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Edit: to add, Loakes (also Nothampton made) are really good value too. You can get a lovely pair of Brogues for around £100 from Slaters:

http://www.slaters.co.uk/clothing-brands/loake-shoes

Just be careful: Loakes now make some shoes in India, I unknowingly bought a pair of them.

Quality seems up to scratch, but there's a very strong pattern for outsourcing being the prelude to a severe drop in quality... caveat emptor!

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I'm afraid I would be reluctant to pay UK produced prices for things like shoes, though the locals of Northampton would not thank me for that. You look at top end shoes like Church's at £300 a pair and it isn't really affordable for mere mortals. I would be through a pair of something from Barratts etc. in a week with the cardboard lining and thin soles so usually have to buy something reasonable good from Clarks.

Church's shoes look quite cheap compared to John Lobb (UK) - their prices start at £2960 + VAT :blink:

http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/main/pricelist.htm

Mind you, they are unique to you and are entirely hand-made in the UK - which takes six months!

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Church's shoes look quite cheap compared to John Lobb (UK) - their prices start at £2960 + VAT :blink:

http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/main/pricelist.htm

Mind you, they are unique to you and are entirely hand-made in the UK - which takes six months!

They last a lifetime, if not several, apparently. Prince Charles has worn the same pair since 1972.

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Just be careful: Loakes now make some shoes in India, I unknowingly bought a pair of them.

Quality seems up to scratch, but there's a very strong pattern for outsourcing being the prelude to a severe drop in quality... caveat emptor!

Thanks for the update DL... apparently shoes in their "L1" range are made in India:

http://www.theshavingroom.co.uk/forum/thread-11831.html

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Those Portillo Great British Train Journeys make you wonder where it's all gone wrong.

He travels round and industry arfter industry was first created in the UK and we sent everything all over the country and world

It all went wrong when Elite - Magnate family company owners lost their way and refused to reinvest in new machinery and tools to compete against totally refitted Japan, USA, Germany/Europe in late 30's and after WW2

Loads of the strikes in shipping/heavy Industry in UK were because workers were being forced to use machines

- Made by the Victorians!

Hugely skilled Blitish workers had zero chance of competing and kept losing orders till they were being subsidised - then vanished.

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Church's shoes look quite cheap compared to John Lobb (UK) - their prices start at £2960 + VAT :blink:

http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/main/pricelist.htm

Mind you, they are unique to you and are entirely hand-made in the UK - which takes six months!

Check the name! :)

http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/catalogue/fullsize_images/Website_shoes_boots/Websiteshoes/Mensshoes/Oxfords/Austeritybrogueoxford/austerity_oxford.htm

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May I ask how often you wear them? I have a pair of Cheaney's (cost about £120) which I have worn for about 13 years. I wear them most days and probably walk about 10 miles a week in them. However I have them resoled and heeled at least once a year which in the UK costs about £40. How do you managed on only one resole? Do you use Blakey's or something?

I've two pairs of Grenson boots , one pair about 18 years old and worn occasionally, another about 10, worn about once a week, both hugely comfortable and in near perfect condition. Laces and polish the only expenses.

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I bought some tiptree brown sauce the other day as it appears BOTH HP and daddies are made in the same factory in the netherlands.

Unfortunately It cost more and actually tasted of BBQ sauce.

Guess i;ll have to brew my own or else go back to stealing satchets from the wetherspoons.

Tried Stokes?

http://www.stokessauces.co.uk/v3/default.aspx?c=1

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Lots if things are being repackaged and claimed to be British. For example the liquid soap by Bayliss and Harding said until mid 2012 made in china on it then suddenly had the union flag and made in Britain on it.

Their site says, "Based in Redditch, our design and development facilities are incorporated within a state of the art, purpose built distribution centre." In other words, made in China (as I'm sure you were thinking).

This subject interests me as I will favour buying British so long as I am not accepting a very inferior product, and it is borne out of a desire to support the economy locally and nationally. Also to reduce unnecessary transportation, being green/less wasteful. However, I think this family is more trying to make a point or want a really tough challenge as a 'project' because the idea of building your own mobile phone and not eating peppercorns seems a bit extreme. It also opens the can of worms as to what materials were imported - steel, oil, jojoba. We've been importing stuff (like peppercorns) for many centuries and it doesn't have to kill the economy. It doesn't even matter that much if the company is foreign owned. For me it's about being able to manufacture goods here at a competitive price and quality for ourselves and export. It will provide jobs and lead to more British owned businesses doing so. We've proven we can design, market and distribute just fine. It's that one piece of the puzzle left to be a more self sufficient country. Down with property prices, down with taxes, and dare I say it down with wages. Deflate the economy.

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They are definitely buying the wrong things, I mean olive oil and peppercorns? Please!

Also that Cornish Earl Grey Tea, they yield about 1kg per year, they make a blend, 1% UK & 99% Indian and then market it as "Cornish-grown tea!"

I think though it is easy, but you have to have a different mindset. Buy a lot less, and spend lots more on quality well chosen items that will last.

Mrs EF has scissors from this company:

http://www.ernestwright.co.uk/

We both use Kent combs etc...

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