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.