John Smedley are renowned for their specialist experience in creating the world's finest knitwear. Their mill in Derbyshire, England dates back to 1784 where the brand was born at the cusp of the industrial revolution - they are one of Britain’s longest standing manufacturers, if not the world’s oldest factory. Founded by Mr John Smedley and Mr Peter Nightingale (Florence’s great-great Uncle) and inspired by Richard Arkwright who had established the world’s first water-powered spinning mill close by just 13 years prior, their Lea Mills factory pioneered the fine knitwear revolution. In its early days the mill specialised in the production of muslin and spinning cotton and towards the end of the 18th century, their expertise extended to include knitting. Still family owned and with 230 years of experience and 50 of the best British craftsmen, John Smedley continue to produce all their garments in the UK.