“Made in Britain” has long been synonymous with quality, heritage and industry-leading standards. The UK once paved the path for the textiles industry, leading the way in fabric and manufacture technologies for many years. Cities such as Nottingham and Leicester were, and still are, famous for their trade. During the middle years of the 20th century it was claimed that Leicester “clothes the world” and by 1936, it was the second richest city in Europe, owing to the booming textiles industry.
Still today, the Made in Britain label holds great value with consumers and manufacturers alike – and with good reason. Unfortunately, during the 1970s and 80s, large retail companies began to move their production overseas, in favour of cheap labour and larger profit margins, leading UK factories to have to sell up machinery and lay off skilled workers in many cases.
Zorina Equestrian is proud to be one of the only truly British equestrian brands; we are passionate about supporting the British manufacturing and textiles industry and proud to be playing our part in the revival of the industry. There are so many reasons to buy British, many that you may or may not have been aware of, so we’ve outlined a few below for you.
British and bloody brilliant!
It’s important to remember that when you buy a product that is manufactured in Britain (and we mean manufactured in Britain, not just designed or simply imported and then branded up), you are not just supporting one company; you are supporting a whole supply chain. You are actively making the decision to favour high-quality goods and skilled craftsmanship over cheap labour and mass production. Our skilled textiles workers are second to none and the odds are that by buying British, you are investing in a product that will serve you for years to come.
Premium quality goods
Zorina Equestrian garments are crafted from British spun and dyed fabrics. The performance sportswear fabrics that we have chosen to use boast many benefits that will keep you cool and comfortable in the saddle. Commitment to build-in quality at every stage of the manufacturing process, from purchasing the best quality yarns and fibres to knitting them on the best available knitting machinery, is one of the reasons that we chose our fabric supplier. The fabrics are knitted under close supervision and are processed by the most experienced dyers & printers in the UK.
Our manufacturing factory team have a wealth of experience in sportswear, working with professional athletes at scale. Fun fact, our manufacturer has been making sportswear for years for professional rowing and cycling teams, and even kitted out the GB rowing team in the Olympics – they know their stuff!
Moving towards a more ethically conscious and sustainable world
Over the last year, the world at large has navigated uncertainty, amidst a global pandemic. Teamed with the ongoing saga of Brexit and the many hurdles that it has presented for businesses, to say it’s been a bit of a pickle would be a huge understatement. People in the UK are travelling less and spending more time at home, and in doing so this has highlighted the importance of our British trade. It’s great to see people in the UK rediscovering home and everything that the UK has to offer; breathtaking countryside, historic cities and a nation of movers and shakers who are building businesses for the future.
There are so many social, environmental and economic issues surrounding the manufacture of fashion and sportswear – by supporting British manufacturing, you make a stand for fair and decent wages for industry workers, equality at work, excellent safety standards and regulations, as well as a reduction in environmental impact and carbon footprint. Even things that you wouldn’t necessarily consider, such as water pollution from the textiles industry, which affects the health and wellbeing of communities – by buying British, you can buy with confidence that the UK safety regulations are the best in the world. In this day and age, it’s just about impossible to be 100% sustainable, but that doesn’t mean that making an effort doesn’t go a long way.
We’ll be sharing more information on British manufacturing and we have some exciting interviews coming up with industry leaders in the UK, so keep your eyes peeled!