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Top 10 UK-made sock brands

From sturdy walking socks, warm and cosy merino wool socks, to luxury patterned or plain, our top 10 list of UK-made sock brands feature something for everyone. Socks are often an afterthought when pulling together your outfit, but they can make or break your look. Whether you want them for warmth, comfort, performance or to…

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From sturdy walking socks, warm and cosy merino wool socks, to luxury patterned or plain, our top 10 list of UK-made sock brands feature something for everyone.

Socks are often an afterthought when pulling together your outfit, but they can make or break your look. Whether you want them for warmth, comfort, performance or to make a statement, this list of UK-made socks will have you wishing you were wearing them now!

[Updated January 2021]

Pantherella

Pantheralla Socks
Pantherella

Pantherella Socks have never shied away from setting precedents. When others have turned to cheaper alternatives, Pantherella has held firm in their beliefs, still today making all of Pantherella’s fine English socks at the family-owned factory in Leicester, England. Pantherella’s philosophy of ‘Provenance, Design & Quality’ still rings true today, however, Pantherella’s collections have advanced in leaps and bounds since the early days of Louis Goldschmidt’s basic ribbed socks to create socks for the discerning gentleman and lady in the 21st Century.

Blackshore Coastal Clothing

Blackshore Coastal Clothing
Blackshore Coastal Clothing

Blackshore alpaca walking socks are knitted in England and come with a beautifully constructed cushion sole to offer extra protection when worn for walking with boots. They provide all-round warmth, but they’re also breathable and kind to skin. 

HebTroCo

HebTroCo, Made in Yorkshire
HebTroCo

HebTroCo offers a variety of UK-made socks knitted for them in Bradford, West Yorkshire using British wool. With a seamless construction, you won’t get blisters. Especially good if you like to hike, bike, go running or even if you just spend all day on your feet.Only soft quality fibres used for all-day comfort without being itchy.

Teddy Edward

Teddy Edward, british brand
Teddy Edward

Teddy Edward support British craftsmanship by selecting and working in partnership with the very best UK manufacturers. Try their UK-made socks Brocklesby, Cheshire and Dartmoor luxury Alpaca blend with hand-linked toe seams.

Corrymoor Mohair Socks

Corrymoor Mohair Socks,
Corrymoor Mohair Socks

Made from the luxurious and hardwearing fleece of Corrymoor Angora Goats farmed in Devon. For 25 years Corrymore has been breeding organic Angora Goats and perfecting their mohair socks. Mohair is naturally strong and highly resistant to abrasion so Corrymoor Socks are durable and last longer.

Genevieve Sweeney

Genevieve Sweeney Socks, Derbyshire
Genevieve Sweeney

The story of the Solline sock began when Genevieve discovered a beautiful yarn that was, unfortunately, too fine to knit a jumper with. Undeterred, she travelled to Derbyshire, yarn in hand, to learn the art of knitting socks. The result is the Solline, a luxurious sock crafted from a cotton viscose lurex blend with silk tweeds. Plated with lycra, the socks are beautifully soft against the skin, and seamless toes ensure ultimate comfort. Complete with a colour block heel, toe and cuff, these socks can be machine washed without losing stretch or shape.

Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent, Scottish made
Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent cashmere socks are the ultimate luxury, combining extreme warmth and delicate softness.  They are knitted and hand-finished in the town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders at a mill with over 200 years of tradition and expertise in textile manufacturing.

John Smedley

John Smedley socks
John Smedley

John Smedley specialises in men’s mid-calf socks; the perfect accompaniment to both office and casual attire. They design, create and produce all their men’s UK-made socks in our factory in Lea Mills, Derbyshire. Whilst socks are often an afterthought, John Smedley ensure that quality is embedded into every stitch.

Peper Harow

Peper Harrow Socks
Peper Harow

Founded in 2013, Peper Harow is a small quintessentially British brand supplying customers across the globe with the highest quality cotton socks and exquisite gifts. Their designs are unique, fashionable and created to complement the modern lifestyle of both men and women.

Their luxury socks are made in a state-of-the-art factory in West Sussex from Supima cotton, Egyptian cotton or Organic cotton.  All of their packaging is FSC approved recycled and recyclable and any plastic we use is recycled and biodegradable.

PITTCH Merino Wool Socks

Pittch Merino Wool Socks
PITTCH

PITTCH is a Great British brand offering Great British design in the form of vibrant, exceptionally styled luxury merino wool socks of the highest quality and fit for all seasons. Discover the warmth and comfort of PITTCH merino wool socks, beautifully designed and popping with colour, to carry you effortlessly through every day, every adventure, every season, never failing to perform no matter what life throws at them.

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Walmart Announces Another Made in USA Pledge as Workers Ask the Retailer to Keep Light Bulb Production in Ohio

Walmart says it will spend $350 billion on American-made goods. Using its influence to ensure Made in America LED bulbs stay on its shelves seems like a good place to start.

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Walmart says it wants to support U.S. manufacturing but its business model remains based selling cheap imports, which ultimately undermines many American workers and makers. Getty Images

Walmart says it will spend $350 billion on American-made goods. Using its influence to ensure Made in America LED bulbs stay on its shelves seems like a good place to start.

It’s that time of year again!

Walmart unveiled yet another commitment to American manufacturing last week, saying it will spend $350 billion through 2030 on products “made, grown or assembled” in the United States.

This isn’t the first time the retailer has done this, of course. Walmart first announced a $250 billion commitment back in 2013, and it has made similar announcements ever since.

While there have been a few success stories, we’ve always been skeptical (and we aren’t the only ones). The whole thing has always struck us as a nice PR campaign rather than an actual, transformative effort to truly support Made in America.

For one, it’s unclear where Walmart even stands on its original commitment from eight years ago, although President and CEO John Furner promised last week that the company is “on track to deliver.” Second, the “grown” part of the commitment does a lot of the work here – we previously pointed out that two-thirds of it comes from groceries, not manufactured products.  

But the larger issue is that the vast majority of products on Walmart shelves continue to be imports – the company was the No. 1 importer in the United States in 2019, according to the Journal of Commerce. And rather than take steps to decrease its imports in favor of locally made goods, Walmart continues to announce commitments to do just the opposite. In December, for example, it said it will spend $10 billion a year on products that are Made in India.

There is no doubt the Walmart business model has hurt American workers. The Economic Policy Institute estimated that Walmart’s imported products from China alone cost 400,000 U.S. jobs.

Now, I could go on and on pulling statistics and data points, but there’s actually a very telling real-world example happening in Ohio right now that highlights just how dubious Walmart’s Made in America commitment really is.

For decades, workers at the GE-Savant factory in Bucyrus, Ohio have made light bulbs. In recent years, the plant has supplied LED light bulbs to Walmart.

But in January, GE-Savant announced it planned to offshore production of the bulbs to China. Members of IUE-CWA Local 84704 joined with leaders like Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to protest the decision and keep the plant’s LED light bulb manufacturing from being offshored, but the company ultimately moved ahead. The last day of production was March 6, leading to 81 layoffs.

“For years, Ohio workers at the GE-Savant plant helped drive the success of the company,” Brown told the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. “Now, rather than exhausting every avenue to save these jobs, the company has decided to lay off 81 workers in the middle of a global pandemic. Workers and leaders in the Bucyrus community fought for these jobs as hard as they could, and they all deserved better.”   

But now the union and city officials are continuing the fight – and they’ve got their eyes set on Walmart. A local delegation plans to visit Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., where they say they will remind the retailer about its Made in America commitments.  

During a recent city council meeting, union member Steve Pifer noted that workers always did their part for the plant, including by shifting production to LED lights. Now it’s time for Walmart to prove that their Made in America commitment is more than just a public relations ploy.

“Our plant began to hum like the well-oiled machine it was,” he said. “So what changed? What went wrong? Because we were told the LED was the future of the plant and Bucyrus lighting operations.

“Behind the scenes Walmart and GE changed their plans and began to offshore the production of bulbs to China including to a GE-owned factory called Top Star. The 10-year commitment to boost Made in the USA is still promoted by Walmart, but now the collaboration with GE is to build anywhere but in America.”

For its part, Walmart has said “it’s ultimately [GE-Savant]’s decision where to manufacture their products.”

That seems like… nonsense?

Let’s be real: Walmart has the power here. Companies like GE-Savant want their products on the shelves of the biggest retailer on the planet. If Walmart tells GE-Savant that it wants to source these bulbs from Ohio and not China, GE-Savant is going to make the bulbs in Ohio.

After all, Walmart spent decades pressuring its suppliers to offshore production. Why couldn’t it exert that same kind of pressure to keep jobs in the United States?

Walmart has an opportunity to show that it is truly committed to strengthening American manufacturing. And hey, using its position to save the jobs of 81 factory workers is a far better story than any corporate press release.

Here’s hoping Walmart does the right thing. But in the meantime, you can keep the pressure on and stand with these workers by joining IUE-CWA Local 84704 in asking GE-Savant and Walmart to maintain production in Ohio. Add your name here.

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How to protect your idea/invention during manufacturing?

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Hello,

I’ve come up with a new product id like to start manufacturing but I dont believe a patent would be enough to protect the product, since i believe it could be replicated different enough to get around any patent. Id compare it to make a chair or table. How do I ensure while talking to different manufactures about the idea that they won’t run off and start make them without me?

Also any tips on finding a manufacture would be appreciated!

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How to protect your idea/invention during manufacturing?

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Hello,

I've come up with a new product id like to start manufacturing but I dont believe a patent would be enough to protect the product, since i believe it could be replicated different enough to get around any patent. Id compare it to make a chair or table. How do I ensure while talking to different manufactures about the idea that they won't run off and start make them without me?

Also any tips on finding a manufacture would be appreciated!

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