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Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing Set Up Factory in Suffolk

More and more these days brands are setting up their own factories in order to take control of their own production. Make it British member Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is one such brand. Founder Paul Brown tells us about his journey to setting-up his own UK clothing factory, how it has benefited his brand, and…

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Relaunching a made in the UK lingerie brand – Lucy Jones Lingerie

Lucy Jones enjoyed success with her lingerie brand in the 1980s, supplying high-end retailers and featuring in Vogue. What made her decide to relaunch the brand in 2019? And how does manufacturing lingerie in Britain differ from thirty years ago? Lucy Jones launched  her eponymous lingerie brand in 1981 after spotting a gap in the…

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How automation can improve UK manufacturing, with Devanet

Devanet is a British designer and manufacturer of metal and leather components of all types, from buckles and pet collars to bespoke jewellery. In this interview they give some very valuable advice for businesses thinking of employing automation and technology to improve production. Could you tell me about Devanet and the products you manufacture? Devanet…

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Setting up an Ethical Garment Factory, with Jenny Holloway

Trailblazer of UK reshoring and ethical manufacturing, Jenny Holloway gives a frank interview on how tough it was to set up a clothing factory.  Having previously come from a buying background, she shares the highs and lows it took to create a succesful and ethical garment factory in North London. Fashion Enter, is a garment manufacturer…

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How to build your British-made brand with Ruth Farrell

Ruth Farrell

Starting a British-made fashion brand? Watch our video interview with fashion consultant and British-made brand owner Ruth Farrell, to gain valuable insight into how you can build your brand. Ruth Farrell has 30 years experience in the fashion industry from fashion assistant to creative manager and has worked across retail, etail and wholesale.  She works…

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Understanding knitted fabrics with Rajen Ved of Aristo Fabrics

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The variety of knitted fabrics available can be confusing, but understanding the different fabric types is essential when designing fashion. Your fabric choices can make or break your product when it goes into production.  We speak to Rajen Ved of Aristo Fabrics, a specialist in knitted fabrics who explains it all. Rajen has been in…

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Why all designer start-ups should have the know-how to make a garment, with Jenni Sutton of Fashion Enter

Jenni Sutton discusses the importance of technical knowledge and production skills to designers and start-up fashion brands. Fashion Enter is a large, ethical factory in North London, with a mission to support designers and train the next generation of fashion professionals. They manufacture for many brands, including ASOS, but, alongside production they offer training, apprenticeships, and mentoring.…

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How to gain investment for your start-up brand with Simon Middleton

Brand guru, Simon Middleton, shares his advice on how to gain investment for your start-up brand and the importance of professionalism. Simon Middleton is an entrepreneur and a brand expert. In this interview, which was done originally as a Facebook Live, Simon shares his wisdom by telling us about his new venture, Blackshore Coastal Clothing, …

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From Tannery to Leathergoods: The History of Tusting

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We interview Gillian Tusting, from the family run leathergoods company Tusting The Tusting family counts five generations as part of the English leather trade. The business began as a tannery, but diversified into leathergoods production in the 1980s, a time when other factories were closing down. Their leathergoods started by rescuing two machinists and machinery…

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How I started my printed scarf business with Ruth Dent

How I started my printed scarf business with Ruth Dent

Find out how Ruth Dent went from working in IT to becoming an artist and then turning that art into a printed scarf business Have you ever thought about having a career change because you wanted to follow your passion? That’s exactly what Ruth Dent did, when she went from working in IT to becoming…

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How the David Nieper fashion house is tackling the textile industry skills shortage

David Nieper, The David Nieper Academy, The David Nieper Educational Trust

David Nieper is one of the largest UK clothing manufacturers. We interview MD Christopher Nieper to hear about his ‘just-in-time’ business model and initiatives to tackle textile skills shortage David Nieper is a long-standing fashion house based in Derbyshire.  The company sells direct to customers and operates a vertical business model carrying out everything in-house,…

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Member Spotlight: David Watson, bringing local art to life

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The David Watson collection is a collaboration with local artists to create silk scarves and accessories with quintessentially British scenes. We introduce you to some of the artists and their designs… After stumbling into his dream job as a cameraman travelling around the world filming sailing, Samuel Petty decided to pursue a second dream to…

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Abbey England support the future of UK saddlery with their scholarship

Abbey England, foundry, saddlery, equestrian, brasswork, leatherwork, scholarship

Abbey England have supplied the equestrian market for over three decades using traditional manufacturing methods and British raw materials from their Walsall foundry and workshop.Find out about why they’re launching The Abbey Scholarship to support the industry Can you tell me about the history of Abbey England? The company was founded as Abbey Saddlery in…

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