Makers

“If it wasna for the weavers, what would ye do? Ye wouldna hae your cloth that’s made o woo.” Exactly. Not just the weavers either. If it wasn’t for the makers — and this bunch are the best in the Isles — you wouldn’t have much at all.

Tweed mill
County Donegal
Untraditional traditional Donegal tweed woven here: two men — father and son — side by side, weaving cloth on looms in a shed beside the family home.  Read more

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Jersey maker
Leicestershire

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

The best jersey begins down in the basement, and down in the basement today, among row on row of knitting machines, it is very cold.  Read more
Horn button maker
West Midlands

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

A cacophony of contraptions suggests things are going in the right direction at the newest button-maker in the Midlands. Full report soon — and for the moment.
Outerwear factory
North-east London

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Meticulous cutters and unflappable seamsters combine around pleasingly regimented tea-breaks for the best-made jackets and coats around.  Read more

Knitwear maker
South-west

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Handiwork — lots of it. Hand-looming, hand-framing, and hand-linking: slow and steady ways to make reliably sublime jumpers, scarves, and socks.  Read more
Worsted mill
West Yorkshire

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

The Heavy Woollen District might no longer be centre of the woollen world, but one or two of the mills still standing here have never had it so good.  Read more
Shirtmaker
Kent

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

With specialism comes exceptionalism: over three narrow floors, cuffs, collars, sleeves, and yokes of imperious quality are cut, sewn, and finished.  Read more

Sample room
North-west London

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Unassuming but vital premises, the sample-room in north-west London — putting out small runs and samples for the best part of a century.  Read more
One-man-mill
North-east London

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

With his fleet of restored bygone-era looms, there’s little the one-man mill can’t do, or risk life and limb attempting. Full write-up soon — and in the meantime.
Cashmere mill
West Yorkshire

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Weaving with extraordinarily fine hair of the cashmere goat calls for some extraordinarily clever contraptions — not least the aeons-old teasel-gig.  Read more

Brass foundry
West Midlands

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

The metallurgists of the best buckle maker in the Black Country: a region steeped in metalwork since Judas Priest. The full write-up is on the way — and until then.
Horn button maker
West Midlands

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

The premises recently changed, but what they make at the old West Midlands button-maker have changed barely a jot since the American Civil War.  Read more
Pattern-cutter
North London

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

The maestro. Cutting patterns for the best in the trade for over half a century means incomparable experience, nous, and precision. Hang around for the write-up.

Cotton mill
Lancashire

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Cotton. There’s nothing you can’t do with cotton — not least when you have the finest cloth-brains in the country weaving it on a fleet of dobby and jacquard looms.
Wool-melton mill
West Yorkshire

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

If ever a maker qualified for venerable status, the melton maker must surely be it: kitting out the uniformed and the top-crust since Tudor times. Coming soon.
Knitwear maker
Nottinghamshire

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

The start of spring is ordinarily a period of well-earned downtime for the father and daughter-run knitwear company in the outskirts of Nottingham. Ordinarily.

Woollen mill
Gloucestershire

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Weavers of industry-leading saxony tweed, cavalry twill, and other to-be-reckoned-with jacketings. Fine line in double-sided tweeds, too. Not long now.
Cap maker
County Donegal

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Slap-bang in the middle of the finest tweed-makers in north-west Ireland, superior scalp-wear has been made here for quite some time. More words soon.
Spinning mill
County Donegal

Makers    Garments made with the makers of the British Isles

Accept no subtitutes when it comes to Donegal yarn. Unless dyed, spun, and carded from raw fleece at this place, it doesn’t qualify. More words on the way.