Behind the Scenes
Behind the knitwear itself are the companies who employed thousands of people across the East Midlands. They all had their own histories, advertising strategies and different technologies. Their were a variety of organisations and associations supporting the people and places involved in the industry as well.
Demand for knitted goods provided entrepreneurs with an opportunity to manufacture and sell their wares. Over time hosiers established businesses and their names became associated with the industry.Find out more
A well-established brand name was a prized possession for any manufacturer because it enabled the firm to promote its own products through advertising and focus its sales on its chosen market sector.Find out more
Many of the villages, towns and cities in the East Midlands have played a role in the knitting industry's history at some point.Find out more
William Lee, William Cotton, and Jedediah Strutt are a few of the names associated with the history of the knitting industry.Find out more
The knitting industry, like many other industries, developed a range of organisations and associations to support its companies and workers.Find out more
Since 1589 manufacturers have used a range of different technologies to produce their knitted goods. Each technology has been exploited by framework knitters and designers to produce varied and unique finishes to goods, in the hope that people will want to buy them.Find out more