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Glencroft – classic British countrywear made from natural fibres including British wool, Harris Tweed and sheepskin.
Glencroft was established in 1987 by Richard and Justina Sexton as a range of classic British countrywear made from natural fibres including British Wool, Harris Tweed and sheepskin.
Our collection includes knitwear, slippers, jackets, rugs & throws and bags, hats, caps & scarves. Click here to browse our online shop here
Based in a 300 year old converted cow barn in Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We take inspiration from the rural life and stunning scenery that surrounds us, from our Yorkshire style flat caps and warm chunky jumpers, to our 100% British hand finished sheepskin rugs.
To this day we use the same philosophy as when we first started to manufacture our products, responsibly sourcing high quality materials and creating timeless products that last; nothing fancy, just honest, decent clothing, or ‘proper’ as we say in Yorkshire.
A LIFETIME’S EXPERIENCE
Richard has worked in the wool and sheepskin industry since the 1960s and has seen massive changes in British manufacturing over the past 60 years. He remembers when it used to take a week to visit all the different woollen mills across the North of England – we still work with some of the few remaining.
Building for the future
Richard’s son Edward now also runs the business, ensuring we keep to our traditional business values whilst using all the latest modern technology to best serve our customers and keep them warm and cosy in natural materials.
Over 80% of our products are made right here in the UK, many in the same factories by the same people for the past 30 years. The other 20% is made in mainland Europe, again by people and factories that we know, trust and spend time with every year, including gloves and some slippers in Portugal, a country with a long history in sheepskin tanning and manufacturing, and we can also attest to some exceptional wine.
Every British sheepskin rug is hand finished and quality checked by Richard using a steady hand. Where possible we reuse every offcut and waste material – either giving to local people and organisations for free, or using for items such as our sheepskin bobble hats or stuffing our sheepskin poufs.
We indicate on every page where the product is actually made – and this means the whole product manufacture, not just where the product has been designed or finished or where the material came from.
GLENCROFT – WHERE DOES THE NAME COME FROM?
Glen – Although we are based in the Yorkshire Dales we have always had a strong link with Scotland. A large amount of the shops we have supplied for over 30 years are in Scotland, we use Scottish materials where possible including genuine Harris Tweed and many of the products themselves have a distinct Scottish flavour from tartan scarves to woolly jumpers and tweed caps.
We are often told by people visiting Scotland that they discovered a Glencroft label in a shop in the far reaches of the Scottish Highlands and islands. Working with and supporting these small shops has been a core part of our business since we began, and we relish our annual trips to visit them.
Croft – As a small family business based in the idyllic Yorkshire Dales we also hope that ‘Glencroft’ evokes the honest rural lifestyle that is at the heart and soul of our business.
The brand goes back further than us, it was originally registered as a clothing brand in Glasgow in the 1960s, also known as ‘Glencroft of Scotland’, now long defunct.
It was only when we came to register that name in the late 1980s that we were informed of its history and thought it was rather appropriate to take forward into the 21st Century.
Honest – in our dealings with customers and their expectations, and in our communications about our products and our brand.
Decent – having integrity to stand up for what we believe in and developing trust with all we come into contact with.
Proper – we won’t cut corners in the products we manufacture, and we try and make them to the best standards we can using people and companies we know and trust whether that be in Britain or abroad.
Responsible – commitment to our supply chain using responsibly sourced materials and manufacturers both in the UK and abroad, paying people a decent wage. Consideration of the environment and local community in our manufacturing, production and waste.I love the From Britain with Love website – anything that people can do to encourage people to really look at how products are made and sourced is great. We are finding more and more people are really buying into the fact they can buy something that’s properly made, lasts for years and the money goes directly to those who made it.
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