British bespoke: the resurgence of handcrafted interiors

British designers are in increasing demand around the globe for their high quality of craftsmanship and traditional skills. Big international audiences are attracted to events that showcase these skills, such as Clerkenwell Design Week and the London Design Festival.

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Founder of the British-made fashion brand, David Nieper, and his son, Christopher Nieper, have been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards, for their outstanding contribution to British fashion and the home shopping industry. The father and son team, were recognised at a gala awards ceremony for their 50 year commitment to British-designed and British-made fashion and building of the successful David Nieper brand – which is sold direct-to-consumers in the UK and overseas.

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Made in Britain dancewear takes 1st Position in the US

Demand for Made in Britain quality sees 1st Position dancewear exports soar 20% in the U.S.

 As Strictly Come Dancing becomes TV’s most successful export sold to 43 countries*, one Devon-based company is proving that made in Britain dancewear can also be a global hit as its exports to the U.S soar. International Dance Supplies (IDS) which designs and manufactures its 1st Position dancewear range in the UK, has seen a 20% increase in exports to the U.S. with demand for its British-made leotards and dance uniforms at its highest-ever level. 

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The Return Of Fashion Manufacturing to the UK


With the likes of Mary Portas, traditional brands and emerging young talent, UK fashion manufacturing is making a comeback. Using Portobello market, one of the most famous fashion markets in the world, Calico PR's creative team took to the streets to showcase British manufactured fashion brands supporting the re-shoring and revival of fashion manufacturing back to the UK


It’s apparent that opportunities exist with an increase in demand for more sustainable clothing and niche ranges. From talking to a few of our brands, some who have re-shored back to the UK, there are a number of reasons why being manufactured in the UK can have its benefits. From improving product quality, quicker delivery lead times and being able to bring new lines to the market quickly, brands discuss how they are given the opportunity to take back control of their designs and manufacturing, establish a transparent supply chain whilst lowering carbon emissions

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Some Wedding Staionery Do's

The Card Gallery has 10 years of experience in the wedding stationery industry and has helped thousands of couples with their wedding invitations. They have put together a guide of do’s and don’ts, as they understand stationery etiquette can be rather tricky – and getting it ‘right’ can be crucial if you don’t want to upset anyone…

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Making premium handcrafted wood floors in Britain

 Silvan Floors in Leicestershire started out as installers of premium hardwood flooring - importing and selling. But a few years ago, they started down the road of becoming a fully self-contained manufacturer in order to have full flexibility and control over their product, and to prove that British manufacturing is still very viable. The directors at Silvan came up with a business plan that included setting up a manufacturing facility in Leicestershire that would be able to produce floors entirely from the round log.

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