Imports | John Smedley

Imports | John Smedley
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We design and develop 90% of the products in-store, however, we import our favorite high quality international brands. John Smedley, from the UK, aligns with our aesthetic and has been a long time favorite of ours.

John Smedley

Established in 1784, John Smedley is known for making the Worlds Finest Knitwear. They are the oldest manufacturing factory in the world. Crafting beautiful, high quality garments that are designed to last, made in Britain and distributed the world over.

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The John Smedley story began during the infancy of the industrial revolution at their factory in Lea Mills, Derbyshire where you can still find them, over 230 years later.

In 1784 the factory started producing simple muslin fabric and spinning cotton and in 1825 they moved on to producing more complex garments using one of the first ever fully fashioned knitting machines, creating the original “Long Johns”.

Moving onto 1914 where they began exporting to the far reaches of the globe and over time established themselves as one of Britain’s most famous clothing brands.

Within the 1950’s and 60’s they became the brand of choice for many famous faces, including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and the Beatles and by 1980 they had established themselves as the go-to knitwear brand for British designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Sir Paul Smith.

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 John Smedley uses merino wool, silk and sea island cotton. Their pieces are timeless and versatile.

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