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What to wear to Wimbledon…and everything is made in Britain!

Womenswear to wear at Wimbledon

As far as events go, they don’t come much more British than the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. If you’re struggling for what to wear to such a British event, then surely you should start with something made in Britain? Read on for inspiration… The Wimbledon Tennis Championships, held annually at the 42 acre site in Wimbledon,…

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How can you play your part in the future of UK manufacturing?

Delegates and speakers at the Make it British Forum defined a clear agenda for the future of UK manufacturing – and you can all play your part In October 2016 we held our first Make it British Forum to address the growing demand for UK businesses to manufacture in this country. The event took place at…

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Behind the scenes at The All-in-One Company

We took a trip to Northumberland for ‘The All-in-One Experience’ to create our own onesies and watch first hand as they were being made httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPhjTWvZsWI How many kids these days can say that they have visited a factory? Do they even stop to think about who made the toys that they play with or the…

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Designer Interview: Nayna McIntosh, founder of new womenswear brand Hope

We talk to ex-retailer Nayna McIntosh about her most personal project to date, her new womenswear label Hope When Nayna McInstosh approached Make it British to help her find UK manufacturers for her new womenswear label Hope, we knew this was something that would be special. Nayna has a wealth of experience in launching fashion brands after being…

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British-made maternity label Tiffany Rose launches sister brand Alie Street

Since being featured on Make it British three years ago, the Tiffany Rose label has gone from strength to strength and has recently launched a sister brand, Alie Street Yesterday’s Daily Express featured an interview with Tiffany London, founder of British-made maternity brand Tiffany Rose. I interviewed Tiffany back in the early days of Make it British and at the time her brand…

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Fashion Question Time at the House of Commons

Find out what happened when the team behind Fashion Revolution organised a debate at the House of Commons about the sustainability of fashion This morning I attended the Fashion Question Time at the House of Commons, organised by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, the people behind Fashion Revolution. Carry and Orsola were asked to gather together…

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Michael Barrymore supports UK manufacturers with his new clothing line

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TV personality Michael Barrymore launches British-made clothing range ‘Made by Dave’ Michael Barrymore, former star of Saturday night TV,  is not a name that you normally associate with fashion or manufacturing. So I was quite surprised a while back when I got a call asking me to help source manufacturers for a clothing collection that…

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M&S Best of British collection – is it any good?

Marks & Spencer previewed their forthcoming Best of British range this week, and we got a sneak peak… When Marks and Spencer announced that they were launching a Best of British clothing range earlier in the year there was a fair bit of scepticism, both from me and the readers of this website.

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A preview of Beautiful Soul's ‘I ♥ Ladybirds’ collection

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Quintessentially British brand Beautiful Soul debuts at London Fashion Week with ‘I ♥ Ladybirds’ Unfortunately circumstances conspired against me this week and I never made it to London Fashion Week. One reason that I really wanted to get there was to catch up with Nicola Woods of Beautiful Soul. I have been a big fan of Nicola’s…

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M&S in 'Best of British' initiative

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Marks & Spencer to collaborate with the British Fashion Council in a 3 year plan to bring Best of British manufacturing to the High Street In an announcement made by the British Fashion Council (BFC) this week, it has begun a collaboration with retailing giant Marks & Spencer to celebrate ‘British fashion, home-grown talent and…

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Debenhams in 'Fake it British' campaign shocker

Retail giant promotes new Made in Britain range with product made overseas This week British department store Debenhams announced that it was developing a new range for its stores that supported British manufacturing. Entitled ‘Made by Great Britons’, the range of British made goods are all to be displayed with a specially designed swing ticket to…

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Interview: Lisa Wood of Corgi Hosiery

Corgi Hosiery sock & knitwear manufacturers

The owner of Corgi Hosiery tells us “if you want to stand out and have the best then you should have made in the UK” Corgi Hosiery was initially founded on the production of socks, hence the name, but now its manufacturing encompasses a full range of hosiery and luxury knitted goods, for both men and…

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British Clothing Icon: The Lewis Leathers Universal Racer

The Lewis Leathers Universal Racer

The made to measure Lewis Leathers Universal Racer Jacket might take 6 weeks to arrive – but surely a British classic like this is well worth the wait? Lewis Leathers is a British clothing company with arguably one of the best heritages in the country, and yet they are rarely mentioned when iconic British brands…

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The Cambridge Raincoat Company

A perfect solution for cycling in our lovely British weather As I write this in Mid-July, Britain is officially having the worst summer on record. So far this month it has rained Every. Single. Day. And if you are a lady who uses a bike to get around then it is a wardrobe nightmare. Forget…

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Top Shop Made in Britain collection announced for AW2012

High street retailer Top Shop will launch a new made in Britain collection this autumn The British-made capsule collection for Autumn Winter 2012 is comprised of eight pieces of outerwear that juxtaposes tweed, herringbone and Prince of Wales check. The range will launch in mid-July and be available online and in the Oxford St flagship.…

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S.E.H Kelly: Meet their makers

S.E.H. Kelly scour the UK for the only best manufacturers, now they are offering a glimpse inside the factories where their truly British menswear comes to life S.E.H. Kelly is one of those British brands that Make it British has a great fondness for. Everything that they do is with integrity, and the attention to…

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Working with a British clothing manufacturer

Working with a British factory

How to take the pain out of sampling with a British clothing manufacturer in 8 easy steps I get a lot of designers contacting me asking for recommendations for British manufacturers that can make their products. Some of them are very frustrated because they have sampled with factories that I have recommended but they have…

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Custom made jackets by House of Billiam

House of Billiam’s varsity jacket is available in 100,000 permutations, which one would you choose? The House of Billiam label launched in January 2009, when its creative director, Thomas Bird, moved to London with a sewing machine and a pile of fabric and the custom made varsity jacket was the first piece that the company…

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New British brand launched – Matilda & Quinn

Make it British discovers another new British brand – this time it’s the début of premium womenswear label Matilda & Quinn. Sally Hartfield, the brands founder, tells us why she gave up a career in the legal profession to follow her dream to launch a clothing range, and how difficult it has been to find the right…

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Inspirational British brand: Beautiful Soul

Inspirational British brand: Beautiful Soul

Make it British catches up with Nicola Woods of new British label Beautiful Soul and finds a designer who is loving the challenge of manufacturing in Britain. Beautiful Soul is a British, luxury womenswear label based in London’s Notting Hill that was founded in 2008. The company produces both a ready-to-wear collection (Beautiful Soul London)…

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Private White V.C open London store

Private White V.C, the superb menswear brand launched by quality British manufacturers Cooper and Stollbrand,  has opened it’s first London store. [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkuT-oce57k&feature=player_embedded[/tube] They have been selling their range of heritage menswear online for a while, but now Private White V.C have chosen Lambs Conduit Street in Bloomsbury for their first venture into retail. The location…

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