Make it British member BBCo Headwear is a fast-growing UK-made brand that has been producing headgear since 2014. The brand is dedicated to supporting sustainability projects and supporting onshore manufacturing within the fashion industry to help protect the environment.
Two years ago, BBCo set out to try and establish manufacturing of some of its best-selling products here in the UK with very little success.
Many UK manufacturers were reluctant to take on the project as hat manufacturing had declined in the UK in the 1960s and ’70s. This resulted in many of the skills and labour being lost when the last factories closed their doors.
Annie Richmond, the founder of BBCo Headwear, worked with local councils in the North who partnered BBCo with a small micro-factory (Oh Sew Whitty) in Huddersfield. They were able to bring the project to life and are now the first brand and manufacturer to produce this form of headwear in the UK.
The material used in the production of the new collection now has just a 25-minute journey to the new studio for construction. Replacing the thousands of air miles previously taken to airfreight the material to the far east, to then be reimported back into the UK for sale.
The equivalent of 11,494.62 air miles has already been reduced during the first round of production.
BBCo’s aim is to continue to grow its manufacturing arm within the North of England and continue to educate consumers about the environmental impact of fast fashion, and that buying British manufactured products will help reduce their carbon footprint.