Retail legend Mary Portas is a name we’ve all seen on the high street. More recently she’s been campaigning for UK manufacturing by promoting clothes that are 100% made in Britain.
Many of you will have seen her recent series on Channel 4, Mary’s Bottom Line, where Mary reignites the UK clothing industry by starting her own production line to manufacture a key staple in any woman’s wardrobe: 100% British knickers.
If you missed it, its available on Channel 4’s 4oD service: www.channel4.com/programmes/marys-bottom-line
Britain was once a manufacturing colossus, renowned for its world-class clothing industry. But today, most fashion is manufactured cheaply abroad and, across the UK, vast, bustling factories and skilled manufacturers have simply ceased operation. So when and why did we stop buying British?