Brexit and the uncertain future for the UK apparel industry

By | April 20th, 2017|Industry News, Made in the UK, Manufacturers|

“Brexit” is everywhere: TV, radio, press, street talks, at home… We are constantly seeing endless debates about its potential repercussions; there are many opinions, but the same question arises in everyone's mind: 'What is going to happen after Brexit?' Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has said today that the general election, scheduled [...]

UK Sportswear Factory Shows Us Fabric Production Up Close

By | February 16th, 2017|Made in the UK, Manufacturers, Suppliers|

Last week we visited a factory in Derbyshire to see some of the garments they produce and the processes used in creating them. We were guided through the factory by Steve, one of the owners of the business, who explained to us how everything works, as well as some of the company history. The factory [...]

Manufacturing From A Material Printers Eyes.

By | January 23rd, 2017|Bridge & Stitch HQ, Industry News, Made in the UK, Manufacturers, Suppliers|

‘Back in 1987 we created our business because there was a gap in the market for a UK based print industry’. This was because what would have taken China a couple months to turn around would take 2 days in the UK. And the demand for screen-printing in Britain was high. The business started off [...]

Manufacturing in the Modern Day

By | January 11th, 2017|Bridge & Stitch HQ, Industry News, Made in the UK, Manufacturers, Suppliers|

I’m Simon, one of the graduates interning at Bridge & Stitch. During my time here we will be visiting different suppliers and manufacturers to check up on how some of the projects are coming along. Whilst we are there we are using the opportunity to learn more about the business, the fashion industry as a [...]

Great British Knitwear

By | November 1st, 2016|Industry News, Made in the UK, Manufacturers, Services, Suppliers, Uncategorized|

At Bridge & Stitch, the majority of projects that we have worked on in the past consist of jersey and woven products as well as cut and sew knitted garments. With a database of over 160 factories, which continues to grow, over 20 of these factories specialise in knitwear which can offer fully fashioned knitted [...]

Make it British Forum

By | October 31st, 2016|Events, Exhibitions, Industry News, Made in the UK, Trade Shows|

My name is Krystal and I am a new production assistant at Bridge and Stitch Nottingham. A lot of my previous experience has revolved around high street fashion and bridal wear. I have now decided to pursue a career in production, reason being that I wanted to be more involved in the process to increase [...]

Wullie and his Ultrasonic Knickers!

By | August 12th, 2016|Industry News, Made in the UK, Manufacturers, Projects, Services, Suppliers, Uncategorized|

On Monday our Director, Rachael, travelled up North to Scotland to visit a family run factory that we have discovered. The factory specialises in laser cutting, heat bonding and sealing, taping, ultrasonic seams and even inventing and developing the machinery for producing and applying the above specialisms.   Armed with the task of taking as [...]

Brand Extension Into Apparel

By | June 27th, 2016|Bridge & Stitch HQ, Clients, Made in the UK, Projects, Services|

Brand extension into apparel, including sportswear, can work well if there is synergy with the ethos and market positioning of the parent brand.  It can also be a disaster if there is a mismatch in cultural associations, or if the new line does not live up to the high standards laid down by the parent.  [...]

Garments made in Britain are flying off the shelves in China

By | May 11th, 2016|Made in the UK|

This is not surprising as China now has more people in the top 10% of global wealth holders than any other country except for the USA and Japan, having moved into third place in the rankings by overtaking France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. This means that there are more people in China than [...]

FSB Connect Event

By | October 30th, 2015|Advertising, Bridge & Stitch HQ, Made in the UK, Manufacturers|

The FSB Connect group offers networking opportunities for young entrepreneurs looking for a more supportive start-up environment, and for those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter you may have seen our recent posts regarding their upcoming event at which Bridge & Stitch's Director Rachael Hobbs will be speaking. Rachael will be sharing her journey from graduate [...]

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