Proudly Manufacturing
Quality Clothing
In Blackburn
Since 1860

About Us Who Are Cookson & Clegg?


Cookson & Clegg were founded in Blackburn in 1860. The firm began as leather curriers and manufacturers of boot uppers. By the 1930’s they were producing jerkins, flying helmets and other leather products for the British Army. Throughout the later part of the 20th century Cookson & Clegg were a major supplier of military outerwear, legwear and other sewn products to the British Army and other armed forces.  


Today the firm employs those same skills essential in the production of military grade clothing and applies them to the manufacturing of outerwear, in both traditional woven and modern technical fabrics, jeans and chino’s for many of the UK’s finest premium clothing brands. Our state-of-the-art Blackburn facility has capacity to produce up to 2,000 garments per month.

supplying the uk’s finest brands 

Services In House - in the UK

Pattern Cutting

Pattern Cutting

Our experienced in-house pattern cutting team can work from drawings, tech packs, toiles or sample garments to produce manufacturing ready patterns. 

Digitising & Grading

Digitising & Grading

Once we have created your pattern we digitise and grade ready for sampling in required sizes, and ready for bulk manufacturing.

If you have an existing pattern that you would like to use we provide a simple digitisation and grading service.

We operate on a Lectra system and are happy to accept patterns in digital format.



Our skilled team of sample machinists produce prototypes and finalised production and sales samples.

Bulk Manufacturing

Bulk Manufacturing

We manage incoming fabrics and trims in our on-site warehouse. 

Our skilled team cut and sew bulk orders of typically 100 to 1,000 pieces. 

All garments are trimmed, pressed, quality inspected and packed before being returned to our warehouse ready for dispatch.


Over its 150 year history Cookson & Clegg has gone from producing leather products to manufacturing some of the world’s most robust, functional and iconic pieces of clothing. From WWII battle dress to cold war era arctic wear we have built our reputation upon the quality of the clothes we produce. 

Proudly manufacturing
for one hundred and fifty years


Our modern purpose built factory was opened in 2002 and is ideally sited with close links to the M65 and M6.

Our multi-skilled team are experts in the cutting and sewing of traditional woven cotton fabrics as well as more specialised coated and bonded technical man-made fabrics. Our factory is equipped with a broad range of advanced sewing equipment, including Juki DDL-9000B-SH & DLN5410N-7 lockstitch flat bed machines and needle-feeds, LH-896 programmable automatic pocket jet sewing machine, MMS MK18s button wrapping, Brother DT6-B926-7A three needle feed-off-the-arm chainstitch and DH4-B980-01 programmable button hole.  Ardmel MK4-1 set-up gives us the capability to tape seams on waterproof garments.

Cookson & Clegg have successfully completed recent audits for Marks & Spencer and Burberry.   

State-of-the-art facility

Our Customers Trusted by designers and brands

  • Exceptional quality

    The Cookson team making developing and producing exceptional quality clothing simple. 

    Ikla Wright
    Design Director, E.Tautz
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  • Invaluable

    Their ability to deliver great quality products, in volume, at sensible prices makes Cookson & Clegg invaluable to the Community Clothing supply chain.

    Lucy Clayton
    CEO, Community Clothing
  • Best in UK

    This is a very special factory to us because of the connections from WW2 and we are continuing to work with them on updated military styles.  They are the best in UK for this.

    Nigel Cabourn
    Founder, Nigel Cabourn

Contact Blackburn: at the heart of lancashire's textile and sewing industry


Sovereign House,
Lions Drive,
Shadsworth Business Park,
Blackburn, Lancashire,
T. +44 (0)1254 51692

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