It's the exceptional fineness, luxurious staple length and high tensile strength of John Smedley's Sea Island Cotton that sets it apart from other fibres. We hand-pick the cotton as it matures which maintains its purity and means we avoid using a chemical defoliant. The result is ethically produced, exceptionally soft knitwear that can be worn and washed again and again.
John Smedley has always been an innovative and progressive knitwear manufacturer. We blend the latest technology and age-old craftsmanship to create iconic garments engineered to last. Pieces that set new standards when they were first introduced are still among our bestsellers today. Classic styles and a culture that encourages ideas from all corners of Lea Mills mean we continue to innovate. With each new collection, we build on our reputation by creating the iconic John Smedley pieces of the future.
While manufacturing in England is important to us, so is the provenance of our high quality luxury fibres. We have excellent relationships with our wool growers because we work with them directly We can trace all our wool to the individual sheep stations in New Zealand. We work with local businesses and have partnerships with various other suppliers, including spinners and button suppliers.