LUXURY LINGERIE AND LOCAL MANUFACTURE: THE NATURAL FIT

Luxury lingerie designers are producing locally in the UK, to a high quality. The SOURCE explores this unexpected development in ethical fashion, which is promoting local UK manufacture and business.

Ayrshire, Scotland, is home to the last British mill that manufactures lace madras. A lone Leicestershire factory still produces British elastic. And the number of UK companies who retain specialists in underwiring? Four. The last of their kind, these skills are dying out fast and with no silk mills left in the UK, luxury lingerie designers are often compelled to look overseas. With a look at the pros and cons of producing locally in lingerie, The SOURCE speaks to five ethically-minded, high-end lingerie designers to find out why they source locally, the niche skills that they have been able to access, and the opportunities and challenges they have faced. Read On

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