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 Supporting British brands

 Edgar Jerome is proud of its heritage in a military town and strives where possible to purchase and support the diminishing British fashion labels that continue to produce excellent quality and long lasting garments. Here are just a few available in store and on line.

British Labels


At the age of 28, John Hall, a foreman for a hosiery manufacturer in Hinckley, asked his bank for  a £1200 overdraft to build the first HJ Hall factory in the small Leicestershire village of Stoke Golding. From his meagre wage of £2 a week, he managed to save £500, a substantial sum in 1882.  This was doubled by his wife, Sarah Hall, who raised a mortgage on their house, which she owned.  From a small firm employing just 16 people and with a monthly turnover of £32 4s 4d, HJ Hall has grown to become the largest independent UK sock manufacturer today.

Now, more than 126 years on, the business has seen 4 generations of the Hall family (click here to view the HJ Hall Family tree) at the helm continuing its successful growth by following the philosophy set out by "Honest" John Hall from the start.

 

 Tootal was registered in the UK in 1799, and found its historical British home in the Tootal Building in Manchester's Oxford Street almost exactly a century later in 1898. The Tootal Scarf was first a popular Fashion Accessory in the World War 2 era, and became associated with an 'RAF' style and look. In the Sixties Tootal Scarves had a revival when Mod Scooter Boys took up the retro scarves (in line with a traditional Mod Racing style) and sought out vintage Tootal scarves from the Fourties and Fifties. Tootal Scarves later found popularity again in the Nineties Indie and Britpop era, worn by Mod and Indie Icons such as Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher. . Nowadays the brand’s products in the British market are turning toward those aged 35-55 while covering a wide range of products: shirts, jackets, belts, PJs and underwear. There is also a product group for women, all made of cotton.

 

Frederick John Perry (18 May 1909 - 2 February 1995) born in Stockport, Cheshire, was a British tennis and table tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion. He was the World No. 1 player for five years, four of them consecutive, 1934 to 1938, the first three years as an amateur. As an eight-time Slam winner and an all-time great, Perry was the last British player to win the Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open Men's Singles titles.

In the late 1940s, Perry was approached by Tibby Wegner, an Austrian footballer who had invented an anti-perspirant device worn around the wrist. Perry made a few changes and invented the sweatband. Wegner's next idea was to produce a sports shirt, which was to be made from white knitted cotton pique with short sleeves and buttons down the front.

Launched at Wimbledon in 1952, the Fred Perry polo shirt was an immediate success. The polo shirt was only available in white until the late 50s when the Mods picked up on it and demanded a more varied colour palette. It was the shirt of choice for diverse groups of teenagers throughout the 1960s and 70s, ranging from the skinheads to the Northern Soul scene. The Fred Perry shirt was the original tennis shirt that the Mods adopted in the 60s. It was smart and looked good under a suit, as well as with a pair of Levis. Fred Perry shirts were designed for sportswear, but also kept you cool on the dance floor.

 

Rael Brook was re-vitalised in the market place following a highly successful management buyout in 1988.

The original reputation for excellence and an unwavering attention to detail has been retained and Rael Brook is now one of the most successful branded shirt houses in the UK, Europe and across the world.

Since the buyout which embraced the Rael Brook and Southern Comfort brands the group portfolio has expanded with the aquisition of the Rochester Shirt Company, its David Latimer brand, and Folkespeare, an up market tie and accessory company.

On offer are constantly updated formal and semi-formal shirt ranges; evening and casual fashion styles complete the picture.

Rael Brook's customers include small independent shops, mail order companies, corporate wear, large chain stores and a growing export demand to over 50 countries worldwide.

 

The history of Dents can be traced back to 1777, when John Dent established his accessory company manufacturing fine leather gloves in Worcester, England. From its earliest days the company was an active exporter, successfully selling to the finest shops and stores in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. The skill and craftsmanship which underpin Dents' worldwide reputation are still very much in evidence today as  the company continues to exercise that care and attention to detail which has been its hallmark since 1777. Although primarily famous for the crafting of fine leather gloves, Dents has always been involved with the design and manufacture of fine accessories. Today the Dents Collection includes gloves, belts, handbags, hats, scarves, serapes and small leather goods for men and women.

 

The story started in 1912 with Frank Brook and Walter Taverner on a boat to Calcutta. Their first business venture was selling buttons to tailors, but soon linings and then cloth were added to the range. It was cloth which propelled the business forward, and despite tricky times in between the two World Wars, one of the largest stock supported fabric ranges in the country was built up concentrating entirely on the menswear. Today, Brook Taverner, based in Yorkshire, is one of the UK’s most respected names in men’s classic tailoring, and is based on three principles: quality, service and price.The company prides itself on its exceptional craftsmanship and detailing, cutting no corners to deliver the perfect finish to every garment.

 From moleskin trousers to superb tweed jackets from raincoats to herringbone tailcoats Brook Taverner really do have a full range of gents clothing for you to choose from. At Edgar Jerome Ltd we are proud to be able to supply a good range of items from the Brook Taverner collection. If you do not see anything from our web site regarding anything from Brook Taverner please do not hesitate to call our fully trained sales team who will be only to happy to discuss your requirements.

 

 

The company was founded in 1963 by Arthur Benjamin Sugarman (1925-1987), who was born in Brighton. He emigrated to the United States in 1946, via Canada, and changed his nationality to American. He married the daughter of a Californian clothes producer and later returned to Brighton, where he bought a shirt factory. Sugarman had realised that early 1960s London-based modern jazz fans were eagerly buying the Oxford-cloth American button-down shirt brands such as Brooks Brothers, Arrow and Hathaway, as sported by visiting American jazz artists like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. At the time, these were only available from official importers who had in effect, cornered this growing market.

 

Sugarman decided to produce a version of these shirts, along with a collection of the colourful resort-wear vacation clothes that were growing in popularity, in both the post-war US, and Mediterranean Europe. Mods responded immediately, especially as Sugarman was using higher-quality materials and stitching detail than the imported shirts. The Ben Sherman Originals label was created, and by 1965, the company had opened a small office on the upper floors of a shabby office-block in a London backstreet. This acted as the showroom for their shirt and beachwear collections. By the late 1960s, the shirt was adopted by the skinhead subculture, and starting in the late 1970s, the shirt became popular with mod revivalists.

If you  are a Beatles fan and are deeply in love with anything that is remotely British, you have to purchase Ben Sherman and satiate your need to connect with the fab four and the Union Jack. The appeal at Ben Sherman is more casual, and the fits are brilliant for those who enjoy comfort and style for a day at the park or a day at the movies. They are stylish, contemporary and are perfect for those who want to celebrate life in colour. Ben Sherman supplied shirts to John Stephen's famous store in Carnaby Street and launched his own store 'Millions of Shirts' in Brighton. The Ben Sherman button down, a British version of the classic Ivy League shirt, became the staple of the Mod movement in the sixties and the 1979 Mod revival. Ben Sherman shirts were also an essential part in the Skinhead movement which followed Mod in the late 60s.

Ben Sherman  launched a new collection for Spring/Summer in 2009. The theme was  'Kings Road to Carnaby'. It was  inspired by the contribution made to British youth fashion by London's King's Road and Carnaby Street, in the 60s and 70s.

 

Sunspel has been making the finest English underwear and t-shirts since 1860. In 1947 they introduced the boxer short to the UK and today continue to create the best t-shirts, polo shirts and underwear in the world.

All their clothes are handmade, and they design them with exceptional care and attention to detail. The result is clothing that feels deeply luxurious yet has an understated elegance and sophistication. They are extremely long-lasting, because they refuse to cut corners in their manufacture. Indeed, they improve with age.

Sunspel are proud to be an independent company and believe in traditional business principles of value, courtesy, attentiveness and respect. What sets Sunspel apart, is an independent attitude, classic style, an uncompromising tradition of excellence rooted in craft skills handed down the generations – all these set them apart.

 

  

The original Harrington jacket was made by British firm, Baracuta, and is still available today. The Harrington is a short jacket, finishing at the waist. The Harrington was named after Rodney Harrington, a character in the popular US soap, Peyton Place. All things American were considered cool by the Mods of the 60s. Steve McQueen also added to the kudos of the Harrington when he appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in 1963 wearing one. British Mods took to wearing the Harrington from the mid sixties, as it offered a more casual look than the tailored Mod suit.

  

The company was founded in 1940 by Mr Isaac Donner and Mr Frank Myers to make and sell men’s shirts. However, throughout the war years there was a severe shortage of cotton, and only viscose rayon material was available. The company’s founders considered this fabric too delicate for men’s shirts, but suitable for ladies’ shirts/blouses. Also, they reasoned that while the men were away fighting the war, the women of Britain would be doing the men’s jobs in factories and on farms and would require a more masculine style of shirt/blouse. Therefore this is what they produced and sold during those years.  A small room for a factory was found on the fourth floor of a building in Kirkgate, Wakefield, and over a period of a very few years the partners gradually bought up the whole of the building and developed it into a large shirt-blouse factory.Fifty five years on in 1995 Richard Donner’s son, John, joined the company. Isaac Donner died in 2000. Richard and John now run Double TWO. In this rapidly changing world Double TWO is one of the very few family owned branded clothing companies which has adjusted rapidly and continues to prosper.

 

Sophos                                                                      Sophos 

The company was founded by Barrett Lambourne in 1868 to produce Spats, Rigid Braces, Buttons and Studs for the gentry, with premises in Great Charles Street, Birmingham. In 1932 the company moved to the Great Hampton Works in Great Hampton Row, Birmingham. Over the next few years the range of products were increased to include Cuff Links, Collar Studs, Tie Slides, Armbands, Belts, Braces, Garters, Sock Suspenders and Leather Goods. The company expanded to include additional premises in Leominster but continued to be owned and run by the Lambourne family, until 1981 when the Great Hampton Works were sold to become part of the Arnold Wills Group.

 

 

 

 

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