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  1. A Bed Jacket Is For Life..

    Whilst nightgowns and housecoats remain as popular as ever, the humble bed jacket has rather fallen from favour in the past few years. Resigned to hospital stays and gifts, it found itself towards the lower end of Carr and Westley’s selling popularity lists. It has, however, made a comeback in recent times mainly thanks to its usefulness and exposure to...
  2. Photoshoot for Spring 2013 Range

    It’s an exciting time at Carr & Westley. We are currently shooting the new range of clothing for the 2013 spring catalogue. We are busy bees at HQ! We are embarking on not one, but two photo shoots days! I feel that long days, bright lights, costume changes and copious amounts of coffee are on the agenda, but it’ll all...
  3. 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...
  4. Ordering Information

    Order Availability -  We do our utmost to maintain high stock levels but sometimes demand can take us by surprise and leave items temporarily unavailable. In these rare cases we will tell you when we expect more deliveries. -  Products made in our workshop are made to order and can take up to 21 days for delivery .-  To avoid delays, items will be dispatched when available. With multiple product orders expect multiple...
  5. 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...
  6. A Distinguished Gown...

    Another hidden gem from the Carr and Westley archive... - Advert placed in the News Chronicle on February the 6th, 1939. Invoice and receipt of payment inculded for 19 pounds and 8 shillings for one half tone ad. Transcript of Advert: A DISTINGUISHED GOWN In Super-Weight, Super Quality, Art Silk Satin Back Marocain The delightful gown illustrated is faultlessly cut and made in what is assuredly the...
  7. The Story So Far.... Carr and Westley History

    The last place one would expect to find a clothing manufacturer is in a country mill where corn was ground in the 11 th  century. But for the last 57 years clothing of a special kind has been made at Bourne Mill, Hadlow. The mill that we call home was built in the late 11 th  century and was used to grind and crush...
  8. More choice in Bed Jackets than ever before!

    Our stock is currently arriving for our Autumn/Winter season and features our largest range of bed jackets yet! A perfect gift idea for your loved ones, the 'half-dressing gowns' only cover the top half of the wearer, but it's design offers you a bit more mobility, and more importantly, you can wear one in bed.  They are also popular for...

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