The story of the finest knitwear in the world – handmade in Derbyshire since 1784.

It could be easy for John Smedley to manufacture abroad. In a globalised economy, it may even make sound finacial sense. But we think that something special would be lost – that indefinable character that makes something exceptional.

John Smedley has been making fine knitwear in Derbyshire for over 200 years. Our family business was there at the birth of the industrial revolution, back when the first factories and looms were being built. That is a heritage to be proud of. And not one to be dismissed lightly.

Of course, looking back should not stop us moving forward. But we stay dynamic by staying put – because it is here in England’s traditional knitting heartlands that are found generations of expereince and skillls in knitting and hand-finishing world-class knitwear. Those unique skills may come at a price. But, carefully nurtured, they highest quality and innovation. It is they that allow John Smedley to be acknowledged as the best in its class.

It’s a community spirit that we think you can feel in the fabric of what we do.