Meet our suppliers making a difference

Whether it's our suppliers drive to support of our mission to be sustainable and reduce our environmental impact, or our support of local crafts, charities and specialisms; we work with some amazing suppliers, and here are just a few we wished to share with you...

Beckford Silk are one few silk printers and dyers still producing local craft in the UK since 1975. It began in 1975 by James and Marthe Gardner, at their home in the centre of their village. Their original idea was to make things, by hand, returning to the cottage industry and the arts and crafts movement. They chose silk as it is a wonderful vehicle for the use of colour, and our scarves showcase that at its best. They expanded when they began working for a large UK based heritage organisation and have been a staple in shops across the heritage industry ever since.

We have worked with them since 2016 to produce one-of-a-kind, hand dyed silk products that you can only find through UKAHT. We are proud to work with such a dedicated and skilled local company like Beckford Silk.

Fine Cell Work enables prisoners to build fulfilling and crime-free lives by training them to do high-quality, skilled and creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem. They can also learn sewing machine and textile production skills in their prison based workshops. Their aim is to allow incarcerated people to finish their sentences with work skills, money earned and saved, and the self-belief to not re-offend. Fine Cell Work has the largest workforce of hand-stitchers in Europe. Last year 4,870 products were made in prisons across the UK. Prisoners spend an average of 24 hours a week crafting finely embroidered cushions, patchwork quilts, a range of contemporary bags and giftware in their cells.

We have been working with Fine Cell Work since 2016. They proved beautiful handcrafted gentoo decorations. We love that we can bring you such a good product and enable people to build their lives back up at the same time.  

Lochcarron has a heritage dating back to 1892, Lochcarron of Scotland is the world’s leading manufacturer of tartan. Proudly made in Scotland by skilled craftsmen and women who design, dye, warp, weave, mend and tailor our Scottish tartans and textiles. A truly global brand with timeless appeal, Lochcarron of Scotland offers a unique authenticity and showcases the very best of Scottish textiles. From kilt to catwalk, Lochcarron of Scotland champions traditional tartan fabric manufacturing whilst continuing to innovate, designing bespoke creations for major international fashion houses.

We have been working closely with Lochcarron since before 2011. They produce many of our Antarctic and Arctic tartan products, which have become a signature of ours. The tartan helps raise awareness of the Polar Regions, as well as looking amazing.

Neutral® is the result of more than 20 years of experience in the conventional textile industry, witnessing a constant pressure for lower prices at the expense of natural and human resources. As a result, founders Lars Bech and Christina Larsen have been dedicated to develop a platform for sustainable clothing, manufactured with true respect for people and planet. In 2008, Neutral® officially became that platform. Having international sustainability standards covering the entire supply chain, the Neutral® business case is built on the highest social, ethical and environmental criteria for clothing production.

This year when renewing our stock, we started selling Neutral® t-shirts and hoodies. Their values match up to ours as we try and do everything as sustainably as we can to preserve the special environment of Antarctica.

SplashMaps was born of frustration. Failing GPS devices and trying to use wet paper maps outdoors are not great user experiences. They have taken their knowledge of mapping, gained from years of experience with mapping agencies and added open map data from the world’s Mapping Agencies and OpenStreetMap to make a product that is entirely designed around you. They a Kickstarter funded, grassroots company who create an ingenious, unique and attractive range of products.

Splash maps have made toobs just for us with a reversible design – one side showing the map of Antarctica and the other with the iconic gentoo penguins. We love this small company and their enthusiasm and commitment. And if you get lost in the wilds, you can see where you are and stay warm at the same time.

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