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Made in Britain :Britishness in the news this week Jul17

Honda Made in Britain competition (From Britain with Love)
“To celebrate 20 years of manufacturing cars in their Swindon factory, the company recently launched a series of national competitions to find Britain’s best makers…after the tricky job of whittling down a shortlist, the winners have now been announced.”

Cherchbi bag

Photo: Cherchbi

Introducing…Cherchbi (Style Salvage)
“… the debut collection from Cherchbi, a British leathergoods and accessories company built around a beautiful original tweed…The brand began in 2007 with an idea to make bags using wool from the ancient rare-breed Herdwick. A breed more familiar for its prized meat than its often neglected wool…After four years and nine weave trials Herdwyck No.10 bags are launched in Autumn 2011”

Gymphlex – Real English Clothing is Big in Japan (The Tweed Pig)
“Gymphlex has produced high-quality sportswear and workwear since 1906. They have built a reputation for uncompromising quality of cloth and construction, often creating clothes for other brands who value the workmanship.”

Fox Brothers search for apprentice used as case study (JobsSW)
“Luxury cloth manufacturer Fox Brothers’ search for apprentices was used as a case study to illustrate how difficult it can be to find suitable people for apprenticeship schemes in Britain. The focus for government and industry…has to be on…preserving the skill sets necessary…to continue producing genuine luxury, niche goods that are ‘Made in Britain’ and respected around the world.”

At Raynor & Sturges Shirtmakers (Spitalfields Life)
“…at Rayner & Sturges, in a handsomely matchboarded nineteenth century building, tall and narrow like a ship and with light coming from windows on both sides, the finest bespoke shirts are made for Savile Row and Jermyn St.

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