The Need-To-Know About John Smedley Knitwear

When it comes to Men’s fashion, certain brands have the upper hand – and John Smedley is a brand to know (if you don’t already!).

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Sean Connery as James Bond by Bert Cann. Wearing John Smedley. Image via NPG.

Why? Well, the John Smedley team are celebrating over 235 years of British craftsmanship this year. Continuing to spread its roots and as THE choice brand for quality knitwear, the John Smedley brand is now a firm favourite at London Fashion Week and has recently been spotted on the likes of Paul Weller and Michael B Jordan, to name a couple.

John Smedley is also the go-to knitwear manufacturer for some of the world’s most respected designers and gained Royal Warrant status in 2013.

Looking for a one-stop guide to John Smedley Knitwear? Let us help…


#1 What Is John Smedley?

John Smedley made knitwear an iconic staple – no, seriously! The name has been handed down from generation to generation over centuries, gaining cult status in the process. Spotted amongst the likes of world-famous actors and musicians since way back when, The British knitwear label was launched in 1784 and has remained relevant ever since.

#2 Who Is John Smedley?

John Smedley founded the company in 1784 at Lea Mills, Matlock, Derbyshire – where the brand still operates to this day. The brand has remained family-owned ever since, retaining the handcrafted finishing techniques that have established its reputation for more than two centuries.

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#3 Is John Smedley Good Quality?

In short, yes! John Smedley knitwear is renowned globally as worldwide leaders in the production of fine knitwear.

John Smedley has a long history of Social responsibility and is proudly crafted by several specialised British craftsmen. Any finished John Smedley piece has been touched by many skilled hands – providing unparalleled quality with every stitch.

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Marilyn Monroe wearing John Smedley. Image via NPG.

#4 Who Has Been Spotted In John Smedley?

Famously worn by The Beatles, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, John Smedley began to pick up cult status in the 1950s, when the brand became the knitwear of choice for many public figures. John Smedley Knitwear has also provided clothing for many Bond films, most recently Skyfall – where Daniel Craig skyrocketed the classic ‘Bobby’ V-neck into the mainstream.

#5 Where To Buy John Smedley Menswear


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2021-09-24 10:18:56By Holly Thompson

Words by Ciara Martin. Featured Image via National Portrait Gallery.

Ciara Martin

Ciara Martin

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