As the longest established shoemaker in England, the year was 1829 when Joseph Tricker founded the company. To set the scene from an historical perspective, that same year saw Robert Peel establish London’s first uniformed police force, whilst in America, Abraham Lincoln gave his first political speech. Louis Braille invented his system of finger- reading for the blind and Queen Victoria’s ascent to the throne was still eight years away.
Tricker saw the birth of a modern world, a time for great enlightenment, learning and social reforms. This was the world in which the first retail orders for Tricker’s shoes were secured.
The Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields. Today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the North East, with Barbour’s headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields.
Although we source products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside,
Collections cater for men, women, children and now even dogs! Broadening out from Barbour’s countrywear roots, today our heritage and lifestyle clothing brand produces clothing that is designed for a full lifestyle wardrobe. As well as jackets and coats, the Barbour wardrobe includes shirts, dresses, knitwear, footwear, accessories and more.
Barbour remains true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.
Its history as makers of traditionally made, hand crafted sporting accessories goes back to the 1970s. It was then that Jackie Croots parents, John Smith, a representative for the renowned Hull Cartridge Company, and his wife, Margaret, decided to turn their hands to the creation of quality sporting luggage. Field Sports Products was born.
Croots produce Quality Leathergoods handmade in England.
We are creators of the World’s Finest Knitwear. Established in 1784, we are the oldest manufacturing factory in the world, crafting beautiful, high quality garments that are designed to last, made in Britain and distributed the world over.
The John Smedley story began during the infancy of the industrial revolution at our factory in Lea Mills, Derbyshire where you can still find us, over 230 years later.
In 1784 our factory started life producing simple muslin fabric and spinning cotton and in 1825 we moved on to producing more complex garments using one of the first ever fully fashioned knitting machines, creating the original “Long Johns”.
Merz b. Schwanen
Driven by a sense of certainty, Peter Plotnicki researches the origins of this extraordinary piece of clothing and uncovers a textile industry over one and a half centuries old, located in the Swabian Jura.
A flea market vendor from Berlin bought the Henley-style longarm-undershirt at one of the last hosiery companies called “Merz b. Schwanen”. The company was founded in 1911 by Balthazar Merz and employed more than 2,000 workers over several decades – a rarity in this otherwise very poor region.
Globalization finally ended the success story of the family-owned business three years before Peter Plotnicki found it – the heirs closed the manufactory due to a lack of orders.
Corgi was founded in 1892 by Carmarthenshire draper Rhys Jones who, having purchased some second-hand knitting machines, began to produce thigh-high woollen stockings for the local colliers. He then began to produce a range of finer quality socks, ideal for men to wear to chapel on Sundays.
From the beginning, Rhys paid very close attention to detail and quality and as the reputation of his products grew, demand spread across the whole of South Wales and beyond.
Now, some 120 years and four generations later, the company is managed by Rhys’ great, great grandchildren Chris Jones and Lisa Wood.
Corgi continues to design and produce hand-knitted wool, cotton and cashmere socks and knitwear for men and women of the very highest quality in the same Carmarthenshire town it was established.
Joining forces with its sister company Dents in 2008 allowed Corgi to expand its export market and the company’s products are now sold all over the world. Despite its dramatic growth, Corgi maintains the uncompromising commitment to quality that has always been at the heart of the brand.
The G9 cult exploded in the 1950s thanks to distribution in the United States and the adoption of the Brand by many celebrities. In 1964, the G9 became universally known as the Harrington, thanks to the popularity of Ryan O’Neal wearing it as the character of Rodney Harrington in Peyton Place.
The origins of the G9 are linked to Manchester, the city in which the Miller family had been producing rain jackets since 1912. In 1937 John and Isaac Miller renamed the Baracuta Factory and, attending the Manchester Golf Club clubhouse, started working on a jacket that could offer freedom of movement to allow players to hit the ball while remaining composed during the swing.
The new creation was equipped with the innovative zip fastener and to protect golfers from the rain, a characteristic cape structure is added to the head and was name the ‘wing back umbrella’. The brothers designed a high collar, back dog-ear collar, and equipped them with buttons.
Crown Northampton are of the firm belief that ‘Made In England’ should mean, ‘Made In England’ from start to finish. We are fully committed to making all of our shoes and boots here in England, with no outsourcing of labour or manufacturing to overseas factories.
This code of practice ensures that we have full control of our products from the early design stages to the final quality checks and finishing. We are proud to be one of the few remaining boot and shoe factories that only manufacture in England and have done since 1908. We only employ skilled shoemakers and passionate apprentices who can be taught the local tried and tested ways of working.
Northamptonshire is the home of high quality British footwear and the place Crown Northampton will always call home.
Baudoin & Lange
Founded in heritage. Elevated by innovation.
Creative Director and former Apple executive Allan Baudoin left his tech career to pursue the high craft of fine shoemaking. Joined by former financier & race car driver Bo van Langeveld as CEO, Baudoin & Lange was born in 2016.
Drawing on diverse influences from worlds of art, culture, tech, engineering, sport and luxury, the brand is committed to innovating and reinventing the highest standards of traditional sartorial handicraft in their mission to make the most comfortable footwear possible.
Quality craftmanship, proudly made in Britain since 1951
Gloverall is home to the original duffle coat design. Since its inception in 1951, the foundations of Gloverall have always been rooted in the sensibilities of British fashion and culture, using high-quality materials and the finest fabrics to produce this timeless designer item.
Heritage and craftsmanship have always been at the forefront of Gloverall’s duffle coats, and this has remained unchanged to the present day.
Working alongside the craftsmen who helped us restore our Victorian workshop, Workhouse was born out of a renewed appreciation for the hidden beauty in old things. Drawn to images of the Victorian street, we became particularly interested in unposed photographs of street traders and musicians. Whether a distinctive jacket, or a favorite hat, the garments and images where hand made, made to last – and often made for someone else. Formal worn informally, old with new, contrasting fabrics and textures – all with a certain swagger. We wanted to craft garments that captured this.
Workhouse prizes sustainability and building local supply chains that sit outside the traditional model. More than just a business, we strive to forge relationships with the like minded individuals, and believe that such commitments are what make our garments unique.
Founded in 2015 by designer Kestin Hare with almost 20 year’s industry experience, Kestin aims to redefine modern Scottish design by blending innovation with tradition. Combining details from workwear, military, sports and outdoor wear, our products are functional, subtle, sophisticated and distinctive. We are focused on quality, unique fabrics, great fit and clever detailing. Responsible manufacturing is key with around 50% of every collection being Made in the UK
“Our love for what we do will never allow us to compromise on the quality and design we intend to offer. At the centre of the creative and production process is a deep love of fabric and of ongoing innovation in the treatments.” This is the vision that guides Dora Zecchin, Creative Director at Pence1979, whose experience has its roots in product research and development for major firms.
For the Zecchin brother and sister team, nothing is more important than quality and ongoing experimentation on the materials. Drawing what their father taught them, Dora and Davide offer their customers know-how that encompasses everything from design and cut, to manufacturing the products and the most special treatments developed in their internal laundries. The ‘marble wash’ (marbling treatment with pumice stone) for example, has always been a Pence asset, a process originally considered practically impossible, which the company succeeded in industrialising, just like the extremely diverse and sophisticated dyeing techniques, including hand-dyeing, which make each garment a unique piece with an unrepeatable history.
It’s what we’ve done since 1969: ensure whatever we make does its job without complication. It’s what drove Mrs Elliot, our founder, to produce the world’s first nylon quilted horse rug and how each product is designed today.
We predominantly work with British cloth manufacturers, renowned for their durability and quality, and the same is true of the wadding we use in our quilting, which comes from the North of England and is made of 65% recycled fibres.
At Christys’ London, craft is key. Since its founding in 1773, Miller Christys’ passion for impeccable quality and skilled craftsmanship has passed through generations of hat makers. safeguarding Christys ‘ red and gold insignia as a symbol synonymous with fine traditionally crafted hats. Christys was and is a brand with an eye on the future and, while methods have remained largely unchanged and heritage is paramount, it is the capacity to transcend trends and social borders that makes Christys’ hats as sought after as ever.
Taylor of Old Bond Street