Last week 6,500 pairs of Nottingham lace knickers were made in Manchester and the factory is working at capacity. Eighteen months ago the retail guru Mary Portas started a range of kinky knickers made of authentic Nottingham lace, now known affectionately as Mary’s Bottom Line. They are lovingly made at a once defunct lingerie factory near Manchester by trainees who came off benefits to be trained up by the old workers. Portas traced down the skilled machinists who were nearing retirement age and stacking shelves in Tescos. They have since trained a workforce of 32 young people who are making the knickers for sale in John Lewes, Marks and Spencers, Liberty and House of Fraser. To find them click here. (Guardian 30.01.13)
The story was also the subject of a Channel Four programme, click here to view on the i-player.