150-year-old headwear manufacturer Try & Lilly Ltd. were delighted to welcome the Princess Royal to Liverpool’s Fabric District for a tour of their production facility on Monday afternoon in her role as president of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).
Try & Lilly Ltd. began manufacturing hats in Liverpool in 1864, initially making caps for the British Merchant Fleet which was based in the port of Liverpool. They now serve numerous organisations and industries at home and abroad, with clients including the Ministry of Defence, UK Police Forces, Harrods and British Airways.
The company showcased the wide variety of uniform products produced on-site in Liverpool, where on-floor products included police beat helmets, hats for the Ghurka regiment and naval tricones – which the Princess Royal – who holds the rank of Admiral and Chief Commandant of Women in the Royal Navy – wears on the parade ground.
The Princess Royal took the time to meet all of the Try & Lilly staff and observed several manufacturing processes being carried out on the factory floor.
Emma Graham, Business Development Director of Try & Lilly commented, “We’ve been truly privileged to host Princess Anne, and showcase the craftsmanship and values that have defined our company for a century and a half. Renewed focus on quality, ethical textile manufacturing and demand for UK produce points to an exciting future for Try and Lilly, as we maintain the spirit of innovation and diversification that has ensured our success throughout the decades.”
For more information, please visit www.tryandlilly.co.uk.