Paul W


The eagerly anticipated first collection of the premium menswear range Charlie Allen is launching across 35 stores on the 24th October. Tailored to Charlie’s specification with traditional British styling, the full collection is cut for a bespoke fit.

The collection centres around suits inspired by classic tailoring and is further complimented by additional pieces of luxury merino wool knitwear, mercerised cotton polo shirts, beautifully boxed shirt and tie sets, luxurious silk ties, leather shoes and classic accessories, allowing our customer to complete the bespoke look at an affordable price.

It’s already receiving positive feedback from the press; Charlie Allen is set to position George to a new premium platform for menswear.

Posted by Paul W on 28 September 2010
Paul W

You may have heard on the radio this morning that an NGO called Action Aid has released a critical report highlighting the payment of poverty wages to women clothing workers in Bangladesh and India.

The report refers to a survey by Asda that states that workers making our products are being paid wages that fall below a living wage.

We’re really disappointed by this report as it doesn’t do justice to all the hard work we’ve been doing behind the scenes. It also doesn’t reflect the positive conversations we’ve been having with Action Aid, the most recent of which was less than two weeks ago. That’s why we’re a little surprised to say the least that they’ve chosen to single us out for criticism.

Posted by Paul W on 06 July 2010
Paul W

George has been working with this Turkish sock supplier for 13 years. This family business has been in existence for 41 years and currently produces over 5 million pairs of socks per month.

Sock cam

The camera is located in the knitting area in view of their new link toe machines, which runs on a 24 hour shift pattern, six days per week.

Previously the toes on the socks would have been closed or stitched by a sewing machine operator. On this type of new modern machinery this can now be carried out on the same machine that is knitting the sock.

Obviously this makes the process much more efficient, but there is also the added benefit of comfort. The new method means that the toe seam is virtually seam free.

These knitting machines are capable of producing on average one pair of socks every 5 to 6 minutes depending on the design and size.

Posted by Paul W on 17 June 2010
Paul W

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Having recently launched the 100-day quality guarantee on all George clothing I want to share with you some of the development work and up front testing we carry out on all our clothing that gives us the confidence to offer our customers this industry-leading guarantee.

I’ve just returned from visiting suppliers in Bangladesh and China and found time to call in on the testing lab that you can view through the George web cams. I thought it would be great to video some of the testing equipment up close and explain the type of testing we conduct.

In this video I have covered bobbling and abrasion and in the near future will explain how we ensure our clothing doesn’t lose its colour, shape and remains durable, wash after wash.

Posted by Paul W on 01 April 2010
Paul W

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This is my first video blog so I’m very excited.

I’ve just returned from Southern China where I was visiting factories and suppliers. We insist that all our factories metal detect every garment before shipment to the UK and that they use an Airport type system.

The factory in the video is a supplier of Knitwear. They are currently making our 100% cotton School-wear range.

I hope you find the video useful and over the coming months I want to share with you some of the fantastic work our factories carry out to ensure our garments are safe and to the quality standard you would expect of George.

If you’ve got a question on any issue relating to George Quality or how we manage our Ethical programme please feel free to contact me.

Posted by Paul W on 18 March 2010