Sunday, 10 November 2013

Brit Boutique and Made in China Update

I have decided to update this post as a lot of things have changed since posting. I contacted a couple of designer ranges to get their view on where manufacture takes place. Many have said that most of their items are made in Italy but because finishing takes place in China, the made in label must state China. Just like my very first post I made on here regarding How Luxury Lost its Lustre.

So since writing this post a lot has changed. I have decided that unless it says made in Britain, England, The British Isles, The United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales or Ireland I am not purchasing it. There are a few fair-trade companies who also make accessories that I would like to support to. So my recent acquisitions have been returned unless they were made in the UK or were fair trade.

Will I ever purchase designer goods? The answer to that is a resounding NO! Why? The way I feel about designer goods is that you are simply paying for a name to be stamped, stitched or glued on. There are many issues regarding the quality control of said designer goods that I am not prepared to pay the prices they are charging. Another thing you are paying for is their ad campaigns in all the glossy magazines. The celebrities we see with the designer goods were probably gifted to them in order to boost the sales of the companies.

I would rather support smaller companies who are are trying to bring back artisan goods to the United Kingdom. One thing that annoys me about Britain is most of the things we now import were originally manufactured here before manufacturing was sent overseas. I so wish we could bring back those things to Britain. Imagine the jobs it would create.

So if you would like to support British Manufacture here are some handbag and accessory companies still manufacturing their goods in Britain.

Mimi Berry
Miller and Jeeves
Rachel Orme
Susannah Hunter
Sophia and Matt - perfect for travel or Mum's to be
Poppy Treffry

If you come across any yourself please do contact me. I would love to know about them.

- Louise


  1. Great post Louise, with you there... How do you feel about vintage? Worth it or overpriced second hand?

    1. Hi ladysarah!

      Sorry it's taken me so long to reply. I think vintage is great as the quality of the items is so much better in some cases than purchasing new. With vintage the problems can be the price depending on the item you are buying, finding a seller you can trust (who's not going to rip you off) and knowing what to look for. I tend not to buy designer bags as I like to support indie designers instead.

      Best wishes, Louise