Welcome to Man-Men, a journal of British Craftsmanship.
This project documents a selection of British industry leaders who manufacture menswear and accessories. Over the past decade, there’s been a change in the conversation. Men are returning to a more considered form of attire. The ‘average man’ (if there is such a thing) on the street is taking interest in design details, fabrics, fit, and in particular, where their garments are actually made.
We’ve embarked on this Man-Men journey to discover the hands-on manufacturers of British menswear. For the past 6 months we’ve traveled the country, meeting the characters behind some of our favourite brands. Observing their skill and craftsmanship has given us a new appreciation of value and quality. What emerges here is a treasure-trove.
We hope that the Man-Men project will help consumers identify the skill and precision that is British manufacturing, and to differentiate between products genuinely made in Britain from Union Jack-covered, foreign-made imitations. With each stage of this investigative process, it’s become clear to us that even the most successful British brands are better recognised overseas, particularly in Asia, than here at home in the UK.
With Man-Men we aim to encourage more British men to appreciate high quality products and inspire you to explore the fascinating world of British menswear which exists within a stones throw of our own front doors, or at least a train ride.
In this journal you’ll find a selection of interviews and photographs capturing a moment in the process of manufacturing, an evolving destination which will be updated as we continue our journey together with you.
We welcome questions, comments and tips.