Make it British
Since 1997, the integrity of the manufacturing process has underpinned all Soane’s work. Every single piece is made in Britain, using a network of workshops that excel in traditional crafts. Soane is a member of the Make It British community, which aims to save skills, support communities and champion local British craftsmanship.
Soane is a patron of the Crafts Council, the UK’s national charity for craft. Founded in 1972, the Crafts Council inspire making, empower learning and nurture craft businesses, and played a pivotal role in Soane’s history. A key resource when researching British crafts skills, the Crafts Council library prompted Lulu’s road trip around Britain to meet craftspeople with whom Soane could collaborate with. A quarter of a century on, this network now includes 59 independent workshops, from a glassblower in Scotland to a coppersmith in Cornwall, with this cross disciplinary collaboration at the heart of Soane.
We support our community in Leicester by offering apprenticeships in traditional rattan weaving. To enrich life outside of work, we helped fund the restoration of the Church of St Michael & All Angel in Thurmaston, where our rattan weavers are based.