We Are Boardmans

Established in 1925 in the heart of Manchester’s hatting district, Boardmans has evolved from a modest, family run business into a design powerhouse, creating hats, gloves and scarves that retailers love.

Combining a near-century of British heritage with international market intelligence, our direct sourcing and design service helps global brands become household names, whilst our wholesale collections ensure every retailer can bring Boardmans’ style and quality to their range.

Design Team

Boardmans' forward thinking design team consistently create sell out product lines.

Boardmans is unique because of our design centric, problem solving culture, our commercial process, our accumulated skills, our experience in the sector and our international setup.

Mission, Vision & Values

Our highly respected team of designers, account managers, merchandising specialists and QA experts are dedicated to creating both unique designs with our customers and at producing extensive collections of on-trend hats, scarves and gloves. You can trust us to create a great soft accessory range for your customers every season - without fail.

Market Intelligence

Our customers demand intelligent design, quality at their price point and efficient fulfilment.

That is why we focus on trend research, design intelligence, fabric and print knowledge, fulfilment and service values. We do this with the customer in mind at all times, working within strict sustainability and compliance parameters.

Trend Prediction

Boardmans takes away the pressure on you to constantly keep up to date with trends in hats, gloves and scarves because we invest in market intelligence and trend prediction, then convert those market insights into products that sell.

Design & Development

We take an intelligent, innovative and very modern stance on everything we do, from developing great designs through to problem solving for our customers, pushing boundaries in QA and making sure our business flourishes at home and across the globe.

We offer customers access to our on-site design room which is where the magic happens! This creative space is home to our specialist design machines, and library of samples, trims and fabrics.

Showroom

One of the great things about working with Boardmans is our on-site showroom. For our wholesale customers, this allows them to view all three seasonal collections at the same time, along with a range of men's and women's products.

For our private label customers our showroom is dressed specifically for each meeting whether it be menswear, ladieswear or kids. Our customers are able to review trend boards, samples, trim and fabric swatches which we have on display for each development meeting.

A Global Business

We are genuinely global. Our base in China provides direct contact to our manufacturing partners. We work with all of our factories in developing the highest standards of sustainability and compliance through our Boardmans Futures Initiative that aims to keep pushing the boundaries on ethical manufacturing processes in our sector.

We continue to lead the market supplying product across all genders and seasons - giving our customer what they want tomorrow not today.
Judith Robinson – Business Development Manager

Recruitment

The people make Boardmans. Our dedicated team drive our business forward, from our talented in-house designers to our industrious production team in China and we are always on the lookout for unique individuals who are passionate about what they do.

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Compliance

We are genuinely global. Our base in China provides direct contact to our manufacturing partners. We work with all of our factories in developing the highest standards of sustainability and compliance through our Boardmans Futures Initiative that aims to keep pushing the boundaries on ethical manufacturing processes in our sector.

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Events

Come and visit us during one of our showcase promotion events held throughout the year. Don't miss out on being one of the first to see our collaborative collections. We hope to see you soon!

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