In Focus: Slenderella

Slenderella is a British brand of nightwear and lingerie that has been producing high-quality garments for over 100 years. While the brand is now based in the city of Manchester, its roots can be traced back to the Derbyshire town of Belper.

Slenderella was founded in 1919 by a man named John Marples, who opened a small factory in Belper to produce ladies' underwear. The company quickly gained a reputation for quality and attention to detail, and soon expanded into producing nightwear as well.

In the 1930s, Slenderella began to focus specifically on nightwear, and the brand became known for its elegant and feminine styles. During World War II, the company shifted its production to support the war effort, making utility clothing for women.

After the war, Slenderella returned to producing nightwear, and the brand continued to grow and expand throughout the 1950s and 60s. In the 1970s, the company was acquired by a larger textiles group, but Slenderella's commitment to quality and craftsmanship remained unchanged.

Today, Slenderella continues to produce a wide range of nightwear, including pyjamas, nightdresses, and robes, as well as lingerie and hosiery. The brand is still based in the UK, and is known for its traditional styles and attention to detail. While the Belper factory is no longer in operation, the town still has a rich history as the birthplace of Slenderella, and the brand remains a beloved part of the UK's fashion heritage.