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Martin Lowe, sockmine, sock, socks, factory, reshoring, maker
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Meet The Maker: The SockMine Make Moves to Reshore Their Sock Manufacturing

Martin Lowe shows us around his Nottinghamshire factory and discusses The SockMine’s aim to reshore their sock manufacturing Martin, thank you for showing...

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Twentieth Century Cloth
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Member Spotlight: 20th Century Cloth – the Home of Vintage-Inspired Fabric Design

Helen Snell, owner of 20th Century Cloth, designs unique vintage and mid-century inspired patterns available in fashion fabrics, interior fabrics and homeware.  We...

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Freed, ballet shoes, bespoke shoes, shoemaker, factory, maker
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Meet The Maker: Behind the Scenes with Freed of London, the Famous Ballet Shoemaker

Freed of London began making ballet shoes in London in the 1930s and continue to produce bespoke shoes for the world’s most prestigious...

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Olga Rumble; The Rose Tree; skin care; organic
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Member Spotlight: How The Rose Tree Blossomed into an Award-Winning Skincare Brand

We interview Olga Rumble, founder of British luxury skincare brand, The Rose Tree. The Rose Tree offers customers organic skincare products made with...

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Unibu; underwear
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Member Spotlight: How Shirley Crisp took British-made pants to Downing Street

Unibu says ‘pants’ to those who thought it couldn’t be done and successfully manufactures lingerie completely within the UK.  Owner Shirley Crisp discusses...

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Adam Mansell UKFT
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Interview: Adam Mansell, CEO of UK Fashion & Textile Association

We interviewed Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion & Textile Association. Read the interview to find out how his organisation helps fashion...

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Member Spotlight: Designer and garment manufacturer Tanya Dimitrova

Tanya Dimitrova is a garment manufacturer based in London. Her studio provides pattern cutting, sampling and garment production for designers and high street...

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Member Spotlight: Jonathan Meare, creator of The Beach Towel Clip, tells his story

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

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How reshoring his footwear manufacturing to the UK was a success for designer Joseph Azagury

We took our Facebook Live to Wimbledon Village, to interview designer Joseph Azagury in his shop and to find out more about why...

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'Why I'm bringing UK button manufacturing back' with David Courtney of Courtney & Co.

After spotting an article in Country life in 2013 calling for help to save the last remaining UK horn button manufacturer, commodities broker...

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'How I turned my passion into a business' with Bee Good co-founder and bee keeper Simon Cavill

This week we took our Facebook Live on the road to meet Make it British member Bee Good, to talk bees, brands and...

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Justine Tabak Womenswear SS2017
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'How I went from corporate life to launching my own womenswear brand' with Justine Tabak

Find out why Justine turned her back on corporate life to launch her eponymous label. What were the challenges? and what tips would...

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Bodleian reversible bolero jacket
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Meet Bianca Elgar: From kitchen table start-up to award-winning business

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

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Make it British Manufacturing at Heart Podcast
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Why I left my corporate job to dedicate my time to supporting UK manufacturing

In this interview for the Manufacturing at Heart Podcast I talk about my previous career, and the tipping point that made me decide...

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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...

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Designer interview: Paul Brown of Anthony & Brown Menswear

Setting up a British menswear brand is not without challenges, but quality rules over quantity, says Anthony & Brown founder Paul Brown Can you...

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‘Ask Kate’ Live Q&A on Facebook, including: Babywear, loungewear and scarf manufacturers, British shoes and speakers at MTM

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

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Mirelle British bags
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Meet the Maker: Shaheda Begum, founder of British bag brand Mirelle

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...

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seipel leather bag
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‘Ask Kate’ Live Q&A on Facebook, including: Leather bag makers, eco-packaging and printing on knitwear

This weeks Facebook Live covered everything from whether there was any support from the Government for UK manufacturers, to beauty brands and eco-packaging....

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'Ask Kate' Live Q&A on Facebook, including: tips for exhibiting at a trade show and where to go for fashion start-up advice

Here’s the transcription for last week’s Facebook Live. In it we cover exhibiting at a trade show, where to go for start-up fashion...

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Dog Accessories
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‘Ask Kate’ Live Q&A – incl. a doggie visitor, feedback on a prototype, denim update, Muswell Hill Creatives and working with manufacturers

Here’s this week’s transcript of our ‘Ask Kate’ Q&A, which went out live on Facebook on Thursday 2nd February. ‘Ask Kate’ is your chance...

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‘Ask Kate’ Live Q&A – incl. kettles made in Britain, dancewear, British yarn and zips

Here’s this week’s transcript of our ‘Ask Kate’ Q&A, which went out live on Facebook on Thursday 26th January. Topics covered included kettles made...

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Ask Kate Hills Facebook Live
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'Ask Kate' Live Q&A – incl. made in Britain labelling, shirt making and event announcement

The week just gone saw the launch of our first ever ‘Ask Kate’ Q&A Live on Facebook. Don’t worry if you missed it...

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Aysen Bayram Fanclub
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Meet the Maker: Aysen Bayram from knitwear brand FANCLUB

The founder of cult knitwear brand FANCLUB tells us why she thinks provenance is important to her customers and how she overcame the...

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