The last of the three part series Mary’s Bottom Line airs tonight and at Skillset we have been glued to it. The series features eight people from Greater Manchester who undertake the Skillset fashion and textiles Apprenticeship as part of Mary’s drive to produce and sell British made underwear.
So has it worked?
The response on social media has been immense and, in the main, positive.
The first programme inspired people to check their own garment labels to see where their clothes were made, as well as starting the hashtag #MakeItBritish.
By episode 2 people had started to receive their Kinky Knickers, and everyone wanted to share their delight!
Alongside the positive reaction have been a number of people keen to point out those who have been making it British for quite some time.
The use of hashtags like #MarysBottomLine, #BottomLine and #MakeItBritsh have helped to draw a bigger spotlight on existing British lingerie brands like Who made your Pants, Tallulah Love and Ayten Gasson. It would be interesting to know if their sales have gone up whilst the show has aired.
At Skillset we are already hearing reports of other British manufacturers keen to start recruiting Apprentices and bring their manufacture back from overseas, and hope to share more information on them soon.
So has Mary’s Bottom Line kick started British Manufacturing? We think Yes! However, it will be keeping the pressure up to buy British that is key.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.