Made in Manchester

Explore how we still handcraft all our garments in the original Manchester cotton mill that has been our home since Private Jack White started the business in 1932.

Handcrafted at every stage

We have everything we need under one roof and take total ownership of the entire manufacturing process. Without our highly skilled workforce however, this wouldn’t be possible.

Our customers often tell us they can always trust in the quality of whatever they buy from us, and that’s all thanks to the knowledge and expertise of our team. The technicians in our factory have honed their craft over many years (decades even) and we make sure their wages reflect their passion, their professionalism, as well as their dedication to producing garments of the highest calibre.

  • As the last remaining clothing factory from the world’s first industrial city we have a remarkable story to tell.

    Manchester or ‘Cottonopolis’ - as it was dubbed back in the 19th century - has been our home since we opened our doors in 1853. Over the years we have made for kings, and queens, for presidents, and prime ministers, for rock stars, musicians, sporting greats and Hollywood icons. In 1916, we supplied the Allied Forces with cotton gabardine trench coats, and in the 1940s we were commissioned by the Ministry of Defence to supply the RAF with waterproof parkas. In more recent times we have been outfitters to the most established tailoring houses on Savile Row and have manufactured for pretty much every British luxury outerwear brand you can think of.

    Of course there have been bleak periods, but we have weathered those storms thanks to a wealth of skill, determination and the hard work for which the city of Manchester is renowned. We still do everything from the same red-bricked building on the banks of the River Irwell, a few minutes stroll from where the Commonwealth’s Cotton Exchange used to stand. For us not much has changed. Nothing is outsourced, everything is handmade, checked and controlled by us. 

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