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John Smedley

John Smedley is one of the longest reigning businesses in fashion since their founding in 1784 – over two centuries ago! Due to their expertise and many years in the fashion and knitwear business they know exactly what the customer wants and needs and provide it at the most affordable prices on the market. The John Smedley knitwear brand is always ahead of their time by manufacturing in unprecedented ways and always interpreting new technology to speed up and improve the quality of their attire.

The brand began just 13 years after the first water-powered spinning mill was developed and John Smedley began the original mill in Lea Mills. In 1825 the second John Smedley took over and decided to introduce knitting, spinning and manufacturing to the company using raw materials. From this the company was transformed and machinery was added. The John Smedley knitwear brand was one of the initial knitwear companies and installed one of the first ever fully fashioned knitting machines. They then decided to manufacture John Smedley underwear and outerwear.

Due to their brand finding a niche in the market they developed on this and have since received a vast range of customers. The brand came highly acclaimed in that specific time and still holds its legacy of excellent clothing today. Since the birth of the company they have expanded dramatically with their first ranges of nightwear and swimwear hitting the market in the 1930s. Polo shirts were introduced in 1932 and are still extremely common to this day.

John Smedley has collaborated with some of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th and 21st Century such as Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Comme des Garcon. The brand has gained experience within many different sectors of fashion and continues to impress the public with their comfortable designs.

This particular brand is also influenced and commonly associated with the up-rise of the mods in the 60s and 70s and their clothing can be often described as modern mod fashion. View a brilliant collection of John Smedley knitwear and John Smedley polo shirts from Life Clothing at affordable prices.