FTCT meets the Best of Britannia

Monday, October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Blog, Events


                Anna with Antony Wallis, Founder,         Best of Britannia

Last week, Anna and I went to ‘Best of Britannia’, a fabulous new trade show exhibition, hosted at the beautiful Farmiloe building in Clerkenwell London. Carrying the tagline, ‘Best of Britannia-100% Futureproof’, the show was aimed at showcasing the growing number of independent brands who are bringing manufacturing back to the UK. As our own charity, (established 1853), is the only charity that supports the children of those working in every aspect of the UK fashion and textile industry, we just had to go and we loved it! The show gave us a great opportunity to meet the people behind the UK brands that are only produced and manufactured in the UK,  and raise awareness of FTCT and the support we can give, to the children of their employees and customers of their brand.

Best of Britannia, (affectionately referred to as B.O.B), is the brainchild of Antony Wallis, (pictured), who, along with the B.O.B team, including wife Lorna, passionately believes in the power and strength of keeping manufacturing in the UK. Exhibitors consisted of a broad mix of craftsmen, artisans, designers and manufacturers, even an iced coffee maker, all of whom have devoted themselves to the creation of beautiful products, designed and produced in the UK. Best of Britannia had it all; from speedboats to handbags, sofabeds to smoked salmon, hand printed tights to hand picked tea!

Inspirational brands we met, included Scott Ogden from workwear brand, Dawsons Denim, Laura from Yorkshire based wool company, Laura’s Loom, Charlie from fashion brand, Age of Reason Scarves, Denise from the online Welsh brand, Blodwen and Sue from Sadlers Keepsakes. Also, Sally from the fabulous rainwear brand, The Cambridge Raincoat Company, Julian from knitwear brand Archie Foal , Darius from brand new menswear label, Blake London and the fabulous Liz from online shop Love Local, and many more…

We’re really looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone we met at the show and hope that by finding out about our charity, they can tell just one more person they know, maybe their sheep shearers who work on the farms, or their seamstress in Spitalfields, about FTCT and the support we can give to children, whose parents of carers work in the UK fashion and textile industry.

Do take a moment to visit the Best of Britannia website and find out more about the show, its exhibitors and maybe buy some of their fabulous products, too! To see a full round up of FTCT’s pics from the show, please click here…

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