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John Smedley’s Ian Maclean chats with winning student, Georgia Alligan from Derby University

The Campaign for Wool’s Wool Week launches this year with the return of its much-loved Student Design Competition. 2020’s year-long competition brings together leading brands and retailers with Universities across the UK, who challenged students to create an innovative and exciting product made out of wool.

In this film you see John Smedley’s Managing Director Ian Maclean chat with their selected winner for The Campaign for Wool’s Student Design Competition , Georgia Alligan from Derby University

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John Smedley winning student design, Georgia Alligan from Derby University unisex jumper being knitted at Lea Millls, Matlock

The Campaign for Wool’s Wool Week launches this year with the return of its much-loved Student Design Competition. 2020’s year-long competition brings together leading brands and retailers with Universities across the UK, who challenged students to create an innovative and exciting product made out of wool.

Brands had the opportunity to choose their favourite product. In this film you see John Smedley’s winning student design, Georgia Alligan from Derby University unisex jumper being knitted at Lea Millls, Matlock.

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Where do our suits and knitwear come from?

We’re very proud at Gabucci of the clothes we sell, whether produced for us or from brands like John Smedley and we are particularly proud of how they are made.

It’s important that natural materials are used and clothes are produced sustainably and with as little impact on the environment as possible. Key to this is the humble sheep, key to much of Britain’s past wealth and heritage and a familiar site in our local Cotswold hills.

So this video is dedicated to the beginnings of most of our suits and knitwear, the sheep and the start of the process of creating a wool garment.

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We’ve just completed a large expansion our range of John Smedley Merino Wool available online – we’ve also increased the amount of stock in store, please check out what’s new.

We’ve expanded our range of John Smedley Merino Wool available online – check out what’s new.

If you want the finest Merino wool tops then you should be looking at John Smedley and Gabucci for the best range available. Purchase in store or online for quick delivery. To see the expanded range we offer, click here

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John Smedley celebrating British Craftsmanship – Kayo Saito, Goldsmith

John Smedley video about goldsmith Kayo Saito

As a final piece of celebrating 235 years of John Smedley, they ended the year with a look at the brilliant goldsmith, Kayo Saito.

At Gabucci, we fully appreciate the association of British craftsmanship and also the beauty and quality of Kayo Saito’s work.

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John Smedley celebrates 235 years at British Wool Week

Wool Week runs 7th of October 2019 – 20th of October 2019

Wool Week 2019 is a very good opportunity to promote an environmental message about wool being a sustainable natural product with many ecological benefits.

John Smedley are promoting their use of only British wool in the manufacture of their garments. The British designer label is also introducing a new video talking about Alpaca and Guanaco fibres and features a farm in Devon who supply them.

For John Smedley being able to trace the fibres back to the individual animal and herd is at the root of ensuring traceability. This coupled with a desire for maximum sustainability underpins their approach to manufacture and responsible retail.

Values we hold strong here at Gabucci. You can visit us to see the range in Bath, or you purchase though us online as we offer the John Smedley range online.

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John Smedley Wool

Sustainable British Wool - Autumn Winter 2019 John Smedley - from Gabucci Menswear Bath

British wool, sustainability, traceability and reducing environmental impact are hugely important to the brand, so sourcing organic wool from known farmers is an essential part of the product development at John Smedley.

This video from John Smedley is about introducing the world’s finest fibres, starting with British wool.

John Smedley have been committed to sourcing the finest, noble fibres since 1784 and have now introduced their first British Wool collection, featuring Bluefaced Leicester sheep’s wool.

This soft, lustrous wool is one of the finest available in England, and sustainably farmed in Yorkshire, the fibres can be traced to the individual herds, ensuring traceability.

The fibre is then spun in Yorkshire by Laxtons’s Mill who have over 100 years experience in spinning, ensuring the highest quality fibre reaches the craftspeople at John Smedley in Lea Mills, Derbyshire.

British, iconic and sustainable.

It’s this attention to detail and passion for a product that makes our job at Gabucci here in Bath so special.

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John Smedley Autumn Winter 2019

Autumn Winter 2019 John Smedley - from Gabucci Menswear Bath

Described as a love letter to British manufacturing, John Smedley’s Autumn Winter 2019 Collection is inspired …

Taking inspiration from the 2000 film ‘In the Mood for Love’ by Wong Kar-Wai, the film’s highly stylised visuals have informed both the colour palette and the unique patterns developed for this season, with shades of vibrant reds and oranges juxtaposed against a stormy palette of deep blues, greys and purples.

Each colour story depicting the moods of the film such as love, loneliness, desire, yearning, and both the first stages of new love and the last stages of a lost love.

Patterns have been created using the film’s visual cues for yearning and desire such as a lone figure silhouetted within a window frame, a couple walking steps apart along long corridors and stealing glances across stairwells, these cues have been used as inspiration to create intricate jacquards that feature across both the men’s and womenswear collections.

New silhouettes have also been added, with elegance and outfit layering at their core, key pieces such as a double breasted jacket, signature fitted skirt and sleek bomber jackets all form a new focal point for the season’s collection.

The mood of the collection can be visualised through the fashion capsules or through the elevated and contemporary classic stripes, all of which have been designed to work alongside both fashion and the classics as a way to illustrate John Smedley’s ‘Mood for Love’ for the Autumn/Winter 19 season.

Shot on location in our home in Lea Mills. Derbyshire as our very own love letter to British manufacturing.

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235 Years Of British Craftsmanship

235 years of John Smedley - from Gabucci Menswear Bath

Celebrating John Smedley at Gabucci

2019 marks the 235th year of John Smedley, the oldest and most iconic still manufacturing knitwear factory in the entire world.

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235 years of John Smedley - from Gabucci Menswear Bath

In celebration of this great birthday, join us in Bath to view the brand and see for yourself the quality of the knitwear and why it is still so much in demand.