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Sorry if its already been mentioned but Wosley are an old brand https://www.wolsey.com dating back some hundreds of years and produced the underwear for the Everest Exibitions, boiled wool to exact size fitted! They are relaunching there line this AW13.
I've been looking around for British companies producing heritage inspired 'workwear'. There seems to be several established companies and quite a few newcomers.
Those I've found and like the looks of so far are:
Nigel Cabourn : http://www.cabourn.com/
Not introduction needed - there's already a good thread on him: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...=nigel+cabourn
Heritage Research : http://www.heritageresearch.co.uk/
Seem to be best known for their collaboration with Quoddy. Not just British workwear, but workwear, expedition wear, military wear etc. from Europe and the North americas. Appear to be committed to quality of materials and design.
Norsea Industries :http://www.norseaindustries.com/
Coastal workwear. Fairly new company but growing fast. I believe production is partly UK based and partly made in India.
Cro'Jack : http://www.crojack.co.uk/
Seem to be a very new company. Clothing looks very good. Military and workwear inspired.
Universal Works : http://www.universalworks.co.uk/info/about-us
Fairly well known on the forum. Seem to offer good value modern interpretations of workwear.
Margaret Howell : http://www.margarethowell.co.uk/
MHL & Margaret Howell lines. Been doing her thing for years. Thread here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...argaret+howell
Old Town : http://www.old-town.co.uk/products.htm
Horrible website, but their clothes look interesting. Small producer, largely made to order.
Thread here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ritish+vintage
Albam : http://www.albamclothing.com/
No introduction needed.
Barbour : http://www.barbour.com
No introduction needed, lots of threads. Big company. Waxed jackets are still mainly produced in the UK. Other clothing varies. Increasingly looking at their back catalogue to produce more interesting heritage clothing.
Let me know of any I've overlooked. Footwear would require another thread altogether.
Mods - if I've missed an existing thread that this should have gone into please move
I've ordered stuff from them with no problems when I was living in Britain. I love their Vauxhall trousers, and I have a Harris Tweed waistcoat of theirs that I wear all the time in winter. They really don't ship much beyond the UK though. They have a new Japanese collaboration / line which they have designed for mass production, called 'Holdfast' (it's actually an old British workwear label in itself). It seems to be essentially some basic Old Town designs done in a very limited range of fabrics and factory-made.
I am currently in Tokyo and the Japanese company concered, Glastonbury Ltd, have an exhibition on right now of next year's range, inclduing Holdfast, so I will be going down this week to take a look. I will report back at the least, and I will try to get some pictures but I can't guarrantee that they will allow it.
Okay, so I went down to check out the Holdfast stuff and it's all very nice and as expected - almost exactly like the Old Town stuff, although there are a few extra pieces - a Duster Coat, for example. However, unbelievably, the prices are much higher, in some cases twice as much as the Old Town equivalent in the most expensive fabric choice. So, Holdfast will certainly not be a good choice for those who wanted to find Old Town-style clothes, but factory-made and at a slightly lower price point...