From the Style and Etiquette Man

Made By Hands Of Britain

I know, I know, it’s September and far too early to be thinking about Christmas. But….

I was asked if I’d write about a site called MadeByHandsOfBritain.com which is a celebration of products made here in the UK, and I am more than happy to do so. As the years have gone by, companies have done their best to cost-cut by moving production abroad to help the bottom line. It’s worth noting that quality is not always comprimised. But when the recession hit, there was a sense that the consumer was starting to take notice of what they were buying, it’s quality, and where that product was coming from. This mentality remains and will continued to grow.

With over 180 craftspeople already offering their product on MadeByHandsOfBritain.com, there is a sense that one is supporting quality home-grown craftsmanship and product. And long may this continue.

As we venture into Autumn, Tweed becomes a topic for conversation and usually with talk of a jacket. But with Harris Tweed being such a hardy cloth, it makes for a fantastic material for other products.

Meet Catherine Aitken. Catherine already has had one career as a successful film and television producer. Her love of designing and creating her own clothes and accessories fell by the wayside as her passion for producing film took hold, and it wasn’t until she created bags as a film promotional tool for a trip to Cannes Film Festival, that Catherine’s love of making was rekindled.  That particular film never got made, but a new career was born instead, and Catherine gave up film production two years ago to go full time as a designer. From her small studio in Leith, she creates designs that are sold through her internet boutique, into shops and galleries.

Catherine’s washbags have caught my eye. So smart, and a great gift at a reasonable price.

Gent’s Washbag Hunting Macleod Harris Tweed

Waterproof lining and the Tweed has been treated to be water and stain resistant. It can be given a gentle low temperature wash in the machine. Strong and stylish and very practical.

Approximate Dimensions: 20cms long x 15 wide and 8 cms high

£35

Herringbone

HerringboneGent’s Washbag Herringbone Harris Tweed

Washbag in a classic herringbone of black and ivory.  Waterproof lining and the tweed has been treated to be water and stain resistant. It can be given a gentle low temperature wash in the machine. Strong and stylish and very practical.

Approximate Dimensions: 20cms long x 15 wide and 8 high

£35

www.MadeByHandsOfBritain.com

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