The UK is globally renowned for the high-quality luxury goods that are manufactured on its shores. Here are three good reasons why…
Begg & Co
With a history stretching back to 1866, Scottish brand Alex Begg & Company has long produced luxury scarves and stoles. For autumn 13 it reinvented itself under the name Begg & Co and developed its own brand to include Trunk Clothiers in London, Jane Davidson in Edinburgh and Fortnum & Mason among its stockists.
The company produces all its products from its factory in Ayr, where the coastal rainfall is essential to the washing process used to create soft cashmere and wools.
Contact: 01292 267615
Firmly established at the heart of the revered Northampton footwear community for more than 180 years, Tricker’s has quietly gone about creating beautifully made shoes and boots for a discerning customer the world over. The family-owned factory employs 90 people producing about 1,400 pairs per week - the small numbers allow the brand to ensure the quality of its premium product never slips. The brand boasts a Royal Warrant to the Prince of Wales and exports 70% of what it produces. More recently, special-edition collaborations with retailers such as Selfridges have introduced the historic brand to a new, more contemporary audience.
Contact: 01604 630595
Tailoring brand Lutwyche manufactures its wholesale offer from its factory in Crewe that employs 50 skilled tailors. Every suit is made to high standards, from the quality of fabric to the precision of the cutters.
Founded in 2000 by Tony Lutwyche, the business has resisted the pull of cheaper production in the Far East and has instead invested more in its England-based operation. It also offers bespoke and made-to-measure services.
Contact: 020 7287 5632