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UKFT President HRH The Princess Royal's national manufacturing tour
07 April 2017
The nationwide tour of UK manufacturers, being carried out by UKFT President HRH The Princess Royal, is well underway.
Her Royal Highness began this series of visits in West Yorkshire at textiles company Joshua Ellis, marking the cashmere specialist’s 250th anniversary. The visit included a tour of the mill where fabrics and accessories are produced for luxury fashion houses and exported to over 23 different countries.
The second visit was to Johnstons of Elgin in Scotland, a 220 year old business supplying the world’s top luxury brands. The preservation of traditional craft and conservation of skills are of huge importance to the company, which offers apprenticeships to people of all ages at its training centre in Hawick. Johnstons of Elgin is the largest fashion and textile employer in the country.
For the third visit, UKFT’s President visited London-based designer jewellery designer Alex Monroe. The brand is celebrating thirty years of jewellery making and the move into their fantastic new workshops near Tower Bridge. In unprecedented succession, the fourth visit took place in the same week to Toye & Co, based in Birmingham. Since 1685 the company have designed and manufactured accessories, badges and military regalia. Traditional bespoke & military specialist tailors Samuel Brothers, established in 1830, will round off this period of visits with more to be announced.
Visit our Facebook page to see images from the tour, part of UKFT’s Let’s Make It Here campaign, promoting UK manufacturing.