Retail expert Mary Portas recently fronted a programme titled Mary's Bottom Line in which she attempted to revive the UK's manufacturing industry by reopening an underwear factory in Manchester. There were tears and multiple set backs but Mary's Midas touch proved infallible and Kinky Knickers was launched. Each pair of knickers are 'handcrafted by local apprentices trained in lace-making techniques' and they are made using 'authentic Nottingham lace'. The biggest concern for Mary was the retail price. Women in Britain often buy underwear from shops like Primark whose ridiculously low prices have warped consumer expectations of how much garments should cost. Factoring in the cost of materials, labor and shipping with the necessity for a good profit margin, it's quite likely that knickers that cost £2 are the end product of exploitative labor and bad quality manufacturing. Kinky Knickers cost £10 a pair. This may seem expensive for the generation that has embraced disposable fashion, however, Kinky Knickers has proven that many Britons have common sense and realise that quality, more expensive knickers will probably survive longer than numourous pairs of inexpensive tat. It appears that the company is doing well dispite it's higher than high street price point. It is currently stocked in Marks & Spencers, Asos, John Lewis, Selfridges and Liberty with stock 'continuing to fly off the shelves faster than we can make them!'
The cut of the Topman jackets are modern and sleek. I'd love to add one to my ever expanding collection but if like me you don't have £150 to spare, get vintage shopping. I picked up a beautiful Harris tweed jacket originally from BHS for £12 about a year ago, still in perfect condition despite it no doubt being older than me.