The best makers are found right across the Isles, and yet all are, in a manner of speaking, on the doorstep. Some are small, light-under-bushel sorts; others grand and world-renowned. For every family-run, hand-operated, tried-and-tested and mastered-over-generations outfit, there’s one embracing the computer-run and the new-fangled. But what they share is excellence. Nothing common-or-garden here. If each maker isn’t the best at what it does, it’s certainly in the top one.
- Jersey maker, Leicestershire
- Nice weather for long-johns. More words and pictures soon from one of last remaining jersey makers in the region.
- One-man-mill, East London
- With his fleet of restored bygone-era looms, there’s little the one-man mill can’t do — or risk life and limb trying. Full write-up soon — and in the meantime.
- Knitwear maker, Nottingham
- Early spring is ordinarily a period of well-earned downtime for the father and daughter-run knitwear firm. Ordinarily.
- Woollen mill, Gloucestershire
- Words and pictures from a maker of outstanding wools and cashmeres in the south-east of the country. Not long now.
- Pattern-cutter, North London
- The maestro. Over half a century cutting for the best in the trade means nous and precision like no other. Watch this space.
- Melton mill, West Yorkshire
- If ever there was a venerable maker, the melton maker is surely it: clothing the top-crust since Tudor times. Coming soon.
- Cotton mill, Lancashire
- Spinning, weaving, and dyeing the best cottons and cords in the country for four generations. Full write-up on the way.