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Top 20 British-made sock brands

It’s the Make it British top 20 list of socks Made in Britain!

Socks are often an afterthought when pulling together your outfit, but they can make or break your look. Whether you want them for warmth, comfort, performance or to make a statement we have found British-made socks to suit everyone.

The Cambridge Sock Company

The Cambridge Sock Company

The Cambridge Sock Company take pride in ensuring your feet enjoy luxurious comfort every step of the way. Their luxurious Alpaca and Mohair collections are lovingly created from sustainably sourced natural wool fibre. Made in the UK by highly experienced craftsmen, using the very best of traditional and modern techniques, these odour free socks ‘wick’ away moisture leaving your feet dry and cosy in the winter and cool in the summer. Their range of socks come in a rich palette of vibrant colours and a variety of lengths and styles.

Pantherella

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Pantherella

Pantherella Socks have never shied away from setting precedents. When others have turned to cheaper alternatives, Pantherella have held firm in their beliefs, still today making all of Pantherella’s fine english socks at the family-owned factory in Leicester, England. Pantherella’s philosophy of ‘Provenance, Design & Quality’ still rings true today, however Pantherella’s collections have advanced in leaps and bounds since the early days of Louis Goldschmidt’s basic ribbed socks to create socks for the discerning gentleman and lady in the 21st Century.

Corrymoor Mohair Socks

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Corrymoor Mohair Socks

Made from the luxurious and hardwearing fleece of Corrymoor Angora Goats farmed in Devon. For 25 years Corrymore have been breeding organic Angora Goats  and perfecting their mohair socks. Mohair is naturally strong and highly resistant to abrasion so Corrymoor Socks are durable and last longer.

Houlie

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Houlie

100% made in the UK, luxury cotton socks.  Houlie socks are robust, luxury, cushioned socks, to keep children’s feet warm whilst playing indoors and out.
Stylish and luxurious, yet totally practical and woven in bold preppy stripes, in colours influenced from the surrounding wildlife.

Genevieve Sweeney

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Genevieve Sweeney

The story of the Solline sock began when Genevieve discovered a beautiful yarn that was, unfortunately, too fine to knit a jumper with. Undeterred, she travelled to Derbyshire, yarn in hand, to learn the art of knitting socks. The result is the Solline, a luxurious sock crafted from a cotton viscose lurex blend with silk tweeds. Plated with lycra, the socks are beautifully soft against the skin, and seamless toes ensure ultimate comfort. Complete with a colour block heel, toe and cuff, these socks can be machine washed without losing stretch or shape.

Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent cashmere socks are the ultimate luxury, combining extreme warmth and delicate softness.  They are knitted and hand-finished in the town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders at a mill with over 200 years of tradition and expertise in textile manufacturing.

K V Manufacturing

K V Manufacturing

K V Manufacturing, established in 2014, is under the umbrella of Thai Sock Co. Ltd, a well-known manufacturer in the sock industry. The UK was once the heart of the sock and hosiery industry and KVM are proud to bring back sock production to the UK yet modernise it to fit new century expectations.

Teddy Edward

Teddy Edward

Teddy Edward support British craftsmanship by selecting and working in partnership with the very best Uk manufacturers. Try their Brocklesby, Cheshire and Dartmoor luxury Alpaca blend socks with hand-linked toe seams.

Brora

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Brora

Brora is a modern cashmere & clothing brands available in fourteen shops in London and across the country. Brora cashmere socks come in colour-block, stripy and cable knit designs, full of colour and cosy. They also offer cashmere tights  for transitional weather styling, which will last into seasons to come.

John Smedley

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John Smedley

John Smedley specialise in men’s mid-calf socks; the perfect accompaniment to both office and casual attire. They design, create, and produce all their men’s socks in our factory in Lea Mills, Derbyshire. Whilst socks are often an afterthought, John Smedley ensure that quality is embedded in to every stitch.

Arbon Socks

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Arbon Socks

Arbon Socks started trading on 1 February 2018, producing and selling the range of British made luxury alpaca and wool socks developed by John Arbon since 2001. Their socks are all knitted in the Midlands by traditional, family businesses.  The yarns are spun and dyed in the UK.  John uses wool from sheep local to him – Exmoor Horn and Exmoor Blueface.  They produce colourful, everyday socks, warm and comfortable walking socks, rugged country socks and the softest, cosy bed socks.

Freight HGG

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Freight HHG

Freight HGG look to source items that can be produced and designed within the UK, not outsourcing our production needs to other countries when there are fantastic opportunities available to collaborate with crafts people locally. The materials and designs are considered and carefully sourced to ensure they are manufacturing items which are going to last well and wear even better. Freight HGG offer alpaca socks as part of their range.

Corgi Socks

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Corgi Socks

Corgi Socks is family-run company combining traditional production methods with a contemporary approach to design, Corgi produces luxury socks and knitwear with a distinctly designer edge. Established in 1892, the company is still located in the small Welsh mining village in which its story began. In 1989, Corgi was awarded a Royal Warrant by HRH the Prince of Wales, and continues to supply him and other members of the Royal family with socks and other knitted goods.

Samson Hosiery

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Samson Hosiery

Since 1981, Samson Hosiery has been producing the highest quality goods with dedication and experience. The company’s longevity is thanks to a dedicated team small enough to provide a completely bespoke manufacturing service, yet large enough to fulfil even the tallest order and the toughest deadline.

Turner & Sons

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Turner & Sons

Turner and Sons are a family run sock company manufacturing in Derbyshire and using the finest natural fibres for luxurious quality, hidden durability and supreme comfort. Based in Derbyshire not far from the original mills of Jedediah Strutt and Richard Arkwright, they do not sub-contract manufacture to other companies offering a range that is consistent in sizing, colour and quality.

Scott Nichol Socks

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Scott Nichol Socks

Made at the Pantherella factory in Leicester, in the heart of England, Scott-Nichol socks are all hand-finished to the highest standards demanded by the World’s finest sockmakers. Scott-Nichol use a ‘leisure knit’ that is a higher gauge than usually used by Pantherella, and this creates a versatile, leisure sock for the discerning gentleman and lady. Scott-Nichol Wool socks are knitted from a blend of warm virgin wool taken from a sheep’s first shearing, with a touch of nylon for added fit and longevity.

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Comments

12 Comments

  1. Eileen L Thurston on March 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I live near Poole in Dorset. Please can you advise shops in Dorset
    where the British made socks can be bought.

    Thank you,

    Eileen Thurston

  2. Sharon Baker on September 18, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Desperately trying to get hold of an old sock knitting machine (one sock at a time). Made from cast iron with steel needles – often American. I am looking for the older versions dating from the early 1900s.

  3. Gareth on September 18, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Great article

  4. KARL B on September 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Great article – nice to see sock manufacturing is alive and well in the UK. Thanks.

  5. CAROLINE Mottram on December 1, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Love this site Make it British. I am trying to do a China free Christmas and only buy made in Britain, just imagine if the entire population of Britain bought from GB !
    Support our manufacturers and small businesses, also helps the carbon foot print.

  6. Ed Sexton on December 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Needed some socks as a Christmas present, this was my first port of call. Spoilt for choice!

  7. Ellie M on October 1, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Graham Cashmere is Scotland’s premium sock brand. Specialising in both men’s and women’s cashmere socks manufactured and finished by hand in the town of Hawick.

  8. Ian Price on October 9, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    What about HJ Hall of Leicester

    • Make it British Make it British on October 11, 2019 at 4:42 am

      Unfortunately the HJ Hall factory in Leicester closed down Ian 🙁

  9. Edward Fleming on October 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Great article, always great to supports British brands, we also run a brand, cocks on socks, based in Tottenham.

  10. Martin Amstell on January 16, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    “Unfortunately the HJ Hall factory in Leicester closed down”
    Maybe, but HJ Hall Socks still exist as a company selling socks online at http://www.hj.co.uk. and their “about us” page details that they acquired Pantherella socks (still manufactured in Leicester) in 2001 and Scott Nichol socks (now made by Pantherella) in 2007. Since their website is “© 1882-2020 HJ Hall Socks – part of Pantherella International Group. All Rights Reserved. HJ Hall Socks – LE2 8QY” it looks like they decided to trade mainly under the Pantherella name but not completely lose their own either. All very confusing.

    Wolsey, dating back to 1755 and holders of a Royal Warrant, seemingly as British as roast beef, became part of Courtaulds in the 60s then Matalan in 2002 and, although still based in Leicester, I wonder if anything is still made there.

  11. Rod on April 13, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Perhaps a few more could be added to the list!
    How about Bradford Socks:- https://www.thebradfordsockcompany.co.uk/ ‘The yarn is spun in Huddersfield, we then select our own range of colours. Once we have prepared the yarn for dyeing, it is dyed in Holmfirth before it is returned to us for knitting in our mill in Bradford‘.
    Also Wooly Knit (in Diggle Saddleworth):- https://woolyknit.com/product/100-wool-socks/ “we specialise in our own-brand 100% British wool products”.
    Tenderfoot:- https://www.tenderfootsocks.co.uk/ “ Producer of quality gent’s and ladies socks made at our own factory here in the UK. From concept through to design, development and manufacture, our products are guaranteed British-made from the start, all the way through to the finished product”.

    That will have expanded the list somewhat,, and as the links unequivocally demonstrate they are UK made!

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