Eric Musgrave

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Hiut Denim: A Welsh jeans factory

There used to be a factory making jeans for Marks & Spencer in Cardigan on the west coast of Wales. It reportedly produced 35,000 pairs of jeans a week for nearly 40 years. Then in 2001 it was closed and 400 people lost their jobs. In February 2012 David and Clare Hieatt set up The Hiut Denim Company in the town to make use of that forgotten pool of manufacturing talent. They started off with five of them. Now there are 10, so things are moving in the right direction.

Huit Denim factory film

David and Clare call their makers Grand Masters. Here’s a little film of them making a pair of their jeans. The website is worth a look too.




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