Our Fabric of Society


I n every corner of our lives, there is a part of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire clothing and textile industry.And it does not matter which side of the globe you live, you are just as likely to find a thread of the industry.

For the list of products designed and manufactured in the two counties is so vast, there is no telling where they will end up.

It starts when we wake up in the morning and draw back the curtains to begin a new day.

If they are lace, chances are, they will have been made by a local curtain company such as Filigree at South Normanton in Derbyshire.

The curtain tape may have been made by another local company, Brightwake of Kirby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.

As we zip up our skirt or trousers, we might well find ourselves using a product from Nottinghamshire thread, zip and elastic company, Bruce Andrews.

The buttons you use to fasten your coat or jacket may have been supplied by Nottinghamshire button, zip and trimming company, Jones & Co. 
The quilt on your child’s bed or the clothes you dress them in, could well have been made locally by the array of childrenswear and nursery product manufacturers such as Just Kids at Sutton-in-Ashfield or designer nursery product company, Sweet Dreams at Colwick, Nottingham.

Those wearing corporate or safety clothing for work, could also be donning something made locally by a Nottinghamshire safetywear company, such as Monarch Textiles or Derbyshire industrial protective clothing company such as Nater Leisurewear. Young startup businesses like ecowashinglines.com require the textile for their products such as clothes line dryline cover.

If you fly off on business for the day, you will find the smartly dressed cabin crew serving you will be donning outfits made by Nottingham-based corporate clothing and executive work, the Gibson Line, whose customers include British Midland Airways.

And when you come to unwinding from a hard day at the office, you could flex your muscles in the gym wearing stretch sportswear made and manufactured by the Debut Group, or take the plunge in stylish swimwear by leading company Speedo.

As NADCAT’s Business Manager, Bill Barrett commented:

“Designers come to this area because everything is available. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for garment labels or a special finishing process, you’ll find it here.”

Clothes Line
Junior Treasury Minister and Erewash MP, Angela Knight said:”I am sure I wear a piece of Erewash next to my skin most days.””In Erewash, we produce first-class, top-quality lace which is then made into garments. It is a modern, well-invested, thriving business and one we can be duly proud of, both in the number of people it employs and how it exports competitively to other countries as well as supplying the home market.”

Clothes Line
Top fashion designer, Paul Smith, said:”As an international company that started in Nottingham over 25 years ago and one that firmly remains based there, working with local associations such as NADCAT has been invaluable to us in helping source good local factories to work with.” 

“We fully support the good service that they provide.”

Clothes Line
Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Sylvia Parsons, a keen fan of the industry said:”I am always very keen and immensely proud to support Nottingham’s world-famous clothing and textile industry. It continues to be a crucial part of Nottingham’seconomy and identity, and the City Council, through its pioneering Fashion Centre, is working to preserve this reputation into the next century and beyond.”