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How many of us manufacture in the UK?

Posted 18/03/2012 at 19:18 Comments

I’ve been accidentally compiling this list since Mary’s Bottom Line started being promoted – its by no means an exhaustive list and I’m sure it’s going to get added to and edited extensively, but here’s a start! (Oh, and we make about 60% of our stock in the Uk at the moment).

Some Uk manufacturing units:

AJM sewing; I cadged all my info about them off Ayten – they were set up when Gossard moved production overseas, they employ 41 people, and they do lingerie, swim, nightwear and the occasional bit of upholstery. They said they work regularly with at least 10 UK brands

Orbital : set up by Kelly who runs the independent/luxury trade show and shop, the Lingerie Collective, and also a manufacturing unit for said brands.

Gio – the old stockings company I work with, who still make hosiery the 1950′s way.

Vixen, who make the 10, 12, and 14 strap suspender belts that I refuse to!


British made British brands;

Ayten Gasson – silk lingerie and nightwear with vintage Nottingham lace and inspiration.

Lascivious - directional lingerie brand

Pretty Form and Revival – not only vintage style but vintage patterns!

Betty Blue’s loungerie - glamourous styles to relax in

Mint Siren – edgy, quirky pieces

Miss Crofton - east London-made soft bralets and big knickers

Modern Courtesan and MC Lounge - Seduction apparel

Bordelle – more straps than you can shake a stick at

Obey My Demand – luxury lingerie in leather

Jane Woolrich – longstanding romantic sleepwear brand

Sulis - silk underwear for women and men.

Dainty Lady – for the petite of bosom

Who made your pants – ethically made in the UK by refugees.

Bugsypants – creating the swimwear in the print you want

Rebecca Ansah – luxury lingerie

Lucile Lingerie - sumptuous silk undies and robes.

Buttress and Snatch – luxury burlesque influenced retro lingerie

Strumpet and Pink – elaborate luxury knickers

Fred and Ginger - the silk may be Parisian but it’s all made here

Beaujais – luxury large cup bra sets made in the UK

Andrea Billiard – modern lingerie with bold design

Artemis South – new lingerie brand with nightwear and swimwear, plus a bespoke option.

Atsuko Kudo – luxury high fashion latex lingerie with exclusive prints

Darling Ava – made to order corsets and lingerie

Ell & Cee – luxury silk chiffon with amazing detail

Frantic About Frances - new retro brand.

Gilda and Pearl – individually customisable silk lingerie

Love Baby Grand - handmade in house

Nicole de Carle – choose your colours and trims!

Nicole Gill – luxury lingerie with a bespoke option

Sian Hoffman – bespoke and individually made corsets and girdles.


British brands who make some or most of their goods in the UK

Us! – check the product descriptions, but roughly speaking, if its a continuity item or a different colour of a continuity items, it’s made here, if it’s a bra set, its made overseas. Stockings are part British, part French, part European. We’re making over 60% of our pieces here now. You can also come and see us in London, near Marcle Arch, where we’re starting to stock up on more Uk made items.

Velda Lauder – luxury corsetiere to the stars, her corsets are all UK made, the lingerie is sometimes made overseas.

Fleur Of England – silk and lace English lingerie, bridal and swimwear. Mostly made in the UK, some in Europe.

Made By Niki - luxury lingerie and shapewear with a high fashion take on it all. The String range is made here in the UK, I think the Feel is made overseas – check with them for other styles.

Paolita – superb swim and beachwear, their robes and kaftans are made here in the UK, mostly available through our shop in Marble Arch.



British brands made overseas but exporting British style round the world!

Playful Promises - though the pasties exclusive to the shop and site are British, most of it is made overseas to make their trend led, fun and flirty styles very affordable.

What Katie Did – ditto on the pasties front, WKD are one of the largest independent brands there is, exporting faux vintage lingerie around the globe!

Miss Mandalay - large cup bra and bikini set specialist, she does make the occasional range here but you’d have to ask her which ones each season.

Candy Baker – printed and crystalled hosiery based in the UK

Kriss Soonik - Estonian based in London making cute loungerie – she makes her peices back in Estonia.

Twenty8 and Miss Fit Uk – Uk designed but not made large cup small back bras and clothing

Aloe – luxury loungewear and clothing in flowing silks

Amoralia – maternity lingerie made with love

Beautiful Bottoms - silk georgette lingerie

Damaris and Mimi Holliday – One of the longer standing UK designer brands.

Dirty Pretty Things – self explanatory!

Lulu and Lush – steel boned corsets and lingerie

Harlette - luxury lingerie

Jenny Packham – designer lingerie and bridal.

Love By Susie – luxury bridal wear

Myriam Girard – French designer stuck in London!

Ma Mignonette – lingerie for the enchantress, “hand finished” in the UK

Pistol Panties – designer swimwear

Shelle Belle Couture – beautifully feminine swimwear, lingerie and slips

Royce – British designed non-wired bras

Berdita – classic lingerie and shapewear

Rigby and Peller - By appointment to the Queen!

Shock Absorber – a UK sportsbra specialist who export across the globe

Sweetling – ethical teen bras

Tallulah Love – ex Playboy lingerie designer comes over to the cute side!

Stella McCartney – now there’s a familiar name

Yes Master - boutique brand

Ultimo – patented one of the first silicone bras

The corporate big boys

UK companies who don’t make in the UK and probably don’t need our help but hey, for the sake of completeness here’s a list.

Agent Provocateur


Curvy Kate


The Melas hosiery group – Jonathon Aston, Levante, and Charnos.


Pretty Polly

Making in the UK? Based in the UK and employing ever more people? Spotted a mistake? Let me know on catherine at

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