An Important Message From The Factory... March 29, 2020 10:14
An Important Message From The Factory
We’ve been listening very carefully to all our treasured colleagues working in the factory & it is clear that many increasingly feel they should be at home in the current climate.
Therefore the difficult decision has been taken to temporarily suspend production & order fulfilment.
Please note that all outstanding ‘face mask’ orders to date have been fulfilled & dispatched.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to dispatch some outstanding lingerie & sleepwear orders before closing, since face mask production was given priority, for this we’re exceptionally sorry but hope you understand & appreciate this difficult but important decision.
We anticipate re-opening the factory within the next two weeks & will be sending out all remaining orders at that stage but if at all possible, sooner.
Our online boutique is still open & accepting orders during this ‘down time’ we’ve also made a quantity of face masks available to purchase again, following their removal from sale earlier this week, however please be aware though, that we’re unable to dispatch any orders placed from today until the 14th April.
As a small business this is an incredibly tough decision and one which we’re far from alone in making. There are so many, many amazing businesses in the same predicament and our priority is to ensure the safety and well being of all our colleagues & their families.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your incredible loyalty & support, we sincerely hope everyone & all your families remain safe & well.
With love from all here at Ella & me
Using Factory Production For The Common Good! March 20, 2020 15:02
'Bloomers' ...nominated for 'Best Short Film' at the British Animation Awards! February 14, 2020 16:43
Press release: 14 February 2020
Samantha Moore’s 'Bloomers' has been nominated for Best Short Film at the British Animation Awards (BAAs)
Announcement: Thursday 12 March, the BAAs, BFI Southbank, London
Online Launch: Wednesday 4 March, noon, Vimeo
We're thrilled to announce that Samantha Moore’s experimental animated documentary 'Bloomers' has been nominated for a British Animation Award and in celebration of this achievement we're launching the film on Vimeo one week before the BAAs awards announcement.
'Bloomers' incorporates the materiality of garment manufacturing as it combines more than 14,000 drawings printed onto fabric, including actual pairs of knickers, made by the production machinists at the 'Ella & me' lingerie factory in Middleton, Manchester.
Ella & me also generously supplied the material required, as well as their faces & voice overs as they recounted their history in the UK garment manufacturing industry.
Samantha Moore collaborated closely with Swedish composer Malin Bång, who composed an original soundtrack, inspired by the sounds of the factory machinery which were recorded on site. The score is performed by the musicians of renowned Austrian music ensemble Klangforum Wien, who play a traditional sewing machine and a pair of dressmaking scissors as part of their instrumental repertoire.
The film was produced for Klangforum Wien’s Happiness Machine project, which since February 2019 has toured Europe as both a live concert performance and single screen programme, with presentations at ECLAT Contemporary Music Festival, Tricky Women Festival and Annecy Festival amongst others.
“My favourite piece on the programme was 'Bloomers'... The film is a touching window into the everyday working lives of British factory workers.”
‘Happiness Machine Project’, Nancy Denney-Phelps, Animation World Network, March 2019
The film won Best British Film at the London International Animation Festival 2019 & Best Documentary at ReAnima International Animated Film Festival 2019. Its festival screenings include DOC NYC, Encounters Festival, Animest, the McLaren Award programme at Edinburgh International Film Festival, and it is soon to screen at Cardiff Animation Festival and ANIMAC.
The film is currently touring the UK as part of the British Animation Awards Public Choice Programme, as are two other Animate Projects productions The Flounder and I’m OK (co-production with the National Film Board of Canada) crafted by award-winning artist Elizabeth Hobbs.
Bloomers is supported by Klangforum Wien and with public funding by Arts Council England.
Notes to Editors:
Wednesday 4 March, noon
Sam Moore is an animated documentary maker who is passionate about the ability of animation to convey insights into tricky documentary topics. She has made work about competitive sweet pea growing, phantom limb syndrome, twins and multiple births, audio-visual synaesthesia, micro-biology, archaeological finds, and now the manufacturing of knickers.
Sam’s films have won awards all over the world and she has a Ph.D. (2015) about the way animation can be used to document perceptual brain states, such as phantom limb syndrome and face blindness. Her artistic methodology is based on establishing strong symbiotic working collaborations with the people who are represented in her films, through visual contributions and aural recording.
Samantha is a senior lecturer at the Manchester School of Art and a senior fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She guest lectures regularly both in the UK and abroad. samanthamoore.co.uk
Animate Projects (Producer)
Animate works at the intersection of film, art and animation. Led by Abigail Addison and Gary Thomas, since 2007 they have established a reputation for high quality, innovative, experimental and engaging films, and for producing films and projects for exhibition across broadcast, cinema, festival, gallery, public, online and digital platforms. Their awards include Best Film at the Cutting Edge, British Animation Awards 2008, Best Experimental Film, Chicago Underground Film Festival 2011, Lumen Prize 2016 Moving Image Award and a nomination for the BAFTA British Short Animation in 2019. animateprojects.org
Malin Bång (Composer)
Malin Bång’s music is an exploration of movement and energy. She defines her musical material according to their amount of friction and she often incorporates acoustic objects to expand the sound world and to suggest that a musical content can be shaped by anything valuable to the artistic purpose. Malin Bång is a founding member of the Curious Chamber Players. Her works are performed worldwide and recent project has included splinters of ebullient rebellion for the SWR Sinfonieorchester at Donaueschinger Musiktage, the instrumental drama kudzu for CCP at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Bloomers for Klangforum Wien. Malin Bång is currently composition professor at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama. malinbang.com
Ella & me (Collaborators)
The Ella & me factory was established in 1935 in Middleton on the outskirts of Manchester, by Mary Headen & Eric Quarmby, as a manufacturer of premiere sleepwear & intimate apparel and are still lovingly making garments available online at ellaandme.co.uk
Klangforum Wien (Commissioners)
Klangforum Wien is an Austrian chamber orchestra, based in Vienna at the Konzerthaus, which specialises in contemporary classical music. Founded in 1985, it is run on collective principles, having no official principal conductor. The group is often cited as Austria's leading contemporary music ensemble. klangforum.at
Economy for the Common Good
The Economy for the Common Good advocates a more ethical economic model, in which the wellbeing of people and the environment become the ultimate goal of business. ecogood.org
That Black Friday Deal May Not Be What You Think... November 22, 2019 16:31
New Year... Important New Resolution! January 12, 2019 18:35
We're sure you're well informed about the detrimental & damaging impact to our environment that plastics are having and like many others, this is something we feel particularly passionate about.
So we've made a pledge to ourselves to eliminate the use of plastics in all of our packaging materials over the course of this year and our first step along this path is the introduction of our new Bamboo Classic Knicker 3 Pack, pictured below.
We're committed to phasing this in across all of our ranges throughout this year and of course continuing to study everything we do even with our component suppliers to keep the use of plastics & waste to an absolute minimum.
We'd also really love to hear from you at email@example.com about these changes and always welcome any additional suggestions you may also have.
And last but most certainly not least, just take a look at the striking new Cobalt & Fuchsia signature lace knicker & cami top, without doubt one of the most alluring colour combinations we've ever released and guaranteed to banish those winter blues!
Spot The One Difference Competition May 18, 2018 16:24
For a chance to win your order this weekend, spot the one difference between the two pictures below & email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
An order, placed each day from Friday, Saturday & Sunday will be drawn to 'WIN THE ENTIRE ORDER' with the three lucky people having their money refunded.
(The draw will take place on Monday 21st May 2018)
Good Luck! X
The Perfect Fit May 4, 2018 09:33
Lovely To Look Back April 15, 2018 11:11
Let's face it, fashion's all about that, trends come & go, designs that we all thought had been and gone have a habit of coming around again but one thing's for certain, style never goes out of fashion!
For those of you who don't know the Kinky Factory was founded by Eric Quarmby and Mary Headen, hence the official company name 'Headen & Quarmby'. By sheer coincidence the number 13 was Eric's lucky number, so it seems quite apt that it's Friday 13th today.
The picture above is of Eric & Mary, taken soon after they started the business, however what we didn't know was that Eric's father, William Quarmby, penned a couple of poetry books in the 1860's! One of which we found, (pictured below), we believe they're also kept in the British Library and incredibly still available to buy online... Isn't there anything you can't buy online these days! ;-)
Kinky Knickers - The Third Generation November 18, 2017 16:24
It's here! ...and it's utterly gorgeous!
Our third generation ‘Classic’ Kinky Knicker has been nearly a year in the making, painstakingly redesigned & engineered from the ground up, with the total & unwavering aim to produce the most sublime, sexy & comfortable knickers ever thought possible.
Starting with development of the insanely soft lace with it's four way stretch properties & stunning wrap around floral & paisley pattern, this lace is specifically designed to hug every line & contour of your body.
We then moved on to the contrasting edge lace, designing one that works in symphony with the body lace, complementing it on every level, including it's eye appeal and ensuring everything stays exactly where it should do, NO creeping up & NO rolling down! ;-)
We also wanted to improve the overall look of the finished garment once sewn, so with that in mind, we've eliminated any raw edges inside as these are now encapsulated in a super soft cover seam thread for added comfort & flusher, flatter seams.
The laces themselves have also been engineered to wash & wear for longer, retaining their critical shape & strength under even more punishing conditions.
Needless to say, the new lace properties then demanded all new & improved patterns so that we could allow for the lace to move where it wanted it to and this process took several months of wearer trials to eventually perfect.
Probably the most comfortable & stylish knicker, you'll ever wear! We certainly hope so and all thanks to our dedicated team of miracle workers and belief in good old ' Great British Innovation'.
Oriental Blossom ⛩ September 8, 2017 17:47
Decadent Deco September 1, 2017 16:47
Earlier this summer, Paulette our chief creative, took a brief, but well earned break down on the British Riviera in sunny Devon.
Never completely 'off duty', Paulette, always on the look out for inspiration, stumbled across a proverbial gold mine in the form of Coleton Fishacre, a 1920's National Trust property, originally built as a holiday home for the then owners of the Savoy Hotel in London.
It's beautifully preserved art deco interior acting like a lens, back to the days of the 'roaring twenties' and the whole 'upstairs / downstairs' era of family life.
Abound with bygone treasures & wonderful period clothing, Paulette had at last found her Eden but very fortunately for us, security eventually managed to prise her hands free from the balcony rail and sent her back to Kinky HQ with a mind brimming with ideas!
So... say hello to the first of many, our decadent art deco kimono which we've called 'Wild Poppy'.
They say, 'save the best till last' ...we say...'why on earth wait!'
This beautiful, vintage print, soft cotton poplin kimono, with it's generous wrap over & 3/4 length sleeves is simply adorable in every sense of the word.
A true signature heirloom piece, inspired by the love of all things splendid & decadent, 'Wild Poppy' seemed such an appropriate name for this beautiful, timeless garment.
Hand made specifically to order & presented in a gorgeous 'Ella & Me' gift box, delicately wrapped in tissue paper, with a special thank you card, a picture of the person who made it and a little note explaining how you’ve helped to secure skilled employment for future generations in the UK.
(As such please allow an extra few days for delivery)
...And In With The New! August 19, 2017 10:07
Vintage Floral With A Gentle Touch August 13, 2017 09:27
A Sprinkling Of 'Real Silver' Stardust (Paramount Collection) February 11, 2017 11:00
As with all 'Ella & Me' garments they're delivered in a beautiful tissue lined gift box and each piece is made specifically to order so please allow 7 to 10 days for delivery.
So, not only will you look like a glamorous 'silver screen' idol in any of these pieces but they'll always be looking out for you whenever you need that beauty sleep.
Great British innovation when you need it ;-)
Product Review - Kinky Knickers 'Norma Jeane High Waisted Knickers' January 17, 2017 08:47
Please read the independent product review of our gorgeous Norma Jeane High Waisted Kinky Knickers written by professional lingerie expert Becky Connolly.
..."The high cut is generously proportioned & effortlessly glides over curves of all kinds, perfect if you’re curvy – or bumpy! – like me."
Product Review - Ella & Me 'Lavender Grey' Soft Knit Jersey Pyjamas January 8, 2017 11:37
..."Obsessed with my new favourite pyjamas from Ella & Me - they're SO comfy!"
New Year, Brand New Collection... Coming Very Soon! January 7, 2017 13:21
It's the start of a brand new year and so there's no better time to launch a whole new and exciting Kinky Knickers collection.
It'll be available to buy online here at kinkyknickers.com from Friday 13th January 2017 and you can read all about by clicking on the link below -
Lacy Layers & Pretty Panties For Winters Days. December 30, 2016 09:00
Kinky Knickers Aren't Just For Christmas December 21, 2016 17:07
Spot The Difference Competition December 11, 2016 17:53
For just a little fun we thought we'd hold a little spot the difference competition.
The winner will receive a free pair of our best selling signature lace classic Kinky Knickers and the competition will run until midnight tomorrow, Monday 12th December 2016.
To take part, just email us at... email@example.com ...stating which picture you think is the odd one out and the thing that's different about it.
All replies will be entered into a draw on Tuesday, 13th Dec. where one lucky person will be drawn out.
The winner will be contacted on Tuesday, so they can submit their address details and preferred size.
Start Hunting & Good Luck Everyone! :-) X
Kosy Kinky To Keep You Warm On Those Winter Nights December 9, 2016 15:12
The Ella & Me Classic ‘Silk’ Pyjama (Born 7th October 2016) October 8, 2016 10:43
Buy British Day & Our Prize Draw October 1, 2016 09:57
As if you didn't already know!...
This Saturday (1st October 2016) has been designated as 'Buy British Day'.
It runs every year and raises awareness for British Manufacturing and the thousands of jobs & lives it supports, which you very, very kindly already contribute to, otherwise you probably wouldn't be receiving this newsletter ;-)
So, to show our gratitude from all of us here at the Kinky factory, and we hope we can speak on behalf of our lace, fabric, packaging etc. etc. suppliers, a huge, from the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!
...And to show our appreciation we're going to be giving some lucky people their order free of charge each day, starting today (Friday), tomorrow, Sunday & Monday and a draw will be held on Tuesday (4th Oct.) to identify the various winners from each day.
You can also follow the hashtag #BuyBritishDay across social media channels to see more great offers from other UK producers.
The Tallinding Project (Serrekunda, Gambia) September 26, 2016 17:14
Written By Kay Sandham
(A Long Term & Loyal Kinky Knicker Customer)
Every year a group of us put together Christmas boxes for a school in The Gambia, the kids have very little but are desperate to be educated.
When I started putting together my boxes this year I contacted David at Headen & Quarmby and Kinky Knickers have donated a fantastic 180 pair of knickers, which is absolutely fantastic as they will be suitable for the older girls who don't really get as much donated as the smaller kids.
I've posted some photos from last year and one of the boxed knickers and I will continue to post updates on the journey of the knickers including the arrival at the school.
Once again a massive THANK YOU to Kinky Knickers and for anyone interested in learning more about the school follow this link -
Kinky Gets Curvy July 23, 2016 07:41 1 Comment
For quite some time now, our customers have been asking us to produce larger sizes, in addition to the four we already cater for and finally we've managed to address this, by introducing a small initial collection, which we've decided to call 'Kinky Plus'.
These two additional sizes, extra large (dress size 22/24) and extra, extra large (dress size 26/28), will in time, be added to other collections if they prove popular, so please take a look & spread the word that Kinky Knickers is now even more inclusive.
Whilst we hope this is great news for our customers, there's just one unfortunate, yet unavoidable point which we felt needed to be brought to your attention.
The simple truth is that larger sizes need more material, (well they do if they're going to fit properly), and try as we may, there's no way around this, so sadly the prices are slightly higher, please believe us, we've doen all we can to keep them to the bare minimum.
To give you an example of this, the cami top has been made five inches longer to allow for the additional body curvature / contours needing cover and the reason why we're explaining this, is that there's been quite a bit of negative publicity about larger sizes costing more money across different retailers.
Again, the honest truth is that they do take more fabric and like it or not, fabric, laces and trimmings cost money, yet that said, some elements of the media have suggested that smaller or more petite people don't pay less for their clothes, in an apparent attempt to argue this issue.
Effectively though they do pay less, though admittedly it's not blatantly apparent. As a factory, it's more cost effective in terms of time & material utiliszation to cut a ratio of the more popular sizes together, intermingling smaller pattern sizes (extra small & small) with larger ones (medium & large) which normally makes for very efficient use of the available fabric. As such the manufacturing cost savings achieved by doing this are shared across these more popular sizes and in our case passed onto you our customer.In the same way, it just isn't possible to do this with extra large sizes and above, as generally speaking the cutting ratios don't work, well at least not unless you're producing really, really huge volumes of these particular sizes.
The good news though is that at least we're now able to provide our products to our new gorgeous curvy customers and thank you for taking the time to read this. We hope we've been able to explain the pricing issue correctly and made some sense? ...it's very important to us that we're always responsible & fair to all of our customers.
The Competition (Friday 17th June - Monday 20th June 2016) June 19, 2016 10:07
As a little fun, we're running a competition this weekend (Friday 17th June through until midnight on Monday 20th June 2016) for anyone placing an order on those dates.
Some lucky person (or people) have the chance to win either their entire order or a beautifully exquisite 'Ella & Me' Liberty print silk chemise, the choice is completely theirs.
All you have to do is guess how many metres of sewing thread goes into a pair of size 'medium' classic lace Kinky Knickers (and no cheating, this isn't an invitation to unpick a pair of old knickers while he's watching the Switzerland 'V' France match on Sunday night!! ;-)
As mentioned, the competition's open to anyone who places an order between Friday and until midnight on Monday. After placing your order, just email your answer to us at... firstname.lastname@example.org
So get your orders in folks, you never know, it may turn out to be free!!! 😃
Product Review - Kinky Knickers - Lace Camis & Knickers June 12, 2016 10:46 1 Comment
Ella & Me - Silk Pyjama Draw. May 4, 2016 08:04
Our Brief Review Of 'Undressed At The V&A' April 19, 2016 10:27
Undressed At The V&A April 17, 2016 08:02
We'll let you know more when she gets back into the office on Monday, in the meantime here's a little more information for anyone who's also interested in paying a visit -
Saturday 16 April 2016 – Sunday 12 March 2017
Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day.
'A Brief History of Underwear' features over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury. From the custom made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by a working woman in England in the 18th-century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear & fashion. It covers notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.
Product Review - Ella & Me - Liberty Print Soft Jersey Sleepwear March 26, 2016 10:25
It's All In With The New... January 31, 2016 11:15
And on that note we truly hope all our ‘Club Kinky’ subscribers are waiting with arms outstretched in anticipation of their special Valentines themed packs??? It’s a surprise so we’re not going to give any clues away this time!!
Finally, to make space for ’the new’ we've added some more items to the 'Sale' collection, with some pretty incredible reductions, so if you’re just in the mood for a bargain pair of Britain’s comfiest knickers, please take a little look.
Lots of love from all the 'Kinky Team'
Celebrating Our Factory Founder, Mary Quarmby 1915 - 1998 December 16, 2015 18:13
Mary Quarmby, our much loved factory founder would have been celebrating her 100th birthday today!
Truly an inspiration to all of us working here and the influence behind our Ella & Me collection, many of our workforce still fondly remember Mary who had style & creative flair in abundance.
We hope she'd approve of the designs her factory produces today.
Happy Birthday Mary. X
And The Winners Are... December 9, 2015 12:22
Black Friday & Cyber Monday November 26, 2015 15:09
Well if you're still not quite fed up enough with hearing about it by now, the 'Black Friday' sale extravaganza starts tomorrow, running through the weekend and gradually mutates into Cyber Monday before all the fun, frolicking & fighting eventually stops.
Here at Kinky Knickers we'd like to think that we're above all this palavering, but obviously not, as we've decided to put together some amazing discounts on a limited number of styles & collections.
So grab yourself, ( or a friend, or a family member, or even the lady who looks after your cat when you're on holiday! ;- ) a truly ALL British Made, wonderful bargain this weekend.
Thank you to each & everyone for all your incredible support, we wouldn't & couldn't be here with out you. X
The Kinky Christmas Tree November 26, 2015 14:39
The Lady November 21, 2015 18:02
We Do Love A Party! :-) October 23, 2015 09:59 6 Comments
And The Winner Is... October 23, 2015 08:57
Following the draw yesterday for our 'Back To The Future' competition, we're all really happy to announce that Nicola from Exeter was the winner.
A huge 'Thank You' to everyone who took part ( you're all winners in our eyes ) and very best wishes & congrats to Nicola. X
Back To The Future... October 20, 2015 18:54
Buy British Day (Saturday 3rd October 2015) October 2, 2015 09:47
Ironically the stamp Made in Britain has long been seen as a badge of quality overseas but less so at home. Buy British Day has been launched to try and change all that.
The BOB team firmly believe that the provenance of what we buy is increasingly important to the UK as well as to the international consumer. When attending BoB, the quality of each item produced is clear, whether it has been created lovingly by hand or in the oldest running factory in the world.
Menswear blogger The Grey Fox recently wrote, “In writing about British menswear brands for some years, I’ve come to realise that there is a common thread to them all. They all have fascinating stories to tell, stories about how they started, about their craftsmen & women, their suppliers or the raw materials they use. While my main interest is menswear, the idea of using a story to sell your products is easily transferrable to any industry and product.
Our Customers Are The Only Reason We Have A Business! September 27, 2015 17:46
This made our Friday at Kinky HQ...so thought we'd share with you :-)
Breast Cancer 'Cancer Research UK' Kinky Knicker September 24, 2015 20:13
Liberty Ranges September 24, 2015 20:05 1 Comment
Wishing Lorraine a speedy recovery September 18, 2015 08:59 1 Comment
What do you want to hear about? September 4, 2015 13:42
Kinky Factory With Love Project Article May 7, 2015 09:24
Headen and Quarmby the factory behind Kinky Knickers.
To say the last decade for Headen & Quarmby has been a bit of a roller coaster would be an understatement. The business has seen near unmanageable highs as well as seriously testing lows. But they are currently working hard to get Kinky Knickers and their new brand Ella & Me back into the limelight.
Lovely article on the factory today by the amazing team @WithLoveProject …thanks guys. http://www.withloveproject.co.uk/blog/headen-quarmby-the-factory-behind-kinky-knickers
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