Household favourite Marks and Spencers has become the first British high street retailer to offer products made from English Fine Cottons yarns.
Our luxury shirting fabrics, made from cotton yarns spun, dyed and woven in Britain, are available through the company’s online made-to-measure service.
Customers can choose from three premium cotton weaves; Fine Twill, Calvary Twill or Royal Oxford. And, the fabrics are all available in classic colours, pink, white and blue.
English Fine Cottons’ Tracy Hawkins said: “We’re delighted to be working with another British heritage brand and such a prominent British retailer.”
18 months in the making
The shirtings were one of the first projects English Fine Cottons embarked on after going into full production 18 months ago. The project heralded the start of our work to re-link Britain’s cotton manufacturing chain.
Our Extra Long Staple (ELS) Supima cotton yarns were dyed at Blackburn Yarns Dyers in Lancashire. From here, they went to Burnley to be woven by John Spencers Textiles Ltd. They were also finished in the UK.
Tracy said: “We’ve talked a lot about our partnerships with fellow British manufacturers and how important this is to re-establish a supply chain.
“We couldn’t just spin cotton yarns alone, we needed to demonstrate a proven manufacturing route here in the UK. This shows buying British spun yarns is a viable option for brands such as Marks and Spencers.
“The project to produce our shirting fabric is the perfect example of this. We worked with fantastic manufacturers and achieved something that hasn’t been seen in this country for decades. We’ve made the finest quality shirtings entirely in Britain.
“We’re so proud of these fabrics and we’re thrilled they’re now being made available to the public, who’ve always shown us such invaluable support.”
To get a shirt made from English Fine Cottons fabrics, visit http://www.marksandspencer.com /s/men/made-to-measure-shirts. After selecting your fabric, just input your measurements and your bespoke garment will be made up.