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Fabric of Britain

Charting UK-made textiles and manufacturing from head to toe

The ever-changing landscape on the Isle of Harris provides much inspiration for the highly-skilled weavers producing some of the most sought-after fabric in the world.  

Once a mecca of shirt manufacturing, there is only one surviving company still in production in Derry, Northern Ireland. Smyth & Gibson shirts are hand-cut and stitched by accomplished craftsmen, dedicated to producing the best quality product.

What better place to house the only 100% British-made and owned sports shoe brand than the birthplace of the running shoe. Walsh Trainers, based in Bolton, is a family run business producing footwear sold all over the globe.

Based in a small Welsh town familiar with the denim industry, Hiut Denim has already been catapulted to global cult status. Their skilled local workers come with decades of experience, producing well-crafted, long-lasting jeans.

Bespoke Tailoring
It wouldn’t be a roundup of Made in Britain textiles without mentioning cream of the crop Savile Row tailoring. Synonymous with UK-bred quality, the iconic London street has been a destination for menswear for over 150 years.

It’s no secret that Northampton is Britain’s cobbling capital. From brands such as Tricker’s to Crockett & Jones, the region boasts an illustrious footwear heritage.

Behind a blue door in the heart of Leicester, British sock brand Pantherella have been producing fine gauge socks on the same street since 1937.

Waxed Cotton Jackets
Barbour’s classic waxed jacket, the item that helped establish the brand’s reputation, is still manufactured in their homestead factory in South Shields.

The Mac
Combining utilitarian design with traditional heritage, Mackintosh manufacture their classic raincoats in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

Words by Megan Storey
Illustrations by Thomas Sumner