Country of Origin is a modern knitwear brand founded in 2014 by Ben Taylor and Alice Liptrot. Everything is manufactured in-house at our new purpose-built factory in Wigston, Leicestershire. With an emphasis on strong colour palettes and high-quality yarns, we supply the perfect array of knitwear for modern living
C.O.O began life in a small railway arch in South London. Our ambition was to oversee the manufacturing process as closely as possible to ensure we produced highly crafted knitwear and fair working practices for the people making it.
Linking the seams is a tricky business. Each stitch is linked together in painstaking fashion- there are very few factories left that still employ this process.
With 2 industrial knitting machines and a small team, the order book quickly outgrew capacity.
OUR WIGSTON FACTORY
A chance meeting with industry veterans Saïd and Keith set in motion a new partnership that saw the opening of The Country of Origin factory in Wigston, pursuing the same values as before but on a much larger scale.
Between them, Saïd and Keith have over 70 years experience in the industry, what they don’t know about knitwear isn’t worth knowing
A LOUD FACTORY IS A HAPPY FACTORY
The unmistakable noise of knitwear machines at work is a fine thing. We have 12 machines at our Midlands facility and Saïd can only relax when they’re all running smoothly..
Knitwear is woven into the history of Wigston. Sadly, all of the original factories are now closed, but the area is still full of skilled knitwear technicians. Many are now back to doing what they do best at the C.O.O factory.