2019 marks the 235th year of John Smedley, the oldest and most iconic still manufacturing knitwear factory in the entire world.

On  May 1st 2019, we celebrated the launch of our 235th anniversary exhibition at St James’s Market Pavillion in association with our QEST Scholars and Remy Martin.

Our exhibition is a takeover  as part of London Craft Week, to introduce the partnership with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) – the charity supports the training and education of British craftspeople.

Throughout this partnership we are working together to bring the stories of 10 craftspeople – each of these a QEST Scholar.


Managing Director, Ian Maclean making a speech at our 235 Exhibition (left) and The Struthers, Watchmakers (right).



The event began with our QEST Scholars and VIP Guests viewing the exhibition for the first time, closely followed by canapes and cocktails.


Managing Director, Ian Maclean (8th generation family member) made a speech at the event in recognition of the companies 235th anniversary.

Creative mind behind John Smedley, Jess Mcguire-Dudley, followed Ian in a speech of the events taking place in recognition of this special anniversary, about our QEST ambassadors and much more ahead for the company.

Visit our exhibition until March 2020 held at –

St James’s Market Pavilion

11 St Alban’s St

St. James’s



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