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4. Made In Britain

  1. Thank you for your Carr & Westley order.

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

    Here at Carr & Westley, we’re very proud of our heritage as a small, independent family-run British business. The company was established way back in 1919 in Holborn, London and we moved out to the countryside in the early 1940s to escape the Blitz during World War 2. Our home now is Bourne Mill - an 11th century watermill in...
  3. The Material Dying Process

    Have you ever wondering how clothes get their colour? More often than not it comes from a dye added to the material during the early stages of manufacturing. We’ve written a short article which explains one method of dyeing material and how it is used to colour garments of different types. What is a dye? A dye is a coloured...
  4. A History of Clothing Manufacturing in Britain

    Early Days Before the textile revolution of the mid 18th century, clothing in the United Kingdom was a cottage industry. Most garment wear in Medieval Britain was influenced by either Scandinavian invaders or the Roman Empire. The rich would wear imported silk, linen and patterned wool. The poor would wear local or homespun wool - often without colour and edged...
  5. The Challenges of Being a Small Manufacturer in Britain

    Maintaining this manufacturing base in Britain is very important to us but it is certainly not without its challenges, mainly those of staff and suppliers. Here are the reasons why: No one can sew anymore - for a country with a heritage of seamstresses,   you wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to find people that can sew!  Many of our workers learnt...
  6. British Manufacturing - Carr and Westley 1967

    AT AN OLD MILL BY THE STREAM... A 'rag trade' booms - in country style Did you know that with every C&W made product you are not only supporting British manufacturing, but buying into a little bit of history. In this post I have in included an article from the Tonbridge Courier from March 31, 1967. Bourne Mill is located in...

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