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Monday, 8 June 2015

British Manufacturing: The Craft of Menswear

Over the past 12 months I've been working on a project to document British manufacturing of menswear. Last June I launched the Man/Men journal at London Collections Men and a year later, have photographed and interviewed countless craftspeople keeping the UK industry alive.

On the journey, I've discovered some incredible new brands but more importantly existing labels that are doing their bit to bring 'British' back. Last month I shot an editorial with Chris Benns and Jodie Hyams in Bethnal Green, styling around a neutral workhouse theme that was inspired from the latest range of 'Made in England' trainers from Gola. After decades of closure, many of the techniques required for sportswear are no long available on our little island, but Gola are doing what they can to maintain a classic training shoe that is wholly English.

In the coming months I'll be posting more about the Men/Men project - short for Manufacturing Menswear - building content for a new photographic book exploring the industry. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of our editorial featuring all British made garments from some of our favourite brands.

Keep in touch with 'Manufacturing Menswear' @ManMenUK on Instagram and Twitter. The new site launches next month at ManMen.uk.







Knit sweater, Margaret Howell. Tshirt, Sunspel. Trousers, Nigel Cabourne. Shoes, Gola.


Roll-neck sweater, John Smedley. Trousers, Private White VC. Shoes, Gola





Hanging shirt, Margaret Howell. Sweater vest, John Smedley. Shirt, Turnbull and Asser. Trousers, Private White VC. Shoes, Gola.




Workshirt, Oliver Spencer. Roll neck, John Smedley. Trousers, Private White VC. Shoes, Gola.