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Buttress and Snatch handmade ethical lingerie – we have been making Great British underwear since the turn of the century.
Fair trade and ethical
Unlike most fashion brands we don’t outsource our production. Everything you see here is made individually, by hand in our exciting and vibrant Hackney workshops. This means that nothing is standardised for mass manufacture. It means nothing is wasted. It means a personal approach to making your work, women are not standardised! It means it takes time, costs more to buy and we don’t earn a big margin so it’s a genuine fair trade for everyone. We have over 20 years experience and can make you almost anything you want in your own size with care and humanity. We work alongside and in collaboration with professionals in sportswear, shoes, film costume, circus, props, upholstery and print. We are a community of makers with an arts and crafts ethos of upholding manual skills, interesting design, quality of workmanship and quality of life.
It has been our great joy over the years to lift the bosoms and cover the behinds of many great as well as famous ladies; Madonna, Beth Ditto, Kate Moss, Christina Aguilera, Isabella Blow, Neneh Cherr,y Nicola Roberts, Bond girl Eva Green as well as every kind of Show Girl.
All Buttress and Snatch underwear and swimwear is produced entirely in the UK from only the finest materials. We source everything we can from British companies and take great joy in finding and incorporating vintage treasures. These range from antique Nottingham laces to quirky retro printed silks and cottons.
We take an old fashioned pride in our workmanship and every care and attention to detail is taken every bow hand-tied and every bead hand-stitched. We place a strong emphasis on good fit and have developed our shapes over years of working closely with bespoke customers. We can custom make our styles in larger cup sizes please contact us directly for details.
Handmade in Hackney by hardworking girls
All Buttress and Snatch swimwear and lingerie is custom made to order in our workshops in Hackney, London.
We don’t hold stock, we cut out and make your things especially for you. Everything is made with individual care and attention with you in mind every step of the way. It takes longer.
It’s miserable for anyone to sew hundreds of the same seams everyday for no thanks and bad pay so we don’t do it that way.
There’s more to life than margins.
We dont dull down our styles or cut corners to make things cheaper for mass production. It costs a bit more to do it this way but it means we can make all sorts of different styles and sizes. We can also pay great attention to detail in the making. It also means we dont create any waste. We enjoy our work and you get quality craftsmanship. Everybody wins.
We buy all our materials from UK suppliers and do all we can to support UK manufacture every step of the way.
We firmly believe in British manufacture it is desperately important that we don’t lose the skills in making. Skills that we in Britain have been proud of for generations. We have provided internships and training for many keen learners over the years.
We make almost all of our work in our studio in The Politi Turkish Delight Factory in Hackney, London. Many of the original Turkish delight tins from the building’s heyday are still in our stock room. On special request, we can package your underwear in one of these tins.
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