We appreciate that it maybe a little trite, but a factory visit appears to be a must for any respectable heritage brand, and boy is Fellow respectable, so we just had to go.
Rayner and Sturges, our shirt manufacturer, has a hundred years of history. Founded in 1913 in Brompton, Kent by Messrs Rayner and Sturges, the company has rich history and significant expertise in its field. The business initially specialised in collar making, as the industry at the time was so strong it allowed for such niche specialisation. These collars were sold to the shirt makers of Jermyn Street and it wasn’t actually until 1935 that they began making their own full shirts. The original factory was in Kent, there was still a factory there up to 2013. Our factory is in Chard, Somerset and was bought by Rayner and Sturgers in 2010 from Cleeve Shirtmakers who had been making shirts in Chard since the mid 20th Century.
The Chard site is a new facility, opened by The Princess Royal in 1998 and is state of the art for handmade shirtmaking. Perhaps not the factory that you would expect to be referenced by a British heritage brand.
In April 2013 Fellow descended upon Chard to see our shirts in the making and to meet the team. Watch this space for an interview with Head of Production, Robert Barker but for now, please enjoy our snapshot of production.