As lockdown rules are eased and non-essential shops allowed to reopen, many consumers are looking to get back onto the high street to support their local businesses.
Many of our Make it British members not only sell their products online but also have their own retail spaces, or have their collections stocked in brick and mortar shops across the UK.
To celebrate the re-openings, here’s where you can visit some of our Make it British members – you might even find one in your hometown!
Founded in 1837, Abraham Moon and Sons are one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in Great Britain. They have 3 retail stores in the UK: York, North Yorkshire and their Mill Shop in Leeds. At the Mill Shop, you can expect to find a brave new world of fabrics by the metre, throws, cushions, and scarves, as well as the odd piece of ex-display furniture.
Blighty’s is an independent small family gift retail shop in Cranbrook, Kent. They source fabulous gifts that are all made in the British isles from decorative pottery, candles and jewellery, to homeware, pets accessories, stationery & cards.
Budd’s flagship store has been located in the Piccadilly Arcade since the company’s foundation in 1910. To celebrate the reopening of their Piccadilly shop, they are offering bespoke and made to measure customers the opportunity to order three shirts and receive a complimentary fourth shirt.
Based in Broadstone Mill, Stockport, Greater Manchester – a former cotton mill which is now a shopping centre, Frock Goddess is a retail shop that stocks beautiful and unique ready to wear bridal & occasion clothing.
After such a difficult year for weddings, I’m delighted to finally be re-opening my shop; and that couples can start to plan their weddings again.Jenny Mccarthy, Frock Goddess
Ian Mankin, British weavers of designer furnishing textiles, have their fabrics stocked in hundreds of retailers in the UK, but they also have a retail shop showroom in Fulham, London. They will soon be relocating to another storefront so they are currently running a sale in their Fulham store on roll ends of current fabrics, remnants, home accessories and furniture.
One of the leading British footwear brands, Joseph Azagury London have their own boutique in Wimbledon, London. which opened in 2015. Following the success brought by the world-renowed tennis yearly event, Joseph Azagury launches a limited edition shoe with every year which can only be found in the Wimbledon boutique.
Being able to reopen at last is great. But for us, it has been the response of our customers which has been amazing telling us how much they missed coming in, trying on shoes in-store and the personal service. It gives us hope for the future of retail on the high street.Eva Azagury, Joseph Azagury
The family company, Melin Tregwynt have been weaving at the Tregwynt Mill in Pembrokeshire, West Wales for one hundred years. Their mill shop & cafe are located right next to the mill which offers a wide range of their woven products including blankets, bags, slippers and more.
Thanks to everybody for the great support they’ve given us, during the lockdown, and now we’re absolutely delighted to welcome our customers back again.Eifion Griffiths, Melin Tregwynt
In partnership with another UK brand, Rebecca J Mills opened her Teddington, London shop in November 2019 to showcase her fabrics, wallpapers, soft furnishings, fashion pieces and more. Buzzing with colour and offering a delightful visual experience, you can also find here many additional exclusives, one-off designs, samples and ex-display items.
Revival Retro’s fabulous boutique is located in the heart of central London. It’s well worth the trip to try on their fabulous and flattering clothing, shoes and accessories, to put together whole outfits or just to find that special something.
It’s wonderful to bring the team back together and connect with customers. When we reopened, one woman literally skipped around the shop practically singing “I’m so excited to be here”. It was her first time ever visiting the shop and she had waited to try some shoes on that she had been looking at online while at home.Rowena Howie, Revival Retro
Even though you couldn’t see it under our face masks, everyone was smiling.
British leather goods brand The Cambridge Satchel Company re-opened all 4 of their retail shops: George Street in Edinburgh, Seven Dials in London, Broad Street in Oxford and their flagship store in Cambridge.
Clothing and accessories brand Turtle Doves have recently opened a new store in Shrewsbury. Featuring their usual super soft, cosy cashmere, as well as some new products.
Wallace Sewell, well known for its stunning woven products and textile designs, have their own retail store in Islington, London as well as being stocked in various retailers in the UK and US.
At Wallace Sewell we are very pleased to open our shop doors again; as textile designers, we understand how important it is to be able to touch fabrics, feel their quality and see their drape and colours in person, so we are glad that our customers have this opportunity again.Wallace Sewell
Our London shop is also key in embodying our brand image and values, which we hope customers enjoy experiencing when they visit. Having a physical presence also allows us to build friendly, personal relationships with our customers and it is always rewarding to help each client find the perfect product they are looking for.