Made in Britain
I'm soooo enormously proud to be able to say that pretty much all materials used to manufacture the tullibee range are British made - we wouldn’t have it any other way!
From our Bold & Beautiful patterns, designed in Manchester, our super-soft organic cotton interlock printed in the Midlands, to all the garments & bedding sewn in North Wales & the luxurious & cosy lambswool blankets knitted in Scotland. The only stumbling block we have found is getting a fabulous organic cotton jersey from the UK has been really tough so for now we are working directly with a wonderful supplier in Portugal - if cotton would grow in our slightly cooler climate then maybe this would be easier!!
Right from the initial glimmer of an idea, developing the tullibee range in the UK was a must. Having worked closely with many good & a few bad factories over the years, you soon realise that you are only as good as the people you work with. I knew it wouldn’t be an easy choice to manufacture in the UK, but also knew when I found the right partners it would be so rewarding.
With incredibly high standards for quality, safety & attention to detail it is imperative that our manufacturers can rise to the challenge. So, we are working with suppliers who know their stuff – experts in their fields to get all the little details just right – people we trust to do a great job!
We are never going to be the cheapest because we want to offer a small & perfectly formed range of products that are beautiful, sustainable & locally produced & that doesn't come cheap.
I know that we could save a whole lot of money if we manufactured overseas but the benefits of easier communication, better visibility, accessibility & supporting UK manufacturing far outweigh any potential savings in my eyes. I am confident that the quality will speak for itself & when you buy a tullibee product you will see the difference.
Knowing where absolutely everything is from, is a must for tullibee & manufacturing in the UK makes this possible. Being able to visit all our partner factories at the drop of a hat, working with them to develop the best products for our customers & then seeing 100% of our range being manufactured in the UK makes us do regular jumps for joy! We are therefore very proud members of Made in Britain & Make it British.
In our very very small way we know we are supporting UK businesses & helping to bring a little more textile manufacturing back to Britain.
On a very personal note, there is something so exciting about being able to work closely with the printing, knitting & sewing experts on a daily basis & are very lucky to have a fantastic relationship with each & every one. I hope it is just as rewarding for our customers to buy products that are locally produced.
With limited quantities of all our products being produced, we like to keep track of each & every one of them, so when you receive your order each product will carry a unique Made in Britain reference number.