‘Made in England’ making a welcome return

There is a current big revival in the British fashion manufacturing of luxury goods as the top end brands are clamouring for their products to be produced is a country that is renowned for quality craftsmanship, as well as having a rich history and heritage.

Such labels as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Prada are all making a beeline for British leather, wool and footwear factories, which are world famous for their specialist expertise in the production of quality goods.

Harold Tillman is part of the British Fashion Council, and he recently told Reuters that here is something special about an item that is made in England, and it is not just Chinese visitors who love our products but also those from America and Continental Europe. He added that there was a certain esteem added to something that proudly boasted that it was Made in England.

The renewed interest in the manufacturing of specialist, top quality products has seen an increase in the numbers of British designers that are exploring their local options and are helping to fund the apprenticeships that will see the industry continue to grow. This is a welcome change in fortunes following a 15 year period of steady decline.

Victoria Beckham, Mulberry, Burberry, Jaegar and Tillman’s own Aquascutum label are just some of the brands that are happily sewing Made in Britain onto their products. Tillman added that everyone was doing everything that they possibly could, including the top retailers such as River Island and TopShop. They are also manufacturing in the UK, so everything at the minute is going in the right direction.

Mulberry has pledged that they will keep at least 30% of their production within the UK. The company also has an award winning apprenticeship programme and recently announced their plans to invest £2m in expanding its Somerset factory. Burberry also run an apprenticeship scheme from its factory in Castleford, north Yorkshire, which is where all its trademark trenchcoats are manufactured.

The company has said that it is seeking to retain both its British heritage and connection, and they currently employ 3000 people in the UK, with two thirds of their global products being made in Europe. The designer Alice Temperley attributes the success of those British brands who manufacture their goods in the UK down to both their quality and their heritage.

Temperley has told Reuters that the UK has a heritage it can delve into and pull from, and this gives a sense of both nostalgia and romance. She added that is was nice to be able to buy something that, apart from the feeling of quality, felt as if it has a heritage and a story behind it.