John Smedley was founded in 1784 by Peter Nightingale and John Smedley in Lea Mills, Derbyshire. Originally producing muslin, the company expanded into knitting and hosiery by the end of the 18th century, continuing to modernise and innovate with every decade. John Smedley was now running the business alone, but always with his family beside him. The 1960’s saw the development of John Smedley’s signature sweater line, bringing with it more prosperity for the brand and overseas expansion. With such strong heritage behind the brand, John Smedley is now the ‘leader in the production of fine gauge knitwear products’. This notion is solidified by the Royal Warrant of Appointment as a ‘Manufacturer of Fine Knitwear’ in 2013 by Queen Elizabeth II. The history of the brand is honoured today, with each piece still being created in the same English mill as the first of their kind were, by skilled British craftsmen.
A family-owned business, John Smedley retains their principles of creating trusted, quality garments, while continuing to innovate. The highly respected brand produces menswear and womenswear which will last a lifetime, from polo shirts to cardigans to pullovers. These timeless designs provide luxurious staples designed to be worn from one season to the next, in-line with the brand’s commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness. Using first-class materials of woven silk, beautiful cashmere and luscious wool, classic designs are produced with extraordinary attention to detail. Garments in both neutral colour palettes and pops of brights can be found, meaning that there is something to suit everyone. With an exceptional reputation for hundreds of years, John Smedley clothing is sumptuous in material and design, yet refined and understated in cut, proving a lasting piece in any wardrobe. John Smedley has collaborated with many prominent designers over the years, such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, as well as currently working with the British Fashion Industry in collaboration with a variety of excellent British designers to celebrate London Fashion Week.
John Smedley has three stores in London, as well as an online store. They can also be accessed through Selfridges, Liberty, Fenwick and Harrods.