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Bath independent Clandar to bring production in-house

Bath men’s and women’s heritage retailer Clandar has started to design and manufacture its own products for the first time, in a move that could pre-empt the launch of a wholesale division.

The business, which opened its Grade II-listed shop in Bath two and a half years ago, currently sells private-label stock from 10 mills.

However, by the end of this year, its coats, knitwear and accessories will all be created in-house using textiles from British tweed mills. Cashmere and wool products will follow from next year.

“All of our fabric, leather, suede, linings and trims have been selected and the majority of our manufacturers chosen [for the tweed lines],” founder and managing director Rianna Pritchard told Drapers.

“Our handbag prototypes are being made as we speak, as are our sample men’s tweed waistcoats. Our first production run of headwear and men’s accessories will be ready in eight weeks and our ladies’ outerwear will follow later in the year,” she added.

Bringing the process in-house will allow the business to have consistency across its ranges, according to Pritchard, and could open up the possibility of selling through other stores. “Wholesale could be an interesting avenue to explore, especially as British design and manufacture are held in such high regard across the globe.”

She said the opening of a second store to compliment the one on Cheap Street was “an enticing proposition”, but she had no current plans to do so.

Pritchard, a former lawyer who founded Clandar in October 2012, will oversee the in-house production, while her five employees will continue to run the retail business, which also comprises Clandar.co.uk.

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