Deborah's venture showcases the best of British
The Merchant Fox, a celebration of British tradition, design and manufacture.
Deborah acquired the historic West Country textile mill, Fox Brothers Ltd. with fellow shareholder Douglas Cordeaux in 2009. Deborah and Douglas are passionate about the heritage behind Fox Brothers and its traditional manufacturing methods. This passion has been the driving force behind their latest project, The Merchant Fox.
The Merchant Fox is an online retail site selling an exquisite collection of luxury items that are designed, manufactured and crafted entirely in Great Britain.The Merchant Fox's collection is inspired by the historic mill and the wonderful artisan producers who continue to make goods in this country. Britain has a rich history of producing and manufacturing some of the finest materials and products in the world. An array of gorgeous products continues to be made here using traditional techniques and skills, often combined with modern design to make genuinely extraordinary items.
Some of the items are made in workshops, some are created to order by lone craftsmen working in small studios tucked away in corners of the British Isles, others are made in factories and mills, but the common theme of all that you see on The Merchant Fox is that each item has provenance, made in this country by genuine craftsmen and craftswomen.
Wherever possible, an element of Fox’s fine woollen and worsted cloths is incorporated into the collection, from hand cut dressing gowns to leathers goods created from British leather and skilfully crafted into products by a third generation leather worker.
Customers from around the world are drawn to the collection of goods put together exclusively for sale on the site and, with the launch of ‘By Appointment’, individuals are offered the chance to visit the former Counting House of Fox Brothers to see the entire collection for themselves, before placing their bespoke order for one-off pieces created specifically for them.
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See the Merchant Fox collection at BOB: Best of Britania Exhibition on October 5th. Click here for more information.
The Merchant Fox is based in what used to be ‘The Counting House’ for Fox Brothers. Founded in 1772, Fox Brothers has produced luxury woollen and worsted cloth in Wellington, Somerset for nearly two hundred and fifty years. The heritage and illustrious history of Fox explains why its iconic cloths are used by many of the industry's most discerning and demanding clients, including London's historic Savile Row tailors and top fashion houses. A number of the items for sale on The Merchant Fox combine the beauty of Fox’s cloths with the equally exquisite goods being made in Britain today.