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 - I wouldn’t have it any other way!
From the Bold & Beautiful patterns, designed in Manchester, the super-soft organic cotton interlock printed in the Midlands, to all the printed blankets sewn in North Wales & the luxurious & cosy soft lambswool blankets knitted in Scotland & of course not forgetting all the other products that are sewn by me, at tullibee towers. The only stumbling block was getting a fabulous organic cotton jersey from the UK, this has been really tough! So for now I am 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, I am working with suppliers who know their stuff – experts in their fields to get all the little details just right – people I trust to do a great job!
Tullibee products are never going to be the cheapest because I want to offer a small & perfectly formed range of products that are beautiful, sustainable & locally produced & that doesn't come cheap.
A whole lot of money could be saved if I were to manufacture 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 partner factories at the drop of a hat, working with them to develop the best products for you the customer & then knowing 100% of the range is being manufactured in the UK makes me do regular jumps for joy! I am therefore a very proud member of Made in Britain & Make it British.
In a very very small way I know I am 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 & I am very lucky to have a fantastic relationship with each & every one. I also get to enjoy the development & making process, sewing a large proportion of the range myself, I know the exact attention to detail that has gone into each & every piece. I hope it is just as rewarding for my customers to buy products that are locally produced & handmade with such care.
With limited quantities of all tullibee products being produced, I 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.