Thrift+ was founded to make the charity shopping experience as good as the best online clothes retailers, ensuring fewer clothes end up in landfill. Our founder, Joe Metcalfe, left his job in 2014 with the mission of bringing charity shops online. In 2015, he built & launched the UK's first Click & Collect app for high street charity shops. In 2017, Thrift+ was born, and we’ve been growing ever since. We’re building the best online shopping experience for second-hand clothes while making it easy for individuals and brands to re-sell unwanted items and give them a new life. At the same time, they also raise important funds for charity. Sales of second hand clothes are predicted to over take sales of new clothes in the next few years, and we want to accelerate that journey by working alongside brands & retailers. Thrift+ is our way to help clean up the fashion industry, bring the fun back to buying new clothes, and create a circular economy that reduces waste and builds a more sustainable future.
The destination for luxury recommerce, Hewi boasts an expert curation of brands and an unparalleled commitment to customer service for buyers and sellers alike. A forerunner in resale, since its inception in 2012 the platform has pioneered and paved the way for pre-owned fashion, revolutionising the industry in building a circular economy that's now leading global conversation and urgent change in how the world shops luxury. "We knew it was a good idea from the start", says Tatiana Wolter-Ferguson, Hewi's chief executive officer, who founded the company with her mother, Sharon, and sister, Natalya. "We were moving from the south of France to the U.K., we were going through our wardrobes, deciding what we should and shouldn't keep and we kept telling each other, "I've hardly ever worn this - sell it," she explains, adding, "Other people were taking storage units, additional home space or even new houses for these wardrobes. Because of the quality of these pieces, it was never stock that was going to end up in landfill, so we wanted to create this safe space where members could benefit - and profit - from giving their pre-loved fashion a new lease of life." Headquartered in Mayfair in the heart of London, Hewi also offers a VIP service to sellers from the worlds of fashion, film, and royalty, helping them to manage their wardrobes and decide what to sell on. The business has become a global brand, recently collaborating with Sotheby's to create its first ever luxury handbag and accessories auction; and partnering with Vogue to host a sale of items from the wardrobes of 23 supermodels including Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid with proceeds going to charity. Combining digital innovation with unequalled sartorial expertise and bespoke customer service, Hewi honours brands and empowers people to drive fashion forward for good. It's All Good.
The guitarwrist is a not-for-profit company. 100% of the profits from each sale go to the Artist’s charity of choice. The guitarwrist make bespoke bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings from artists used guitar strings and plectrums, all hand made in the UK by Emma Hedley Jewellery and Breakbeat Jewellery. These items have both an emotional and physical connection to the Artist and fan. Around 95% of the components from the strings we receive will be used to create the jewellery pieces, thus reducing the amount of strings metal that normally ends up in landfill. Their history start back in 200, when his founder took time out to look at more ethical and social enterprise ventures. One of the things he noticed was that guitar strings and consumables were one of the biggest expenses to artists yet once they were used they were just discarded and binned. To make matters worse, he found that virtually all used guitar strings ended up in landfill. Yes, some bits were recycled, but the vast majority weren’t. So the initial idea came about of The guitarwrist which is to get artists to donate their used guitar strings to their where they can turn these into amazing pieces of jewellery that have both an emotional and a physical connection with a great guitarist or bassist and the fan! This idea bumbled along, and other projects got in the way, but a couple of years ago his founder re-ignited the idea and contacted a number of guitarists, and they all loved the idea, especially as they’ve worked on the model so that the profits from the sale of the bracelets, rings and necklaces go to the Artist’s charity of choice. The guitarwrist also spent time researching what the fans wanted and how best to help the charities and who could produce the products.
Born and raised in England, Penelope Chilvers originally trained as a painter at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, and was granted a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, to complete an MA at Complutense University in Madrid. Her love affair with Spain and local craftsmanship began long before. As a child, she spent every school holiday in the province of Girona, where she first came across rustic, handmade alpargatas. She has been trying to make the perfect raw edged, bullhide moccasin that only exists in her childhood memories ever since! Penelope lived for a few years in the city of Barcelona, as a painter and designer, where she collaborated with artists and artisans. She worked with woodturners, designed for the textile industry and worked on interesting projects e.g. the restoration of the Picasso Museum. While living in Barcelona, she enjoyed riding in her lunch break in the national park of Collserola in the hills above the city, wearing traditional Spanish riding boots. She pursued the idea of bringing the Spanish riding boot to England and commissioned a small number of traditional artisans in the hills of Spain to make the perfect equestrian boot – our Long Tassel boot - to her own specifications. This boot remains a firm favourite in the collection, most famously worn back in 2004 by Prince William’s then girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, continues to wear her boots to this day, most recently on a royal engagement in County Durham to visit Manor Farm. Having returned to the UK, Penelope began to work from her kitchen table, selling over 100 pairs of the Long Tassel Boot in a short space of time to a leading fashion boutique in Notting Hill, called The Cross. From that moment on, she got to work, designing her first comprehensive collection to launch at Paris Fashion Week in 2004. The collection has since grown to include iconic styles, such as the Incredible Boot, our highly sought after après ski boot, the crepe soled Neon Safari boot and a solid offer of Goodyear welted outdoor boots and footwear for experience and adventure.
In 1796, with the birth of his first son, also named Thomas, Thomas made the move to Wigston Magma where he went into business as a hand frame knitter, commonly known back then as a “bag man”. In total, Thomas had two children, Thomas (1796) and William (1797), who later went on to run the business. Every step from the very first design to the finishing stitch has, and will always be, executed here in the UK. We can control everything about the garment production from start to finish and we have a close working relationship with the team at our Manchester based factory. We offer something a bit different, something special and we want our customers to be excited about where their clothing comes from. “90% of clothing that we buy in Britain is outsourced when it comes to production in order to cut costs as much as possible, but this often means sacrifices in the brands' sustainability as well as in the quality of the garment produced…” We always start the design process with a few core themes in mind; Functionality, adaptability and a play on tradition. It is important that our clothes span seasons and that you are investing in a wardrobe staple that you will love for years to come, so the highest quality materials are essential. Our designs stand up to the elements but transition perfectly to suit an urban environment, making them adaptable for both city living and country breaks. When you’ve been around as long as we have, you get a clear sense of what determines a piece of clothing a ‘classic’, We take these classics and play with the structure, colourways and detail to make them fresh and contemporary. Our knitwear factory is situated in Manchester, but our offices and headquarters have resided in Bristol for the last 10 years. The team have settled into a new office and showroom in Montpelier, a vibrant and bustling area just North of Bristol city-centre which is well worth a visit if you stop by, have a coffee and peruse the latest range.
Peacock's Penny Bazaars established 1884... Albert Frank Peacock founded the company in Warrington, Cheshire in 1884; a true Victorian Penny Bazaar selling anything and everything. His founding principle of value helped Peacocks develop a successful business that continued to grow throughout the twentieth century. In 1940, Albert's son, Harold, moved the business to its current home in Cardiff. Growing into clothes... During the following years, Peacocks continued to establish itself as a value-for-money retailer. From the mid 1990s onward, Peacocks experienced significant development and growth and a greater emphasis on fashion, which helped to propel the brand to even greater success in today's market.
Hawthorn is one of the UK’s leading clothing manufacturers, at the forefront of concept design, prototype innovation and full scale production; producing and distributing clothing of the highest quality to small and medium-sized fashion brands. From our central London headquarters, we are perfectly positioned to stay on top of the latest trends in the ever-changing world of fashion. We work closely with you to help convey these trends in your clothing collections. We have strategically placed manufacturing facilities across the globe, which gives us the capability to be able to produce items at both low quantities and bulk alike. As a result of constant innovation, Hawthorn is proud to offer industry leading minimum order quantities for the production of custom clothing. Regardless of order quantity, Hawthorn are clothes manufacturers committed to providing exceptional products which meet the high expectations of our customers.
Since 2010, from a barn in the countryside, a small dedicated group of people (by which we mean ourselves) have scoured the British fashion world, gathering the very best pieces by emerging designers of all ages and made them available to lucky, lucky you. A global destination store focusing entirely upon the best and brightest of our homegrown fashion designers. A world stage where our most talented young people can strut their immensely wonderful stuff. New designers can sometimes find themselves stocked by amazing retailers from the likes of Topshop to the formidable Matches Fashion, Net-a-Porter, Selfridges and a smattering of gorgeous boutiques the land over. But there was no single retailer purely representing designers based here in the United Kingdom. Until YBD. There is just something about being a young British designer. It's about pushing boundaries, breaking rules that really shouldn't be broken, risking everything in pursuit of your dreams. It's about creating brands that aren't homogenous, that do not appeal to everyone but are deeply meaningful to those they do resonate with. It's because our young designers are so world leading, so wholly passionate and dedicated to the cause that we are delighted to dedicate ourselves to them. Some are names you may have heard of, some will be outrageously brand new to the world. All of them have created the most uniquely designed collections. Discover them first. Right here.
Sunspel is a British heritage brand with a contemporary approach. We have been handcrafting garments in the UK for over 160 years, building a global reputation for uncompromising quality, timeless design and luxury fabrics. We create clothes that will last and we use natural, organic and recyclable materials whenever we can. We have a strong sense of tradition, history and craft, but we do not rely on the past. We use it to shape the future. Sunspel makes beautiful, everyday clothing that forms the foundation of the modern luxury wardrobe. We believe in making clothes with care. We care about where we source our materials from, the people we work with, and the quality of everything we do. Sunspel produced the world’s first luxury T-shirts in the late nineteenth century and introduced the boxer short to the UK in 1947, making British design history. Our unique Riviera polo shirt provided the look for Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale. Our other icon products include the men’s loopback sweatshirt and boxer short.
Mamnick is the road that leaves Hope valley and ascends Mam Tor, deep within the splendor of the Peak District. 'The Peaks' is one of the most picturesque locations in Britain. Mamnick is a brand inspired by this scenery, which is on the door-step of where our manufacturing takes place. From day one I have been passionate about our manufacturing process and I am proud to say that the majority of the Mamnick inventory is manufactured in South Yorkshire. I tip my hat to my Grandad Eric Barnett every time I work with steel. He was a man who spent his entire working life within the famous Sheffield steel industry and lived only six miles away from the factory in the mining town of Rotherham, with his wife of 70 years, Emily Barnett. Many of our products are made by people only a stone's throw away from the road that my Grandad and I grew-up on. A family community where every weave and stitch has a story. It's this family of people, with their craft and workmanship, that make us who we are. It's nice to work so closely with manufactures that share the same feelings towards Britain's manufacturing heritage, and I'm grateful to them - if they weren't willing to help, then Mamnick would be little more than a logo in my head.
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. It was established in 1942. In 1948 the UK's first charity shop was opened. In 2011 Oxfam was chosen as the Charity of the Year for the Virgin London Marathon. More than 350 runners join our team and raise thousands of pounds for Oxfam projects around the globe. Today, 23,000 amazing volunteers run 650 shops nationwide. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and we can end it for good.
In 1864 J Hepworth & Son, Gentleman’s Tailors is established in Leeds, England. Then in 1981 Hepworth buys the chain of Kendalls rainwear shops to develop a womenswear group of stores called NEXT. The first NEXT womenswear store opened on 12th February 1982 which grew to 71 stores by the end of July, Next for Men was launched in August and grew to 52 stores by December. Over the years, Next introduced home interiors and children's wear. In 2013 NEXT began trades online in more than 70 countries worldwide. Our NEXT Platform draws on all our assets – stores, warehouses, delivery networks, systems, marketing, credit facilities – to create a powerful aggregation business selling hundreds of third-party clothing and home brands alongside our own NEXT merchandise. In the UK, the scale of our Online business, supported by our store network and strong relationships with partner brands, enables NEXT to offer a broad product range to satisfy consumer demand for choice.
Anyone can be a Heritage Ambassador. Help take our past into the future. Spread the word and generate revenue. Make heritage your business and earn with your passion for art and culture. ArtAcadia.org is an umbrella organization for everything pertaining to our heritage and respective cultures. Providing a platform for Heritage Ambassadors, to help take our past into the future. We are a passionate community that is compiling a comprehensive global directory and cultural map. Facilitating networking, training, work opportunities, events and marketplace.