About Paul James Knitwear

We are Paul James - a luxury, Leicestershire-based knitwear manufacturer. We strive to deliver the purest knitwear experience, which is why we shun man-made fibres, instead using only 100% natural fibre yarns in the production of our knitwear.

We trawl the globe in search of the most prestigious spinners to ensure every piece of Paul James knitwear is crafted from the most luxurious materials. We travel to Italy for extra-fine merino wool - then to Peru for a chunkier version – India and Egypt for premium cotton, South America for ultra warm, soft Alpaca and the British Isles for its famed wool and lambswool.

We take these yarns and knit them into stylish, functional garments that are made to last.


A short film shot at our Leicestershire Factory


Our History

In 1976, knitwear designer Paul James opened his mill in the village of Barwell, Leicestershire and exported British made knitwear to some of the most famous shopping destinations in the world. In 2005, Paul James Knitwear Limited was acquired by knitwear factory Jack Masters and relocated to their factory 13 miles away in Leicestershire, England. Since then, we as a family have worked to develop Paul James into the strong, confident brand it is today.

Our Ethos

Our decades of knowledge, skill and craftsmanship combine seamlessly with the latest machinery and traditional manufacturing techniques, meaning we can design and fashion exclusively crafted knitwear, for a price that’s fair. Moreover, our sweaters are natural and sustainable, thus reducing our reliance on man-made fibres in our clothing.

Our Designs

Our collections make the everyday extraordinary. We craft timeless classics and wardrobe staples from the finest cotton, alpaca, merino wool and Lambswool with each piece a faultless combination of form and function. We champion ethically sourced products and the wonders of British design and manufacturing in equal measure.

Our Yarns

At Paul James we use only 100% natural yarns. Evolved over thousands of years, our yarns are nature’s performance fabrics. Our fibres are skin friendly, breathable, offer outstanding wicking and thermoregulating properties, sustainable, beautiful in colour and handle but most importantly of all, really comfortable to wear.

Our Factories

We knit, sew, wash, steam and press over 95 percent of our products in our own factories. This means that we are in control of the entire process, with no middlemen. Our yarns are spun by our carefully handpicked spinners, crafted by our teams all across the world, then delivered directly to our customers. By working in this methodical pattern, we can be sure of the integrity of our clothing and keep our prices fair and just for the quality of the materials used.

Our Vision

Having learnt about the fashion industry from the factory floor up, with a clear understanding of the transient nature of a customer's’ relationship with brands and trends, we focus only on creating the most accessible, luxury interpretations of timeless wardrobe staples, built to last longer than any trend.


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 To find out more about how we make our clothes simply follow any of the links below...

Our Factories | Our Yarns | Private Label | Made in England