Since the beginning of 2020, John Lewis tells us, the search for 'made in the UK' has tripled on their website, demonstrating the trend that we had already noticed: that shoppers are increasingly looking to buy locally-sourced products.
So, while you might think about John Lewis as quintessentially British already, you may not be quite aware of the UK brands and people behind their locally-made products – those companies large and small, John Lewis say, who continue to invest in their artistry and belong to a country-wide network of makers creating lasting designs.
'Our Made in the UK edit is a chance to shine a spotlight on the beautiful craftsmanship created in the UK behind the products that we sell at John Lewis,' comments Nicola Waller, Partner & Head of Home Furnishings. 'We hope by shining a light on them, we can aspire and nurture further collections for the future and highlight locally produced products to our customers. The edit is a real chance to celebrate UK makers across a wide range of products.'
Let us give you a guided tour: from their own brand wallpaper and textiles to branded lighting and pottery, there are lots of stories to tell. You can – by the way – find all our best-of buying guides and shopping stories on our dedicated page, or simply scroll to see the John Lewis edit.
- Hop to John Lewis' Made in the UK collection (opens in new tab) to browse the buys.on their website
1. Made in the UK pouffes and beanbags at John Lewis
2. Made in the UK lighting by John Lewis
Tom Raffield Urchin Pendant Ceiling Light, £285 (opens in new tab)
Handmade in Cornwall, with the smallest ecological footprint possible, Tom Raffield creates sculptural lighting using traditional techniques and modern technology. The light shown above is just one of the lights from Tom; it is inspired by the empty shells of the Sea Urchin 'Echinus esculentus', a creature who inhabits the Cornish coast line. It is made from steam-bent strips of sustainably sourced oak.
3. Made in the UK tableware by John Lewis
(opens in new tab)Denby has been making pottery in Derbyshire since 1809. The clay is locally sourced with a minimal carbon footprint and 55 tonnes of raw clay is recycled each year. They are dedicated to sustainability and all of their packaging is recyclable. The latest range is all beautiful natural, pinkish hues. We love it.
4. Made in the UK wallpapers at John Lewis
Wallpapers in Made in the UK collection (opens in new tab)
All John Lewis wallpapers are printed in the UK – in Loughborough or Wales – using traditional printing techniques. This one is called Pagoda (opens in new tab) and is a painterly interpretation of a Chinoiserie-style print.
5. Made in the UK textiles at John Lewis
Made in the UK textiles (opens in new tab)
Based in Darwen, Lancashire, Herbert Parkinson is John Lewis' factory, crafting everything from made-to-measure curtains (opens in new tab) and bespoke duvets (opens in new tab) to ready-made cushions (opens in new tab) and blinds (opens in new tab). It is, says John Lewis, a celebration of UK design, quality and craftsmanship.
Lucy Searle has written about interiors, property and gardens since 1990, working her way around the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-nineties. She was Associate Editor on Ideal Home, and Launch Editor of 4Homes magazine, before moving into digital in 2007, launching Channel 4's flagship website, Channel4.com/4homes. In 2018, Lucy took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. She was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where she has also taken on the editorship of the magazine.
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