To celebrate the first Made in UK day on the 9th March I wanted to champion some amazing fashion & textile brands that I love that are making in Britain and are brilliantly sustainable and ethical too.
Socko make sustainable socks using recycled ECONYL nylon and pre-consumer waste or leftover merino wool sourced from mills around the UK. Every pair comes with a mending kit and an instruction guide to darning and wooden darning eggs are available to buy. The reinforced heels and toes make them socks to last. We love their approach and dedicated to comfy feet!
We also sell repair kits for our garments here.
I have watch Monty & Co. grow since they launched and love their hard wearing practical kids styles. Unisex garments made from natural fibres that are designed to last and be passed down and look better with wear. Durability, comfort and practicality means kids can be free to be who they want. Their commitment to what they do has been a great inspiration to me.
HebTroCo are legends in the British making community. When the last surviving trouser factory in Hebden Bridge was due to close they raised enough money through crowdfunding in 5 hours to make their first batch of trousers. They now have a highly varied range from socks to action blankets and have just launched their own selvedge eco denim range.
Read my blog post about HebTroCo here.
Sami-K is a unisex brand for adults and children. Her organic fabric supplier works with small family-run business in Kerala, India who produce hand-woven cloth in small quantities thereby reducing waste. Sami-K makes to order to avoid over production Her collection features her brand prints and comfy, practical styles.
Hiut Denim are based in Cardigan Bay, Wales and I wear their jeans myself (as does Megan Markle). Their motto is to do one thing well and they certainly do. They offer free repairs for life and have organic denim as well as British-made denim cloth woven by Hewitt Heritage. They have kept a highly skilled craft alive and really value their staff as the amazing artisans that they are.
Read more about eco denim here.
Ally Bee is a contemporary knitwear brand who uses 100% natural fibre yarns. Initially using sustainable British alpaca yarns and a variety of British wool they have now expanded to using Italian recycled cashmere and cradle-to-cradle cashmere and merino yarns. All the knitwear is made in Hawick, Scotland – the home of traditional knitwear.
Read more about wonderful woolly knitwear here.
I met Rachael from Britannical many years ago when I was just starting to form Boy Wonder. The beautiful coats they make are classic, luxurious and quintessentially British. I love that they use premium British-made cloth which reflects the British heritage that they embody. These coats will last and last and never go out of style. They were a great inspiration for my duffle coat styles that I still hope to to put into production one day.
Read more about sustainable sourcing in the UK here.
Community clothing are a social enterprise bringing back economic prosperity to some of the most deprived areas in the UK. The brainchild of Patrick Grant of the Great British Sewing Bee, they produce high quality garments to the highest ethical standards. including organic denim and cotton knitted by our fabric manufacturer in Leicester.
Read more about our fabric manufacturer here.
Lala & Bea are an ethical family store. They made a variety of things from sweatshirts to blankets. They even have their own skincare range! Their sweatshirts and t-shirts are made from organic cotton, their clutches from recycled cotton and the blankets & picnic rugs are handwoven in Wales. They ensure a fair living wage and keep important textile skills alive. We love their bright fun designs.
Courtney & Co are the last button makers in the UK as make their buttons out of sustainable materials such as Corozo, codelite and horn. Corozo is a nut from the Tagua tree and codelite is made from dairy milk as they avoid the use of petrochemicals for a sustainable and biodegradable product. They make their buttons using traditional techniques keeping important skills alive. We used their buttons on the trousers that we hope to add to our range at some stage.
Join me in supporting Made in UK day by buying from brilliant British brands, following the hashtag #madeinukday or share a photo or story about a British-made brand that you love. Check out our sustainable & ethical British-made products here.