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Turning off the plastic tap

Unless you have been living on another planet recently, you will be painfully aware of the hype around plastic and the impact it is having on the environment, food chain and life on Earth. The most recent documentary, ‘Drowning in Plastic’ shows the extent to which plastic pollution has become one of the top priorities of many countries and organisations. Hot topic indeed and a subject I can bore you...

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NEW British Made Luxury Socks & Laces Giftpacks

To complement our made-to-measure hand crafted shoe and boot laces, made in our own workshop in Maldon, England, we now supply gift packs with quality, matching coloured socks.These are not just any socks. These socks are the best socks we could find which are comfortable, durable and wonderful to wear on any occasion. We spent over a year looking for a British sock maker who, using the finest Egyptian cotton,...

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Beadle FC backs Wurst football kit - Buy HECK!

Bedale FC in North Yorkshire famously sports the Wurst football kit in living history. Sponsored by Heck Sausages, these lads are clearly a brave bunch not put off by having to wear PINK shorts, socks and laces to match. 120cm pink boot laces have just been dispatched so watch this space for an updated picture (and hopefully a video) showing the completion of their new kit. We wish them luck...

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Ray Kelvin, founder of British fashion empire, Ted Baker, tied in knots

When I first met the charismatic founder of Ted Baker, Ray Kelvin, I was struck at how humble and modest a man he is. Not one to show his face to the camera lens, he’s more interested in what goes on behind the magnetic glow of the catwalk. No surprise then that he’s managed to create a £531 million business, since its foundation in 1988. His passion for textiles and...

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TOLC goes global

Since launching in 2014, we’re produced thousands of hand-crafted shoe and boot laces for people and companies all over the planet. I think the furthest we’ve shipped laces is to Australia and probably the most bizarre place is Macau near Hong Kong.
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New Display Packs

Here's our new display packaging 'hot off the press'. It fulfils two important functions; protecting the laces and their tubes in transit and then easily becomes a counter-friendly display plinth which is easy to shop. For retailers, being able to quickly and easily display products is important to optimise both time and space as both are premium. We and our manufacturing partners, RJ Printers of Maldon, have made every effort to...

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When did you last pull the red rip cord?

Feels good doesn't it? To have the power to stop the production process. Everyone at leading companies like Toyota and Pixar has the authority to pull the red cord. This ensures everyone is part of producing a quality product no matter the level of responsibility. This makes for great products with less faults. This is a collaborative process which means everyone is motivated to an end goal to make a...

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Feeling patriotic? These handmade British laces will put a spring in your step.

Shoelaces made in Britain? Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? Well, Maldon based firm, The Original Laces Company makes laces to the most exacting standards. You can choose any colour and length you want and within a couple days laces will be delivered to you. The laces are made from a mixture of materials including waxed cotton, polycotton and striped grosgrain as shown here. They're metal tipped with...

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Maldon based company starts to export shoelaces globally

Most people don't give a second thought to their shoelaces - unless they come undone of course. Maldon firm, The Original Laces Company, has shown how manufacturing in Britain can still be viable if you have a unique enough product and service. Nothing new about laces that's for sure, but when they're bespoke, branded and made-to-measure using coloured waxed cotton and other materials - laces become a fashion accessory worthy...

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Stripped of his funky striped laces

From the beginning in early 2014, I had planned to make striped laces from quality woven gros grain. This material makes a great pair of laces as it's so strong and easy to tie. The colours and designs are endless and so you can imagine the possibilities! However, making them is not so easy which is why it has taken us a little time to perfect the processes and find...

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What was the spark that started the business?

On the 29th July 2012, I bought a pair of tan brogues at Heathrow Terminal 5 on my way to Hong Kong. They were supplied with two sets of laces including a blue pair as you can see from the picture below. The laces broke a few months later as is normal and I went in search of a replacement pair. I ended up importing them from Canada for about...

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Lace-up - it's time to add some colour to your life

From September we will have a range of new coloured laces and aglets to choose from by popular demand. The new laces are made from 2.5mm waxed cotton and the aglets are either gold, silver or gunmetal finish. The new aglets are also slightly smaller and thinner so that they will thread through all shoe and boot eyelets. Here's a link to the new colour guide: https://twitter.com/originallaces/status/499957838224318466

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Still Made in Britain

Our products are hand-crafted in our workshop in Maldon, Essex. Wherever possible we also source from local suppliers. This way we maximise flexibility of supply and have a much tighter control over quality. We're committed to British manufacturing which is why we support organisations like 'Still Made in Britain'. You can find out more from their website http://www.stillmadeinbritain.co.uk/    

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Father's Day 15th June

If you're looking for inspiration to give Dad a cool present on the 15th June then look no further. Coloured shoelaces make the perfect gift. Certainly a bit different from a tie or cuff-links. We're also discounting all purchases by 30% if you quote this code at the check-out: W5GBG5ZVSOLM Happy shopping!  

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Original laces for going to the races

You're off to the races. What outfit do you wear and how will you stand out from the crowd? Ever considered coloured shoelaces to add an eye-catching finishing touch? How about coloured laces for the gentleman who dares to be different? They make the perfect gift.It's often said; 'you can tell a great deal about a person from their shoes'. You can tell even more how they care for and...

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Calling all fashion retailers - starter kit offer

Coloured shoelaces make the perfect accessory and gift for men (and women) for any event or outfit. We're looking for retailers who would be interested in stocking our new range. The eye-catching hand-made laces are displayed in clear tubes with a RRP of £10. Our starter kit of 16 tubed 75cm shoelaces (mixed colours) with display plinth and countertop standee costs £85 (inclusive of VAT). See products page for details....

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We open our doors to the public

Welcome you to our new shop.We're located in Maldon, England just near the Blackwater River where the famous Maldon Salt is made. From today, we are ready to deliver hand-crafted laces to you anywhere in the world.We'll be introducing more colours and a bespoke service shortly so that you can select the exact pair of laces you'd like for whatever occasion or outfit. Our made-to-measure service will mean you can...

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