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  • Poppy 2020

    A New Poppy Collection Is Coming To You - Spring 2020

    Poppy is back! Poppy has become a customer favourite thanks to their famous soft jersey material and easy-care garments. We apologise that you’ve not seen as much Poppy as you would like recently but our team have been working hard behind the scenes developing brand NEW designs with the same Poppy comfort. But what is it that makes the new Poppy so special? 

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    The Fabric

    Poppy products are known for their comfort and ease of care. This is because most of the products are made with a blend called polycotton – a lightweight fabric, which combines the durable and easy-care properties of polyester with the soft and moisture-absorbing properties of cotton. Blending these two fabrics together creates 4 benefits that we know you're going to love:

    • Long Lasting: Wear and wash polycotton fabric more often without worrying about the material losing its shape or colour, meaning these will last longer than 100% cotton or polyester products.


    • Wrinkle Resistant  : Polycotton’s wrinkle-free characteristics mean it doesn’t really need to be ironed as much as your other garments. 


    • Breathability: The breathable properties of cotton leaves you feeling light & fresh throughout the warmer months. 


    • Comfort: Cotton’s lightweight and cool characteristics make the fabric ultimately perfect for all-day comfort.


    Some could even say that Pollycotton is better for our planet.  This fabric washes & wears so well, you won't need to replace your garments as much, meaning less waste! It is also a quick-drying material so less energy is being used when drying your Poppy clothing.


    Pattern & Colour Pattern & Colour

    Pattern & Colour

    Poppy collections are always full of colour and stylish patterns. This year our collection has taken inspiration from the British countryside, wildflower meadows and beautiful green landscapes. 

    Expect to find dusty pinks, blue hues and grassy greens. Complemented by a range of dreamy floral prints that will have you feeling stylish this spring. 


    Poppy brings you coordinating tops and skirts, mix and match colours and styles, with tops for every occasion to match a variety of six-panel A-line skirts. Why not try a satin trim neckline for a special occasion or a relaxed polo neck perfect for everyday wear.



    New Poppy Logo New Poppy Logo

    Introducing our new and improved Logo

    Look out for the Poppy logo in our spring catalogue. When you see a little Poppy next to an item you will know its a product from the NEW Poppy collection.

    Timeless pieces, classic silhouettes, pretty patterns and soft fabrics





  • Autumn 2019 Collection Out Now!

    Welcome to the Carr & Westley Autumn 2019 collection. This new catalogue is brimming with gorgeous outfit ideas for the season ahead featuring brands that are famous for quality and comfort.

    Many of the fabric designs featured are limited-edition prints & patterns, making them true originals. With a wide range of sizes and a choice of up to five lengths, our garments cater for every shape and size.

    We are extremely excited about this season - offering what we believe to be our best collection ever! As well as being delighted with the garments we have developed ourselves, we believe our chosen suppliers have outdone themselves with some of their best styles yet - check out what Poppy, Betsy, Lebek & Marble have in store for you. A few reasons to shop the Autumn range:

    Rated 5 Stars: We are rated 5/5 on independent review site Trustpilot.
    Extra Mile Guarantee: Complete satisfaction or your money back.
    Buy British: Products manufactured in the UK in up to 5 lengths.

    As always, if you have any questions please ring our super friendly customer service team, based in Kent, who will always help with a smile!


  • As we celebrate our centenary...

    An Uncompromising Commitment To Quality Since 1919

    Carr & Westley collections are famous for quality and comfort. Since 1919, we have helped the women of Britain look their best with outfits for every occasion and an enduring commitment to timeless style and value.

    British Design & Manufacture

    Our Carr & Westley products are designed and made at Bourne Mill in Hadlow, Kent. This allows us to keep close control over our quality standards, which continue to be at the forefront of our brand. C&W standards exist because we are passionate and committed to delivering the styles our customers value. All of our staff live in the local area and share the same passion for quality.

    Sustainable Fashion

    We are relentless in our aim to improve things for the better. By manufacturing in the UK we can develop high quality and innovative products that are only available at C&W, without having a detrimental impact on the environment. We believe in value and this is reflected in our focus on ‘price per wear’. Our garments are designed to last while maintaining their shape and colour for years to come.

    Here’s To The Future

    As we celebrate our centenary, we look brightly into the future with our loyal customers. The comprehensive refurbishment of our factory is almost complete, providing us with the perfect space to continue offering superior ladies wear.

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  • Thank you for your Carr & Westley order.

    Have you ordered a Carr & Westley item made in our factory? If can expect to find a signed note in with your order from the factory team to guarantee quality and British manufacture.

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  • C&W - Special Offers Coming Soon - Celebrating 100 Years

    We would like to take this opportunity to announce that in the month of June C&W will be releasing some special offers to celebrate our 100 year birthday. Keep an eye out on our Blog, Catalog, Facebook page, Instagram & website for more details!

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  • C&W - Celebrating 100 Years

    In 2019, our family business celebrates its 100th Birthday. We feel extremely humbled to still be here after all this time - surviving and thriving through what history has thrown at us.

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    We credit our longevity to...

    British Design & Manufacture

    Our branded products are designed and made at Bourne Mill in Hadlow, Kent. This allows us to keep close control over our brand and quality standards. We stay flexible and each season work towards delivering the styles our customers love.

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    Our Local Staff

    All of our workshop and office staff live in the surrounding area of Hadlow, Kent. The majority have grown up in the community, with Carr & Westley on their doorstep. C&W standards exist because they care. Our longest serving employee has been with us for 35 years. We’re immensely proud of them all.

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    Our Customers

    Most of all, we credit our success to our customers who have supported us through the years. Without you, we wouldn’t exist at all. So thank you all, and here’s
    to an exciting future...

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  • Spring Into Summer 2019

    Here comes the sun - so lets welcome it with open arms. It has been a fantastic start to the season at C&W and we are excited to show you fresh styles and colours throughout this new catalogue.

    So far this year we have been blown away by the feedback collected by our independent review partner; Trust Pilot. We have had over 200 reviews so far which have rated us 5 stars out of 5!

    We are especially proud of our exclusive Betsy range, that has received positive feedback
    from customers.

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    C&W is celebrating its’ centenary this year. We have always combined traditional values with innovative styles. A good example of this in practice is the C&W look good, feel good guarantee. If you are not satisfied with your order we will give you a full refund.

    Dont forget, if you have any questions please ring our Kent based friendly customer service team and we will always try our best to help!

  • Outfit Ideas For Seasonal Transition

    With our unpredictable British weather, transitioning from your spring to summer wardrobe isn’t always a simple process. A summers day in Blighty might leave you sweltering, but more often than not, it can bring freezing temperatures and spitting rain, leaving you wondering what on earth you’re going to wear that day.

    The answer here is layering. A well-layered outfit not only looks chic, but also keeps you warm and comfortable when the British weather isn’t on your side. Thin knits and jackets are perfect for wearing over dresses and tops, whilst lighter dresses are great with sandals in warmer weather and with tights if it’s a little bit chilly.

    The super-chic, Refa Tailored Jacket (LR01) £85 is just the ticket for layering up for both smart and casual occasions and can be worn open or with its two-button fastening.  Team it with an easy-wear top like Poppy's Ribbed Scooped Neck Top (JP245) £24 and Carr & Westley’s comfortable and versatile wide leg Seashell Trousers (CT60) £55 for a fantastic seasonal combination.

    Refa Jersey Jacket (LR01) / Ribbed Scooped Neck Top (JP245) / Seashell Trouser (CT60) Refa Jersey Jacket (LR01) / Ribbed Scooped Neck Top (JP245) / Seashell Trouser (CT60)

    Carr & Westley’s new, limited-edition Bibury Dress (D908) £79 is perfect for the warmer weather due to its pure cotton, cool and comfortable fabric. From our customer-inspired Joy collection, it can be worn on its own or under a lightweight jacket like Poppy's Edge To Edge Jersey Jacket (JP094) £32.

    Bibury Dress (D908) / Edge To Edge Jersey Jacket (JP094) Bibury Dress (D908) / Edge To Edge Jersey Jacket (JP094)

    These pieces are just a few ideas from the new Carr & Westley’s mid-season Spring into Summer collection. The collection features a whole host of new styles and designs, put together with you, our customer in mind to help you achieve easy outfit combinations for every occasion.

    Browse our Spring Into Summer Collection today - just look out for items with the 'NEW' stamp on them. Shop Now >

  • 5 Must-Have Items For Spring

    The transition from Winter means its time to ditch the coats, wooly jumpers and knits and make way for the lighter fabrics and colours of Spring.

    Fabric and fit are two key things to consider when choosing your spring wardrobe and spending that bit extra on items will ensure your garments last wash after wash.

    We’ve handpicked 5 must-have items from the new Carr & Westley 2017 Spring Collection to help you build your spring wardrobe and ensure you have a stunning range of seasonal and unique prints to take you through the season ahead.

    Fresco Trousers (£47) – Carr & Westley’s very own favourite waffle-weave trousers. Featuring a flat-front stretch waistband and cut in a relaxed, casual fitting style with two side pockets. Available in Beige, Denim, Thyme, Mauve. Sizes 10 to 26. Inside Leg: 25”, 27”, 29”, 31”, 33”

    Fresco Trousers Fresco Trousers (Denim)

    Garden Skirt (£48) – A everyday classic and truly versatile, British-made pure cotton skirt by Carr & Westley. Cut in a three-panel design, it features a gorgeous floral print, concealed side pockets and flat-fronted easy-stretch waist. Sizes 10 to 26. Lengths 25”, 27”, 29”, 31”, 33” (Inc. waistband)

    Garden Skirt Garden Skirt (Multi)

    Boucle Lumber Cardigan (£60) –The original customer favourite. Round neck, boucle knit cardigan by Poppy. Features two patch pockets and self-coloured buttons. A fantastic extra layer option for the season ahead. Available in Blue, French Navy, Pink and White. Sizes 10 to 26. Back length from 24”.

    Boucle Lumber Cardigan Boucle Lumber Cardigan (Pink)

    Satin Trim Scoop Neck Top (£24) – Your classic summer t-shirt with an elegant twist. Satin ribbon surrounds the scoop neckline for a delightfully feminine finish. Also features short sleeves and side splits. Made exclusively for Carr & Westley by Poppy. Easy care jersey rib. Back length from 23 inch. Available in Black, Cream, French Navy, Maize, Rose, Sapphire, Turquoise, and White. Sizes 10 to 26.

    Satin Trim Scoop Neck Top Satin Trim Scoop Neck Top (Maize)

    Damascus Dress (£80) - Flattering, princess line cut dress designed and made in
    C&W’s Kentish workrooms. Made from a cool cotton mix in a natural and black leaf design, with a popular three quarter sleeve design. Sizes 10 to 26. Lengths 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”, 48”

    Damascus Dress Damascus Dress (White/Black)
  • Poppy Clothing - Now Exclusively Available At Carr & Westley

    Carr & Westley proud to announce that we are now officially the UK’s only supplier of Poppy clothing. Having worked with Poppy for many years, we are now delighted to offer their fantastic womenswear ranges exclusively to Carr & Westley customers.

    Poppy has become a customer-favourite thanks to their famous soft jersey and easy-wear designs. Their coordinating ranges of tops, skirts and knits are perfect for everyday wear and seasonal occasions.

    We are so excited about this year's collection, we feel it is their best yet! We have worked alongside Poppy's designers to produce styles and designs that we know you will love. Our NEW Spring 2017 Poppy favourites include:

    Poppy Step Neck Tee (JP77) - £23

    Step Neck Tee Step Neck Tee - A real customer favourite, this versatile, easy-to-wear, close-fitting rib jersey T-shirt features short sleeves, side splits and a distinctive jagged/step neckline. Mix & Match with Poppy coordinates or original Carr & Westley skirts and trousers. Available in 7 colour and 9 size options.

    Poppy Abstract Flower Print Skirt (JP255) - £42

    Abstract Flower Print Skirt Abstract Flower Print Skirt - This six panel, floral print skirt is made from the brand’s famous soft jersey and features an easy fit stretch waistband. Print coordinates with Abstract Print Floral Polo (JP254) and Sweetheart V Neck Top (JP258). Available in 3 lengths.

    Poppy Eden Dress (JP261) - £54

    Eden Dress Eden Dress - This stunning, three tone ethnic print jersey dress by Poppy features a sweetheart neckline and princess line shaping. Perfect for smart occasions, the dress works beautifully with Poppy jersey jackets and cardigans. Easy wear, over the head style with short sleeves. Available in 3 colour, 9 size and 2 dress length options.

    Poppy Ribbed Longline Cardigan (JP242) - £59

    Ribbed Longline Cardigan Ribbed Longline Cardigan - This luxurious, plain rib, edge to edge cardigan features a flattering drop shoulder and turn back labels with two useful pockets. Available in 3 colour and six size options.

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