You’ve probably noticed clothes from high street shops will often feature labels with “Made in Turkey” or “Made in Vietnam”. These countries produce clothing in huge quantities at very low cost. But a report from the British Fashion Council shows that clothing made 100% in Britain is making a come-back, and not just with niche high-end labels like Barbour.
It’s well known that British-made clothes are renowned for their quality. But its not just the quality that is bringing British-made clothing back into stores like Topshop. John Miln, Chief Executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, believes people across the world are hungry to buy British goods.
“There is a new wave of desire from buyers and brands to bring manufacturing back to the UK. Everyone seems to want to buy British – even Topshop is selling tweed jackets. People abroad too want to buy British-made goods because of the history and heritage associated with them, and also the quality is very high.”
The British Fashion Council however, goes on to warn that although fashion manufacturing in the UK has risen over recent years, it warns that with an ageing population, if no action is taken to train and develop people within the sector, growth will be limited and will decline in the long term. What’s more, traditional British materials such as tweed and wool require special skills that are slowly being lost.
Topshop boss, Sir Philip Green, recently pledged to do more to bring fashion jobs back to the UK. Sir Philip recognises that more must be done to support young British designers in developing their design and manufacturing skills and encourage them to produce more goods in Britain.
“We are ourselves manufacturing more goods in the UK these days, and if we can help get more capacity here, I believe those retailers will tell you there is now the opportunity to be competitive and produce in the United Kingdom,” said Sir Philip.