Goods that are made in Britain are enjoying a revival with demand for locally-produced brands on the rise, according to a survey carried out by Make it British - an initiative dedicated to promoting, supporting and celebrating UK textiles and apparel manufacturing companies.
The Make it British survey reveals that UK manufacturers are reporting increases in production of 25-30% compared to 2015, with the growing appetite for all that’s made in Britain expected to be reflected in this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event.
Organised by Make it British, this year’s Meet the Manufacturer takes place on May 24 – 25 at The Old Truman Brewery, London.
The event is reportedly the only sourcing event exclusively for British fashion, textiles and homeware, comprising a trade show, with more than 150 exhibitors, and a series of workshops, connecting manufacturers of textiles, apparel and leather goods with buyers, designers and retailers looking to produce quality British-made products.
Founder and CEO of Make it British, Kate Hills explained: “We’ve been inundated with enquiries since our last event from people not only looking for manufacturers to help them make their product in the UK, but also from people who would like to buy from brands that are making in Britain. That’s why we’re introducing a new ‘brands hall’ at our next event.”
For the first time, Meet the Manufacturer is giving a selection of these creative businesses the opportunity to showcase their distinct and inspirational labels in a dedicated ‘brands hall’.
Companies include: Geoff Stocker, producing high-end accessories for men; Isabella Queen, a British-based brand offering luxury leather accessories crafted in London; Wild Things, creating imaginative play clothes for children hand-made in the UK and Unibu, producing unique underwear that’s 100% made in Britain.
Cost-cutting overseas supply chains are no longer an options for clothing manufacturers bending to the demands of fast fashion. Victoria Fitzgerald recently spoke with Kate Hills about why the fastest fashion can only be manufactured in the UK.
You can read the interview here.