A Retiring Glance At Trade – Past, Present And Future
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Discover the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into creating luxury fine gauge men’s and women’s knitwear and accessories – all made in
As part of emita’s winter programme of events, we are pleased to offer our members the opportunity to visit John Smedley’s factory at Lea Mills in Matlock.
John Smedley Ltd is a family owned business which was founded in 1784 and still stands on the same site today some 226 years later, making them the world’s oldest manufacturing company still in production.
In its early days, the mill specialised in producing muslin and spinning cotton to send out to local cottages with hand frame looms. By the end of the 18th century, the company had extended its activities to include knitting and hosiery manufacture.
Today John Smedley is known for creating ultra-fine 30-gauge knitwear which can only be produced by using the very best natural fibres. Each sweater takes approximately 7 weeks to produce and consists of more than 3 miles of the finest yarn and around 1.2 million stitches.
Export sales account for more than 70% of John Smedley’s business with garments being exported to boutiques and department stores in over 40 countries throughout the world.
Join us on Thursday 6 January for a factory tour which is steeped in history and will provide an insight into how the company has used new technology alongside machinery which has been in operation for more than 50 years, to produce the highest quality knitwear.
10h00 Guided tour of factory
12h00 Tour ends with opportunity to browse around the Mill Shop
12h30 Discussion and Q&A on John Smedley’s export activity with
Jamie Tunnicliffe, Export Manager
13h00 Lunch and close
Interested in attending? Then book today as our hosts can only accommodate a limited number of guests. Bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.