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Inspired by the blue-collar backdrop of his British Midlands hometown of Water Orton, David Keyte’s Universal Works is a nod to classic English workwear. This new 2010 Spring/Summer collection has already seen distribution expand into the US, Japan and Scandinavia, with plans for footwear in the near future. A bit more information behind the line is offered below.
“Universal Works” – It’s about good honest menswear, it’s about quality garments with a great fit. There is no great vision or message, no target markets, just garments for everyone, clothing to look stylish in because you the wearer makes it so, clothing you want to wear, clothing you will look good in.
After many years of working in the “fashion” industry we wanted to make something we were proud of, not over-designed, but well cut and craftsman-made, not mass-produced. From a background of great British working clothes and outdoor clothes, we use honest, natural fabrics and yarns, often using up dead stock fabrics that would otherwise be wasted. We work with highly skilled people in small factories who we have known for a long time and know what they are doing. They all make great quality garments, which is never the cheapest way to make stuff but we think it’s the best way.