four years ago Wendy Keith was asked to mend a pair of men’s shooting
stockings. She grimaced at the prospect. The given pair had shrunk in a
30% wash, and the wool had 'matted' - but the experience gave Wendy an
idea. That idea has blossomed into a highly successful and creative
business with satisfied clients all over the world for over 30 years.
She began by sourcing a few hand-knitters who had knitted 'sailors
socks' close to the dock-yards at sea -ports such as
Gosport, during the Second World War. This took time and great patience
to achieve the quality required by the perfectionist.
instinctive and deep love of the countryside Wendy has combined her
flair for design, and her commercial experience, to become a market
leader in the production of hand-knitted shooting stockings, accessories
and other distinctive country knitwear with a choice of yarns such as
wool/mix (machine wash) to the wonderfully sensuous Cashmere, Alpaca and
Flying the British Flag
the temptation over the years to source abroad, Wendy always insisted
that 'Flying the British Flag' is vital to the future of her business.
In 2014, Wendy has again extended her British Organic
Collections, and include Rare British Sheep Breeds. The Award for the
Best Organic Collection at Olympia in 2010, was sourced with the kind
permission of HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, from
their own organic Sheep at Highgrove Home Farm, Gloucestershire.
Spearheading a large and very talented
team of expert, two and four-needle hand-knitters, and embroidery
artists - all working from within the boundaries of Great Britain, Wendy
and her administrative team produce knitwear of the very highest
Her designs are to be found
in the best fashion houses and boutiques across the world. From James
Purdey & Sons to Holland & Holland Ltd, William Evans to
Cabbages and Roses, to name but a few.