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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.
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”.
Within the 1950’s and 60’s we became the brand of choice for many famous faces, including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and the Beatles amongst many others and by 1980 we had established ourselves as the go-to knitwear brand for British designers such as Dame Vivienne Westwood and Sir Paul Smith.
Today we continue to innovate and recent triumphs include the re-launch of our womenswear line at London Fashion Week in 2015, and our contemporary new unisex capsule collection ‘Singular’ being the first ever unisex knitwear collection launched within the UK.
We only use the finest quality materials including John Smedley’s Sea Island cotton, extra fine Merino wool, cashmere and silk. Each garment is carefully created using 1.5km of the finest yarn, 1.2 million stitches, 230 years of experience and the skilled hands of 50 British craftsmen.
Our iconic style spans from our “Mainline Collection”, including our best selling polo shirt, unchanged since 1932 right through to our recent unisex capsule “Singular”. We strive to produce the highest quality garments with a contemporary look that will transcend generations.
For further information please call 020 8440 0678
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