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