Headquartered near Manchester in Bolton, Lancashire, Norman Walsh's story begins in 1945 when a 14-year-old teenager left school to begin a shoe making apprenticeship at J.W. Foster and Sons, which would later become Reebok. Three years later, Norman Walsh was chosen to make many of the shoes worn by the British Olympic team for the 1948 Olympics that took place in London. The company was officially established in 1961 and has been supplying athletes from many disciplines such rugby, track and field, cricket, boxing or even wrestling with top notch footwear ever since.
Now owned by the Crompton family since 1996, the company saw its popularity soar and now has retailers in far-flung corners of the earth such as Korea, Russia or Chile. Norman Walsh is the only 100% British owned and operated company still in activity.
S.E.H Kelly is a London- based menswear brand founded in 2009 by Paul Vincent and Sara Kelly which ethos is to make everything in the British Isles and apply Savile row clothes making standards to casual wear. They honor trusted materials such as Shetland wool, Harris tweed or Irish linen, but the most interesting part is their approach to garment making. S.E.H Kelly is more than just a brand, it's a network of suppliers and craftsmen, mills and factories committed to perpetuating traditional British clothes making. Their designs are extremely simple, stripped from anything remotely superfluous.
In spite of its vintage (some might say old) look, the founders vision is to create workwear for today, not the 19th century. Prices are steep, but I could definitely see their clothes being worn for decades, unlike disposable, fast fashion. Their care and painstaking attention to detail are what made them so popular in far-flung places such as Japan (their biggest market).
Please go to their website and read more about the makers, it's well worth the time.
I know it's supposed to be menswear, but it looks a hell of a lot like my ideal wardrobe.
Below is a great interview of S.E.H Kelly co-founder, Paul Vincent.