Universal Works aims to mix the great British clothing heritage with a modern, more international feel – wearable; sustainable and affordable; clothes that reflect the personality of the owner; real, honest menswear that defies the trends and whims of fashion. The ideas come from a humble blue-collar background; one that knows how to both dress and live well.
Universal Works was inspired by David’s formative years growing up in a provincial midlands town in the 70's, part of a working class family that loved to dress well, seeing his Dad and Uncles in their work-wear and also when dressing for the weekend. Then, when working as a sign-writers apprentice whilst experiencing the development of eighties sporting and music subcultures, and finally, a thirty-year span in the fashion industry. From Paul Smith to Maharishi he was educated and worked alongside some of the best in the industry.
With David’s life work reading as a description of the companies DNA, Universal Works is all about the mixing of ideas; understanding heritage and context underpinned by contemporary needs and aesthetics.
We champion skilled, small-scale production. We produce garments in the right place, both in the UK and overseas, working only with factories we trust, admire and proud to be associated with.
The company also gives us an opportunity to collaborate with amazing people, from artists to writers and anyone in between, a process that inspires continual growth and education. Have a look at our Journal section to meet some of these people.
After initially selling to ten retailers, we have gained a substantial following and are now stocked from Los Angeles to Seoul. Our head office and web store is based in Nottingham, with four Universal Works stores opening in London on Lambs Conduit Street in July 2012, on Berwick Street in August 2013, in Nottingham on Broad Street in March 2016 and again in London Coal Drop Yard in October 2018.
We are happy and proud to be an independent, small company, always approaching our work with passion and, of course, a sense of humour.