Spent a really enjoyable and educational day touring the Carrington fabrics site in Preston yesterday.

Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd is the largest supplier of workwear and technical fabrics in the U.K, and one of the market leaders in Europe. They specialise in designing and developing fabrics across a wide spectrum of end uses, including military camouflage prints, which I found particularly fascinating.

Until you see the whole process, from the raw cotton material coming in to the finished fabric coming out, you can’t imagine just what goes into creating the clothes we wear, from the manufacturing process itself to the chemistry involved in fixing the dye to the cotton.

My pics don’t do this place justice, I shot hundreds of images but unfortunately my camera’s playing up so very few came out, my original intention being to document the entire process from goods in to finished fabric shipping out the other end. Oh well, always next time…


I’ve always been a big fan of Carhartt going back to the early 90’s, their clothing being adopted by many US pro skaters due to its hard wearing nature and cheap price points (rip off Britain of course swaps the $ for a ¬£, not such a bargain over here as ever…)

At first I probably assumed it was a skate brand such was it’s popularity back then (along with other US workwear brands like Dickies). Now I work in the workwear market I know far more about the brands history, adding more respect and a greater appreciation for the brand and its long rich heritage.

This week sees the release of the 4th volume of their Brand Book, highlighting the Fall/Winter 2010 Collection, including the A.P.C. collaboration (APC being another of my fave brands it’s a great partnership for me). Film director Matthieu Kassowitz also gets an extensive feature in the magazine.