Snuggled in a 200 year old converted cow barn in Clapham, one of the loveliest spots of the Yorkshire Dales, is a family-run business taking their inspiration from the surrounding scenery. Richard and Justine Sexton established Glencroft over 30 years ago to offer classic British country wear made from natural fibres such as British wool.
Now the business is also run by their son Edward who's maintained their business philosophy of using high quality materials to produce good clothing that lasts, working with British manufacturers. They sell direct to the public through their website, and in their shop as well as through independent retailers. The Glencroft range includes rugs, throws, woollen wear, hats, gloves and scarves. All are designed to be long lasting and hard wearing, something that hopefully more consumers will start to value again. Over 80% of their products are made in the UK, many in the same factories by the same people for the past 30 years.
After living in London for a while, Edward clearly enjoys being back in the village where his old school is next to the office! He's keen to build relationships with local farmers and look at ways of reducing waste, for example by making baby gloves out of remnants from other products - just as people have done for generations.
One of their new products is a Yorkshire Three Peaks Project Lambswool Scarf, available in five different colours and woven in a traditional Yorkshire woollen mill. All profits from sales of these scarves will go to support the maintenance of paths and combat erosion on Ingleborough, Whernside and Penyghent.