Monday, 21 November 2011
Fox Brothers Week - The Merchant Fox
Fox Brothers Week at The Tweed Pig
Welcome to the first post in a very special week at The Tweed Pig. As you may have guessed from the title, we'll be dedicating the week to Fox Brothers, the world-renowned West Country cloth manufacturer, which was established in 1772 and is probably best known for creating flannel. Come with us now, as we start our Fox Brothers journey and get to know this wonderful British company a little better. Thanks to Fox Brothers for all their help in putting our week together.
Fox Brothers Launches The Merchant Fox
After 200-plus years of manufacturing and supplying the finest flannel and worsted cloths, Fox Brothers recently launched The Merchant Fox range of products made in the UK. Through The Merchant Fox, they now design and sell a range of products, including furnishing, accessories and clothes. The products are created in collaboration with a countrywide network of British craftsmen and manufacturers.
Just look at those slippers above. Fox Brothers Russell Check cloth outside, satin inside, and leather sole. Hand-made on a traditional last by traditional shoemakers in Norwich, England.
And what about that dressing gown below...
Lovely Dressing Gown
Appropriately, many of the items available from The Merchant Fox incorporate Fox Brothers cloth in some way. Take the Chalk Windowpane Dressing Gown (below), which is created in collaboration with gown masters Budd Shirtmakers of Piccadilly Arcade, Mayfair, London.
Sold to order, Budd creates the gown in a Fox lambswool flannel to create something cosily tactile yet elegant. Budd, who have been cutting shirts for over a hundred years, fashion the gown with a shawl collar and deep pockets, which are handy for holding all your essentials - a bag of humbugs, perhaps, or an Agatha Christie novel. H'm maybe that could be a feature - What do you keep in your dressing gown pockets?