As many of you will know I am all for promoting handmade items and products made right here in the United Kingdom, so as soon as I found out about 'The Second Floor Collective' project I knew I simply had to share it with you here on Seek My Scribbles.
There was a time when the manufacturing industry here in Britain was one of the very best in the world. We are certainly not short of talent or afraid of putting in hard work! Unfortunately over the last few decades the industry has experienced a decline as more and more companies outsource their manufacturing work to places like China, where the cost of labour is much cheaper.
The Second Floor Collective is made up of a group of businesses who manufacture high quality, luxury products and accessories here in the United Kingdom. The like-minded, yet diverse group of people met at the Best of British exhibition, held earlier this year and decided it was about time something was done to promote the wonderful talent we have here in Britain and show that our manufacturing industry is still alive and kicking. The Second Floor Collective is made up of Dribble Buster, Helen Gordon, Hype, Magties, Sara C, The Cambridge Raincoat Company, Lilifi, White Dove & Wonder and Yull. They manufacture a wide range of products from childrenswear to home accessories, luxury luggage and fashionable clothing.
As well as creating a website and Facebook page to showcase their products and promote 'Made in Britain' The Second Floor Collective have also produced a gift guide full of their wonderful products. The images are above are some of my favourite products featured in the gift guide. I particularly love the green raincoat from The Cambridge Raincoat Company - I don't think I've ever seen one so beautiful!
There are so many reasons why we consumers here in the UK should support our country's manufacturing industry. Not only will it boost the economy and create jobs, but it will also keep true skill and talent alive in the UK.
If you are looking for the perfect gifts to give this Christmas, take a look at the Made in Britain gift guide from The Second Floor Collective, I am certain you will fall in love with the lovely products you find.