Burns Night: A time to celebrate Made in Scotland brands

Burns night is on the 25th January, time to whip out the kilts and celebrate Scottish culture.

 

Haggis not your cup of tea? Need an excuse to treat yourself after the Christmas period? Think about celebrating Scottish heritage on Burns Night by having a look at some of my favourite Made in Scotland womenswear and accessories brands.

Godiva Boutique, Edinburgh

Godiva Boutique stock some great Made in Scotland clothes in the centre of Edinburgh, including Rowan Joy. In the area? Why not pop over to see just how great the quality of Made in Scotland womenswear collections and accessories are or shop online.

Begg & Co: Ayr, Ayrshire. @BeggandCompany

With 150 years of experience in shawl making but unafraid to champion innovative design, the brand provides a scarf to match any outfit. My favourite piece in their current collections is the LEIBOVITZ
Lambswool Angora Oversized Scarf Black
. And what’s more, it’s reduced by £85 in the winter sale!

Cioch: Struan, Isle of Skye, Invernessshire.

Embracing Scottish culture this Burns night might mean embracing the rain. Based on the Isle of Skye, Cioch aims to provide outdoor clothing with the ‘Perfect Fit’ with garments tailor-made to your measurements and in your colour combination of choice.

Harley of Scotland: Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. @harleyofscotlnd

Harley of Scotland use only yarn milled in North East Scotland in the production of their timeless classic sweaters. They are attending Scotland’s Trade Fair in Glasgow in the week of Burns Night, from the 21st-23rd January on stand F42, click here for more information.

Love Cashmere: Highwick, Scottish Borders. @LoveCashmer

Using the best of Scottish yarn from Loro Piana and Todd & Duncan, Love Cashmere simple but stylish cashmere accessories. My favourite new winter arrival is the lace cashmere snood!

Mcrostie Scotland: Howword, Renfrewshire. @McRostieLeather

All Mcrostie leather accessories are handcrafted in their Scottish workshop using the finest of British materials, truly representing the great quality of UK manufacturing. If you are looking for something extra special, Mcrostie’s offer a personalisation service.

Skye Weavers: Glendale, Isle of Skye. @SkyeWeavers

Harking back to the days of traditional Scottish woollen manufacturing, Skye Weavers create beautiful scarves and accessories on a pedal-powered loom. Skye Weavers even invite people to come see their pedal-powered loom in action from 11am-3pm, Tuesday to Thursday.

& Daughter: Hawick, Scottish Borders @AndDaughterUK

& Daughter produces their items in Hawick in the Borders of Scotland as well as Donegal in Ireland, combining the style and expertise of British and Irish design. Passing from father to daughter, the brand creates simple and elegant knitwear, often using cashmere for the softest feel.

Elizabeth Martin: Lanark, Lanarkshire @elizharristweed

All Elizabeth Martin Tweed products are designed by founder, Elizabeth Martin and hand-made by local staff in Scotland using Harris Tweed, Egyptian Cotton, Satin and Silk.

Rowan Joy: Edinburgh. @rowanjoy

The label originally started as a vintage reworking project which then evolved into Rowan taking inspiration from vintage pieces and creating her own one-off designs. Rowan Joy also offers a bridal-wear range.

Rowan Joy Bridal: Edinburgh.

As the sister-label of ‘Rowan Joy’, Rowan Joy Bridal mirrors the vintage styles and inspirations of Rowan Joy but combines them with bridal elegance and glamour. The beautiful dress pictured above is available here

Stewart Christie & Co: Edinburgh @SCBespoke

Stewart Christie & Co have a long history of holding both estate and family tweeds and tartans. Both a made to measure and bespoke tailoring service is offered, bespoke orders being made on site in their Edinburgh workroom.

Johnstons of Elgin: Elgin & Hawick @Johnstons_Elgin

They have 200 years of experience in the textile industry. The result? Beautiful cashmere and wool collections. Johnstons of Elgin offers tours of both their sites. Elgin Mill Tours are available 10am- 3pm Monday- Thursday, 10am- 12 noon Friday. Hawick Mill Tours are available 10:30am-1:30pm Monday to Thursday, 10am on Friday.

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Well Fashioned Finds in the Winter Sales

The packed high streets of the boxing day sales may be behind us but luckily for Well Fashioned wearers the winter sales are still on and gems can still be found. I have been searching through our Well Fashioned Made in Britain & UK directory to see what winter wardrobe essentials you could still get your hands on at a fraction of the full price.

Above are some of my favourite finds: Ally Bee Jumper (was £209, now £169) / Bridds Hat  (was £22.50, now £17.50) / Begg & Co Scarf (was £90, now £45) /  Brora Coat (was £525, now £325) / Cocoon Trench Coat (was £370, now £270) / Yull Boots (was £115, now £80) / Dents Leather Gloves (were £65, now £26) / Celtic & Co Gloves (were £19, now £12.35).
Shop our Well Fashioned Made in Britain fashion directory.  

UK Factory Tours

I love a great factory tour, don’t you?  Factory tours are a great way to spend a morning or afternoon, finding out exactly #whomademyclothes and discovering the craftsmanship that goes into making them.

Unfortunately although we come across more great factory shops every week, factory tours are proving much harder to come by. As there seems to be only a small number of factories in the UK that throw open doors open to the public, it’s becomes even more important to celebrate the ones that do.

We have located a number of great UK Well Fashioned factories who offer tours around their premises:

David Nieper, Womenswear

  • Tour its Derbyshire factory and design studios, and treat yourself to a homemade cream tea in the staff cafe!
  • Nottingham Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7LE
  • Call 01773 522 662 to join a factory tour in the summer months.

Johnstons of Elgin, Knitwear

  • Elgin Mill Tours are available 10am- 3pm Monday- Thursday, 10am- 12 noon Friday.
    • JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN CASHMERE, Heritage Centre, Newmill, Elgin, Moray, IV30 4AF
  • Hawick Mill Tours are available 10:30am-1:30pm Monday to Thursday, 10am on Friday.
    • JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN CASHMERE, Visitor Centre, Eastfield Mills, Mansfield Road, Hawick, TD9 8AA
  • The factories are occasionally closed for maintenance. To avoid disappointment call in advance on 01343 554088 (Elgin) or 01450 360549 (Hawick)

Tusting, Womenswear

  • Tours of the workshop available on request from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday
  • The Tannery Warehouse, 29 Olney Road, Lavendon, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4EU
  • Call 01234 712266 or email info@tusting.co.uk for more information.

Private White V.C., Menswear, and selected womenswear

  • 10am & 2pm Monday-Thursday, 10am Friday
  • A small fee may apply to parties of more than five
  • Cottenham House, 1 Cottenham Ln, Salford M3 7LJ
  • Complete a Tour Enquiry Form in order to visit.

Van Dal, Footwear

  • 10.30am & 1.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Groups between 10-30 people
  • Dibden Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 4RR
  • Pre book on 01603 493116 or email consumer.sales@floridagroup.co.uk

Chapman Bags, Accessories

  • Max group size 15-20 people
  • John Chapman Limited, Gallery House, Tannery Road, Harraby Green Business Part, Carlisle CA1 2SS
  • Call 01228 514514 to book a tour.

Owen Barry, Accessories

  • 11am & 2pm Monday- Friday
  • Groups of 8+ people
  • Owen Barry Ltd, Number 3, The Tanyard, Leigh Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0HD
  • Call 01458 442858 or email info@owenbarry.com for more information.

Fashion Enter

  • Tours of the factory producing garments for a large variety of brands including ASOS and M&S available for students only
  • The Factory, Unit 14, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London, N4 1LZ
  • Email education@fashioncapital.co.uk for tour enquiries

NPS Shoes

  • 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-4pm Sunday. Occasionally they are not open on weekends, so double check before you visit.
  • 2 Holyoake Rd, Wollaston, Northamptonshire, NN29 7RZ
  • Fill out the registration form to book a private tour or call 01933 664 207  for more information

We will keep adding to this list of Made in UK Factory Tours with every Well Fashioned factory tour we find. If you know of any great tours in the UK please email ellen@wellfashioned.co.uk or tweet us @wellfashioneduk to share your fantastic finds.   

Want to discover UK Well Fashioned factory shops? Have a look at our factory shop list to grab yourself a bargain…happy shopping!

Well Fashioned Credits: Images courtesy of Chapman Bags. The photographs were taken in their Carlisle factory.

Well Fashioned Friday Find: Bridd’s

Bridd’s Hats Made in Devon

Every week I discover more brilliant brands, manufactured in locations from the Scottish Highlands to Mumbai, the range of brands championing a Well Fashioned ethos never fails to surprise me.

This week, however, my Friday Find is much closer to home. Bridd’s make all their high quality crocheted hats in our home of Devon.

Ruth Briddon, the founder of Bridd’s, started crocheting as a hobby just over two years ago. Alongside her growing love for the craft, her belief and support for UK talent encouraged Ruth to establish a UK-made brand and provide her customers with a slice of Devon.

With this idea in mind, alongside the frustration of slow shipping and poor customer service, Ruth decided to ditch the materials she once sourced online from China and switched to sourcing from the UK. After bracing herself for a rise in price, she was surprised that her assumption wasn’t true. Everything Bridd’s use in manufacturing, from faux fur to hooks and packaging, is now sourced in the UK with no extra costs to pass on to customers. The wool used in Bridd’s hats is a soft acrylic and merino mix, and although Bridd’s haven’t found their perfect partner yet they hope to source their wool locally from Devon soon.

‘Why blend in when you can stand out?’ Bridd’s makes a range of hats in various colours – from stand-out pom-poms or stylish beanies.  They also work with other UK businesses to gift you a little extra something with every order, helping to create a UK manufacturing community.

Ruth has said that her biggest challenge as a new business is getting shops to take a chance on her product. As the majority of items sold in shops are machine made they can be produced quickly and cheaply but Bridd’s is determined to hand make their hats to ensure the highest quality. e.

Check out Ruth’s designs here, and buy directly from her to help support a company which champions a love for Devon and the UK, in its design, sourcing, and manufacturing. What a better way to beat those summer blues that updating your winter wardrobe and also keeping your head warm.

Lacemaking Day 2017

Honiton lace making photographed by Matt Austin.

Lacemaking has a significant place in our Well Fashioned hearts. My homes, old and new, are both rooted in UK lacemaking history. Nottingham is the lace making capital of the UK, its industry pre-dates the arrival of the Normans, with its own lace market area dating back to the middle ages. Devon, my new home, is the birthplace of Honiton lace, a type of bobbin lace mostly depicting natural objects such as flowers or leaves. Coincidence? Probably, but what a Well Fashioned perk!

The culture of this industry in the UK is definitely one to celebrate, and thus Lacemaking Day was born! On the 9th September, events around the UK are being held for national Lacemaking Day. Here are a few of my favourites that you could visit if you wanted to learn more about this historic trade, and even have a go at some lacemaking yourself.

Debbie Bryan, Nottingham

  • A talk on how the Heart of Heritage has and still inspires the Debbie Bryan Lace Archive as well as a demonstration of lace blueprinting and (as long as the sun is shining) an opportunity to create one yourself.

The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

  • Learn more about the MERL’s lace-making collections, hear from experts in the field and enjoy demonstrations from the North Downs Lace-makers.

Inspired by Machinery Lace Exhibition, Redditch

  • Starting on the 8th September this exhibition runsuntil the 22nd October, the exhibitions displays a wide variety of lace inspired by everything from lighthouses to sewing machines.

MoleValley Lacemakers Demonstration & Exhibition, Great Bookham

  • Members will demonstrate how they make their lace and encourage the public to give it a go using both English and European lacemaking techniques

‘Inspired Lacemakers’ Demonstration, Cromford

  • The ‘Inspired Lacemakers’ will be demonstrating the bobbin lace technique over the weekend, why not drop in and give it a go?

Lace in Fashion Exhibition, Bath

  • If you aren’t free on the 9th September it doesn’t have to stop you from learning more about the industry as The Fashion Museum in Bath is displaying a beautiful lace exhibition until the 1st January 2018

Follow the Lace Society on Facebook to keep an eye out for other events!

Honiton lace making photographed by Matt Austin

Well Fashioned Credits: These wonderful lacemaking photos showing Honiton lace making are by Matt Austin, a freelancer photographer based in the South West. You can see more of Matt’s work at https://mattaustinimages.co.uk.