NEW Selvedge Denim Aprons

We’ve just launched our latest hand made in England products. Beating things (carefully, not violently) is a key part of the process using cloth from Europe, leather from England with brass and copper fittings from old Blighty too.

 

We have gone to a lot of trouble to keep sourcing our materials and artisan craftmanship within the British Isles. This was our initial intention, and it has strengthened over the past few years. It’s difficult to make things in the UK. Costs are high and skills are rare so even the raw materials such as denim are scarce. Luckily, we have found (very) local makers of our denim wears, leather and even cast brass fittings. These are truly hand made in England.

 

 

 

Design

 

We are used to what makes a good pair of jeans or a jacket, so we asked the experts about what makes a great apron; those people who work in them. Our chefs, waiters and mixologists all gave their valuable input for an ‘all-rounder’ that looks and works as good on the floor as behind the BBQ.

We opted for a classic style apron with a large split front pocket, breast pocket and towel loop on the waist. There are two lengths, medium and long, with two strap sizes for front or back tying. We brought this together with hand made copper rivets and our classic jeans labelling.

 

Our Denim

Our mission is to make a strong, supple apron that will wear well and be comfortable. We use premium selvedge raw denim in 10.5 oz weight that gives a great fall. The selvedge runs either side of our wide apron giving it a truly unique look. As it’s wider than some aprons at 30 ½ inches it also gives great protection.

As with traditional selvedge the weft-face (the back) is a contrasting grey which will give a great fade.

 

The Build

Our aprons are hand made by our Cheshire seamstress. The large, split pocket front pocket and breast pocket are double stitched for longevity, then hand riveted for strength. Each solid copper rivet is hand cut and beaten, not just fed into a machine. This makes every piece properly unique.

The straps are double stitched for extra strength.

 

Stitching

An apron has to withstand constant use or long-term storage between use, usually hanging. Ours are a tool that can be used and used, just keeping getting better with fade. Our double stitching has to give strength, so we use the highest quality core spun sewing thread. This is a single core pf polyester thread surrounded by dual cotton threads wrapped around it to give weight and durability.

 

Riveting

The key stress areas need to be strong, and why not look good too? Our solid copper rivets are hand cut and beaten to give a textured, peened finish that is in every way unique. They are not just fed into a machine by someone. They are properly hand made so in every way each piece is unique.

 

 

 

Strapping

An apron needs to stay put, comfortably. Our superior pure cotton straps are woven in England to a herringbone pattern in a heavier gauge than is common, so the straps keep tied and keep flat.

The waist straps are long enough to tie around the front in the long form or can be tied at the back in short form. The removable neck strap is adjustable with brass or nickel buckles from our Midlands foundry supplier. The leather is strong and supple to allow wearing all day.

 

Fittings

Any work tool must have the best fittings and we have found the very best. The copper rivets, brass and nickel fittings all come from a family-owned foundry in the Walsall, established in 1832, who are By Appointment Royal Warrant holders. They are in many cases hand cast and finished guaranteeing strength and another element of uniqueness.

 

 

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