Scottish partnership forged to bring garment manufacturing back to UK

Scottish partnership forged to bring garment manufacturing back to UK

Seahawk Apparel, the Scottish-based workwear garment manufacturer, has teamed up with SSEAMS, the apparel creative agency, to champion onshore manufacturing opportunities and support its investment plans to produce premium apparel at its specialist garment manufacturing facility in Glenrothes, Fife.

The duo will strategically support clothing brands through the product development and production process, providing a complete support system for customers with the principle of working together to create progressive and sustainable apparel solutions – bringing mill, manufacturer, and designer closer.

A step on from the traditional CMT service, the facility will offer a full menu of services from materials sourcing to pattern making for the first time in more than a decade.

Diane Richardson, co-founder at SSEAMS said: “Taking brand and production industry expertise from strong manufacturing locations worldwide, we’re confident about putting Scotland back on the map for product creation excellence.”

“Working together to share multi-disciplinary skills is a progressive step forward for Scottish garment manufacturing and together, we aim to bring brand, maker, fabric mill and design closer together, back in Scotland, to support all parties’ business and environmental impact goals.”

The Seahawk Premium Apparel factory collection will launch this Spring and aims to attract British brands that currently source overseas to return home for their garment manufacturing needs. The collection covers market-relevant modern workwear styles and showcases Seahawk’s technical expertise with weatherproofed and performance outerwear. The ten-piece collection, designed and made in Scotland, will showcase British fabric mills and celebrate the craftsmanship of the Seahawk Apparel team.

Rob Sayles, Managing Director at Seahawk, said: “The team combined offers years of experience in product creation and supply chain management. If we can take learnings from other countries that have built a strong ecosystem around garment manufacturing and implement those in Scotland, we have a fantastic opportunity to build a sustainable future for a truly skilled workforce. We are excited to see what the future holds.”

About Seahawk Apparel

Seahawk Apparel is a well-invested UK premium garment manufacturer with a heritage in protective clothing, modern workwear, corporate embroidery and heat seal branding solutions. The factory is well-equipped to meet the varied demands of modern garment manufacturing processes. Its twenty strong team of skilled machinists and pattern cutters have combined technical expertise, and knowledge of garment making that is adaptable to a diverse range of markets.

Seahawk is part of industrial supplies business and Chamber Member Scott Direct. Find out more at

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Led by Diane Richardson and Matthew Abbott, two veterans of the apparel industry, SSEAMS offers private brand client services to drive ‘Made in Scotland’ manufacturing opportunities home.

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