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James Tailoring

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Responsible. James Tailoring was founded on the idea of bringing together the very best in responsible sewing products to clothing designers and makers who have often experienced the challenges of sustainability within the textile industry.

With this in mind, the founder Richard Mendham set about curating a range of essential sewing products that were responsible and sustainable. Richard’s background in the textile industry from the 90s has given James Tailoring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the clothing trade. Richard saw first hand the widespread irresponsibility of the textile industry and the race to profiteering over responsibility, but now welcomes the growing consumer desire for significant change in the fashion industry.

Richard’s latest achievement has been in bringing to the UK market for the very first time an ecological, sustainable, plastic-free elastic. This responsible and sustainable Eco-game changer will hopefully see the decline in the use of plastic/polyesters used in the garment industry and support the growing personal and commercial designers and makers.

Made of natural rubber and certified cotton. Available in different widths. Washable, environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Tested against heat and chlorine. Conforms to EU safety standards and has a longer lifespan than conventional polyester elastics.

James Tailoring is committed to minimising our environmental impact as much as possible. As such we endeavour to source all our products from sustainable, renewable, responsible suppliers, such as from salvaged stocks and manufacturers who share our values.

Our Corozo buttons are 100% sustainable nuts and come from the rain forests of Ecuador where they are collected naturally from the forest floor. After they are collected and laid out to dry for three months they are brought to England where they are turned and finished into buttons. We think that this is an excellent alternative to plastic and directly supports the rain-forests of South America.

Our elastic is certified organic and plastic-free, unlike conventional polyester elastic which degrades over time and can harm the environment, especially the oceans. This higher quality elastic was recently designed in Germany and is being manufactured by a small family in Austria this is a game-changer for our Ecosystem and a significant move away from mass-produced polyesters. The natural rubber is sourced from ethical and sustainable plantations in Malaysia. The natural cotton is responsibly produced and GOT certificated from Turkey.

Our vintage range of buttons come from a variety of sources, such as liquidated stocks and excess production runs. Some of our Italian designer buttons are as old as twenty years but we think they are perfect for the sewing and tailoring sector and might play a part in reducing excess production.

Our polyester sewing threads by Gutermann are made from recycled plastic bottles. 1000m of sewing thread can be produced from just one recycled rPet plastic bottle.

As part of our environmental and community commitment, we work with local art charities and schools donating textile materials that they can make use of. If you would like to help us in this you can donate your unwanted textiles and we will ensure they can be reused by those that need your support. To make a donation please do get in touch.

So, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to discover what we have to offer. We sincerely hope that you will love what you find and come back again and again.


Products

18 Ligne Square Agoya Shell Buttons

18 Ligne Square Agoya Shell Buttons

For more information about 18 Ligne Square Agoya Shell Buttons please contact us.These buttons are sustainable as they are a by-product of the food in...

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5 Large Professional Tailoring Pattern Hooks

5 Large Professional Tailoring Pattern Hooks

For more info about 5 Large Professional Tailoring Pattern Hooks please contact us.With decades of experience in the textile industry.Our knowledge of...

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6mm Wide Plaited Organic Cotton Tape

6mm Wide Plaited Organic Cotton Tape

Our 6mm Wide Plaited Organic Cotton Tape is responsible sewing choice if you care about your environmental impact. This non stretch 6mm Wide Plaited O...

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Awl

Awl

Punch consistently-sized holes into paper, card, fabric and leather with this sharp pointed awl. Shaft is made of wood with a metal point.

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Button Gauge Measuring Caliper In Lignes And MM

Button Gauge Measuring Caliper In Lignes And MM

Traditional garment industry style button measuring tool Measures in lignes and millimetres 2.5 cm or 25 mm = 40 Ligne 2 cm or 20 mm = 32 Ligne 1....

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Classic Italian Designer Shirt Buttons

Classic Italian Designer Shirt Buttons

We can also offer Classic Italian Dress Shirt Buttons. Our Classic Italian Dress Shirt Buttons are made in Italy and used by designers and tailors.To ...

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Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons

Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons

We are one of the leading supplier of Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons in UK. Our Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons are made from natural Corozo sometimes referr...

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Corozo Button - Black

Corozo Button - Black

For more information about Corozo Button - Black please contact us.Classic black suiting button made from natural Corozo.Corozo buttons are made from ...

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Corozo Button - Brown

Corozo Button - Brown

For more information about Corozo Button - Brown please contact us.Classic brown suiting button made from natural Corozo.Corozo buttons are made from ...

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Corozo Button - Grey

Corozo Button - Grey

For more information about Corozo Button - Grey please contact us.Classic grey suiting button made from natural Corozo.Corozo buttons are made from th...

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Corozo Button - Natural

Corozo Button - Natural

For more information about Corozo Button - Natural please contact us.Classic natural/ivory suiting button made from natural Corozo.Corozo buttons are ...

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Corozo Button - Navy

Corozo Button - Navy

For more information about Corozo Button - Navy please contact us.Classic navy suiting button made from natural Corozo.Corozo buttons are made from th...

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Corozo Fisheye Button

Corozo Fisheye Button

For more information about Corozo Fisheye Button please contact us.SIZE | 18 Ligne (11.5mm) Traditional sustainable 2 hole fisheye button.Fisheye butt...

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Corozo Fisheye Buttons For Blouses

Corozo Fisheye Buttons For Blouses

Our Corozo Fisheye Buttons For Blouses are made from the Tagua nut, known as vegetable ivory, a sustainable and renewable source. These Corozo Fisheye...

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Corozo Fisheye Buttons For Shirts

Corozo Fisheye Buttons For Shirts

Our Corozo Fisheye Buttons For Shirts are made from the Tagua nut, known as vegetable ivory, a sustainable and renewable source. These Corozo Fisheye ...

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Eco recycled rPET Sew All Thread

Eco recycled rPET Sew All Thread

We can also provide Eco recycled rPET Sew All Thread as per customer requirements. The manufacturing of Eco recycled rPET Sew All Thread requires less...

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Eco-Friendly Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons

Eco-Friendly Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons

We are one of the leading supplier of Eco-Friendly Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons in UK. Our Eco-Friendly Corozo 4 Hole Shirt Buttons are made from natur...

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Eco-Friendly Corozo Fisheye Buttons

Eco-Friendly Corozo Fisheye Buttons

Our Eco-Friendly Corozo Fisheye Buttons are made from the Tagua nut, known as vegetable ivory, a sustainable and renewable source. These Eco-Friendly ...

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Eco-friendly Gutermann Thread

Eco-friendly Gutermann Thread

Our Eco-friendly Gutermann Thread is 100% polyester, made from recycled plastic PET bottles. The manufacturing of Eco-friendly Gutermann Thread requi...

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Gutermann Thread - Eco Recycled Rpet Sew All Thread

Gutermann Thread - Eco Recycled Rpet Sew All Thread

For more info about Gutermann Thread - Eco Recycled Rpet Sew All Thread please contact us.With decades of experience in the textile industry.Our knowl...

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Hancock's Garment Marking Chalk

Hancock's Garment Marking Chalk

For more info about Hancock's Garment Marking Chalk please contact us.With decades of experience in the textile industry.Our knowledge of good quality...

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Mother Of Pearl Trocas Shell 18 Ligne Shirt Buttons

Mother Of Pearl Trocas Shell 18 Ligne Shirt Buttons

For more information about Mother Of Pearl Trocas Shell 18 Ligne Shirt Buttons please contact us.Mother of Pearl shirt buttonsFlat ring edge ivory / p...

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Mother of Pearl Trocas Shell 4 Hole Ring Edge 18 Ligne Shirt Buttons

Mother of Pearl Trocas Shell 4 Hole Ring Edge 18 Ligne Shirt Buttons

For more information about Mother of Pearl Trocas Shell 4 Hole Ring Edge 18 Ligne Shirt Buttons please contact us.Mother of Pearl shirt buttonsRing ed...

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Non-Stretch Organic Cotton Tape

Non-Stretch Organic Cotton Tape

Our Non-Stretch Organic Cotton Tape is suitable for drawstrings, ties, straps, stay tape, hanging tape or instead of ribbon. This Non-Stretch Organic ...

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Notchers

Notchers

For more info about Notchers please contact us.With decades of experience in the textile industry.Our knowledge of good quality sewing supplies,and ou...

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Organic 10mm Wide Corded Elastic

Organic 10mm Wide Corded Elastic

Our Organic 10mm Wide Corded Elastic is suitable for light to medium fabrics. This Organic 10mm Wide Corded Elastic has longer lifespan than comparabl...

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ORGANIC COTTON TAPE

ORGANIC COTTON TAPE

For more information about ORGANIC COTTON TAPE please contact us.•6mm wide plaited organic cotton tapeNon-stretch and suitable for drawstrings, ties, ...

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ORGANIC ELASTIC - 10mm

ORGANIC ELASTIC - 10mm

For more information about ORGANIC ELASTIC - 10mm please contact us.•ORGANIC 10mm wide corded elastic•COLOURS AVAILABLE | Ecru/red thread•60% organic ...

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ORGANIC ELASTIC - 18mm

ORGANIC ELASTIC - 18mm

For more information about ORGANIC ELASTIC - 18mm please contact us.•ORGANIC 18mm wide flat elastic•COLOURS AVAILABLE | Ecru•65% organic cotton / 35% ...

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ORGANIC ELASTIC - 28mm

ORGANIC ELASTIC - 28mm

For more information about ORGANIC ELASTIC - 28mm please contact us.•ORGANIC 28mm wide flat elastic•COLOURS AVAILABLE | Ecru•50% organic cotton / 50% ...

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