Best of British: Why British Heritage Means the World

 

Why locally sourced production creates dividends for both conscience and country…

 

First commissioned by the British Royal Family in 1735, The House of Garrard’s Jewellery has been serving British Monarchs ever since. Maintaining in-house creative control from the workshop in Albemarle Street since 1911 permits the jewellery house deliverance of the finest quality pieces with a uniquely modern approach, all fluent in the company’s makeup/DNA.

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For Northampton shoe manufacturer Crockett & Jones, succession is key to its legacy and its future. Founded in 1879 by Charles Jones and his brother-in-law, James Crockett, the 5th generation is now in the business, maintaining a supply network that sustains a community of 11 distinct shops, with ranges manufactured using Northampton’s world-renowned Goodyear Welted process.

 

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For Private White V.C. the line’s subtle nod to Jack White’s WWI military career builds on trading relationships formed in Jack’s day. The Manchester factory has been in operation for over 100 years and continues to produce garments only using the finest British fabrics, trims, and components, sourced locally where possible.

 

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Ally Bee’s alpaca collections are crafted from purely British yarns and are chemical-free, creating one of the most natural yarns possible. Crafted using natural fleece fibre of British alpaca and British Bluefaced Leicester sheep, the pieces are grown, spun and knitted in Britain. To further reinforce the benefits Ally Bee brings, machinery at the mill has been sourced, salvaged and recalibrated to treat the fine hairs of alpaca.

 

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Age of Reason produces two annual collections and regular limited edition pieces, avoiding surplus stock and gaining a loyal following. In April 2014, founder Ali Taylor-Mapletoft spent a year only buying clothes if she could directly meet the person who had made the which led to the brand’s clothing range. Ali and her founding seamstress Nicola Carr subsequently developed “The Pin House” a socially conscious fashion production studio in Hull, Yorkshire where the majority of her collections are made.

 

Photography by Brighton and London photographer Emma Gutteridge

 

Alexandra Llewellyn was first introduced to backgammon as a child. Over time, Alexandra was fascinated by the idea that board games operate as an independent vocabulary requiring neither language nor culture. Years later, her eponymous backgammon boards are hand-made with a team of master craftsman, specialising in different artisanal techniques and materials across the UK and the pieces are assembled in the studios in Bethnal Green.

 

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Made in Britain is in no way a trend. It is the sign of true heritage and one to be treasured.

 

Paul Comrie