Who makes our clothes?
Our factories across the world

Who makes our clothes

The whole world goes into the making of our unashamedly British brand. Everything’s designed at Boden House in London, but we currently use 153 factories across 18 countries – all carefully chosen for their skills, experience and attention to detail – to bring our ideas to life. (See the full list here. We’re committed to updating it every six months.) Our materials have come from suppliers near and far: from the tweed mills of Yorkshire to the cobblers of Portugal, the silk spinners of China to the embroiderers of India. We have always looked to suppliers whose values are compatible with our own, and have some very long-term relationships with suppliers who have consistently delivered high-quality products, created in a healthy working environment.

Meet our makers

We’ve worked with some of our suppliers for more than 20 years, and can thank them for their artisanal approach to our collection. We rely on their expertise and transparency to deliver quality and peace of mind to our customers. Here’s a snapshot of five of our finest.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
Tweed

Abraham Moon & Sons is one of the last remaining woollen mills in the country that manage the entire process from raw material to finished product – and it’s the first mill we ever worked with. They’ve been making our tweed for many years from wool that can be traced right back to the farm it came from. Our founder Johnnie is so obsessed with the stuff that he bought a huge archive of fabric from the historic Hunters of Brora™, which now serves as inspiration for all our classic-with-a-twist tweed styles. Up to seven different-coloured wools can go into the recipe for a single yarn – which means that a tweed check design featuring five colours may have up to 35 different shades in the finished pattern. See our Behind the Seams feature on British tweed here.

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Porto, Portugal
Jersey

Our Portuguese manufacturer was founded in 1982, with just three people working in a garage. It now has its own factory set in an orange grove in the Portuguese countryside, employs more than 100 workers and is run by the founders’ son Miguel. It’s a trade he knows inside out; as a child he used to sit on the knee of their first seamstress, who works there to this day. He even came to work at Boden for a while to learn our ropes. Aside from the company’s passion for employee welfare (including Friday night dinners and legendary Christmas parties), they’ve been making and printing our women’s and Mini jersey for 20 years – and they’re very, very good at it. So if you’ve bought a T-shirt with a spot or a stripe on it, a jersey wrap dress or a pair of our leggings, you probably own one of their creations.

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Istanbul, Turkey
Denim

If you know your denim, you’ll know Turkey is a world leader in beautiful jeans right now. And the factory we discovered on the outskirts of Istanbul leads the way in both premium denim and sustainable standards. That’s one of the reasons we love it. But we also like to walk into a showroom where half of the office floor space is given over to a guitar and full-size drum kit. The owners of the factory make manufacturing cool with their Friday jam sessions – and, of course, their attention to detail. Denim aficionados would love a visit here: fabric is washed to the perfect blue, laser machines zap precise heathering onto fabric and all manner of high-tech machinery engineers denim perfection. If you’ve worn a pair of our men’s or women’s jeans, you’ve enjoyed a bit of this supplier’s rock-and-roll denim.

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Noida, India
Hand-embroidery for Mini clothing

It’s been more than 12 years since we started using a skilled hand-embroidery workshop in Noida to provide the detailing for our girls’ dresses. This place has been going for 40 years – and it’s a testimony to the skill of man and the power of the machine working in concert. More than 400 men and women work here, in an air-conditioned building in Delhi, but they’re not all seated at sewing machines (unless they’re smocking, which they do beautifully). Rather, skilled craftspeople will sit with a needle and a thread producing the fine point work and beading that you see on our prettiest embroidered pieces. It’s not unusual to see them sitting in a circle, hand-embroidering at remarkable speed. Alongside some of the most heavy-duty stitching machinery you’ll find (the multi- head embroidery machine looks a little like the Starship Enterprise), there’s a lot of textiles work done the old-fashioned way, and we’re always thrilled with the results. We also use their in-house laboratory to make sure garments are tested for resilience as well as beauty. If you’ve bought an embellished or embroidered girls’ dress from Mini Boden, you’ll probably have seen some of these artisans’ handiwork.

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Noida, India
Footwear

The family-run business on the outskirts of Delhi started out with a single sewing machine in a shed in Agra in 1989. Over the past 30 years, its owners have built it up to something of a footwear powerhouse, producing more than a million pairs of shoes every year; we’ve been working with them for a decade or more. With scores of skilled cobblers hammering on heels and stitching soles, it’s artisanal shoemaking on a factory scale. A visit is a fascinating and rather noisy experience: great sheets of beautifully dyed leather are piled up ready for action, and the clatter of metal on wood is unmistakable as our shoes come into being. If you’ve bought a pair of women’s ankle boots or leather plimsolls, you’ll be able to attest to the factory’s quality.