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Made by Britain

  Made by Britain is a project run by the Associated Parliamentary Manufacturing Group intending to prove that great products are still made in Britain. 650 MP’s have been asked to find a product that is manufactured in their constituency today in order to draw up a comprehensive picture of a contemporary British manufacturing industry.…

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Barbour jackets in a post all of their own

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about British outerwear brands and a reader quite rightly pointed out that I had missed off Barbour. So, because of that, and also because it is raining AGAIN, I am going to write about Barbour and their waterproof jackets today… Started as a drapers shop at…

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An interview with Faith Tilleray of Damselfly

I recently had a chance to have a chat with Faith Tilleray, who makes beautiful girlswear under the label Damselfly. Here is her story: Hi Faith, can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you set up your company? Damselfly is a mother and daughter team (my daughter just completed a fashion…

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The British clothing market: 10 shocking statistics

I have been reading Lucy Siegle’s book  ‘To Die For’ recently, and it contains some shocking statistics that define how much we have become accustomed to buying cheap, mass-produced clothing and accessories in the UK. Britain has become a nation of shoppers buying worthless ‘fast fashion’ without a thought to where it was produced or…

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Made in Britain: British-ness in the news this week

Mulberry sees profits soar, as it announces a 69% increase in sales. The company, known for it’s British made handbags, is expanding production capacity at its Somerset factory, creating 50 new manufacturing jobs and adding 30% to UK production capacity. Anya Hindmarch, the British handbag designer, talks about her business, including the choice of factories…

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5 British outerwear brands all still made in the UK

The British weather – we are all obsessed about it, so no wonder we have always been so good at making rainwear. In fact, there are still a lot of manufacturers making great British outerwear. Here are five of those brands that excel in making great coats to keep you dry in a downpour Mackintosh –…

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Scottish knitwear for kids from Pride & Joy

Given the thunderstorms that we are having in June (thank you British Weather), it seemed appropriate to write about Scottish knitwear for kids in this post, rather than summer frocks. And as I’ve just been introduced to Pride & Joy, who make children’s jumpers, that is what I am going to do. Hand knitted by…

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Vintage inspired dresses by Suzannah

I’ve always been a lover of a vintage frock, but finding them in good condition at a reasonable price is getting more and more difficult these days. And then I discovered Suzannah. The Suzannah brand, designed by Suzannah Crabb, specialises in modern dresses made in the finest quality fabrics that have the look of vintage…

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British socks: One of life’s little luxuries

Why, on one of the hottest days of the year so far do I find myself wanting to write about socks? Snuggly, patterned, knee-high, knitted British socks? Socks have been on my mind a lot recently. Firstly because my under floor heating is off at this time of year, and there is nothing better than…

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English shoes: Ten brands that are still made in Britain

English Shoes: Ten brands that are still made in England

English Shoes? Yes, there are some that are still made in Britain When I read that the British shoe company Clarks were thinking of bringing their manufacturing back to Britain, having made their last pair of shoes in the UK in 2005, it made me wonder which footwear you could buy these days that was still…

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Burberry – not as truly British as it once was?

There was a great post recently by Liz Jones at the Daily Mail about how Burberry is ‘trumpeting it’s British-ness’ with it’s drive to open super-flagship stores in prime London locations. These new stores will presumably act as a mecca for tourists from Asia, keen to snap up some British goods at local prices. Liz’s…

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Celtic Sheepskin Co – the British-made Ugg

Celtic and co The original sheepskin boot

The more I search around for stories of brands that are still manufacturing in the UK, the more I uncover tales of companies seeking to keep skills alive. The Celtic Sheepskin Co is one such company. Their story goes something like this: back in the days before the name UGG became synonymous with Australia, the…

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Some more interesting UK manufacturing statistics

Further to my post a while back with some interesting UK manufacturing statistics , I now have some more great findings* kindly given to me by Stoves, who still manufacture cookers in the UK from their Merseyside headquarters. Their survey found: Half of UK consumers think British brands should bring manufacturing back to the UK…

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Prescott and Mackay: How to make a handbag

Whilst doing some detective work and ringing any contacts I could to find people with handbag manufacturing skills in the UK, I came across this website for Prescott & Mackay. These guys offer a unique range of short courses to suit all abilities, in Bag making, as well as Shoemaking,  Belt making, Corsetry, Millinery and…

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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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Made In England: New Balance Trainers

In an effort to practice what I preach I am trying to only buy products Made in the UK, so when it com to trainers it has to be New Balance. Here is a great video showing the New Balance footwear factory in Flimby, Cumbria. It’s great to see the craftsmanship that goes into making…

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Searching for a handbag factory in England: Part One

UK handbag factory

As I mentioned in one of my first posts, we are trying to find a handbag factory in the UK that we can work with to develop our new British handbag brand. A few phone calls to some of the bag factories listed in the UKFT directory yielded several that were based in London. As…

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An inspirational British brand: Old Town

Last Sunday I was invited to a unique shopping event in one of the gorgeous Huguenot houses in Spitalfields, held by Old Town, a fantastic British clothing company. Old Town are a clothing manufacturer, based in the beautiful Norfolk town of Holt, who make traditional British workwear. The sort of hardwearing, well constructed clothes that…

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Some interesting statistics on UK manufacturing

An article in this weeks Sunday Times, entitled ‘Made in Britain is so much sweeter’, has some interesting statistics on UK manufacturing. Apparently manufacturing accounts for only 11% of gross domestic product today, compared to 22% 20 years ago. There are also less than 2,000 factories in the UK that employ more than 200 people…

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Finding a handbag factory in the UK – the search begins!

Where to start to find handbag factories in the UK? A cursory glance reveals around a dozen potential manufacturers of bags in Britain, but my previous experience tells me that not all factories are made equal. The type of bag factory that we are looking for will need to fill the following criteria:- 1. Small…

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Is anything still Made in Britain?

…and what will happen when it no longer becomes cost effective to source from the Far East? These are a couple of the questions that I have been asking myself over the last few years. Having worked in fashion design and buying for the past two decades I have seen a seismic shift in the…

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