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A Brief History of John Smedley
The Marcus crew neck jumper is everything we have come to expect from the world’s oldest factory; from its strong knitted merino wool construction, to its soft, snug texture, but why take our word for it when you can try it for yourself? For a chance to win this inimitable piece of knitwear, make your way through the brief history of what makes John Smedley the knitwear brand to be wearing this year and answer a simple question based on what you have read (full details of the competition will be explain at the bottom of the article).
In 1803 Peter Nightingale passed away and full control was given to the Smedley family where it has since resided, continuing to produce world leading knitwear products with their iconic designs which have spanned centuries.
As was then and still is now, the knitwear juggernauts are a family company which have seen multiple visits from the royal family, various collaborations with the world’s leading designers and four generations of owners all named ‘John Smedley’.
In recent years the brand’s pursuit of quality was finally recognised, when Queen Elizabeth II presented John Smedley with the Royal Warrant of Appointment as a ‘Manufacturer of Fine Knitwear’. This has not affected the brand, however, as the quest for perfection is the main driving force behind the company and until this unreachable feat is met, they will continue working to excel.
From the moment the raw materials are gathered to the production of the actual garments themselves, John Smedley products undergo vigorous testing and quality inspections to ensure the high standards of the brand are met. With such attention to detail it’s no surprise that a single piece of John Smedley knitwear can take up to a year to produce and though this may seem excessive, the brand is well aware that to create something timeless, time must be taken.
John Smedley Men's Made In England Marcus Crew Neck Merino Sweater - Eastwood Beige
John Smedley Men's Made In England Marcus Crew Neck Merino Sweater - Indigo