Kate Hills shines the light on British brands and manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses. With tips, hints and tricks to help you manufacture in the UK and buy British.
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Being able to make everything in the UK was very important to us, we wanted to oversee the quality of each piece and so we manufacture everything from our studio in Kent. As the company grows we expect to employ more machinists and cutters but will aim to keep the production in-house. We have a small friendly team at Pajotten who cut and construct each garment individually - everything is made to order (not to measure). Currently the jacket buttonholes are done off site at a small unit in London but we expect that to change next year when we will move production of those in house also.
We were really keen to source as much of our fabrics etc from the UK as possible and we have done this. We spent a lot of time at fabric fairs both in the UK and Paris looking for UK manufacturers - it was very difficult however we now have two different English mills working with us, they are able to provide cloth in smaller quantities than would be possible otherwise. We were very keen that the quality of the cloth was excellent and we have managed this by sourcing a lot of deadbolt cloth from British designer level studios, cloth that otherwise would be out of our price point, this cloth probably isn't all made in the UK but would possibly have been sent to landfill unless purchased by us.