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2. Our History

  1. 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...
  2. 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. Carr & Westley - 100 Years We credit our longevity to... British Design & Manufacture Our branded products are designed and made at Bourne Mill in Hadlow, Kent...
  3. Old Catalogues In The Post

    Last week we were delighted to receive a letter from a lovely customer who mailed us an old, pre-WW2, Carr & Westley catalogue she had found at home. While we can't be sure of the exact year the catalogue is from, the address is for East London, which is where the company lived before the second world war. We moved out...
  4. History Of Carr & Westley's Catalogue

    By now, you will be accustomed to the natural lifestyle photographs featured in our catalogues. Photography like this is a great way to show off new products and emphasise how they can fit into modern living. However, using photograph like this has not always been possible. In the past we had to find more cost effective ways to showcase a...
  5. Back in the Habit

    In 1971 Carr & Westley used to manufacture nuns habits at our current site in Kent, England. Things have changed a lot since then, but we are still using some of the same skills on our Carr and Westley branded products. We are proud of our history of craftsmanship. Attached is a page from one of our old catalogues displaying...
  6. Post-War Advert

    Carr & Westley was moved from Central London due to the Blitz. We knew that the company had moved down to the West Country, but were not sure of the precise location. Recently however, while refurbishing our factory, this order form came to light. As you can see on the bottom, St. Ives, Cornwall is shown as the address. Lovely...
  7. Are We Better Mannered Than We Think?

    Good manners are very important to Carr & Westley and we are proud of our customer service standards. With this in mind, we are pleased to inform you a new report has found that British people are polite. Now this may not seem like a striking revelation to those acquainted with the cultural stereotype of the Courteous Brit. However the...
  8. The History Of Mail Order

    Despite our use of modern day delivery and order channels (like this website), Carr & Westley is, and always has been, a mail order business. Origins In The New World The first recorded mail order catalogue was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1744. Franklin realised it as a method of spreading word about scientific ideas in his journals and papers...
  9. Hopping Down In Kent

    “If you go down hopping, Hopping down in Kent, You’ll see old mother Riley A- putting up her tent. With an ee-aye-o, ee-aye-o, ee-aye-ee-aye-o” Hops, the ingredient that adds bitterness to beer, have been grown in Kent since the 16th century. Carr and Westley are based in a old water mill in Hadlow, a village in the middle of the...
  10. Fashion Illustrations : The Days Before Photography

    Carr & Westley has been making traditional womens and menswear since 1919.  During that time we have produced many catalogues and seen this process change substantially.  For instance, some of you may remember the way our catalogues looked before the days of product photography.  Back then we would hire fashion illustrators to do drawings of our products and these would...

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